Empowering Our Stories

MadWerkz Cleveland awards their annual VFX Post Production Prize to Local Filmmakers

Now, more than ever, it’s important to give back to the community and support those who are willingly to tell stories that give voice to voiceless. Especially given the current the situation in the country today. MadWerkz achieves this in a variety of different ways, but one of the most notable is their annual Visual Effects Award that the studio presents to filmmakers, typically at the city’s Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival.

CaribbeanGirlNYC TV Show – Courtesy Gwada/Caribbean Tales, FranceTV

As a partner of the long running Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF), every year MadWerkz awards free Hollywood level VFX services to various film category winners. GCUFF, which was established in 2012, has cemented itself as a staple of the Cleveland community and an advocate for spurring the growth of urban artists and filmmakers.

For this year, MadWerkz has already announced two local prize winners. Filmmaker, Martin Reese of Birth of A Notion productions and his horror film, Sneeze are first up to receive this years VFX Award in the amount of $7500. The film, shot in Los Angeles before the COVID – 19 shutdown, is currently in Post Production.

We need to support Storytellers, the Truth Tellers, the Imagination Factories and most of all…the Dreamers.

Joddy Eric Matthews, Founder Madwerkz

Also, in partnership with Hispanic FilmMakers Of Cleveland, another award will go to the winner of the Somos Mas Fuerte Juntos – We Are Stronger Together contest. With the contest theme being, “change in the United States regarding social justice”, contest submissions will focus on police brutality, incarceration, oppression, protest, racism and more. The contest runs from June 22th to July 25th and films can be submitted via Film Freeway here.

The Sneeze – Birth of a Notion Productions

Around This Way Good Things Come

Past VFX award winners have gone on to reach incredible heights with their projects. Alonzo Jones, writer,director of the acclaimed short Eli’s Liquor Store, used his award on his 2018 action drama film, Contrast, which went on to win numerous festival awards and can be seen on Hulu and Amazon.

Contrast Film Resturant Scene
Contrast, Courtesy of Skruluz Entertainment

Believeland Producer Branson Wright used MadWerkz’ editorial and motion design to complete his award winning film Interference: The Davone Bess Story. The documentary dealt with the life of the troubled NFL Star and his lifelong battle with being BiPolar.

Interference: The Davone Bess Story, Courtesy of Be Wright Ventures

International director, producer and writer, Mariette Monpierre is another past prize winner whose television pilot, CaribbeanGirlNYC has been distributed by CaribbeanTales (Canada) and Frances TV in cooperation with Overeasy Gwada Films. The pilot premiered Fall 2017 on Flow TV and France-TV. Along with providing VFX production, MadWerkz founder and award winning director, Joddy Eric Matthews performed editorial services and became a producer and senior editor on the pilot.

CaribbeanGirlNYC TV Show – Courtesy Gwada/Caribbean Tales, FranceTV

Past award winners include Acorn Penny, Kingdom Come, Doc Crow, Seeing Tomorrow, Happy, and Winslow. To learn more about the award, contact MadWerkz on their Facebook or Instagram Page. Congratulations to this years award winners! May your voices be heard!


June 30, 2020

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