Armando Ibanez’s film “South Texan Gentle Men of Steel” received the Platinum Award from the Oregon International Film Festival, in October.
The award is the highest acknowledged accolade of the festival. Having received ten previous awards for the film, number 11 comes at the end of the independent film festival circuit run.
Once an independent film is completed the director decides what festivals to show at depending on area of subject matter, this being the films festival circuit.
It’s a “laborious process” said Ibanez, assistat professor of Radio-TV and Film, about searching for the more recognized and prestigious festivals to enter. Purpose for entering festivals is to gain attention for the film while looking for distribution opportunities.
The film received an award letter from the Oregon International Film Festival reading,“ Our selection committee reviewed several hundred projects originating from many countries around the world, with your select group of films and screenplays emerging as the very finest. Congratulations on your outstanding work!”
“We’re very very pleased we got 11 awards under our belt for the film. As a filmmaker it’s one of the most rewarding things for your piers to recognize your work.” Ibanez said.
“South Texan Gentle Men of Steele” has no narrator and lets its subjects tell the story of the end of an 82-year presence of Dominican friars in South Texas. Focusing on the two last friars that left the San Diego and Alice area in 2013, the film shows the importance the two had on the region and the people of the surrounding area.
“There’s a lot of poetry in o perspective but a human being in search of the poetic metaphor.” Ibanez said