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NHK, a top winner, receives awards


Yasuaki Okamoto accepted Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) and NHK Educational Corp.’s top awards for “Mimicries – The Secret of Black and Yellow,” an educational program for pre-school and kindergarten that won a Gold Camera award and was selected Best of Festival-Education. The awards were presented at the Tokyo office by Lee Gluckman, chairman of US International Film & Video Festival.






GMA Film on ALS Wins International Award

GMA Film on ALS Wins International Award
A film highlighting the struggles of families caring for victims of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) has won the One World award in the 2015 US International Film & Video Festival. “Front Row: ALS,” produced by GMA Network Inc., Quezon City, was selected by a panel of judges from the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ). IQ sponsors the award, which is given to a production that creates greater awareness of a worldwide issue.


International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ)



Grand Prix Winner Combines Entertainment and Education

Magdalena Warzala-Wojtasiak (course author) and Wojciech Wojtasiak (scriptwriter, course author)

 “Olive Green,” an online project that combines an interactive movie, a computer game and an English learning application, proved to be the perfect marriage of entertainment and education --“edutainment” --  in the 2015 US International Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles. The movie, produced for SuperMemo World, Poznan, Poland, by Ekstasy Ltd. of Harrow, U.K., won Best of Festival (Grand Prix) – Entertainment. It also received a Gold Camera Award in Entertainment: Entertainment Programs: Action / Adventure. A presentation event took place in September 2015 in Poznan at SuperMemo World where the idea of creating an interactive action English course movie originated.

SuperMemo World has been providing innovative solutions for foreign language learning for more than 20 years. As Lee Gluckman underlined during the ceremony: “What you have created in the framework of your business to improve education and language studies I think has really been way out of the curve.” Also in attendance at the presentation were Suki Singh, director of “Olive Green”; Wojciech Wojtasiak, scriptwriter, and Magdalena Warżała-Wojtasiak, co-author of the English course that is based on the film.

The movie works with an online English course that can take students from beginner to advanced English, based on a syllabus developed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR guideline is used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and other countries such as Colombia and the Philippines. Aimed at self-learners aged 16 to 35, the movie uses games, quizzes and plot twists that support the SuperMemo learning method of memorization. Instruction and subtitles are available in 10 languages.

The movie’s plot has Olive Green, a smart art thief, at its center. Olive is commissioned by a mysterious British businessman to steal a precious painting from a country manor. The mission is nothing like what she expected. She ends up messing up with high-profile criminals, being betrayed, chased and brutalized. And – what she never anticipated – she finds … love.

The film’s dialogues introduce the English language and expose viewers to different accents. Also, users can play the film characters’ roles in interactive dialogues and read about their adventures in new contexts beyond the film.

The movie was edited by Ilinca Calugareanu. Chris Fergusson was director of photography.  More about the project can be found at and at Olive Green's fan page.  View the trailer.


‘Golden’ winner still golden after 40 years


One of the most popular Navy recruiting films of all time was the Golden Decade winner in 1975 in the US International Film & Video Festival.  Forty years later, the festival remains strong and the film, “Pressure Point,” still activates memories among Navy recruits and David Penn, the Marine drill instructor in the film.


The film was produced by John J. Hennessy Motion Pictures at Aviation Officer Candidate School, NAS Pensacola, Fla., in 1973 where Penn, then a staff sergeant, was recruited as the DI star. Penn says his selection was almost by default as his fellow DI’s found reasons to not be on camera.


“I wish I could tell you a dramatic tale,” Penn said from his home in Kansas. The most drama was trying to clean up his DI language enough to put it on camera.  “My vocabulary was so foul, it took about 20 takes to get the scenes right.”


 “It was pretty simple,” Penn recalls. “We filmed rather intensely for about a week, and then the film crew went away. Then they came back and filmed the graduation.”  About six months later, Penn was presented with a film can and a placard displaying his name and “Rake, Roll Cameras.”


Penn as a retired lieutenant colonel at a local elementary school honoring vets on Veterans' Day. Circa 2011.

Penn retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel. He was a Russian specialist and had been a military attaché.  

“I never considered Pressure Point as acting; we did exactly what we would have done with candidates at that time,” Penn says.


The film won awards in seven film festivals as pointed out in a letter Penn received from R.B.  McClinton, commander of Navy Recruiting Command in 1976. The letter commended Penn for his “outstanding performance in support of Navy recruiting…”


“The film is a naval aviation classic,” says Michael Kelly, a retired Navy captain who lives in Coronado, Calif., and who as a former commanding officer of the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest on North Island has a deep love of planes.


Kelly first saw the film in 1984 while a senior at Tulane University contemplating a commission as an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer. “My recruiter said it was mandatory for me to view this film because Aviation Officer Candidate School was ‘a bit tougher’ than OCS, and I needed to know what was going to transpire before I signed on the dotted line and took the oath of enlistment.  I can’t really recall my impression at the time, other than it looked like I was going to get yelled at a bunch once I finally got to AOCS.”


“After watching the movie a few times over since it became available on the internet, I have to say it was honest and straight-forward. Everything that’s portrayed is what I experienced in AOCS during the summer of 1984.”


Kelly also provided two more tidbits about the film. At two minutes and 14 seconds into the playing, the scene shows a carrier Air Boss talking to a pilot in trouble. That officer was P.J. Ryan, who later commanded the Naval Aviation Schools Command of which AOCS is a part.


His other observation: “In the movie you also see fleet footage of F-4 Phantoms, the A-3 Skywarrior (better known as the Whale), and the F-14 Tomcat.  All of these aircraft are now gone from the active inventory.”

“Pressure Point” is available on YouTube and at



Awards and wine sampling in Adelaide

Minister of Tourism Leon Bignell (from left), Gluckman, James Rickard, kwp! Creative Director
Minister of Tourism Leon Bignell (from left), Gluckman, James Rickard, kwp! Creative Director


In mid-January, Lee Gluckman traveled to Adelaide, Australia, to present awards related to the 2014 Best of Festival-Corporate winner, “Barossa. Be Consumer,” done by kwp!  In addition to two events related to the award, he got a tour of the Barossa wine country of South Australia and sampled it products, even bought a bottle at the Henschke winery. 

The trip included events at the South Australia Press Club and at kwp! offices.


During the Press Club event, the Best of Festival award was given to the Leon Bignell, South Australia Minister for Tourism, and James Rickard, Creative Director, kwp! Advertising. Seated at the head table with Gluckman were Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, NBC sports journalists and commentators, who were in town for an international bike tour event.

Gluckman later met with staff at kwp! offices.


See more about Barossa
See more about Barossa at 

The advertising film “Barossa. Be Consumed” reflects the luxurious accommodations, award-winning wines and applauded cuisine of Australia’s wine capital about an hour from Adelaide. The work was done for the South Australia Tourism Commission and produced by Moth Projects. It was directed by Jeffrey Darling and edited by Adam Wills.


GMA News TV (Philippines) Wins One World Award

GMA News TV (Philippines) Wins One World Award
Young boy dives for salvage oil to sell


Gluckman with Clyde Rolando Mercado, GMA Assistant Vice President; Felipe L. Gozon, Chairman and CEO, and Gilberto R. Duavit Jr., President and COO


Reporter’s Notebook host Maki Pulido (from left); Gluckman; Angeli Atienza, Program Manager; GMA Chairman Gozon; Ian Simbulan, Executive Producer; Elaine Magboo, Segment Producer
Reporter’s Notebook host Maki Pulido (from left); Gluckman; Angeli Atienza, Program Manager; GMA Chairman Gozon; Ian Simbulan, Executive Producer; Elaine Magboo, Segment Producer


“The Brigade” documentary, which won the One World Award in the US International Film & Video Festival, for GMA News TV, revealed that an estimated 5.5 million Filipino children are considered child laborers. The GMA film was designed to “encourage government and non-government organizations from here and abroad to institutionalize projects to help end child labor,” according to the entrant statement.


The segment submitted for the competition tells the story of “12-year old Bisaya, who goes out to sea every morning with two of his friends, 11-year old Christian and 13-year old Ruben, to salvage crude oil dumped by ships.” When the boys find patches of oil, they dive in and collect the oil with a sponge. They get paid about a dollar a pail of oil. Lee Joseph Marquez Castel was Program Manager for “Black Gold,” and Harvey Bayona was Executive Producer. Directors were Bryan Kristoffer Brazil and Lorna Bayani. Jessica Soho hosts the news magazine show. "The Brigade” also won a Gold Camera award and was one of eight awards for GMA entities, including GMA Network and GMA Channel 7.


GMA received a nomination for Best of Festival-Documentary for “Eternal: Real-life Love.” It received Gold Camera awards for “Eternal: Real-life Love Stories” and “Brigada: White Gold.” Silver Screen Awards went to “Reel Time: Dungkoy,” “Reel Time: Off the Grid”; “State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (Super Typhoon Yolanda Coverage)”; “Front Row “Orphaned,” and “Reporter’s Notebook (Scars of Tragedy.” GMA also won a Certificate for Creative Excellence in Entertainment. For “Picture! Picture!”




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One World Award Has Worldwide Judging Panel
IQ attendees with Micaela Papa in Iceland - Photo by Malcom Carter,


One World Award Has Worldwide Judging Panel


Each year, the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers sponsors and selects a One World Award winner from among the entries in US International Film & Video Festival. The award recognizes work with themes that broaden understanding of other cultures and issues.


The 2014 IQ judging panel was chaired by Donna Hampton, CEO/Executive Producer at CAPITOL Productions Pty Ltd., Sydney, Australia, and president-elect of IQ. Other panel members were Rudolf Isler, Zurich; Branko Kos, Zagreb, Croatia; Pamela Drewe, Madrid; Ricardo Barria, Panama; Roberto Sanchez, San Jose, Costa Rica; Giacomo Arrigoni, Milan, and Corinne Burns Bruno, Montefiascone, Italy; Joe Solis, Mexico City; Klaus Schiang-Franck, Copenhagen, Denmark; Mark Erder, Hong Kong, China; Ricardo Amunategui, Santiago, Chile; Ralf Lobel, Stockholm; Charles Drouin, Paris; Gautam Pandey, New Delhi, and Salim Amin, Nairobi.


IQ judges from the U.S. were Jean Sharony, Weston, Fla.; Jim Bigham, Miami; Steve Minor, Kingston Spring, Tenn.; Vern Oakley, Chatham, N.J.; Thom Gonyeau, Atlanta, and Bestor Cram, Boston.




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