Encore prizes for DeMarea and Vassil

The ninth Indie Incubator Film Festival dedicated to short films of every conceivable genre is literally held underground, but that doesn’t mean it has a low profile.

Last week it drew a crowd of more than 100 industry professionals, aspiring filmmakers and actors to the multimedia space at The Original Mother’s in Old Town.

The festival offers at least a two-hour screening of entries, followed by the awards presentation of cash and a paid spot on Ch. 11’s “Image Union” to the best filmmakers, and capped off with a dance party, fueled by the generosity of sponsor Jameson’s.

Coincidentally, this was the second big win in a short period of time for the festival’s two big winners.

Brad DeMarea won the Image Union Award for his comedy, “An Evening with Emery Long,” which won the IFO’s Short Cuts contest in October. The story is about an industrial carpet salesman whose meticulous preparations for a perfect date are ruined by unfortunate string of events.

Nick Vassil won Best of Fest with “L’espoir,” about our abilities to transform despair into hope by drawing on our deepest memories.