2017 Film Series Winners

The Film Series at Cine Gear Expo – A Tribute to the Visual Art of Filmmaking Salutes the Winners of its 2017 Film Series Competition.

Congratulations to all of the competitors of our Film Series at Cine Gear Expo 2017. Submissions came from far and wide as well as from our own backyard of Southern California.

In its 21st 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, Robert Primes, ASC, and Nick Turturro for their time and thoughtful consideration as jury panelists for the Film Series this year. We value their contribution to awarding excellence in emerging filmmaking. It was wonderful working with them.

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

  • Aputure
  • Black Magic
  • Camadeus Film Technologies, Inc.
  • Chapman-Leonard
  • Cushlight
  • Flanders Scientific
  • Fluotec
  • Gig Gear LLC
  • IKAN
  • InkTip
  • Lacie
  • Magic Gadgets
  • Mole-Richardson
  • MyCaseBuilder
  • Pelican Products
  • Pro8mm
  • Quasar Science, LLC
  • RED Digital Cinema
  • Rip-Tie Inc.
  • ScriptE
  • Sigma
  • SKB
  • Think Tank Photo
  • Wooden Camera
  • X-rite Photo & Video
  • Zacuto
  • The Tiffen Company


Student Short Film

The Fare -
School: American Film Institute Conservatory
Director: Santiago Paladines
Producer: Ken Morris
Writer: Santiago Paladines
Cinematographer: Rasa Partin

Independent Short Film

Director: Will Blank
Producer: Casey Fenton
Writer: Richard Kaponas
Cinematographer: Alejandro Wilkins

Commercial and Music Video

Cell Biology by MindMuzic -
Director: K-BACH
Producer: K-BACH
Writer: K-BACH
Cinematographer: K-BACH

Rising Star Award Recipient

Fragile Storm
Director: Dawn Fields
Producers: Dawn Fields, Debbie Rankin, Kelly Raymer, James Popiden, Tina Carbone
Writers: Dawn Fields, Carly Street
Cinematographer: Yaron Levy