An astounding 700 actionsporters, cameramen and filmlovers from Belgium and abroad were present to witness the Ride On Filmfestival in film- & musiccity Ghent. With those numbers, the organisation hit their Full House for the third time in a row, this year in the unique setting of "De Vooruit". New this year was the fantastic pre-screening on the biggest urban event ever: Antwerp City Drops. Same like last year, the emphasis was on the nature elements wind, water, fire and earth. And they were present! With 28 nationalities of filmmakers (Canada, Polland, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Germany and Austalia).
Under the motto "FILM - EDIT - PLAY" everyone could send in their film (as well amateurs as professionals). From the astounding 150 participations, the independet jury had to pick the best short films that showed enough creativity and storyline to be shown to the audience.
Looking at the different shortfilms of the actions sports, the emphasis was on the storyline and the creative camera- and editing techniques that go with it.
From the 15th of June untill the 30th of October 2016, everybody could send in their admission, chancing them to win one of the "Golden Ride On Awards". The judges weren't the least, containing know directors and film makers like Jelle Keppens, Joris Willems en Maximiliaan Diericks. They put the focus on the technicity of the tricks, as well as a great focus on the storyline and the lifestyle of the sport, combined with camera- and editing techniques.
Shortfilm Avoriaz 2016 from Kane Demeulemeester (DMM Studio's) won the avard "Public Choice". The award for Best Performer went to Dan Brodsky CHenfiel with Above Else, a grabbing film about an airplane crash. KéPA, Body of Sound from Willy Crank won the award for Best Custom Music. Kortfilm Avoriaz 2016 van Kane Demeulemeester (DMM Studio’s) won de award “Public Choice”. Best Amateur was won by Inti Carboni with Cinecitta on Wheels. This year, the Golden Ride On Award GoPro Only is won by Matthias Himschoot with his film Zarouts vol 2.. New this year was the Golden Ride On Award International Connection, which was won by Jake Kovnat with "On Days Like These We Must Surf"
The main prize: the Golden Ride On Award - Best Film Professionals 2016 went to Tall Bike Tour from Benny Zenga. This short film brought the story of a stubborn biker that likes to bike around on "Tall Bikes", a phenomena where they higher a bike to create a "Tall Bike" and go on adventure with it.
Above all of this there was also the European blockbuster The Fourth Phase with Travis Rice, the most discusses snowboard film ever made. The film cost more than 40 millioen euro to capture the amazing footage and gain entrance to the most remote places in the world.
Afther the shortfilms, the première and the award ceremony the attendees of ROF17 were invited for a social drink where there was an excellent opportunity for a social drink or some networking. A better location for this couldn't be chosen than the amazing Ballroom. With the resident DJ's, there was a huge party till the early hours...
This year the four elements were also integrated in the afterparty, which was played by no one else than DVTCH NORRIS, Coely, We Are Prostitutes and Faisal.
The Ride On Film Festival effortlessly seeks the passion for action sports. Gathering sympathizers, riders and creators on a joint platform will hopefully create new friendships and grow respect for each other and each other's sport.
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