1 May, 2009
Winston today announced the winners of the 2008 FlyFishingMovies.com Film Festival for the period ending December 31, 2008. “The quality of films in the recent competition period was exceptional,” said one of the three judges, Steve Ransohoff, President of Film Finances, Inc. “The films seem to get better and better. It’s a perfect platform for anglers to share their fish stories, with a creative flair. We’re all storytellers at heart and few of us now go fishing without a camera of one type or another. I saw some creative work here that was truly impressive.”
After a careful and lengthy deliberation on the part of our jury, (James Prosek, Steve Ransohoff, Chad Oman) we are pleased to announce the following winners of the FlyFishingMovies.com Film Festival for 2008.
The Golden Trout Award – For Best Film this year goes to “Eastern Rises” about flyfishing for trout in Kamchatka, Russia (4 weeks, 4 drainages – Big Bows and Bigfoot). This film was submitted by acclaimed film makers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight. The Grand Prize for the Best Film in 2008 is a Winston Bamboo fly rod. “We are honored to receive the Golden Trout Award,” says Travis Rummel. “It has always been a dream to own a Winston bamboo rod.”
The Silver Trout Awards:
For Best Freshwater Film goes to “Raising the Ghost” submitted by Josh Brandner.
For Best Saltwater Film goes to “Connected” submitted by Will Benson.
Both of the Silver Trout winners will receive a Winston graphite rod of their choice.
The Bronze Trout Awards:
For Best Freshwater Film goes to “All Rise” submitted by Bryan Huskey.
For Best Saltwater Film goes to “Multi Pesca” submitted by Mike E. Wier
Both of the Bronze Trout winners will receive $100 in Winston accessories of their choice.
Conservation Award: For Best Conservation Film goes to “TU-California” submitted by Mike E. Wier.
The winner of the Conservation Award will receive $100 in Winston accessories of their choice.
Certificates of Distinction
In addition, the Jury awarded Certificates of Distinction to four outstanding films:
“The Season,” “The Joy of Fishing La Paz, Mexico,” “Better Than Brown Trout,” and “Bonjour Boney!”
The 4 Certificate of Distinction winners will receive $100 in Winston accessories of their choice.
Certificates will be presented to all winners. In addition, the names of the winning films and filmmakers will be engraved on the FlyFishingMovies.com Film Festival plaque permanently housed in the Winston Museum. Winston and the Festival Jury congratulate the winners for their fabulous award-winning films.
The Jury consisted of James Prosek, renowned artist, conservationist and writer; Chad Oman, President of Production with Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and Steve Ransohoff, President of Film Finances, Inc.
The 2009 FlyFishingMovies.com Film Festival has already begun and will run through December 31, 2009, so there is plenty of time to submit. Prizes for the upcoming 2009 Film Festival will be announced in a few weeks. The first entries are already available for viewing on flyfishingmovies.com as well as all award winners and past submissions from the prior festivals.
How to enter a flyfishing movie: simply logon to flyfishingmovies.com and follow the instructions. In most cases, movies can be uploaded immediately.