HIGHLIGHTS: September 2022 SPORTS Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Short Film: A BIG RUN – MALAPAD’S MARATHONS
Best Direction: JUST LOVE STORIES: QUEENS RULE TOGETHER

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

A BIG RUN – MALAPAD’S MARATHONS, 5min., Canada, Documentary

Directed by Reid Valmestad
A Big Run represents the commitment, dedication, and passion that many community athletes share amongst one another. It aims to inspire viewers by showcasing the raw emotions, challenges, and sacrifices that many athletes feel and overcome when they train for their own personal milestones. Collaborating with lululemon, we developed and created this film to highlight Junel Malapad’s 7-day, 490km run across the province of Manitoba in support of mental health awareness.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!



JUST LOVE STORIES: QUEENS RULE TOGETHER, 6min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Tezarah Wilkins
This short film explores what love and community look like through the vehicle of cycling and how one woman went from quarantine to QRT, Queens Rule Together, a Philly based global cycling community whose mission is to promote a healthy fun lifestyle while being fully committed to bringing diversity to the sport of cycling.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!




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NEVER ASK WHY, 20min., India, Documentary

Directed by Saurabh Dubey
The unfulfilled dream of a young football fan became the catalyst to help achieve the dreams of talented young under-15 football / soccer players who come from very underprivileged and under-nourished families, struggling to meet their daily needs.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BLEED FOR ME: ART OF THE DEATHMATCH, 28min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Matthew L. Lenz
What Does it cost to make great art? A lot of Blood apparently. This documentary follows various deathmatch wrestlers as they put their bodies on the line to make compelling art.

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HIGHLIGHTS: August 2022 Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: OICE OF THE GAME
Best Narrative Short: PUSHBACK
Best Documentary Short: THE 24
Best Cinematography: ONE STEP AT A TIME
Best Sound & Music: UNBREAKABLE
Best Direction: TRI-HARD

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TRI-HARD, 10min., USA

Directed by Shawn Malangyaon
After suffering an injury, a Costa Rican triathlete returns to compete in the National Championships.

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ONE STEP AT A TIME, 38min,. USA

Directed by Michael McCulloch
Michael McCulloch, a retired NASA engineer, would like to bring you along on an incredible journey – the 4-day trek along the Classic Inca Trail to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, Peru. It is a little over 26 miles and scales two nearly 14,000-foot mountain passes. The appeal of this particular trek is the stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes over high passes with unforgettable views, through cloud forests, and finally into subtropical vegetation.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


UNBREAKABLE, 7min., UK, Documentary


Directed by Shaun Leong-Williams
In an instant bones tear through flesh and clothing alike. Jack D’arcy lies on the hot tarmac unable to move. At only 19 a devastating motorcycle accident has left Jack sedated in intensive care, his legs held together by titanium rods and his Olympic sprint dreams fading by the second. After having his sprint career written off by doctors and surgeons alike, Jack has one task; to simply “get better, one day at a time”. Starting with moving just one foot one inch, will Jack be able to will his body back onto the track and compete again? Unbreakable is a universal story of human endeavour; It is a story of resilience and hope.

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THE 24, 29min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Clay Pruitt
Once a year climbers from all over the world come together at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas to test their endurance in the worlds only 24 hour climbing competition. The official name of the event is “The 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell”, but the contestants call it…”Hell”

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PUSHBACK, 17min., USA, Coming of Age

Directed by John Carlo F Rosillo, Zachary C Braddy
Pushback is a short film that explores Cassie’s journey of self-discovery and friendship through a new hobby and sport, Onewheel. Join her as she finds out more about the onewheel, its community, and new friends.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


VOICE OF THE GAME, 60min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Tom McCabe, Kirk Rudell
In 1963, a humble young German immigrant — a factory worker, with a special love for soccer — arrived to America’s shores. Quietly, over decades, his unique coaching approach and life philosophy, has inspired countless of his “students” to achieve playing and coaching success at the highest levels of the sport in the United States and beyond.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


HIGHLIGHTS: July 2022 SPORTS & RECREATION Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: THE LAST CHAMPION
Best Film: A PERFECT STEP…..
Best Performances: MOMENTUM
Best Direction: THE LOCKER ROOM

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THE LAST CHAMPION. 120min., USA, Drama


Directed by Glenn Withrow
A former championship wrestler is forced to face his past when he returns to the hometown he left in disgrace twenty years earlier. Can he become the hero his town expected… or will he remain a prisoner of his past mistakes?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


A PERFECT STEP…., 23min,. India, Documentary


Directed by Naumi Barua
The film is a journey of India’s only 7th Dan Taekwondo woman instructor Kiran Upadhya, how and why Taekwondo became her mission in life. She emphasizes on Women empowerment through this art. When women are exposed to this skill, even for a brief time. It boosts their confidence to the highest.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


MOMENTUM, 23min., France, Drama


Directed by Alexandra Favard
Sarah plays rugby at top level and is about to go up a division with her team. When her wife Emily finds out she cannot have children, she asks Sarah to do something the rugby player had never considered: putting her career on hold to carry their child.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


THE LOCKER ROOM, 10min., France, Drama


Directed by Noah Gaoua
Sabrina is the coach of the soccer men’s team at Aubervilliers, Seine Saint-Denis, France. The club plays a decisive match and its star striker is not in good shape. Worse, the police burst into the middle of the match to arrest him. Sabrina ‘s nerves will be put to high stress-test.

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SUGAR WATER, 75min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Rick Jacques

A candid explanation of the Toxic Water Crisis in South Florida�s Everglades as told first hand by scientists, residents, farmers, business owners, and indigenous peoples.

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SPORTS Film Festival BEST SCENE Reading: Mutiny in the Dugout, by Rod Kent

The kids go on strike, pulling out picket signs to let their adults know they’ve finally crossed the line. It’s mutiny in the dugout.

Charlie, a pro baseball player who never quite made it, is lured home to visit his ailing father, Gordon. Gordon’s “dying” wish is for Charlie to take his beloved A-Team to the Little League World Series. Charlie is reluctant to go down this path, which would force him to revisit his past. With the help of his faithful sidekick Shoeless Joe, his brother Abe, a convincing local police officer, his high school girlfriend Teri, and a late-night session of helping the A-team toilet paper his dad’s house, Charlie finally agrees to coach the team.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth
Sara: Kyana Teresa
Charli: Steve Rizzo
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HIGHLIGHTS: April 2022 SPORTS & RECREATION Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
BEST FILM: HOLKY: THE STEVEN HOLCOMB STORY
BEST PERFORMANCES: OUT AND BACK
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: PAPER PEOPLE

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HOLKY: THE STEVEN HOLCOMB STORY, 33min., USA

Directed by Anna Auster

Steven Holcomb, known to his team and friends as “Holky”, is a bobsled driver from Park City, Utah, who emerges as an unlikely best hope to end Team USA’s 62-year Olympic gold medal drought. But Steven has a dangerous secret: He is going blind.

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OUT AND BACK, 9min., Drama

Directed by Jake Weber

A runner sets out for an anxiety liberation run at dusk. She’s not the only one. A remarkable encounter reveals the power of pain and unspoken camaraderie.

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PAPER PEOPLE, 16min., Comedy

Directed by Will DeVito, Rory Spillane

17-year-olds Logan Kramer and Kelsey Bier share one goal: to be the best newspaper delivery person on Long Island. But when their quest for victory in the final paper-slinging competition of their high school careers becomes personal, Logan and Kelsey must decide how far they are willing to go to win.

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Short Film: PAPER PEOPLE, 16min., Comedy

Directed by Will DeVito, Rory Spillane
17-year-olds Logan Kramer and Kelsey Bier share one goal: to be the best newspaper delivery person on Long Island. But when their quest for victory in the final paper-slinging competition of their high school careers becomes personal, Logan and Kelsey must decide how far they are willing to go to win.

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Director Biography – Will DeVito, Rory Spillane

Will DeVito and Rory Spillane met in Catholic school. They don’t really go to church anymore, but they do enjoy writing/shooting comedy sketches and short films under their production banner ‘7 Minutes Late.’

Director Statement

Will and Rory are pleased to share their first mockumentary short about what it really means to “win” and the psychosis that comes with a desire to be the best. They produced this project on a minimal budget in Fall 2020 and would like to thank all of their friends and family who helped make it possible.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: February 2022 Film Festival

Winner Best SPORTS Feature Film 2022.

SAL, 78min., Mexico, Documentary
Directed by Paco Álvarez
Documentary feature film that narrates the life of Sal Sánchez, one of the best featherweight boxers in the world and, according to many, the best Mexican boxer in all of history. In this documentary we will see how, at his young age, he became a promise of world boxing and also his tragic death in a car accident.

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Director Biography – Paco Álvarez

Paco Álvarez is a filmmaker, writer, musician, documentarian and producer of Mexican TV and cinema.

He began his career writing for the Latin American TV network, Grupo Televisa, he participated in various broadcasts such as: Vida TV, Ritmoson Latino and others, where he wrote more than 3000 programs and produced the contents of more than 600 live programs.

In 2009, he directed, together with the Climate Institute of Washington, NASA and NOAA, a documentary on global warming, La Esfera, which was broadcast worldwide through networks such as the BBC in London and Channel 22 in Mexico.

In 2010, produced by CONACULTA, he began an investigation on the Serdán and their influence on the Mexican Revolution. The documentary Los Serdán, Secrets of a Family of Heroes premiered on November 19, 2010, 100 years after the event that gave rise to the Mexican independence struggle.

The documentary was broadcast nationally on Channel 22 and internationally by BBC London, winning various international awards such as the Honorable Mention Award at the Metropolitan Film Festival in New York and the Honorable Mention Award at the Binational Film Festival El Paso, Texas.

In 2015 he produced and directed the capture and survey of the entire country for the Council of Tourism Promotion of Mexico, the project included a crew of 400 people, divided into 8 work teams, they traveled for 4 months each corner of Mexico doing a survey of image of more than 40,000 photographs and 30 videos that offer the broadest tourist panorama of Mexico in recent years.

He is also the director of video clips, among his works in this segment are the Video Madre Tierra con Chayanne that has more than 123 million views and the Videos No Sé Llorar y Volvamos by Dulce María from his most recent record production with more than 25 million of view of both.

He has been Film Director in the most prestigious production houses in Mexico such as Garcia Bross, founded by the legendary publicist Simon Bross, with a presence in more than 15 countries in Latin America and the United States. In this house he collaborates with directors such as Juan Carlos Rulfo and Pedro Armendáriz (grandson) doing work for advertising, and documentaries, for transnational brands such as Toyota, Volkswagen, Mazda, Gilllete, and Fender.

In 2018 he directed 10 Chapters of the Muy Padres series, featured by Héctor Suárez Gomiz, Víctor González, Dulce María among others. The series was broadcast nationwide through the Imagen Tv network.

He is currently Chief Operating Officer of the production house MAZ México, where he has been generating products and successful casmpañas like the SOY for more than 9 years; starring Edith González, Ana Serradilla, Ana Claudia Talancón, Martha Higareda, Ana la Salvia, Demián Bichir, Luis Miguel, Chayanne, Ximena Navarrete among others, winning dozens of awards at international advertising festivals.

The Nuevo León Extraordinario campaign produced and directed by Paco Álvarez and with the participation as spoke person of Gael García Bernal is the most viewed tourism campaign in the world, with more than 20 million views among the pieces that make it up, surpassing campaigns of brands countries like the United States and India. This campaign was also the 4 most viewed on YouTube worldwide in 2014 and it represented the state of Nuevo León having the best tourist year in its history.

He is also the creator and executive producer of the Sun and Sound Festival music festival that was held in Guadalajara and which had more than 30 thousand attendees in a single day and of the First festival in Mexico with a line up 100% Ka`y Festival women, held in Chiapas, which joins the fight for women’s rights and against gender violence.

In 2021 he wrote and directed two important productions, the documentary Sal, which tells the story and life of one of the best boxers in the world and the best in Mexico, according to many opinions, and who tragically dies in a car accident at age 21. , being the world featherweight champion.

That same year, he wrote and directed his first feature film entitled La Danza de las libélulas, a road movie in Chiapas that shows the fragility of two young people who are about to transform their lives into something memorable. The film is in post production and is expected to be released in 2022.

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