Josh Funk Wins Best of Festival Award at Sundial Film Festival with ‘The Spaceman’

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On March 5th, film director Josh Funk won top honors at the 2016 Sundial Film Festival with Best of Festival and Best Narrative Film awards. The awards were given for Funk’s imaginative sci-fi short film The Spaceman, created with giant cardboard sets, stop-motion puppets, and old school techniques.

Director Josh Funk on the stop-motion set of The Spaceman.

It’s surreal to see how this small Kickstarter funded sci-fi film has grown to reach so many people

The Spaceman features an exceptional use of practical effects including stop-motion animation, miniatures, animatronics, and elaborate sets made of cardboard. The film stars Funk’s brother Jordan Funk, who builds a cardboard spaceship, travels to an alien planet, and fights a stop-motion monster. This black and white short was filmed in the Northern California locations of Chico, Forest Ranch, and Fern Canyon.

“I am so honored to be a part of the Sundial Film Festival and to take home these film awards. It’s surreal to see how this small Kickstarter funded sci-fi film has grown to reach so many people,” said Funk.

Organized and presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Redding Foundation, The Sundial Film Festival, in its 8th year, showcases the talent and diversity of filmmakers and photographers at the beautifully restored Cascade Theater in Redding, California.

All entries were judged for creativity, quality, and originality by a diverse jury comprised of independent filmmakers, critics, and educators in the film industry. Proceeds from the event went towards serving the Redding community's greatest asset –local children.

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