via press release:
SMELL THE COFFEE SCREENPLAY WINS 2010 HBO®/NYILFF SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Screenplay to be made into short film for debut at the
New York International Latino Film Festival presented by HBO, July 27-August 1
New York, N.Y., July 12, 2010 – HBO and the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) today announced that Smell the Coffee, a screenplay by Armando Fente Jr. and Robert Fente, has won the 2010 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition. The Fente brothers received the $15,000 grand prize from HBO to produce and direct a short film based on their original script. The completed short will be exhibited during the NYILFF festivities, July 27- August 1.
A romantic comedy, Smell the Coffee tells the story of a divorced forty-something college professor who finds the courage to reunite with an old high school crush through the help of poetry and a very special “guardian angel.”
In 2007 the Fente brothers formed their own company, Forty-05 Productions, and since then have been concentrating on writing and filmmaking. They have collaborated on a short “mockumentary” Winslow Bennett: Voice of the City which they co-wrote, with Armando directing and Robert starring. Most recently, their script The Nightwatch won Best Latino-Themed Short Script at the Latino Screenplay Competition and their short script Phone It was a finalist in both the L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition and the Action on Film International Film Festival. Armando has worked as an assistant film editor in New York City on dozens of movies including The First Wives Club, Kate & Leopold, The Object of My Affection and Closer. Robert has acted in New York, St. Louis and Williamstown, MA and most recently starred in The Dead Sleep.
HBO has been the presenting sponsor of the New York International Latino Film Festival for the past 11 years. The HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition, created in 2004, seeks to foster films by Latino filmmakers and/or about the Latino experience.
Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003.
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