2016 Film Series Winners

The Film Series at Cine Gear Expo – A Tribute to the Visual Art of Filmmaking Salutes the Winners of its 2016 Film Series Competition.

Congratulations to all of the competitors of our Film Series at Cine Gear Expo 2016. Submissions came from far and wide as well as from our own backyard of Southern California.

In its 20th year, Cine Gear Expo has proudly awarded filmmakers of the Student Short Film, Independent Short Film, and Commercial and Music Video competitions some of the finest prize packages found in the film festival competition circuit.

We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to Amy Vincent, ASC, Martina Buckley, and Bruce Logan, ASC for their time and thoughtful consideration as jury panelists for the Film Series this year. We value their contribution to awarding excellence in emerging film-making. It was wonderful working with them.

Special Thanks to our generous Film Series Prize Sponsors who contributed thousands in production prizes.

  • Black Magic Design
  • 360 Designs
  • Mole-Richardson Company
  • Cush Light
  • On Set Headsets
  • G-Technology
  • LaCie
  • Script E Systems
  • SKB
  • Dinkum Systems
  • AutoDCP
  • Lifepower


Student Short Film

[solitary] American Film Institute
Director & Screenwriter: Derek J. Pastuszek
Producers: Cedric Gamelin, and Fabrizio Muscia
Cinematographer Shadi Chaaban

Student Short honorable mention
This Way Up - AFI
Director: Jeremy Cloe

Independent Short Film

Director & Cinematographer: Jake Gabbay
Producers: Tom Gabbay, Bill Furman

Independent Short Honorable mention
Directors: Michael Alden Lloyd & Matthew Fisher

Commercial and Music Video

My Friend Sin
Director:Mike Sanchez
Producer:Suzi Sanchez
Cinematographer: Mike Sanchez

Commercial/ Music Video Honorable mention
The Power of One
Director: Michael Delorenzo