Congratulations to the filmmakers, novices and veterans who competed in this year's i48: The Idaho 48 Hour Film Festival and Competition, one of the better bundles of films in what has become Boise's favorite film festival, now in its 12th year.
Hero, took the top prize in the open division, a category reserved for filmmakers who have survived previous competitions in which teams are given specific props, names and dialogue that must be included as they craft and complete a short film in 48 hours. Hero, from team Ice Cream Entertainment, was a fun ditty about a young boy who fantasizes he's an Indiana Jones-esque hero and acts out his adventures with the help of a neighbor girl. The action unfolds through clever juxtaposition between the boy and girl acting out scenes in their quiet neighborhood and imagined adult versions of the same pair in real-life cliffhangers. Dusty Aunan won the open division Best Actor award for Oh, Sandy and Laura Mason took the Best Actress award for Blind Steal.
In the novice division, the best film of 2015 was 11th Year, with acting awards going to William Bowers for 11th Year and Alex Free for Any Other Name.
Boise Weekly's special award for Best Use of Boise went to Martin's Dancer, a clever comedy about the world's worst dancer prancing around the City of Trees.