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Local Filmmakers Return to Festival de Cannes to Screen Award-Winning Film

A Buffalo-based filmmaker cooperative – Pan-American Film Division – has come away with a number of top honors awards including ‘Best Picture’ at the 2018 Four Points Film Project competition. Additionally, their latest film, “To Have and To Hold,” will screen at the 48 Hour Film Project’s Filmapalooza in Orlando, FL, as well the 2019 Festival de Cannes in May. This is the second straight year that the local filmmakers have made an appearance at Cannes – their short “Ride of Your Life” (produced under former team name Partially Submerged Elephants) was screened at the Festival’s Short Film Corner 2018. That film was later picked up for distribution.

“It’s an honor to once again represent Western New York at the world’s most prestigious film festival,” said director Travis Carlson. “We are proud that our success may inspire and encourage other talented, grassroots filmmakers in the region.”

The seven minute short beat out nearly 200 films from around the world.

Now, if you’re into shorts that have a high eerie/disturbing factor, you will want to check out “To Have and To Hold”:

This bizarre 7-minute short, sticking with the Four Points rules, was was conceived, produced, and edited within just 77 hours! We’re not going to say anything about the plot, because it’s better to watch and behold. 

In addition to Best Overall, “To Have and to Hold” also won in the following categories:

            – Best Writing

            – Best Production Design

            – Best Actor

            – Best Makeup

            – Best Editing: Runner Up

            – Audience Choice: Runner Up

“We look forward to future creative projects, both on our own and in partnership with our community,” said Carlson.

Get connected with the filmmakers at this Facebook page.

The Pan-American Film Division is a cooperative of filmmakers who produce movies, music videos, commercials, corporate videos and creative content—both independently and for-hire. All Buffalo-born or based, their name harkens back to the unique legacy of the city they are proud to live and work in. Together they strive to contribute to the current rich cultural fabric and renaissance of Buffalo.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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