And the award goes to . . .

There were no golden statuettes, slinky gowns or red carpet, but there was a bit of competition on the closing night of the 12th annual United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF).  On Sunday, Oct. 25, Stanford Video’s Director, CATHERINE O’BRIEN, presented the Stanford Video Awards to two of the festival’s 50 films.

milkingMilking The Rhino, directed by David E. Simpson, which examines the deepening conflict between humans and animals, got the nod for cinematography.  Crips and Bloods: Made in America, directed by Stacy Peralta, whose credits include Dogtown & Z-Boys, and narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, won for film editing.

Stanford Video has been supporting the film festival since 2003. In addition to judging the films, the staff does post-production work. RYAN ROBERTS, network feed and production manager, edits the UNAFF trailers.

“We try to promotcripse Stanford-quality video production on campus, and felt the appropriate way to support this international festival  – which originated and is hosted on the Stanford campus  – was to reward professional storytelling through film and video,” O’Brien said.

“In the early years it was a slam dunk what films should win, ” O’Brien added. “Our job was a lot harder this year because the quality and the number of the films increased. Our crew reviewed all 50 festival films, many of which had excellent shooting and editing, so it took a lot longer to reach a consensus.”

-Rob Huffman

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