Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival

By Kirk Geiger on Oct 14, 2016 at 06:22 PM in Kirk Geiger's Press
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The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival is proud to announce the audience awards for BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST SHORT FILM and BEST LOCAL SHORT. And the winners are: 

  • Best Feature Film: KARATE KILL (Kurando Misutake) 
  • Best Short Film: THE PANTY SYMPHONIC (Zach Strum) 
  • Best Local Short: IZZY’S STORM (Dom Hilton) 

For PUFF attendees, selecting their favorite films was a difficult task, as all three winners barely edged out the competition to be crowned the audience favorites of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival. The winners of Best Feature and Short will be awarded with the highly coveted PUFF tiara -- a jewel encrusted masterpiece ordered from 

IZZY’S STORM director Dom Hilton was awarded a brick of scrapple on Sunday night as a token of Philadelphia pride.

We wanted to give local filmmakers something that truly represented Philadelphia, and not the obvious gift of a cheesesteak or something in the shape of a broken old bell. Any good Philadelphian knows that scrapple is a classic Pennsylvania tradition, and a valuable, delicious prize.

It’s been very exciting to unveil these trophies, which we hope will become a fun tradition in the future. The mission of PUFF is to have a good time, and we think our awards represent the spirit of the festival. Not to mention, everyone secretly wants to win a tiara.

Love, PUFF Co-directors Madeleine Koestner and Alex Gardner

I've gotten a lot of flack from the gay community about casting straight actors in gay roles, but I've also cast gay actors in straight roles and I'll bet you didn't know that, but I did. I don't discriminate against straight or gay people in casting; I'm open to good acting. Let's take Kirk Geiger, who played Ty in the Sordid Lives movie. The day he auditioned for me, he was very gay. I didn't feel it was my right to ask if he was gay or straight, but I cast the best actor in the role. You know what I say to people who criticize me for that? I say, "Fuck you." In Yellow, I happen to have a straight boy playing a straight boy and a gay boy playing a gay boy, but they were the best actors for the roles.
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