Snowtown Film Festival Award Winners

Snowtown Film Festival Award Winners
Winners Announced, Saturday, January 25 (Source: Snowtown Film Festival)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) -

Metropolitan Bowling, directed by Louka Hogue, took home the Grand Prize at the 6th Annual Snowtown Film Festival. The film, which screened at the festival during the “Between Two Worlds" block of shorts, tells the story of an unlikely discovery that challenges the relationship between a father and his daughters. “I’d like to thank all the cast and crew for their amazing work, and for believing in me,” Mr. Hogue said. “The film wouldn’t be here without them. I also want to thank the Snowtown Film Festival organizers for believing so much in indie filmmaking. It means a lot to be supported by passionate people like them.”

Grand Prize Winner
Grand Prize Winner (Source: Snowtown Film Festival)

Mr. Hogue, a celebrated young filmmaker from Montreal, Quebec, wrote, produced and directed Metropolitan Bowling. Passionate since a very young age by adventure, Mr. Hogue directed his first short film - Plume - at the age of eighteen. Plume received a number of international film awards including the “Winter Through Film” award at the 2019 Snowtown Film Festival. “As a young filmmaker, this prize is a huge encouragement that tells me that I’m on the right track, and that I should keep on working as hard as I can to put the stories I love on screen,” said Mr. Hogue. “I’m just starting in the industry, but I already know that I want to tell stories to touch people,” Mr. Hogue said. “This acknowledgment shows me that the audience has been touched by the moving story of Michel and Emily, despite the language barrier.” Snowtown Film Festival presented over forty short films on two screens on January 24th and 25th at the Dulles State Office Building in downtown Watertown, NY. The Snowtown Film Festival jury screened over 600 submissions from all over the world to compete for the Grand Prize Award. In addition to the Grand Prize, the following films were also honored at the festival:

  • Outstanding Animated Short - iRony, Radheya Jegatheva
  • Outstanding Comedy Short - The Catch, Sam Avery
  • Outstanding Short Screenplay - Call Sign, Brad and Christian Cooper
  • North Country Filmmaker’s Award - Loring Murtha and Zack Kron for Oh, Boy
  • North Country Filmmaker’s Award - Mark C. Burns for Ice Palace, A Love Letter
  • North Country Filmmaker’s Award - Michael I. Devine for The Michigan

North Country Filmmaker’s Award - Miguel Lambert for The Mattress King

January 24-25
January 24-25 (Source: Watertown Snowtown Film Festival)

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