Drone Strike has had the greatest possible start to its festival circuit with winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 12th.
Chris with the prize
Having its world premiere at the festival’s Opening Night in front of 800 people was already a great honor, but the film went on to beat off stiff competition from 210 other international short films, to claim the Festival’s biggest prize – the festival nomination for Academy Award consideration at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, which will be held in February next year!
The Rhode Island International Film Festival is one of just 75 festivals around the world which are official qualifiers for The Oscars so this as an unexpected and very exciting achievement.
The Vets building, where Drone Strike had its world premiere
At this event, the festival “spotlight’s the very best of our short film submissions, serving to provide a taste of the breadth of subject matter, inspiration, and talent that is prevalent in the festival”.
Drone Strike credits
Director Chris Richmond flew out to Rhode Island to attend the premiere and was delighted with the support, praise and enthusiasm that he received from both audience members and fellow filmmakers alike. We send a very special thanks to Cat Sumislaski who made the 3-hour trip from Maine for the film’s premiere!
The success of ‘Drone Strike’ at the Rhode Island International Film Festival is an acknowledgement of all the hard work, dedication and effort that so many people across two continents have put into making this film over the past two years.
George T Marshall, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Intl Film Festival, commented on the film’s success “‘Drone Strike’ is impressive, smart and spot-on as it relates a story ripped out of the headlines, never losing touch with that common humanity that links us all. A brilliant tour de force by director, Chris Richmond and a film that is sure to spark conversation and debate.”
Now that the festival season has begun we will keep you up to date on Drone Strike’s progression, in this new stage of the film’s life, and we look forward to the excitement of many more screenings, both locally and on the international stage.