The winner of the Narrative Feature Competition is selected by a jury.
Being a kid is great. Hanging out with your friends, riding dirt bikes, sort of talking to girls and lighting things on fire...you know, kid stuff. In Kat Candler’s HELLION, youthful innocence is tested, twisted and run through flaming hoop of heavy metal music under the hot South Texas sun.
Obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and the occasional act of vandalism, 13-year-old Jacob Wilson has begun to raise concerns around town, especially when his antics start to involve his younger brother, Wes. While the boys’ father, Hollis, loves his sons, he is still reeling from the loss of their mother. Hollis spends more time drowning his sorrows in a six pack or working on his damaged beach house than being an active parent. As a result, one day child protective services take young Wes away from his brother and father, placing him in the custody of his Aunt Pam. Hollis and Jacob are left to fend for themselves.
Loosely based on the international hit short film of the same name, Candler’s debut feature is visceral and loudly compassionate. With spectacular cinematography and breakout performances, HELLION examines the growing pains of youth in an honest and captivating way. At the end of this film everyone will feel like letting their own little Hellion out…and that’s a good thing.
-- James Faust