2018 Film Series Winners

The Film Series at Cine Gear Expo – A Tribute to the Visual Art of Filmmaking Salutes the Winners of its 2018 Film Series Competition.

Congratulations to all of the competitors of our Film Series at Cine Gear Expo 2018. Submissions came from far and wide as well as from our own backyard of Southern California.

In its 22nd year, Cine Gear Expo has proudly awarded filmmakers of the Student Short Film, Independent Short Film, and Commercial and Music Video competitions some of the finest prize packages found in the film festival competition circuit.

We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to Amy Vincent, ASC, Nancy Schreiber, ASC, and Steven Fierberg, ASC, for their time and thoughtful consideration as jury panelists for the Film Series this year. We value their contribution to awarding excellence in emerging filmmaking. It was wonderful working with them.

Special Thanks to our generous Film Series Prize Sponsors who contributed thousands in production prizes.

  • Black Magic
  • Brother
  • Chapman-Leonard
  • Cushlight
  • Fluotec
  • IKAN
  • InkTip
  • Lacie
  • Magic Gadgets
  • Mole-Richardson
  • On Set Headsets
  • Profound
  • Quasar Science, LLC
  • ScriptE
  • Sigma
  • SKB
  • Tenba
  • The Tiffen Company
  • Variety
  • Wooden Camera
  • Zacuto


Student Short Film

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart -
School: Columbia University / Filmakedemie Wien
Director: Christoph Rainer
Producer: Elsa Kremser, Mark Szilagyi, Nikolai Gemel
DP: Georg Geutebrueck

Independent Short Film

Neutral -
Director: Nathan Barnatt
Producer: Nathan Barnatt
DP: Aaron Meister

Commercial and Music Video

Man in Tie Dye -
Director: Dakota Adney
Producer: Dakota Adey
DP: Dakota Adney

Award for Visual Excellence

Excuse Me, I'm Looking for the Ping-Pong Room and My Girlfriend -
Director: Bernhard Wenger
School: Vienna Film Academy
Producers: Florian Bayer, Clara Koenig, Bernhard Wenger
DP: Albin Wildner