(Hollywood, California--September 12, 2015) Horse people have spoken and the official winners have been selected in the Equus Film Festival 2015 Art Event, which drew more than 100 contestants from all over the world to vie for votes on the festival’s official Facebook page. The EQUUS Film Festival 2015 in New York City is November 20-21 at the Village East Cinema - home of the Tribeca Film Festival - on 12th Street and will include exclusive tours of New York City's historic Central Park Carriage Horse Stables on Sunday, November 22.
Official Equus Film Festival 2015 Poster:
‘Jaspar,’ by Tony O Connor, Equine Art (Ireland), a dramatic oil portrait of a black Friesian emerging from the darkness. The sixth-generation Irish blacksmith says he grew up “with a pencil in one hand and a hammer in the other.” www.facebook.com/pages/Tony-O-Connor-Equine-Art
Official Equus Film Festival 2015 Program Cover:
‘First Ritmo AJ,’ by Shannon Ford, Fine Artist (Canada), a hazel-eyed horse portrait painted in real gold and sapphire dust. Growing up in Calgary, she wanted to paint life-size horses on her bedroom wall and today raises Mangalarga Marchadores, the national horse breed of Brazil. www.facebook.com/pages/Shannon-Ford-Fine-Artist
Official Equus Film Festival 2015 T-Shirt
: Renatus by Marion Tubiana (France), a study in oils of a bay horse ‘dripping’ down a canvas. A School MJM Graphics of Paris graduate, she began drawing at age three, riding at age five and “hasn't stopped since.”
Official Equus Film Festival 2015 Wild Horse Fund Raiser Poster
: ‘Proud to be Free,’ photograph by Kelly Jay (USA), of a solitary chestnut whose mane blows free as its spirit. All proceeds from this poster’s sale will go to a wild horse rescue of the artist’s choice. "The herd I have spend the most time with is the Onaqui herd who roam the West Desert of Utah. I've become more active in promoting the plight of wild mustangs being removed from the West and spreading the word on how to adopt ones who have already been captured.” Like Salvaje, taken from a Nevada herd as a two year-old, who spent three years in a BLM holding facility before Kelly's sister adopted him. www.facebook.com/wildhorsesbykellyjay
Official Equus Film Festival 2015 Projection Image:
‘Rebuscado,’ by Carolle Beaudry, Equestrian Art (Canada), an oil portrait of a lavishly braided baroque gray Lusitano. “I will cross an ocean, if I have to, to meet the horses I paint. I refuse to paint what I don't see or feel for myself.” www.facebook.com/CarolleBeaudryArtEquineEquestrianArt
“A special thank-you to all of the amazing fine artists who participated and we are looking forward to many more years of equestrian art to exhibit,” said Lisa Diersen, founder and director of the largest film festival ever dedicated to the horse. All winning artists have been invited to New York City the weekend before Thanksgiving to showcase their work there.
About Equus Film Festival
As home to the storytellers of the horse world, the Equus Film Festival is the first of its kind dedicated to equestrian-themed film, art and literature. Founded in 2013, it is the world’s premier showcase for domestic and international feature films, documentaries and shorts, from Brazil to Japan, where the horse is center stage. In 2014, it screened 119 entries across 14 award categories in eq filmdom’s equivalent of the Oscars, recognizing production and directorial excellence in Equestrian Music Video, Series, Commercial, Documentary, Art Film, International, Director, People’s Choice and Best of Festival.
A complete list of 2015 screenings, world premiers and Winnie Award nominees will be announced after September 20. Purchase tickets and learn more at www.equusfilmfestival.net
and join nearly 10,000 Facebook fans on www.facebook.com/EquusFilmFestivalNYC