Season One Haydenfilms Online Film Festival Winners to be Honored

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The four winners of the Season One Haydenfilms Online Film Festival will be honored at a special ceremony in New York City on January 12, 2006.

The four winners of the Season One Haydenfilms Online Film Festival will be honored at a special ceremony at the legendary Director’s Guild of America Theater in New York City on Thursday, January 12, 2006. The ceremony is open to the public.

The highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of a $10,000 grand prize to the top entry by film festival founder Hayden Craddolph. Festivities will begin with a VIP reception at 6:15 p.m. A screening of the four films and filmmaker question and answer sessions will follow. Tickets for the VIP event are $50; admission to the screening and Q&A portion is $10.

The Haydenfilms Online Film Festival is among the first fully online festivals and began in October 2004 as a way for independent filmmakers to showcase their works on the Internet. Thirty-six films were entered in the festival that ran from August 30 to October 30 of this year.

The four winning films competing for the $10,000 grand prize are: “Fortunate Son” submitted by Quinn Saunders, “I Killed Zoe Day” submitted by Powell Weaver, “Life or Breath” submitted by Steve Desmond and “Smart Card” submitted by James Oxford.

In addition to the grand prize, the three remaining winners will receive prize packages contributed by sponsors such as Write Brothers, CMP Books and Akimbo. The four films are also being shown on through the end of August.

“We are extremely pleased with the response our online film festival has generated,” said Craddolph, “and we are honored to be able to hold our ceremony at the DGA Theater, which truly represents the rich tradition of film. Haydenfilms is looking forward to our Season Two Festival that will begin on August 30, 2006.”

Finalists for the Season One Haydenfilms Online Film Festival submitted short films of 30 minutes or less that were reviewed by a unique, professional judging panel of eight national media professors and film industry experts. Each judge viewed and voted on the films and the top 36 were made available for online member voting. Entries included student submissions, animated works and documentaries. The Haydenfilms online festival was the first to accept all short films regardless of genre and the first to offer a $10,000 grand prize.

Haydenfilms LLC, founded in 2001, is an independent film production and distribution company based in Kutztown, Pa. Its mission is to create and foster an online network of independent and student film producers and to provide the support and resources necessary for filmmakers to succeed. The Haydenfilms website provides industry news, job and resume posting, message boards and shopping for filmmaking software and equipment.

To order tickets for the Season One Haydenfilms Online Film Festival at the DGA Theater in New York on January 12, 2006, visit Or send a check or money order to Tickets, Haydenfilms, 131 E. Main St., Suite 2, Kutztown, PA 19530. Or call 610-894-9639.

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