December 8, 2022
The Fall 2022 Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Film Festival, organized by the college’s Cinema Arts Club, was held Friday, December 2 in BMCC’s Theatre 1 and brought to light some of the college’s most talented filmmakers.
“This was the first in-person festival since December 2019,” said documentary filmmaker and Video Arts and Technology Professor Anastassios (Tassos) Rigopoulos. “Out of the 49 films submitted, 36 were selected for screening. All films were produced by BMCC students, most of them majoring in either Video Arts and Technology, Animation, or Multimedia Programming and Design. The judges were impressed with the aesthetic and technical quality, cultural diversity and range of the films. They had a hard time deciding on the winner in each category, which is why they bestowed several honorable mentions in addition to the main awards.”
Genres represented in the festival included documentary, fiction, experimental, found-footage, music video, 2-D and 3-D animation, commercial, PSA and multi-camera studio TV production.
The esteemed panel of judges included Michael Finnell, producer (Gremlins, The Burbs, The Howling); Dorottya Mathe, producer (Impossible Monsters, Good Egg) and BMCC Video Arts and Technology alumni Ley Comas; a sound mixer, filmmaker and educator whose MFA thesis film Ni Aqui/Ni Alla has screened in over 20 film festivals around the U.S. and internationally.
The BMCC student winners are as follows:
The Michael Vincent Rosen Pipitone Foundation Rising Star Award
WINNER: Sally Weitzner, Cinema Arts Club cabinet member
Best Fiction Film
WINNER: Persecuted Beliefs directed by Hakan Bayraktar
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Crooked directed by Jayden Mead and Trepidation directed by Jason Gueits
WINNER: War-Life Balance directed by Hanna Lomakina
HONORABLE MENTIONS: David directed by Jennifer Giuffre and My Star Xing Cheng directed by Xueying Liu
Best Commercial or PSA
WINNER: Debby’s Daily Lessons in Household Crafting, Cooking and Cleaning directed by Jennifer Giuffre.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: PSA for notonukes.org directed by Jared Poncio and 1984 Commercial directed by Kevin (Snow-Hare) Smith
Best Experimental Film, Found-Footage Montage or Music Videos:
WINNER: Latinoamerica directed by Raul Flecha Villasboa
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Rêves by Chloe Antoinette and Sufriendo by Raul Flecha Villasboa
Best Animated Film
WINNERS: Sci-Fi Hallway by Nataliya Verkhoturtseva and Lock and Key by James Russ
HONORABLE MENTION: Fragments by Holly Goldsmith
WINNER: Ajoy K Sarkar for Unexpected
HONORABLE MENTION: Jennifer Giuffre for David
Best Sound Recording
WINNER: Valeriya Fadeyeva for Gotta Be Gotta Do
Best Sound Design
WINNER: Tatia Mazmanian for The Light Garden
HONORABLE MENTION: Holly Goldsmith for Fragments
WINNER: Jennifer Giuffre for David
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Hakan Bayraktar for Persecuted Beliefs and Raul Flecha Villasboa for Latinoamerica
WINNER: Hakan Bayraktar for Persecuted Beliefs
WINNERS: Aashish Thakur for Crooked and Jennifer Giuffre for Debby’s Daily Lessons in Household Crafting, Cooking and Cleaning
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Alexander Zautashvili for The Creation, Bilal Yigit Geyik for Persecuted Beliefs and Yunus Ilbasan for Persecuted Beliefs
WINNER: Raul Flecha Villasboa for Sufriendo
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Tatia Mazmanian for The Light Garden and Raul Flecha Villasboa for Latinoamerica
The BMCC Media Arts and Technology department offers associate degree programs in Animation and Motion Graphics, Multimedia Programming and Design, and Video Arts and Technology. To learn more, visit the Media Arts and Technology Department at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-622, New York, NY 10007 or call (212) 346-8525.
- BMCC’s Cinema Art Club presented the Fall 2022 BMCC Film Festival on Friday, December 2 in Theatre 1 at 199 Chambers Street
- Student filmmakers took home awards in Best Fiction Film, Best Documentary, Best Commercial or PSA, Best Animated Film and more
- Many of the participants are earning their associate degree through the Media Arts and Technology department