It was a film festival award show that rivaled any in Hollywood. Saturday, November 10, 2012, Crew Unlimited hosted its fifth annual Yachtie Da International Film Festival, this year held at the Ferretti Group Flagship Showroom in Fort Lauderdale.
The Hot Havana Nights theme spiced the evening with hand-rolled Cuban cigars, mojitos, slow roasted Mojo pulled pork and chicken sliders, empanadas, medianoches and a raw bar all while strolling down the "Streets of Havana" courtesy of the artists of FAT village...and the Mount Gay rum tasting added heat to all the flavors and colorful attire.
Twenty-four films competed for the "Oscar" trophy in eight categories, including Action, Yachtie Lifestyle, Comedy and Best Production Quality. As with some Academy Award ceremonies, one film seemed to be a people's favorite, but the competition was extremely tough with films ranging from the mating habits of the cuttle fish to the effects of nuclear weapons on the naval fleet to a lesson on the meaning of the maritime flags. Every film had a style and personality of its own, just as a yacht family develops while spending hoiurs together aboard ship. There was history, laughter, travels to far lands, vintage boats, stews turned models, iceberg wake boarding, flying, diving and the ever-present cleaning and shammy-ing...all accompanied with the soundtrack of life being lived.
If you missed it, don't worry. You can view the videos on www.fortyachtieda.com. Tell us what you think and which were your favorites. By the end of the night, the fan and judges' favorite was created by the crew of M/Y Fortunate Son titled "Interior Girl," who walked away with four statues, including Best Picture Overall. Played off the song "Material Girl" by Madonna, the crew gave the audience a glimpse of working on the inside. Even the officers made an appearance showing off how they can move and groove along with the beat...very entertaining indeed.
The full list of winners will appear in the upcoming issue of Dockwalk as will additional pictures of the festive evening, but for now, check out the pics posted below and on Facebook. In the meantime, get your ideas together and start your scripts for next year's competition. It may help make those long passages more fun.