US International Film & Video Festival
50+ years acknowledging creative excellence in film & video productions
JULY 2016                                                      

N.Y. filmmakers big winners in film and video competition

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Mountain View Group Ltd.,  from Schenectady, N.Y. has scored big in the 2016 U.S. International Film & Video Festival competition, winning a total of eight awards, including two second places. In all, New York filmmakers earned 13 awards.


Mountain View Group, Ltd., Schenectady, N.Y., captured second place Silver Screen Awards for "North Carolina Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention" in Corporate: Public Service Announcements, produced for O'Neill Communications, Atlanta, Ga., by Producer Kris Johnson; and "Rensselaer Plan 2024" in Corporate: Fundraising/Development. The film was produced for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.


The preventive health care film followed an individual in North Carolina at risk for Type II Diabetes (maturity-onset) and Heart Disease who takes control of his future by joining instructional classes that encourage smarter, healthier eating and an increase in exercise, resulting in health-related improvements.


"Rensselaer Plan 2024" articulates a strategic vision for RPI and describes the means to achieve it. The Plan outlines the framework for school and divisional plans that serve as the basis for each year’s operating plan and budget. Performance plans define means and metrics, create the case for major new resources and link to key outcomes in each area. Newly available resources will be directed to areas of highest priority, whether they are new assets or savings from the skillful use of existing resources.


The filmmaker also earned Certificates for Creative Excellence for six entries: "Creating Connections" in Corporate: Communication: Employee/Internal, done for GE Power, Schenectady; "Dare To Distupt" in Corporate: Craft/Production Techniques, done for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC, Atlanta, Ga., "Day One Sizzle" in Corporate: Specialty Productions, produced for GE Corporate, Fairfield, Conn.; "Sales Meeting Opener" in Communication: Employee/Internal, done for CSM Bakery Solutions, Tucker, Ga., "Smartoutage" in Corporate: Advertising/Marketing: B2B, done for GE Power, Schenectady; and, "Stickley Stories 2015 Campaign" in Corporate: Advertising/Marketing: Business-To-Consumer.


Other competing filmmakers from New York included The Documentary Group, New York, which captured a Silver Screen Award for "Habeas Corpus: The Guantanamo Cases" in Documentariy: Short and a Certificate For Creative Excellence for "Magna Carta and the Constitution" done for the Annenberg Foundation Trust, Los Angeles, and took a Certificate For Creative Excellence for "I Hid the Vietnam War Deserter" in Documentary: Social Issues.


Merchant/Cantos, New York, earned a Silver Screen Award for "Philips – Healthy Society" in Corporate: Communications: Employee Internal. Total Cinema 360, Brooklyn, N.Y., earned a Certificate for Creative Excellence for "Rust Golem" in Entertainment: Music Video


The overall competition produced 145 awards, including 19 first place Gold Camera, 36 Silver Screen, 88 Certificates for Creative Excellence and three Student awards. More information can be found at


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