Statesville’s film festival, the Full Bloom, concluded Saturday night with the announcement of award winners.
Charles Ashe, Chair of the Full Bloom Film Festival, began his remarks by saying the film festival is made for filmmakers.
“This festival is special because we allow the films to tell the story. We allow them to play with our emotions. It exposes us to art and different stories that we may not be familiar with. You are a gift in many ways to this community and to everyone who has seen your films.”
The film “Bridge to the Other Side” won “Best in Fest”.
The film, directed by KT Curran, was the story of a grieving young widow who takes a job with the fire department where her husband had worked, work8nh as a mental health advocate to kids in crisis.
The film also dealt with other community problems, such as PTSD of the military and that of firemen and paramedics, and the need to provide mental support to help them process the emotions that come from the job without the fear of losing their jobs.
Other winners were:
Best Narrative Feature: Loren & Rose
Best Feature Documentary: Tupungato
Best Short Narrative: May Fly
Best Short Documentary: Wild Climate
Best Animation: The Sprayer
Forty-four films from ten countries were included in this year’s festival. Film makers and cast members from certain films were on hand to answer questions and share about themselves and their journey to and through the making of the films.
A local highlight was the biographical documentary “Rockie Lynne: Where I Belong”, which prominently features the city of Statesville. JC Summerford was that film’s director.
The festival is a project of the Iredell Arts Council, the catalyst of many arts opportunitied in the area.