It’s lights, camera, action at yacht crew film festival

Dec 5, 2013 by Guest Writer

The stars were out at the 6th annual Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival on Nov. 16 in Ft. Lauderdale. Throughout the year yacht crew filmed aspects of yachting and submitted short videos in this competition for an Oscar fish trophy and cash prizes.

Donations of $1478 were raised to benefit Marine Industry Cares Foundation. The short films were judged by professional judges, sponsors and the public.

The winners from eight categories are:

Yachtie Lifestyle – Kelly Esser with “Yacht Life”

Action – CJ Coetze with “Sunday Funday”

Comedy – Andy Lauer with “Wrecked Career”

Best Original Screenplay – Michael Lewington with “Majestic Timelapse”

Best Production Quality – Scott Newson with “Fortrus NW Passage”

Best Female Actor – Whitney Fair with “Ships in the Night”

Best Male Actor – Calvin Sanabria with “Yachty By Nature”

Best Overall – Rory Gillanders  with Pegasus V – “Last of the Mojitos”

To view the films, visit and to see photos of the night visit