Two nights after our world premiere screening, we attended the awards gala, along with hundreds of other filmmakers at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reliant Park.
The festivities began with a cocktail reception, then moved into the banquet room at the Crowne Plaza Houston to take our seats. As we sipped complimentary cocktails and chowed down on delicious filet mignon, host and WorldFest-Houston founder, Hunter Todd took the stage, dressed in his military whites, to hand out the awards. We saw them hand out bronze awards, then silver. Our name still hadn’t been called.
Then came the GOLD and we WON for best biographical film. Director Nigel Dick and cast member Kastle Waserman took the stage to accept the golden-framed plaque. We couldn’t help but be a bit emotional for this validation of all our efforts. It was an exciting moment indeed!
There was so much support in the room, as our table and everyone else in the crowd all congratulated each other. As indie filmmakers, we all know how hard it is to get a project screened, let alone finished! For us it meant so much – testament we had a good story, a first-time filmmaking and screenwriting credit for Kastle Waserman and a new credential for director Nigel Dick as an official documentary filmmaker.
We would like to thank WorldFest-Houston’s Hunter Todd and Kathleen Haney for making this event so special for us and all filmmakers. They run this festival by their own rules and know how important it is for filmmakers to receive recognition for their work. They truly love film and those who make it. We were so happy and grateful to be part of this extraordinary festival as our foray in bringing “Berlin Calling” to the public.
Our official award laurel:
Onwards and upwards!