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Nikola Knez and his iFilms LLC has received 11 Remi Awards at the 45th Annual Worldfest-Houston 2012
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  06/3/2012 | Education , Culture And Arts , Awards | Unrated
Nikola Knez directed all of the nominated entries


Nikola Knez

 
Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We are delighted and privileged to inform you that iFilms LLC has received 11 Remi Awards at the 45th Annual Worldfest-Houston 2012 International film festival. Competition entries (more than 4600) in various categories represented 57 countries.

Awards are listed below:

1.  WORLDFEST - 2012 REMI SPECIAL JURY AWARD for FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTIONS: AMERICAN PRISONS, FOREIGN & DOMESTIC
2.   PLATINUM REMI AWARD for SCREENPLAY: AMERICAN PRISONS, FOREIGN & DOMESTIC
3.   GOLD REMI AWARD for 3D ANIMATED FILM: KNIGHTS
4.   GOLD REMI AWARD for SCREENPLAY: KNIGHTS
5.   GOLD REMI AWARD for SCREENPLAY: CORPS OF INNOCENTS
6.   SILVER REMI AWARD for FEATURE SHORT FILM: ONE PERSON TWO PATHS 
7.   BRONZE REMI AWARD for TV COMMERCIAL: ROTARY CLUB OF C.C.
8.   BRONZE REMI AWARD for DOCUMENTARY FILM: REASONS TO JOIN THE ROTARY CLUB
9.   BRONZE REMI AWARD for FEATURE SHORT FILM: IT'S UP TO YOU
10. BRONZE REMI AWARD for DOCUMENTARY FILM: CORPUS CHRISTI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - HISTORY
11. BRONZE REMI AWARD for SHORT FILM: LEARN MORE, EARN MORE

We are happy to congratulate Dr. Dorothy McClellan for her excellent screenplays which earned Platinum and Gold Remi Awards.

Also, we are happy to congratulate young, first time competition artists on their screenplay work on KNIGHTS which earned a Gold Remi Award. Here are their names: Sara Surani, Simone Menezes, Sarita Damaraju, Carolyn Fan, Saherish Surani, Aneel Damaraju and Zoya Surani. They have a bright future ahead of them.

Nikola Knez, directed all of the nominated entries. Nikola is an multi-award winning director who formed iFilms LLC in 2007.  He has been a key part of iFilms' success. We are thrilled about these latest nominations and we are grateful for his outstanding achievements on our behalf.

iFilms LLC is a multi-award winning full-service film company managing the production process from script to screen. Our studio is equipped with state-of-the-art, leading edge technology and staffed with film industry professionals. We bring twenty years of international experience with specialization in 3D animation and visual effects to our work.

Thanks to everyone who has worked with us.  Looking forward to extending our relationship.

Please visit us at www.ifilms-fx.com 
Many new, exciting projects are in production. So, be sure to follow our progress online at www.ifilms-fx.com.

Best regards,

Nikola Knez
President, iFilms LLC

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CORPUS CHRISTI — The Corpus Christi film company iFilms LLC won 11 Remi Awards at the 45th Annual WorldFest Houston 2012 International Film Festival. The entries competed with more than 4,500 entries from 57 countries.

The competition was held April 13-22. Winners include:

Special Jury Award for Film and Video Production: "American Prisons, Foreign and Domestic," Nikola Knez

Platinum Remi Award for screenplay: "American Prisons, Foreign and Domestic," Dorothy McClellan

Gold Remi Award for TV dramatic adaptation mini-series screenplay: "Corps of Innocents," Dorothy McClellan

Gold Remi Award for 3D animated film: "Knights," Nikola Knez

Gold Remi Award for screenplay: "Knights," Nikola Knez, Sara Surani, Simone Menezes, Sarita Damaraju, Carolyn Fan, Saherish Surani, Aneel Damaraju and Zoya Surani

Silver Remi Award for short feature "One Person Two Paths", Nikola Knez

Bronze Remy Awards also were awarded to other films: two went to a film about the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi, one for a documentary "Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce History," and one each for the short films "Learn More, Earn More" and "It's Up to You."

Winners for "Knights" will be honored at a special presentation of the film at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at Warren Theatre at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Source m.caller.com



Battling community health issues a family affair

By Mike Baird, May 7, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI — Sara Surani's struggle to overcome sleep deprivation became a family affair: making a 3-D animated film with medieval characters, time travel and big city action that may soon help other teens.

"Sleep deprivation is a rising problem — no, a rising epidemic — among teens," the 16-year-old Carroll High School sophomore said. "Now that I am aware of the extreme consequences, I strive to maintain better sleep habits."

Sara is lucky, she said.

Her family understands the stress of her busy schedule, which includes piano lessons, Destination ImagiNation projects, student council and more.

It has helped them bond through a mutual passion: Making a difference for other students.

It's Your Life Foundation was launched in 2005, when Sara's father, local pulmonologist, sleep specialist and critical care physician, Dr. Salim Surani, brought home his work to get his family's feedback regarding a anti-smoking campaign for elementary kids. Now after seeing too many teens with brain damage after late night crashes, and his own daughter's fight against insomnia, Surani asked all his children to help reach their peers regarding the importance of proper sleep.

"It makes me feel very good to have my family involved," Salim Surani said. "With any public health issue, we have to start with education before it happens. Sleep hygiene problems start in 8th or 9th grade, so our target is hitting them before that age."

Reaching into the community to help children make better choices began at the doc's expense. About $250,000 later, his foundation has delivered its Ante Tobacco message to more than 40,000 elementary students in 10 area school districts with the voice of a blue cartoon ant. Surani attributes the success to other health industry and community partners, who bolstered funding and provided volunteers to go into classrooms.

The foundation's new project is kNIGHTS — for Keep Nurturing & Inspiring Good Habits in Teen Sleep.

It cost about $3,000 a minute to produce its 19-minute 3-D animated film, which trails two medieval friends through time travel to a large city where they drink caffeine, play video games and stay up through the night. They are fraught with exhaustion, become combative and suffer other impacts of sleep deprivation. The film is being previewed for the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Warren Theater.

"To our knowledge, this is the first 3-D animated education video on sleep in the world," said Zehra Surani, the doctor's wife and foundation board member.

After the film preview event, the group will start using it in presentations beginning in August at area schools, she said.

Sara and her friend Simone Menezes started researching sleep problems, before working with other friends and Sara's sisters to write the screenplay.

"We believe the film appeals to the present interests of the audience we're targeting," Sara said. "There are many medieval games, and knights catch young people's attention. We hope they are so engaged in the characters that they don't realize they're learning."

The girls are excited about the impact their work can have, Menezes, 16, said.

"As a teen helping to educate other teens," Simone said, "I hope our work installs in others the importance of good sleep habits, in an interesting and engaging way."

The animated film was directed by Corpus Christi award-winning moviemaker Nikola Knez, who has more than 300 films to his credit. Voices were done by students of the university's theater department.

The project kNIGHTS' film won two gold Remi Awards April 21 at WorldFest, Houston International Film Festival, under Knez's iFilms LLC of Corpus Christi. One was for Knez's animation and the other for the screenplay written by Sara, her sisters, Simone and their friends.

"We're all different ages and from different schools," said Saherish Surani, 13, a 7th grader at Baker Middle School. "We believe the movie is well-rounded from that, and it feels good knowing we're giving back to our community."

Zoya Surani, 11, helped write lyrics, not only for the kNIGHTS film's theme song, but the "Be smart, don't start" Ante Smoking CD, used to deter younger grade school students from tobacco.

"I love writing," Zoya said. "Sometimes it just comes to me, and I have to write it down. I think it's the way our characters transport through time that will capture people my age."

The film's purpose is simple: to stress the importance of sleep for teens.

Studies by the National Sleep Foundation suggest that in addition to an increased risk of a car crash, sleep deprivation in teens and adolescents contributes to poor grades, obesity and other health-related problems, as well as sleep disorders including narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.

It can also prompt a teen's worst social nightmare: pimples and acne.

Research shows most teens function best with 9 1/4 hours sleep nightly, and as few as 15 percent of teens report sleeping more than 8 hours on school nights. Recommendations include avoiding caffeine late in the day; teen's making their bedroom a cool, dark and comfy sleep haven; and trying to keep wake and sleep times consistent, even on weekends.

The Suranis are pleased their dedication to tolerance and diversity prompted their children to make the film.

"As a parent," Salim Surani said, "it is important to me to pass the passion to help the community to our kids. They make me proud."

Source www.caller.com



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iFilms offers pre/post production, 3D animation and visual effects services, with the skills and expertise to develop an original idea and carry it through to completion. Our facility creates masterful Hollywood quality feature films, documentaries, commercials, industry/corporate films, scientific/technological films, performance videos, event promotional films, biographies, music video, public service announcements, and streaming video. Our productions are in 35mm Film & Digital High Definition format.

No project is too large or too small. We bring our flawless editing, lighting, sound, special effects and 3D animation skills to all projects that we undertake.

We invite you to contact us for an in-depth discussion of your needs. We provide consistent, one-on-one consultation and follow through on all our projects.

We are proud that our work has the reputation of being distinctive, distinguished and masterful. We work closely with you to understand the audience to which the film is aimed to maximize broad or specific appeal. We offer a high quality product that satisfies your needs and your investment.

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You have a vision, sketch, finished design of a future project. We produce a high quality architectural rendering of this utilizing computer animated models with real world or imagined environment and setting and live or computer animated people.

As you probably see, we like drama, storytelling and special effects. We are able to build a film around your project.

Just imagine inviting your friends, business partners, and customers inside or outside your future home/office. Switch on the music, offer a glass of wine and dim the lights. How beautiful and simple it is!!

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Your project has to be in a certain environment. We film that real background with a moving camera together with everything that exists around it and put your future project inside of that. Real people and cars will move around the site. If you prefer, computer animated people or cars will be used and make the task even easier.

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You need to show all fine details. Amazing floors, colored walls, modern designer furniture, art work, lighting & fireplaces. Elegantly set tables with candles awaiting guests. All of that shot from every perspective in motion with special effects. You will want to enter the room.

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From your sketch or finished designs we create a high quality computer model that is the basis from which we produce computer animation.

A sketched model from your desk comes alive. Light, camera, action and you are walking through a new future world enjoying and experiencing every detail.

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On receipt of your request we will provide you with a line item estimate with no obligation.

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We respond within hours to any production estimate request. For immediate production needs, please contact us by phone.

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