Fashion Film Festival Chicago announced the winning entries from its 2015 Festival and competition. The Festival screening took place at Columbia College Chicago's Film Row Cinema. The honorees are as follows:
First place - Coupe d'Or - went to ‘Silver Girl’ by Josh Brandao. According to Brandao, his film was “inspired by the world of Spanish bullfighting, ‘Silver Girl’ tells the story of a woman and a man, both equal in their own merit, and how gender and age determined their fate. The film showcases a full collection of hats by British hat designer Philip Treacy, jewelry by Adler Jewellers as well as designs by Julian McDonald and Armani.”
Second place - Médaille d'Argent - went to ‘Learn itSelf’, a fashion film by Gregory Marchenko. According to Marchenko, the film “is the symbolism that affects the subconscious. The viewer can think through, continuing himself, to draw an analogy with himself and his inner world.”
Third place - Médaille de Bronze - went to ‘The Chase’, a fashion film by Graham Sheldon. According to the film’s producer, Dhrumil Desai, “ ‘The Chase’ marks our entree into the world of fashion film. Our team approached this short film with the concept of creating a game of cat and mouse between two people in an undefined relationship. The ambiguity of the chase is something we tried to keep present throughout while showing a variety of fashion from various designers. We also aimed to create a sense of danger and an almost animalistic pursuit with our use of the White Tiger.”
The Fashion Honor award went to Daisy Gili’s ‘Paroha Surrender’. According to Gili, “‘Paroha: Surrender’ is an exploration of what it means to be a Paroha woman in a world where luxury, beauty, and sensuality combine to create an intoxicating blend of fantasy and reality.”
This year’s category winners include: Jan Macierewicz’s ‘Tribe’ which received the "Essence of Fashion" award; Gianluca Grandinetti’s ‘Atman - Mavranyma’ received the “Beauty” award; and the award for best “Creative Concept” went to Javiera Huidobro for ‘H & M Challenge'. The Audience Choice Award was shared by Phillip Montgomery and Josh Franer's Homeward: Lost & Found, and Cecilie Allain's .Madeleine Road.
The winning submissions were screened along with the other official selections at Columbia College Chicago as Chicago’s 2015 fall fashion week events came to a close.
Fashion film is a rapidly developing category of filmmaking. Emerging and established designers and filmmakers creatively cooperate to produce dream-like, experimental, dramatic, edgy, beautiful or deeply inspiring film. It is a short form that carries enormous impact and enthusiasm.
The Fashion Film Festival Chicago (FFFC) is an annual festival and competition which aims to celebrate the beauty and art of fashion as captured through the filmmakers' lens. Fashion Film Festival Chicago accepts submissions from July 1st through June 1st each year, after-which the selection committee and jury view and vote for stand-outs from among the healthy group of submissions. Visit the Fashion Film Festival Chicago website for more information on the annual festival and to enjoy the winning selections.