How To Transition From Short Films To An Award Winning Feature
Tony Germinario is a writer and indie film director, born and raised in NJ. Tony went to school at Fairfield University where he initially began his screenwriting career. Since then, he has always been involved in creative outlets. At first, he focused on music and became one of the lead songwriters for a touring band called Jel, but then turned his writing skills from songs back to scripts roughly eight years ago.
Since focusing on film, Tony has written 9 feature scripts, several shorts, and has experienced increasing levels of success with his film-making. His first feature film “Wingman, Inc.”, starring Kristopher Turner, Erin Cahill, and Reid Ewing was picked up by Lion’s Gate/Grindstone and was released in April 2015.
Additionally, he has completed three short films, that each had success on the festival circuit. “Séance” won the Gold Kahuna at the Hawaii Film Awards and was a featured selection at the Shriekfest Film Festival. “Selling It” was named an Official Selection at the Long Island International Film Expo and the SENE and New Filmmakers Film Festivals, and “In the Mourning” was selected by the Hoboken and Roxbury MA International Film Festivals and also won an Award of Merit from The Indie Fest.
Tony’s latest feature film Bad Frank, featuring Kevin Interdonato and Tom Sizemore has people talking. It’s won 11 awards on the film festival circuit and recently picked up a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures. We learned a lot from Tony this week about transitioning from short films to creating feature films. The devil’s in the details and preparation can be the difference between success and failure. Surrounding yourself with a team you can trust is also the key to making big things happen on small budgets in the indie film world.