Sticky Frenzy wins short film comp

A short film that portrays how a
young man’s life is governed by yellow Post-It notes was the winning entry in
the first Young Image Makers Short Film Awards on Sunday night.

Jackson Messer, 14, won the first
prize of a trip to the New York Film Academy camp this summer, with his short
film Sticky Frenzy.

In joint second place were Samantha
Tenus with her contribution, Drunk Driving, and Ashley Wood, who directed There
is a Consequence For Every Thought or Action That is Applied.

Daniel Conolly-Foster was awarded
fourth place for his A Day at the Beach and in fifth place was Aaron Hersant
with The Life of an Iguana.

Four of the winning students attend
the Cayman Islands International School and Daniel attends Heritage High.

The fledgling film directors, aged
10 to 15, and guests were given the red carpet treatment at the premier viewing
of all 22 entries at the Harquail Theatre on Sunday evening.

Explaining what inspired him to
make his Sticky Frenzy film, Mr. Jackson said: “I was looking at my teacher’s
desk one day and I saw a book of sticky notes and I thought ‘oh, this could be
kind of cool.’ A lot of business people run their life off sticky notes so I
thought it would be cool to make a movie out of it,” he said at his school on
Tuesday where he and fellow students were handed their winning certificates.

He said he was looking forward to
his trip to New York and hopes the camp will teach him techniques he can use in
next year’s competition.

The public was asked to vote for
its favourite film after the entries, which were between two and five minutes
long, were posted online by Cayfest organisers.

Daniel Conolly-Foster’s entry won
the popular vote, receiving 58 votes from the public online, while Aaron
Hersant got 40 public votes, Ashley Wood got 22, Jackson Messer received 17,
and Samantha Tenus got one.

The judges’ scores were 125 for
Samantha, 120 for Jackson, 116 for Ashley, 101 for Aaron and 100 for Daniel.

The votes were weighted, 30 per
cent for the public vote, and 70 per cent for the judges’ votes.

The judges were Christy McKenzie
from Apex Video Solutions; Frankie Flowers Jr. – Independent filmmaker and
Wesley Emanuel of Government Information Services.

A second screening of the films
will be held at the Aston Rutty Centre on Cayman Brac on 1 May as part of the
Cayfest activities on the Sister Islands.


Rita Estevanovich, pro-grammes manager, Cay-man National Cultural Foundation, from left, congratulates Jackson Messer (winner); Aaron Hersant (fifth); Samantha Tenus (tied second) and Ashley Wood (tied second).
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys