Evolution International Film Festival, hands-down is one of the most heart-driven film festivals I have ever attended well-attended by celebrities, film directors, paparazzi, and film distributors of high-quality international films that grace the market of today’s society and issues. The energy of the festival was apparent on first arrival into the famed Los Angeles Film School in the heart of Hollywood where film guru’s huddled around the entrance in observance if this yearly event founded by Elvi Cano influenced by the Los Angeles Film School where she also attended and founded as the home of her future successful international film festival. Elvi Cano, herself had stopped me on the way out of Xingu as a personal video interview of what I had experienced due to my intense emotional response leaving the theater. I left the theater with something inside that is rarely seen in the modern mainstream film market of film with little substance and truth, inspiration of a world beyond materialism, a happy-ending.
The diversified selection of the films nominated and screened by the festival range from societal and economical issues, political causes, charitable contributions, cultural differences, love, and creativity. The choice of films was an outstanding diversified selection relating to a wide range of audiences leaving the viewer with something of substance and memorable at the end of the film, rare in today’s mainstream film market.
The short film Carbon for Water created by Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez was one of the most heart-driven tear-jerkers I have seen in awhile. The quality of the actors, story, location set, and charitable cause created a memorable film that should be at least in nomination as best short film at The Academy Awards. The creators of the film chose a brilliant topic that is far undermined in a busy materialistic society more focused on image, career, and social status rather than basic humble needs of clean drinking water for basic survival. Set in the heart of Kenya, the filmmakers chose a sensitive and life-transforming matter of improving the economical standards of living for under-educated and civilized local citizens. Water-filters for the locals in their homes were created for basic survival for mud and infected water needed for basic survival. Overall, there was a happy-ending and solution to this epidemic of untimely deaths due to unsafe drinking water savings thousands of lives.
Xingu, directed by Cao Hamburger, Brazil was a brilliant collaboration of the socio-economical differences of Brazilians integrating into the humble society of Xingu Indians in order to improve their health conditions with modern medicine for survival against common causes of curable death as flu that seems to afflict many local Indian tribes with no cure in the heart of the film. It is a meeting of two different worlds that integrate with the gift of love. Set alongside the Amazon basin, Xingu National Park is the heart of the pride and home of the Xingu Indians, and the lead actors Claudio Villas Boas (João Miguel) is to quest to protect and preserve one of the world’s most exclusive territories.
What would life be like without the forced merriment of modern day living in a humble Indian tribe that chooses to leave their land sacred? It is a test of modern day technology meets humble nobility of two worlds that collide seeking their own definition of cultural pride to reserve their individuality in the world they live. By now surprise does Xingu win overall best film, as a well-deserved standing ovation for outstanding performance and filmmaking.
Many of the award-wining films received mentions, but Xingu went the extra mile to captivate the audience and make an impact on the viewer, and of course, Xingu walks away with best full-length feature by no surprise.
The Award winners by no surprise as a follows as the festival goes on to Dubai, Palma De Mallorca, and Cairo inspiring the world one city at a time.
Best Narrative Feature
- Xingu, directed by Cao Hamburger, Brazil
Best Doc Feature
- Barzan, directed by Cassidy Dimon, USA
Best Narrative Short
- That Wasn't me, directed by Esteban Crespo, Spain
Best Doc Short
- Not Anymore: A Story of a Revolution, directed by Matthew VanDyke, USA
Best Student Film
- Try Outs, directed by Susana Casares, Spain
Best Male Actor in a Feature Film
- Joao Miguel for Xingu
Best Female Actor in a Feature Film
- Jan Broberg for Coyote
Best Male Actor in a Short Film
- Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz (Tie) for Buzkashi Boys
Best Female Actor in a Short Film
- Zoe Thielemans for Robyn O.
Best Ensemble Cast:
- Bela Wolf She was left alone
The theme of this film festival inspires the audience that truth and love is still alive in the world in ways overlooked in a fast-paced modern society. Hats-off for memorable cause as the festival moves forward to other international markets!
For more information about Evolution International Film Festival, please visit, www.evolutionfilmfestival.com/