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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


International Skate Film Festival Awards

International Skate Film Festival 2011, Dylan by Greg Hunt, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini, TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial, Mike Manzori for Aimless, Phil Evans for Format Perspective
In Search of The Miraculous by Pontus Alv
 won three awards: Best Director,
Best soundtrack and Best Documentary
International Skate Film Festival Awards: the winner takes all: In Search Of The Miraculous got three awards!!!

After several days of screenings and panel discussions, the 1st Annual International Skate Film Festival ended last night at the Music Box in Hollywood with the much anticipated awards ceremony honoring skate filmmakers’ work from all around the world. Born last year -from the mind of Fabrice Lemao, a Frenchman rooted into skateboarding since the 70’s- as the L.A. International Skate Film Festival, held for the first time last year in Los Angeles, the birthplace of Skateboarding, the ISFF hosted a flurry of clips dedicated to the best skateboard films and the people behind skateboarding.

To judge the abundance of clips and movies, an Ad-Hoc Academy was created with some of the best filmmakers and most influential people in the industry; the most pertinent and influential personalities who, by their expertise, knowledge of the industry and the way they perceive the different stages of skateboarding will keep the Festival on its toes whenever creativity is concerned. Part of the Academy members’ role will be to nominate the judges and define the criteria of judgment amongst other activities. Ultimately, the Academy is used as the foundation for the Festival long‐term and global vision.

The evening was full of clips from the nominees and we had a special treat from Stacy Peralta who came with a 5mn excerpt of the new Bones video. The part in question was related to the birth of the magical 540 and how the Bones Brigade and especially Lance Mountain realized that things had changed for good in skateboard after that…

International Skate Film Festival 2011, Dylan by Greg Hunt, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini, TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial, Mike Manzori for Aimless, Phil Evans for Format Perspective
French Fred: Best photography
Pontus Alv got the honors and was recognized thrice for his Documentary In Search of The Miraculous. He got the awards for Best Director,Best Soundtrack and Best Documentary. Other highlights of the night were seeing clips of Altered Focus Burma. The movie was given the Best Independent and Emerging awards. The shots of the gritty streets, political unrest and gnarly skating mixed with the commentary was engaging to say the very least. If haven’t seen it, you can watch it in its entirety online. The Furnace Skate Shop won Best Skate Shop Video for TA-Ha. The video shows seriously painful looking fails in it. etnies’ Mike Manzoori, film maker and former pro skateboarder, was recognized for his epic panoramic film AIMLESS for Best Original Screenplay. In addition to AIMLESS, Manzoori was also nominated for Best Commercial and Best Director for Rain or Shine, a short film featuring Kyle Leeper, shot during a street session in the rain.


There was also a funny clip from Pontus Alv who could not come to pick up his three awards (best soundtrack, best documentary  and best director). Pontus was filmed frantically skating -out of breath- in some sort of ditch and explained he had no time to come to pick up his awards because he was too busy skateboarding...

The Academy is composed with: Stacy Peralta, C.R. Stecyk, Grant Brittain, Fred Mortagne (a.k.a French Fred), Bryce Kanights, Ed Templeton, Ricki Bedenbaugh, Greg Hunt, Mike Manzoori, Jamie Thomas, Ty Evans, Geoff Rowley.

Previous submissions have included films by Cliche Skateboards, Emerica, Flip Skateboards, Girl Skateboard Company, Krooked Skateboards, Lakai Limited Footwear, Transworld Skateboarding, just to name a few!


The festival Categories were: Brand Films, Independent & Emerging Filmmakers, Documentary Films, Skate Shop Video, Skate Commercial and Web Flicks, Best Director, Best Soundtrack, Best Photography, Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay and Best Classic…

International Skate Film Festival 2011, Dylan by Greg Hunt, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini, TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial, Mike Manzori for Aimless, Phil Evans for Format Perspective
Best Skate Shop Award: TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong
2011 Official Selections
BEST SHORT OR WEB VIDEO: Dylan by Greg Hunt, Lakairomania by Ty Evans, The Javier Mendizabal Cliche Skateboards Commercial by French Fred.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Freedom of Space by Steve Olpin, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Meet Hilary Thompson by Chris Nieratko (Tie), Format Perspective by Phil Evans (Tie)

BEST BRAND MOVIE: Since Day One by Dan Wolfe for Real Skateboards, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Origin by Joe Castrucci for Habitat Skateboards (Tie), Not Another Transworld Video by Jon Holland for Transworld Skateboarding (Tie)

International Skate Film Festival 2011, Dylan by Greg Hunt, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini, TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial, Mike Manzori for Aimless, Phil Evans for Format Perspective
Best Screenplay: Mike Manzoori
BEST INDEPENDENT AND EMERGING:Boyish by Jackson W. Casey, Happy Medium by Buster & Hunter O’Shea, Elephant Direct by Jeremy Elking and Jason Auger (Tie), Altered Focus Burma by James Holman & Alex Pasquini (Tie)

BEST SKATE SHOP VIDEO: TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Toxic Turdz from Born Ugly directed by Dennis Williford & Will Rosenstock, Welcome to MIA from MIA Skate Shop directed by Josh Stewart

BEST COMMERCIAL: Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Rain or Shine directed by Mike Manzoori, 5boro directed by Tombo Colabraro, Steve Rodriguez, Mark Nardelli, Chris Mulhern

BEST DIRECTOR: Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, Mike Manzoori for Rain or Shine, French Fred for Javier Mendizabal Cliche Skateboards Commercial

BEST SOUNDTRACK: In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, West Side by Ewan Bowman, Happy Medium by Buster & Hunter O’Shea










International Skate Film Festival 2011, Dylan by Greg Hunt, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini, TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial, Mike Manzori for Aimless, Phil Evans for Format Perspective
Grant Brittain

An the awards go to:

BEST SHORT OR WEB VIDEO: Dylan by Greg Hunt.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv.

BEST BRAND MOVIE: Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica.

BEST INDEPENDENT AND EMERGING: Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini

BEST SKATE SHOP VIDEO: TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong,

BEST COMMERCIAL: Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk.

BEST DIRECTOR: Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous.

International Skate Film Festival 2011, Dylan by Greg Hunt, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini, TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial, Mike Manzori for Aimless, Phil Evans for Format PerspectiveBEST SOUNDTRACK: In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv.

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY: French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial

BEST SCREENPLAY: Mike Manzori for Aimless

BEST EDITING: Phil Evans for Format Perpective

International Skate Film Festival 2011, Dylan by Greg Hunt, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini, TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial, Mike Manzori for Aimless, Phil Evans for Format Perspective
Where wild things happen: the ISFF Music Box Theatre on Hollywood BLVD - Los Angeles
Best Independent film: Altered Focus Burma
by James Holman and Alex Pasquini...


International Skate Film Festival 2011, Dylan by Greg Hunt, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, Stay Gold by Jon Miner for Emerica, Altered Focus Burma by James Holman and Alex Pasquini, TA-HA from Furnace Skate Shop directed by Don Luong, Torey Pudwill’s Big Bang directed by Dario Resk, Pontus Alv for In Search of the Miraculous, In Search of the Miraculous by Pontus Alv, French Fred for the Javier Mendizabal Cliche commercial, Mike Manzori for Aimless, Phil Evans for Format Perspective
Xavier Lannes, Fabrice LeMao, Stephane Andre, Grant Brittain
Collecting awards for the pals (Pontus Alv) that ain't here... Hey, you spare one?

Stacy Peralta came with a clip of the next Bones movie.
This one too will be epic...
Winners of the night




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