13th Annual Ashfield Film Fest Winners

  • The Ashfield Film Festival took place Sept. 15-16. Pictured here is last year’s festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/10/2019 9:43:28 AM
Modified: 10/10/2019 9:43:18 AM

This year, the 13th Annual Ashfield Film Festival showcased 16 films, each 5 minutes or less, to an audience of roughly 400 people at the Ashfield Town Hall.

An independent panel of judges from the towns of Ashfield, Shelburne and Buckland, had previously scored the films and decided on awards after films were submitted ahead of the festival. As is tradition, after the screenings on Sept. 20, the audience voted for their favorite short film.

2019 Ashfield Film Festival winners:

1. Grand Prize — “Father Roy Snipes” by Mary Patierno

2. Best Musical Score — “Roosters and Birds” by Brendan Leowolf

3. Best Actor — Nate Ruth in “The Double Life of Hugh”

4. Best Comedy — “Out Of Gas” — Bruce Lessels

5. Outstanding Animation — “The Run” by Macalistair Sloan Anderson

6. Audience Choice Award — “Roosters and Birds” by Brendan Leowolf

It was a night of tragedy and comedy, truth and fiction. Most importantly, it was a night to celebrate the accomplishments of everyone in “Hillywood” who contributed to the annual event. The Film Festival committee is already looking forward to receiving films for the next festival in September of 2020 and to future screenings of films that make audiences think, imagine, feel, and explore other worlds.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264


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