Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:37

Grand Rapids filmmakers take top prizes at Made-in-Michigan Film Festival

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Daniel Falicki (left) and Joel Potrykus (right) display awards on the red carpet. Daniel Falicki (left) and Joel Potrykus (right) display awards on the red carpet. Photo by Tom and Victoria Cox of Star Photography

Daniel Falicki and Joel Potrykus, both of Grand Rapids, took home top awards each at the 8th annual Made-in-Michigan Film Festival for their feature films, “Accidental Exorcist” and “The Alchemist Cookbook,” respectively.

The films were the only two feature-length narratives accepted for the festival, out of 15 submitted.

“The Alchemist Cookbook” won Best Narrative Feature, while “Accidental Exorcist” took home Best of Festival, the top prize out of all 40 films of any length or genre accepted. This award also comes with a $500 check.

Falicki also won Best Lead Actor, as he starred in his own movie, while Amari Cheatom — who has also acted in “Django Unchained” and “Newlyweeds” — won Best Supporting Actor as Cortez in “The Alchemist Cookbook.”

The festival ran from Feb. 3-5 in Frankenmuth, with approximately 500 people attending.

Here’s the winners:

Best of Festival
Accidental Exorcist

Best Narrative Feature
The Alchemist Cookbook

Best Narrative Short

Best Documentary Feature
Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past

Best Documentary Short Predator/Prey
The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves

Best Academic
Menacing Matrimony

Best Cinematography

Best First-time Filmmaker
Andy Bisaha - Devout

Best Original Score
His & Hers

Best Lead Actor
Daniel Falicki in Accidental Exorcist

Best Lead Actress
Julie Kline in The Girl on the Mat

Best Supporting Actress
Aphrodite Nikolovski in The Girl on the Mat

Best Supporting Actor
Amari Cheatom in The Alchemist Cookbook

Audience Choice

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