The first annual Fairleigh Dickinson University Film Festival took place last Friday, and was sponsored by the visual and performing arts department and the Film Guild.
The festival was a showcase of student-made films and animations, followed by an awards ceremony organized by Film Guild President T.J. Magg.

The audience, which included Professors David Landau and Vincent Gaugenti, prospective students and five judges (alumni of the FDU visual and performing arts department), gathered at the Dreyfuss building for the festivities.

The award categories were Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Emerging Filmmaker, Best Animation and Best Models in Animation.

A red carpet was laid out at the entrance of the building. Awards for Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female were also handed out.

Sophomore filmmaker Tyler Masterson was the big winner of the night, taking home the awards for Best Dressed Male, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score, which he won alongside freshman actress and musician Alexandra Landau.

Dressed in a black pinstripe suit with a red tie and a new pair of Converse sneakers, Masterson was the director of photography on the film, “The Music Box.”

“The Music Box,” a film about a magic music box that has the power to possess people, earned the most awards.

Masterson expressed his excitement about his many triumphs of the night.

“Honestly, I was baffled by the wins. The first day of filming was hell, but we had room to be creative. It was exciting. The best part was hearing the round of applause for ‘The Music Box,’” he said.

Besides Best Cinematography and Best Original Score, “The Music Box” also won Best Editing, which was accepted by Alex Boruff, the film’s director.

“Carny,” a film about a magician who escapes death, took home Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

FDU junior and film director Kevin Lonnano accepted the awards.

Many other films were showcased at the festival, hosted by sophomore Isaac Leggett, and senior Sean T. McGrath, who entertained the audience by taking jabs at the filmmakers and their movies.

“I was the straight man and Sean T. was the funny man. I was really glad I got to work with him. There is a certain genius to Sean T.,” said Leggett.

McGrath will be featured in an upcoming senior thesis film, “Everlast,” which will be presented at Senior Thesis Night in May.

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