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US fest enjoys Hot Chocolate

Greg Smith’s short Hot Chocolate has been named a winner at the Los Angeles-based Subversive Cinema Society’s Subversive Film Awards.

The event named its winners on the weekend. Smith’s short took out the overall Short Film award, while Brazilian title Beyond The Grave took the feature gong. Hot Chocolate played in the Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival in April ahead of its appearance in the US.

Smith’s aim for the short was to “get it into a festival”, so he’s pretty stoked with having achieved two so far and collecting a set of laurels from one. The film is currently doing the rounds of festival submissions but doesn’t have a confirmed NZ appearance yet.

While Hot Chocolate does the rounds he’s got other projects on the go.

Wearing his acting hat, Smith appeared last year in Tim Tsiklauri’s short Restoration.

Via Smith’s production company Cool Story Bro Film he currently has a feature script in development with Tsiklauri’s Crackheads producer and co-writer Andy Sophocleus. Shoshana McCallum is on board as a writer. Smith has another feature in development with Justin Harwood, in whose award-winning webseries High Road Smith also appeared.

Of shorter from content, Smith has webseries These Two heading into production next month and short Heart2Heart, written by Lauren Porteous, in post. Porteous and Smith previously worked together on Alistair Riddell’s 2014 feature Broken Hallelujah.

Subversive Cinema Society ran its awards event on 20 May. The winners were:

Best Feature
Beyond The Grave (Porto Dos Mortos), Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro

Best Short
Hot Chocolate, Greg Smith

Best Documentary
Traceroute, Johannes Grenzfurthner

Best Horror
Somebody’s Darling, Sharad Patel

Best Comedy Short
Sing About It, Alyssa Carter

Best Experimental Short
Truthful Innards, Margaret Polzine

Best Horror Short
Chomp, Lynne Hansen