Brothers earn honors for short film
Christopher Canote, center, and brother Justin, right, from Branson, won awards for best special effects and best male performance at the SATO48 competition in Springfield. submitted photo

Local filmmakers Christopher Canote, of Canote Films, and his brother, Justin, recently fared well in the Springfield and the Ozarks 48-hour film challenge, also known as SATO48.

Canote Films took home two trophies for best special effects and best male performance by Justin Canote.

“I competed last year, but did not win,” Christopher Canote said. “We were so humbled by the awards we won for our efforts.”

Both Christopher and Justin Canote have lived and worked in the Branson area their entire lives.

Chris Canote has been a filmmaker since childhood, making short films with friends and family.

SATO48 puts amateur filmmakers to the test by allowing only 48 hours to complete a five-minute film from start to finish with certain criteria applying.

More than 60 teams participated this year.

The Canote brothers’ film, “The Purpose Driven Life of Ron Perkins,” was nominated in 10 out of 13 award categories.

Christopher Canote said he and his brother are going to keep making films.

“We’ll continue to do sketch comedy and short films. Some day, you might even see us on the big screen.”

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