In total, the production and crew were recognized with 8 awards. The film received an Award of Excellence in the documentary category and was also acknowledged with Awards of Distinction for both Music and Production Design. All-star crew members Pip Gilmore, Stefan Wiesen, Erin Michelle Kruger, Lucas Abel, and Pete Penebre were each recognized for individual achievement:
Awards of Distinction
Stefan Wiesen for cinematography
Pip Gilmore for directing
Erin Michelle Kruger & Lucas Abel for editing
Award of Excellence
Pete Penebre for audio
Erin Michelle Kruger and Lucas Abel were also named Best Editors from among all 87 films submitted to the festival—the top I, Whiskey accolade of the evening.
Passing Lane Films’ producers Helen Straight and Drew Tidwell (pictured above, right), CEI executive producer Richard Morrison (above, left), and I attended the black tie affair at the Aurora Cineplex. Festival director Stephen Sherwood has created a filmmaker’s heaven with the Southern Shorts Awards. The judges’ scoring notes were incredibly welcome feedback and we were thrilled I, Whiskey won in its second film festival, just 3 months since debut.
Next month, we’re on the road again to Oxford Film Fest in Mississippi. Fingers crossed!
Join #iwhiskey fans worldwide this month for the International Watch Party celebrating freedom and whiskey, culminating on Burns Night, January 25, 2017.