There’s plenty of talent at the Stonebridge Town Centre in Wasaga Beach: Mary Ann Watts of Wild Wing won the Platinum Award in the Regional Music Video Category at the Fourth Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival.
|Mary Ann Watts|
Photo by Enrique Miranda
Watts directed “Burn” by local band TooNice. This is the second win for Watts. To see the award-winning video, visit http://tinyurl.com/kcf2w7u.
“The TooNice Band were really fun to work with and would do anything I would ask— from shooting on top of a store roof, on a pontoon boat and being submerged in the lake. Their response was always ‘No problem’,” Watts says.
Winners in several categories were announced at the WBSFF4 Red Carpet Gala Awards on Jan. 24 at the RecPlex—220 people attended.
Last year Watts won the Platinum Award for Southern Georgian Bay Music Video at the Third Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival for “There is a Light" by singer-songwriter Rebecca Stephens. For Watts, directing music videos is an extension of her passion for photography: she is a wedding photographer— Mary Ann Watts Photography.
“I’ve always secretly wanted to be a ‘rock star’ but I can’t sing or play an instrument—even after all the 'private lessons,' Watts says. “I truly have an admiration of the drive, creativity and challenges that many musicians have endured. Through my photography and film production, I feel I have an understanding and connection to their music. I am so grateful that I have been given the gift of photography that I can share and express through music," she adds.
Watts is grateful for all of the people who participated in the making of the video and those who have helped and mentored her. "Most of all I would like to thank all our friends and judges that voted for the TooNice “Burn” music video," Watts says.
Gary Cerantola, chair of the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival says the WBSFF contributes to “Building the creative economy and fulfilling its mission of bringing the world to Wasaga Beach through a shared passion for film and the power of storytelling.”
The festival received 57 submissions— 47 qualified— from around the world and around the corner: Australia, Egypt, France, Israel, Ireland, Japan, the U.K., the U.S., plus British Columbia, Newfoundland, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Nottawa, Ottawa, Tiny Stratford, Toronto, and of course Wasaga Beach.
Fourth Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Winners
International Master Category
First Lesson In love by Tomer Werechson
The Painting by Maxime Brulein
Lost by Mohamed Abd El Kader
National Master Category
The Artic Experiment by Kenneth Edwards
Sweet Coffee by Mousa Ghodratifard
Before the War by Ruth Lawrence
Regional Master Category Award
Severed Ties by Matt Tipold
Severed Ties by Matt Tipold
Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Video by Denise Hayes, Producer Nate Lacroix
Labelled the Movie by Lana Turcic-Brandau
Regional Music Video Category
“Burn” TooNice by Mary Ann Watts
“Holdin’ My Breath” Austin McCarthy by Matt Tipold
“Null” by Maria Magovskaia
Regional Video Advertisement Category
“The Smoke” – Collingwood by Cam Dyment
“Not the Sac” Wax by Andre Arevalo
“Everyday is Sundae!” by Sylvia Bray
To see the videos, visit http://www.wasagafilmfestival.com/index.php?action=display&cat=51&sid=368