2017 Entries

Watch Year 12: Constellations:

Thanks to all the teams for participating and Congratulations to all the Finalists and Award Winners.
Here are the results to 72 Film Fest Year 12.

Award Winner Nominations      
LIGHTING Twilight Jones Moonslaves Laserstar Dishwasher Safe  
SOUND Laserstar Sub Finem SRK Moonslaves Unimental
ACTING Crowded Elevator Gone Fission Sub Finem Moonslaves Skybox
]CINEMATOGRAPHY Star Wipe Dishwasher Safe Laserstar Moonslaves SRK
EDITING Unimental Laserstar Moonslaves Pecos Left Hand
WRITING Unimental M Dot Star Wipe Moonslaves SRK
AMATEUR SkyBox Twilight Jones Left Hand    
STUDENT SRK Carpet Wall Sub Finem    
PRO Star Wipe Laserstar Moonslaves Unimental Dishwasher Safe
BEST OF THE FEST Moonslaves Unimental Skybox SRK Star Wipe

The Producers also wanted to recognize:

Avante Garde: Sub Finem
Best of the Rest: Dishwasher Safe

Audience Choice went to Crowded Elevator.

Thanks to all of the teams that participated in Year 12 of 72 Film Fest! Thanks to you it was a glorious night of film in Frederick Maryland. And it’s just started. Tomorrow Night is the Main Event.

Congratulations to the 2017 Finalists!

Plus the AUDIENCE voted to move on the following teams:
Block One: CLAM JAM

All of these films will play Saturday Night during the MAIN EVENT starting at 7pm, with Awards at 9:30 and After Party at Nido’s starting up right after. Your Friday or Saturday ticket gets you into the After Party so make sure you come out.


Full Teams:

16 Students. 23 Amateurs. 16 Pros.
Updated 10/3
Download 2017 FilmMaker Packet– Includes All Releases,Terms Conditions and Official Entry Form Due at Movie Turn In.
Criteria 2017 Rules and FAQ.

Pro 6:45, Amateur 6, Student 5:30.

Teams and their Criteria.

Team Name (Level)Team Logo/Video?

Free Range Humans (P) N/N
Large Dad Studio (S) N/Y
Team Bebop (P) Y/N
M. Dot Films (P) N/N
Too Many Cooks (S) N/N
Clam Jam (S) N/Y
Sub Finem (S) Y/N (need new one was just logo)
Montressor Media (A) N/N
The Collective (S) Y/Y
Starwipe Films (P) N/N
Stepdad Productions (P) N/Y
Epica Productions (S) Y/N
Creamed Productions (S) Y/Y – reg not complete.
Demon/Angel (A) Y/Y
Film 2-7-5 (S) Y/Y
Roaring River Productions (A) Y/Y
Never Shut Up Productions (A) N/N
Wolf House (A) Y/Y
Shrug (P) Y/Y
The Salt Incident (S) N/N
Weapons Grade Geranium (A) N/N
R&R Productions (A) N/Y
Fractal Edge Studios (P) Y/Y
Couch Money (A) N/N
Noticeable Grain (P) N/N
Dishwasher Safe (P) Y/Y
Twilight Jones Productions (A) Y/Y
EEG Productions (A) N/N
Left Hand Films (A) Y/Y
Gone Fission Films (P) Y/Y
Meraki Pictures (S) N/N
Ah Muh Face! (A) N/Y
Levi & Squad (S) N/N (was 37 seconds long)
Laserstar (P) Y/Y
One Way Productions (A) Y/Y
White Noise (S) Y/Y
Moyst Productions (S) Y/Y
Moonslaves (P) N/N
Carpet Wall Productions (S) Y/Y
Bright Boy Alert  (A) Y/Y
The Comedy Pigs (P) Y/Y
Crowded Elevator Pictures (P) N/N
Pecos Bill and the Wranglers (P) N/N
Flatdog Media (A) N/N
Wildcat Studios (S) N/N
Brigand Filmworks (A) Y/N
SRK Video (S) N/N
Skybox Productions (A) N/N
Film.Lovables (P) Y/Y
Exit Music (A) Y/Y
Ophiuchus Pictures (A) N/N
Unimental (A) N/N (going pro)
Missing Link Cinema (P) Y/Y



Michael Tully- Filmmaker
After his directorial debut, Cocaine Angel, world premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Since then, he has directed Silver Jew (2007), Septien (2011), Ping Pong Summer (2014), and is currently in post-production on his latest feature, Don’t Leave Home (2018). He is the founding editor of HammerToNail.com, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema.


Matt Edens – Writer

In more than two decades as a writer for both broadcast and cable television, Matt has scripted everything from Saturday morning cartoons to true crime documentary series such as A&E’s City Confidential, Snapped on Oxygen and Murder Comes to Town for Investigation Discovery.



Victoria Lesiw – Editor
Victoria is a film editor and writer with over a decade of experience. She has edited multiple award-winning features and shorts spanning a wide variety of styles and genres. She recently relocated to DC from Brooklyn, NY to work with Vice Media.



Dan DeLuca – Actor
Dan wrote/produced/ directed the award winning feature “Two-Minute Heist, and wrote/produced the 2007 theatrically released film “Crazy Eights” (Lion’s Gate)d .  He co-directed/produced the 5 time festival winning feature, “On The Wing,” (2015) and wrote/produced the 2017 feature “The Night Watchmen.”   He has written 20 screenplays, produced, and directed a series of short documentaries,  commercials, corporate videos, and music videos. As an actor, DeLuca  is best known for his role as Dr. David Parenti, in the HBO series “The Wire.”  Other roles include Veep, House of Cards and a string of independent features.  Dan is currently producing a feature as part of “ON DECK FILMs.

John Grove – Cinematographer
John Grove began his freelance career as a Director of Photography in Los Angeles after receiving a bachelors degree in Cinematography from Columbia College of Hollywood. Grove has been at the helm of features, music videos, TV shows, documentaries and commercials. His work is defined by his composition, use of color, camera movement and versatility to light and shoot all styles of genres/ projects. Now back in his hometown near Baltimore, Maryland, he has been a cinematographer on many projects including Christmas comedy feature “Elf-Man” and gaffer or camera op on shows such as “Restaurant Divided”, “Cupcake Wars”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “Stories of the ER”, “Pati’s Mexican Table”, “Master of the Mix” and many more.

Richard Jefferies – Writer/Producer
Richard grew up in Frederick, Maryland, where he graduated from Frederick High School in 1974.  After 34 years of building a career in Hollywood, Richard returned to live in the Frederick Area. During his time in Hollywood, Richard delivered 28 Feature Film writing assignments to major studios including Tron: Legacy, Cold Creek Manor (which he also executive produced) and Man of The House at Disney, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer at Fox, Searchers and The Bad Place at Warner Bros.  Richard has done uncredited writing work on many movies including Sci-Fi features Virus, Species and Imposter.  Richard wrote, directed and produced Organizm aka Living Hell, which premiered on SYFY Channel and wrote the cult honor classic Scarecrows. Richard joined Wisearce Films in 2010, where he co-wrote and produced the Christmas Comedy Elf-Man.


Rona Mensah – Actor
Rona Mensah detests writing bios. Here’s the boildown: She’s a Company Member at Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Frederick, MD She’s a radio personality with Today’s 97.5 in Martinsburg, WV.  Catch her mornings from 5am-9am. She loves being a part  of the 72 Film Fest and is ever impressed and amazed at the creativity and talent in the festival.

Rick Kain – Actor, Stuntman, stunt Coordinator, film maker.
A native Marylander, Rick Kain is a veteran actor, stuntman, and stunt coordinator with over 150 film and television credits to date. His most recent work can be seen on ‘The Purge-Election Year’, ‘Jackie’, ‘Miss Sloan”, ‘Legends & Lies-The Patriots’, ‘Turn’ and ‘Blue Bloods’. He has just completed production of the festival bound short film ‘Final Notice’, based on an award winning script. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA, WIFV, TIVA, Vice-Chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Stunt and Safety Committee, Mid-Atlantic SAG-AFTRA Board member, and sits on the advisory board for The Actors Center in Washington, D.C.



Matt Davies – Sound Editor
MPSE is a Supervising Sound Editor, Foley Artist and Partner at Studio Unknown in Catonsville, MD. Spanning a wide range of genres, Matt has been involved in creating sound work for Netflix Original Feature Films, Award Winning Indies, Animated Shorts, Broadcast Commercials and TV shows. Overseeing the creative team, Matt directly works with Filmmakers to draw out themes and concepts to enhance productions through sound. Matt is also an alumn and professor at MICA, where he works across multiple departments to instruct storytelling through sound, as well as designing workflows and curating Sound FX Libraries for his students.

Grey Adkins – Gaffer
Grey “just like the color” Adkins is first and foremost a regionally ranked champion at brewing pour-over coffee. He hails from Frederick, Maryland but screwing up at TJ high school found him in an amphibious ready group invasion force for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2001, whoops! He emerged years later from the oceans and deserts of the world with a newfound love of reading to escape his reality, and a GI Bill to cash in at Towson University. Now armed with a highly, -highly-, lucrative degree in film and an amazingly understanding wife he set out to make a living in prosperous 2009 as a technician on film and television sets. He just bought a home in Poolesville, and finally feels as if he understands Homer Simpson on a deeper level. His favorite HMI lens is a stipple. His spirit animal is a dumbo rat. Favorite movie: Raising Arizona, of course. This is Grey’s first feature as a gaffer, but he’s a regular major productions in the DC area such as: House of Cards, VEEP, Jackie, Inside the NFL, and many more.