Zach Voss’s short film “Beard’s Company” swept all the top awards in the open category at the 2011 i48 film competition. Now he and the film are receiving some international attention.
Celtex, a Canadian web technology development company, chose “Beard’s Company” as one of 10 exceptional web video projects to receive a $2,000 seed grant from the company.
The team created the film during the Idaho 48, an annual 48-hour film competition and festival in Boise. The 2012 i48 will happen June 3-5. This year they will hold the first Horror Idaho 48, Oct. 21-23.
At i48, each team randomly draws a film genre, prop, line of dialogue and character. Voss drew comedy, tweezers, "It's a mystery to me," and the character Marge or Mark Polk, a therapist.
The film is a hysterical look at a group of five men with beards and stars Dusty Aunan (and his beard) and Lina Chambers. When you watch it look for how they use those required elements.
They won in the novice category in 2010 with “Object of my Affection.” The team also recently received an Idaho Film Office Grant for Production for future projects.
Voss, 22, is an illustration major at Boise State University and is finishing up the Cinema and Digital Media Certificate.
He also recently received and Idaho Film Office production grant for another short film project “Mandrake Estate,” a comedy about a golf course groundskeeper who fights to prove his worth against a larger company.