EQUUS Film Festival 2017 Where Awardees Raised Their WINNIES
The WINNIE Moment!
The 5th Annual EQUUS Film Festival was a Smashing Success
This year’s 5th annual EQUUS Film Festival was truly a smashing success. It took place November 17-19 at the HELEN MILLS Theater & Event Space in the heart of New York City. The draw of both the film festival and its location inspired equine filmmakers, artists and authors to travel from near and far to be there to showcase their work.
While some came as near as New York City, others flew in from Canada, England, South Korea, Australia, Norway, Mexico and Holland. Not only did filmmaker Hanna Ceglinska-Lesnodorska make the trip from Poland but the Polish Ambassador, His Excellency Piotr Wilczek, and the Polish Honorary Consul, Mr. Tomasz Skotnicki, were there to watch her heartwarming film, BASK: The Revelation of America, about this famous Arabian.
Founder and Director Lisa Diersen and Co-Organizer Diana De Rosa work year-round to make this annual event a success. EFF17 began on Friday showcasing a variety of feature films, documentaries, shorts and commercials on three different screens.
They Came From Near and Far
Parties, Films, Mounted Police and fun for Kids of All Ages
Friday night was the real kick-off when after guests mixed and mingled and savored JARLSBERG Cheese and EINSTOK Beer, the stage was set for the true champions to introduce their books and artwork and talk about their films. Some 22 filmmakers, out of the over 40 that attended, were there to share their story and inspire the audience of over 100 guests to join them when their film was shown. Both before and after new friends were made and partnerships achieved.
On Saturday the day kicked off with the Li’L Herc FREE Family Fun Fest, inspired and sponsored by Suzanne Kopp-Moskow, the author of Li’l Herc® The Power of Kindness. While the feature film, Apple of My Eye, was shown in the theater, afterwards guests, tiny tots and passersby had a chance to visit with Mounted Police Officers Herminio Colon and Jemal Elliot and their horses Spartan and Scout. A special thank you to Deputy Inspector Barry Gelbman, commander of the New York Police Department’s Mounted Police, and everyone in the NYPD Mounted Unit for sharing their time and good will with EFF17. It was the perfect end to a perfect morning.
Afterwards the films continued late into the night while the “stars” of the show were interviewed in the press room by Wayne Williams for his TV and radio show, www.speakingofhorses.com. Many of these interviews will be shown throughout the year so be sure to visit his website often.
Mixing & Mingling and Fun for All Ages
Award Winners Raise Their WINNIES
Sunday was the day everyone was waiting for. Who would win the many WINNIE Awards? It was an afternoon of smiles, tears, joy and laughter as winners raised this year’s WINNIE as if it were an Oscar. Their thrill comes from years of putting their hearts and souls into the films they produced, the books they wrote or the artwork they created. The backdrop was the beautiful The Wild Horses of Sable Island Gallery, featuring the amazing photography of Roberto Dutesco.
A special thank you to Stephan and Tanya Learn of the Food Fox Hospitality Group and Papatzul, a nearby restaurant to the gallery, for supplying the tapas and Sangria for the WINNIE Awards.
Because of Diersen’s vision to create this equine focused film festival, these artists now have a platform to gain visibility for all their hard work. And what better way to end this article than with the words of the winners.
“What an incredible weekend. Parker, Cashlyn and I had a wonderful time! It was a truly magical event and we are still recapping on the WINNIE awards ceremony and all of the amazing films and people we met. Thank you for your generosity and sheer passion for the work that you do. You two are amazing and I can't wait to participate and hear more about future festivities! Happy Holidays! Megan Orr, Best of Festival Human Interest WINNIE for Pee Wee Lovell
“This is one of the best festivals in the world! I was so honored to be able to attend this weekend and I had the pleasure to meet so many amazing and inspiring filmmakers and horse people. I can’t commend Lisa and her team enough for a wonderful weekend. Everyone with a horse movie needs to be at this wonderful event next year!” Elaine Heney, Equestrian Film Mini WINNIE for Steve Halfpenny
“Thank you so very much for having me be a part of your EQUUS Film Festival team. The like-minded camaraderie and spirit of the attendees and filmmakers was wonderful! AND, it was inspiring and refreshing to work alongside the focused, funny and full-speed-ahead duo that you two are. I appreciate and admire that work ethic enormously.” Jacqueline Osborn, a volunteer for the New York State Horse Council
“I’m still riding high with ‘The Troubles’ win of a WINNIE! That award has generated a lot of interest and I can see how the EQUUS footprint is growing. You must be exhausted and thrilled!” Connie Johnson Hambley, author of The Wake, Equine Fiction – English WINNIE. Her The Troubles book won in 2016.
“I'm really glad I attended EQUUS17 in NYC and spent a couple of precious days with like-minded horsey people! Lisa and Diana really put their heart and soul into this festival, and into growing it and nurturing their roster of cinematic talent. It was amazing and refreshing to see! It was of course the bees knees to be honored with Best Of Festival for our film, All The Wild Horses at the end, but even without it I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Looking forward to 2018!” Ivo Marloh, winner of Best of Festival Documentary, Equestrian Director International Documentary Action, and Equestrian Documentary Full Length for All the Wild Horses.
The Attendees Speak Out!
Carriage Horses and More…
When the WINNIE Awards were over there was still one more event to take place before EFF17 was over. Guests were able to visit the Clinton Park Stables and meet the many carriage horses. This tour opportunity was organized by the New York State Horse Council and its volunteers. A special thank you to them and to the many companies that donated gifts for the Silent Auction or Ambassadors who helped spread the word. Cheers to sponsors Sue Anne Wells with the Mustang Leadership Partners, The Right Horse, Jonathan & Eva Learn, Julianne Neal & Bruce Anderson (hosts of the Camden, SC Tour Stop), FarmPaint, RIDETV, Espana Silk, Maryland Horse Industry Board and Ross Peddicord (host of the Maryland Tour Stop), Redmond Equine, and Omega Fields.
However, it doesn’t stop here. In addition to the annual EQUUS Film Festival and the many Tour Stops that happen year round throughout the nation and the world, these filmmakers have one more thing to look forward to. The EQUUS Film Festival Online Horse Platform will be revealed soon. This is where those who want to revisit the films they’ve seen, see the ones they’ve heard about or be introduced to a host of new films can do just that.
While the annual EQUUS Film Festival won’t happen again until the weekend before Thanksgiving next year in NYC, the tour stops will kick-off in January with the EQUUS Film Festival MARYLAND Tour Stop.
For more about all of the above visit www.equusfilmfestival.net.
Take time to see who won this year’s WINNIE Awards.
See highlights from this year’s EQUUS Film Festival.
The End of another Award Winning EQUUS Film Festival
ABOUT THE EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL
The fifth annual EQUUS Film Festival took place November 17-19 in New York City and is the first event of its kind to offer a home to the storytellers of the horse world, with films, documentaries, videos, commercials and shorts from around the world and also cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature. EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse.
For more information contact: Lisa Diersen (Founder/Director) firstname.lastname@example.org, 630-272-3077.
For media: Co-organizer Diana De Rosa, email@example.com, 516-848-4867.