, a high-school drama directed by Jordan Albertsen, won the $100,000 grand prize in the first Fylmz.com competition
, announced last Saturday night at the Belcourt. The first runner-up was Richard Halpern's twisty shocker Zzyzx
, followed by P. Patrick Hogan's comedy-drama Pope Dreams
. Eric Wolfson won best director for his making-of satire Callback
; Eve of Understanding
's Rebecca Lowman and Salt
's Bradford Tatum took top honors for acting. For his comedy Park
, major-studio vet Kurt Voelker got best screenplay.
The Nashville-based Fylmz site went live last year to create an online hub for independent filmmakers, with its member-voted competition as the motivating event. Attendance last weekend for the first Fylmz festival was spotty, especially for the daytime shows. But many of the filmmakers were in town, and they seemed to be having a great time Thursday night as they waited to board a chartered party bus outside the theater. The winners will also get a meeting with John Crye at distributor Newmarket Films (The Passion of the Christ
, Donnie Darko
), and the top three films will receive screenings at select Carmike Cinemas locations, according to Carmike spokesman Bob Scarborough—which could help Fylmz build a rep for actually getting small-budget indies into theaters.
A full list of winners is available here