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HomeOur mission: To provide a spotlight for filmmakers and production companies who are looking for public recognition of their creative efforts. The Prestige Award represents acknowledgement of the artistic merit of exceptional video productions. Award recipients include producers, directors, actors and all members of the creative team.

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Prestige Film Award - 2011 Winners

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"Machine Gun Preacher" by Marc Forster
Safady Entertainment, LLC
Gold Award for Feature Film/Video
Gold Award for Best Male Actor (Gerard Butler)

Poster-Mchine Gun PreacherThe story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.

Angels of East Africa
(AOEA), founded in 1998 by Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers, has rescued over a thousand orphaned children from starvation, disease and enslavement by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.

Today these children live in the Children’s Village, a secure compound and oasis of calm in the Southern Sudanese village of Nimule. Despite the incredible challenges associated with operating an orphanage in Sudan, the Children’s Village continues to flourish thanks to the tireless work of AOEA and her legion of dedicated supporters.

"Nuts & Robbers" by Peter Lepeniotis
ToonBox Entertainment
Gold Award for Animation

Nuts & Robbers  Toonbox Logo

Let's get Nuts!

It was a simple plan: rob the bank, use a nut delivery van for a disguise, and get out with the loot.

Perfect... except for one flaw... Surly Squirrel.


"Flight of Magic" by Tommy G. Warren
Spiderwood Studios
Gold Award for Short Film/Video
Gold Award for Holiday Film
Silver Award for Animation
Bronze Award for Original Song: “Believe”

Breaking news! 12 hours before lift off, Santa's reindeer are tragically hurt after an elf's invention goes awry. Benny Bumply, of the Greater News Network, is live in the North Pole to report. With the whole world watching, Maxey must believe in himself in order to be the elf that saves the holidays. Only time will tell, and "Time is ticking."

"Below Zero" by Signe Olynyk
Twilight Productions, Inc. (Canada)
Gold Award for Script/Writer
Gold Award for Art Direction

Below Zero"Below Zero" focuses on a screenwriter with writer's block who locks himself in a slaughterhouse freezer to finish a script.

Left with nothing but his own demons to distract him, he writes the story of a tow truck driver who finds himself accidentally locked in a slaughterhouse freezer with the barely alive victim of a serial killer.

The Phoenicians by Chris & Maurice Micallef
CMM Productions
Gold Award for Short Documentary
Gold Award for History/Biographical
Gold Award for Research

"The Phoenicians"
...focuses on this sea-faring nation that established trading and commercial routes across the Mediterranean and which eventually challenged the Roman Empire. It then delves into the Phoenicians’ influence on the Maltese islands. Partly shot in Lebanon, the documentary also includes the re-enactment of the third Punic war, in which the Carthaginians were crushed by the Roman soldiers.           Read review

The Phoenicians Team

The team

Alienated original score by Ivan Capillas
Gold Award for Original Score

Genre:  Fantastic
Year:  2011
Orchestration:  Symphonic Orchestra


"Wiggle your Toes" • Gold Award for Documentary

[WYT Foundation]

"Wiggle Your Toes" is a short documentary created by Television Production students at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

"Wiggle Your Toes" is about a young motivational speaker, Kevin Brooks, who was involved in a drinking and driving crash that left him paralyzed and his passenger dead as a result of the crash. We follow Kevin 10 years after the crash and find out how he has dealt with the repercussions from the accident.


"Mad Bastards" by Brendan Fletcher
Bush Turkey Films
Gold Award for Feature Film/Video

Mad Bastards

Mad Bastards

"...Mad Bastards goes for and achieves unembellished realism, remarkably so considering most of the unselfconscious actors are untrained locals...If the basic ingredients seem familiar, the handling of them is distinctive thanks to a gaze that’s both clear-eyed and forgiving." - The Hollywood Reporter       Read review

"Richly informed by the real struggles of Western Australians to overcome legacies of male violence, alcoholism and parental neglect, the visually panoramic yet dramatically intimate "Mad Bastards" manages to wallop and warm at once." - Variety       Read review

"Life Before Death" by Sue Collins
Moonshine Agency (Australia)
Gold Award for Use of Film for Social Change

Life Before DeathHOW WILL YOU DIE?

"Life Before Death" is a multi-award winning documentary series that asks the fundamental question underpinning our mortality. This beautifully filmed journey takes us to 11 countries as we follow the remarkable health care professionals battling the sweeping epidemic of pain that threatens to condemn one in every ten of us to an agonizing and shameful death.

Through the eyes of patients and their families we discover the inherent humanity that empowers the best of us to care for those beyond cure.

This is an intimate hopeful and life-affirming collection of stories about living well and dying better, advocating for making the most of every moment in our life before death. "Life Before Death" comprises a Feature Film, 50 Short Films and a Television Documentary.

"Life Before Death" is presented by the Lien Foundation and produced by Moonshine Movies. It is also supported by the International Association for the Study of Pain, The Mayday Fund, the Union for International Cancer Control and The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice International Programs.


"Solid State Lighting" by Kees van Es
Mediabox Productions Ltd.
Gold Award for College/University/Government

The Solid State Lighting video is one of two videos produced for Hong Kong Science Park to promote its technology clusters. Main aim of the video presentation is to attract more SSL technology companies to establish itself at Hong Kong Science Park.

Through client testimonials some key messages about Hong Kong Science Park and the SSL cluster are communicated in a convincing manner. We conducted around six 30-minute interviews with managers of tenant companies and Hong Kong academics. The interviewees give credible and anecdotal evidence supporting the points made by the voice-over. The interviews were held in a relaxed, impromptu style, making the statements of the interviewees powerful and totally believable.

Stem Cell Boutique” by Leza (Elizabeth) Lidow
Silver Award for Short Film

At the age of nine Leza Lidow participated in the New York Greenwich Village Art Fair. From then on she never wavered from the desire to be a great artist. At the end of the war she went to Paris to paint. It was exciting to be in Europe. It was difficult for everyone. Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Dali, and Magritte were all living and working in Paris at the time. Every evening one would find different artist in the cafés, one could join in with the discussions, and listen to every word they said. It was a very inspirational time to work, exchange ideas, hope, and aim for a successful future.

In 1950, Leza returned to Los Angeles and had a one-woman show at the Royers Gallery. It was a very successful show. She had good responses and met her future husband. She continued working and found that the medium of painting on sculpture inspired her to do works of art with a meaning and a philosophy about women and the times. She has had successful shows of her works of art all over the world including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Italy, Switzerland, France, Scandinavia and in China.

In the year 2005, at age 81, Leza developed arthritis in her hands and found it difficult and painful to paint long hours. She at once started to look for a new way to express her art. She found it very easily and from then on has been happy as a lark. Her new medium is making short films. They are films that tell the story of the problems of today's world. Leza hopes that looking at these problems with a laughing eye can help people to except the new future. The world definitely needs to laugh more.

~ Leza Lidow


The 15 Minute Horse Lesson” by Sabrina Zackery
Mz3, LLC
Award of Merit for Educational/Instructional/How-To Division

Joe Training    Horse Closeup

The 15 Minute Horse Lesson was developed by Joseph Donohue, as a training tool to rehabilitate horses with ‘bad’ training experiences. Donohue discovered these horses would often shut down or ‘zone out’ while being rehabilitated using the traditional one-hour training session.

Instead of pushing the horse beyond his comfort level, Donohue would train in 15 minutes increments. He discovered that not only did the horse remember what was taught, the horse would respond better during subsequent training sessions. In a short period, the horse would display a wiliness to please. Their attention span would increase. The horse accepted the new commands and cues. Soon the old bad habits disappeared. The horse learned to trust and respect.

Congratulations You’ve Won the Lottery” by Leza (Elizabeth) Lidow
Bronze Award for Short Film

"Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
Directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler
Narrated by Laurence Fishburne
Gold Award for Documentary

"Everyday Sunshine" is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980’s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.”

Laurence Fishburne narrates"Everyday Sunshine"– an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America. Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, "Everyday Sunshine"explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California's legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.

At the heart of Fishbone's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.

"9000 Needles"
Gold Award for Documentary

At forty years old, Devin Dearth is a successful businessman, a loving husband, father of three, a devout Christian and champion bodybuilder. He and his family reside in the small community of Central City, Kentucky where they live the ideal “American Dream.” That is, until Devin suffers a devastating stroke...

...We follow Devin on this unconventional journey, during which his courage, faith, patience and desire to overcome are tested on a daily basis. The trials he and his family endure along the way remind us that the human spirit can transcend any boundaries while exploring a universal community of healing and transformation.




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