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48HFP Des Moines Award Winners

Posted August 16, 2013 in Downtown, Community Web Exclusives, Web Exclusives

“An Inevitable Mess” wins Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project 2013 Best of City Award

Filmmaking team 19 to the 4th Power + Y , led by David Kenninger, will advance to compete for International Best 48 Hour Film of 2013 along with a chance to be screened at Cannes Film Festival.

On Thursday, August 15 the Award Winners for the 48 Hour Film Project in Des Moines were announced to a sold-out crowd at the Fleur Cinema &  Cafe. “An Inevitable Mess” a Crime / Gangster short produced by 19 to the 4th Power + Y earned the “Best of City” award. Some pictures of the team in action are attached to this email.

As part of the 2013 Best of City Screening and Awards Celebration – filmmakers, artists, and patrons walked the red carpet on their way into the Fleur Cinema & Cafe while being captured by area photographers and video crews, all while being interviewed by Celebration host and emcee Jason Garnett. A packed house of film lovers enjoyed the Top 14 short films that were selected by a panel of judges from the 51 that entered this year’s competition.  All films were required to be between four and seven minutes in length, exemplify their randomly selected genre, and include these required elements: Character – Jim or Jana Davis, Coach; Prop – Stuffed Animal; and the Line – “Let’s call it a day.”

A detailed list of Des Moines winners follows:

  • 2013 Best of City – 19 to the 4th power plus Y, “An Inevitable Mess”, Crime/Gangster
  • 1st runner up -Talkie Pictures, “Visitor”, Sci-Fi
  • 2nd runner up – One Genome Short Productions,”S.T.U.F.F.E.D.”, Vaction/Holiday
  • Producer’s Award -Scavo Productions, “The Punch Line”, Drama
  • Overall Audience Choice – 19 to the 4th power plus Y, “An Inevitable Mess”, Crime/Gangster
  • Audience Choice Group A – One Genome Short Productions,”S.T.U.F.F.E.D.”, Vaction/Holiday
  • Audience Choice Group B – Team Last to Enter, “The Good Husband”, Fantasy
  • Audience Choice Group C – Shrieking Tree, “Rise of Wuffins”, Vacation/Holiday Film
  • Audience Choice Group D -19 to the 4th power plus Y, “An Inevitable Mess”, Crime/Gangster
  • Best Directing – Team Last to Enter, “The Good Husband”, Fantasy
  • Best Editing – 19 to the 4th power plus Y, “An Inevitable Mess”, Crime/Gangster
  • Best Writing – Baseball Team, “1-800-CATALOG”, Mistaken Identity
  • Best Cinematography 
  • Talkie Pictures, “Visitor”, Sci-Fi
  • Best Actress – Baseball Team, “1-800-CATALOG”, Mistaken Identity
  • Best Actor – Team Last to Enter, “The Good Husband”, Fantasy
  • Best Sound Design – Slater Maxwell Productions,”Life Coach”, Horror
  • Best Use of Character Phreaks And Geeks, “Mrs. Robinson”, Suspense
  • Best Use of Line of Dialogue (“Let’s call it a day”) -SouthSiderStudios, “Kill Her”, Mistaken Identity
  • Best Use of Prop (A stuffed animal) – Shrieking Tree, “Rise of Wuffins”, Vacation/Holiday Film
  • Best Use of Genre 
  • Team, “The Case”, Dark Comedy
  • Best Graphics -Team, “The Case”, Dark Comedy
  • Best Musical Score – SouthSiderStudios, “Kill Her”, Mistaken Identity
  • Best Costumes – White Poison Industries, “Somewhere”, Fantasy
  • Best Original Song – Team, “The Case”, Dark Comedy


The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which filmmakers make a short film – write, shoot, edit and score it – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, they are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in their film. 48 hours later, the film must be complete.


If you’d like more information about the 48 Hour Film Project or would like to schedule an interview, please call Samuel Pace-Tuomi at 515-229-4515 or email Sam at:

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