ASCRS Film Festival Marks 35th Anniversary with Celebration of Past, Present Winners
The ASCRS Film Festival celebrated its 35th year of showcasing the best scientific films in ophthalmology on Monday, May 8 at the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in Los Angeles, home of the film industry.
Claudio C. Trindade, MD, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil was announced as the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Film Festival with the video “Tiny Hero Against the Evil Axis.”
About 900 people attended the popular event, which celebrated present as well as past Grand Prize winners from the last 35 years. Those past winners were also featured around the Grand Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center on ASCRS Walk of Fame stars.
“I believe that this ceremony is one of the highlights of the ASCRS meeting,” says Film Festival Chair Richard S. Hoffman, MD. “Videos are one of the most powerful means of teaching ophthalmic principles and techniques, and the producers put in endless numbers of hours creating their films.”
Established in 1982, the Film Festival Awards honor the best filmmakers in ophthalmology. Each year, members are invited to submit film entries, and a team of nine panelists judge the submitted films on applicability/education value, originality, scientific content/validity, clarity, cinematic quality and artistic effects.
“Ultimately, [filmmakers] are competing with some of the most talented producers and surgeons in the world. We awarded 10 runner-up trophies and 10 first place trophies in 10 different categories in addition to the highly coveted Grand Prize,” Dr. Hoffman says. “This year we had over 200 entries from producers scattered all over the world.”
“After functioning as the Film Festival Chair for four years, I still get a kick watching the thrill of the winners as they approach the stage to receive their award. It’s an event you don’t want to miss if you are attending the annual meeting,” he says.
The 10 categories awarded are:
Instruments & Devices
New Producer/Young Physician
A winner and runner-up are chosen in each category, two submissions are recognized as Best of the Best, and one Grand Prize winner is selected.
On Tuesday, May 9, attendees had a chance to view the award winners at the ASCRS Film Festival Theater: Final Screening.
Here’s a full list of this year’s winners:
F14 Complications of Ophthalmic Anesthesia: A Career Odyssey
Robert H. Osher, MD
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Best of the Best:
F13 Prevention of Anterior Capsulorhexis Contraction
Mayumi Nagata, MD, PhD
F23 The Second Wave
Celso Boianovsky, MD
F96 Amputation of an IOL Haptic Can Be the Solution to Crystalline Lens Subluxation
Bruna V. Ventura, MD
F49 Common Drainage Techniques in Suprachoroidal Effusion
Elliott Makary Kanner, MD, PhD
Memphis, Tennesee, USA
F45 New Mobile Autoperimeter Using Virtual Reality
Amar Agarwal, FRCS
F56 Ophthalmic Surgery: School of Resilience
Fernando González del Valle, MD
Alcázar de San Juan, Spain