The fifth annual Quinnies were held Sunday afternoon to acknowledge and appreciate student filmmakers. The Quinnipiac Film Society event allows students to share the film projects they spent a great deal of time and effort completing.
Director of Promotions for the Quinnipiac Film Society, Thomas Galo, began the event by introducing the two hosts, John Houston and Caitlin Goldberg. The awards consisted of four categories including comedy, drama/action, music video and experimental.
After the presentation was completed, Houston and Goldberg announced the winners who went home with an award. In between each category a clip was played, starring the co-hosts who jointly engaged in funny, romantic, serious and outright weird scenes that introduced the upcoming group of films.
For best comedy, Chris Flaherty’s short film “Goldie” won. Flaherty, a sophomore, expressed how he could not have accomplished the class project without his group members. “We put so much time, passion, and effort into it, and I’m glad the judges noticed that,” Flaherty said.
Freshman Matt Solomon took home the award for best drama/action for his comic book themed film “Bionicle: Out to Battle.” Sara Aniano’s “The Box,” which was an engaging video of simply words, colors and graphics won for best music video.
“I think when you personify words and give them emotion, they can be just as beautiful and dynamic as characters in a story,” Aniano said.
For the category of other and experimental, Noah Galembo won for his film “The Silent Treatment,” which captivated the audience through the silent depiction of a struggling relationship.
The judges included three Quinnipiac communications professors including Rebecca Abbott, Kenn Venit and Raymond Foery. The audience seemed to be in agreement with the selection of winners, but each and every film at the event had its own unique creative edge that expressed the talent of the student filmmakers.
“My promotions committee, the executive board, and the general members were monumental in making this event a success. I couldn’t have done it without them,” Galo said. “Everyone that was there had a great time and seemed to be enjoying themselves. That for me shows that the event was a success.”
The event included free entrance for raffle, popcorn, soda and entertainment. What more could you ask for on a Sunday afternoon?