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5th Annual FCA Best of Fest winner announced

Filmmakers Connect Awards Announces "Aion" as Best Film of the Year!

We are thrilled to unveil the recipient of the prestigious Best of Fest award at the 5th annual Filmmakers Connect Awards – "Aion," a narrative short film written and directed by the talented Giulio Meliani.

Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Giulio Meliani, now a Los Angeles-based Brazilian-American filmmaker, has left an indelible mark with his debut work, "Aion." Giulio's journey from art school in Brazil to his own production company, Joy Per Second, in LA showcases his dedication to image-making and storytelling.

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"Aion" explores the poignant story of a single father, Dylan, and his terminally-ill son, Theo. Space enthusiast Theo's dreams of visiting the space museum are shattered when his fragile health prevents it. However, in a touching twist, Dylan seizes the opportunity to create a profound and lasting memory for his son.

The film delves into the raw emotions of parenting, highlighting the challenges of navigating the unknown while celebrating the pure innocence of childhood. Meliani's heartfelt storytelling weaves a narrative that prompts reflection on the importance of cherishing the moments we have with our loved ones.

At its core, "Aion" grapples with the unstoppable force of time, questioning whether it is possible to defy its relentless march. The film challenges conventional boundaries, presenting a heartfelt exploration of the power of love and relationships in the face of adversity.

Starring Arsi Nami as Dylan and Aadan Garcia as Theo, "Aion" is a testament to the strength of familial bonds. The performances are complemented by Giulio Meliani's multifaceted role as writer, director and DP, showcasing his diverse skill set.

Loren Semmens, the producer of "Aion," played a pivotal role in bringing this touching narrative to life. The collaborative effort of the cast and crew has resulted in a cinematic gem that resonates with audiences on a profound level.

As the Filmmakers Connect Awards celebrates its fifth year, "Aion" stands out as a beacon of creativity and emotional resonance. We congratulate Giulio Meliani and the entire team behind "Aion" for their outstanding contribution to the world of cinema. This film not only secures its place as the Best Film of the Year but also etches a lasting memory in the hearts of audiences around the world. "Aion" is a testament to the power of storytelling, reminding us all to savor the precious moments with our loved ones.

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