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Kill the Engine

Three broken men decide to kill themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning, but the group suicide is foiled when the vehicle of their demise fails to start.

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Awards and nominations

Best Comedy/Dramedy Short Film
1 Feb – 28 Feb | United States
Best Original Music Score
1 Feb – 28 Feb | United States
Award of Merit
1 Feb – 28 Feb | United States
Best Comedy/Dramedy Short Film
1 Feb – 28 Feb | United States
Best Director
1 Feb – 28 Feb | United States
Best Screenplay
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Cinematography
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Short Film
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Editing
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Score
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Director
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best of the Fest
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Score
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Screenplay
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Director
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Cinematography
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Editing
1 Mar – 31 Mar | United States
Best Sound
9 Jun – 11 Jun | United States
NOMINATION
Best Short Film
9 Jun – 11 Jun | United States
NOMINATION
Best Cinematography
9 Jun – 11 Jun | United States
NOMINATION
Best Comedy
28 Jul – 29 Jul | United Kingdom
NOMINATION
Finalist - Best Short Film
15 Aug – 16 Aug | India
NOMINATION
Best Director
1 Sep – 2 Sep | Switzerland
Best Ensemble Cast
8 Nov – 12 Nov | United States
Best Dark Comedy
29 Nov | United States
Best Sound Design (Derek Frey & Matt Amadio)
29 Nov | United States
Honorable Mention: Editing (Derek Frey)
29 Nov | United States
NOMINATION
Best Screenplay (Gil Damon, Dave Amadio, Steve Kuzmick)
1 Dec | Romania
Special Mention
2 Dec | United Kingdom
Best Screenwriter (The Minor Prophets)
11 Dec – 12 Dec | Romania
NOMINATION
Best Director (Derek Frey)
11 Dec – 12 Dec | Romania
Best of the Fest
11 Dec – 12 Dec | Romania
NOMINATION
Best Comedy
7 Dec – 16 Dec | United States
Best Comedy (Derek Frey)
1 Jan | United States
Honorable Mention - Cinematography (Derek Frey)
1 Jan | United States
Best Director (Derek Frey)
1 Jan | United States
Best Sound Design (Derek Frey, Matt Amadio)
1 Jan | United States
Honorable Mention - Ensemble Cast (Gil Damon, Steve Kuzmick, David Amadio)
1 Jan | United States
Best Cinematography (Derek Frey)
3 Feb | United States
Best Short Film
3 Feb | United States
Best Original Score (Matt Amadio)
3 Feb | United States
Best Director (Derek Frey)
3 Feb | United States
Best Editing (Derek Frey)
3 Feb | United States
Gold Award - Best Cinematography (Derek Frey)
16 Feb – 17 Feb | United States
Best Comedy (Derek Frey)
16 Feb – 17 Feb | United States
Diamond Award - Best Director (Derek Frey)
16 Feb – 17 Feb | United States
Platinum Award - Best Score (Matt Amadio)
16 Feb – 17 Feb | United States
Best Short Film: Silver Award (Derek Frey)
21 Feb – 22 Feb | India
Best Music Score: Silver Award (Matt Amadio)
21 Feb – 22 Feb | India
Best Director: Gold Award (Derek Frey)
21 Feb – 22 Feb | India
Best Cinematography: Honorable Mention (Derek Frey)
21 Feb – 22 Feb | India
Best Editing: God Award (Derek Frey)
21 Feb – 22 Feb | India
Best Sound Design: Honorable Mention (Derek Frey)
21 Feb – 22 Feb | India
NOMINATION
Best Story (Gil Damon, Steve Kuzmick, David Amadio)
10 Mar | United States
Best Cinematography: Bronze Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Editing: Gold Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Male Director: Gold Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Sound Design: Gold Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Dark Comedy: Gold Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Original Score: Silver Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Ensemble: Gold Award
2 Apr – 3 Apr | United States
Best Short Film: Gold Award (Derek Frey)
1 May – 2 May | France
Best Editing: Diamond Award (Derek Frey)
1 May – 2 May | France
Best Score: Gold Award (Matt Amadio)
1 May – 2 May | France
Best Cinematography: Diamond Award (Derek Frey)
1 May – 2 May | France
Best Director: Diamond Award (Derek Frey)
1 May – 2 May | France

Current and upcoming screenings

2018
4th Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest | 2018
2 Apr – 4 Mar | Jersey City, United States
NOW ON

Previous screenings

2017
Los Angeles Cinefest | 2017
1 Jan – 31 Jan | Los Angeles, United States
1 Feb – 28 Feb | Hollywood, United States
Best Comedy/Dramedy Short Film
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards | 2017
1 Feb – 28 Feb | Los Angeles, United States
Best Comedy/Dramedy Short Film
Best Director
Best Original Music Score
Best Shorts Competition | 2017
1 Feb – 28 Feb | La Jolla, United States
Award of Merit
NYC Indie Film Awards | 2017
1 Mar – 31 Mar | New York City, United States
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Short Film
Best Score
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
LA Shorts Awards | 2017
1 Mar – 31 Mar | Los Angeles, United States
Best of the Fest
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Score
Best Screenplay
Best Editing
Newtown Theatre Independent Film Night | 2017
9 Mar | Newtown, United States
International Independent Film Awards | 2017
24 Mar | Encino, United States
7 May | Philadelphia, United States
9 Jun – 11 Jun | Peoria, United States
Best Sound
1 Jul – 2 Jul | Glasgow, United Kingdom
28 Jul – 29 Jul | Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
Hollywood Just4Shorts Competition | 2017
28 Jul – 1 Aug | Hollywood, United States
1 Aug – 31 Aug | Long Island, United States
3 Aug – 5 Aug | Los Angeles, United States
3 Aug – 7 Aug | Deal, United States
15 Aug – 16 Aug | Calcutta, India
Largo Film Awards | 2017
1 Sep – 2 Sep | Geneva, Switzerland
8 Sep – 10 Sep | Newark, United States
15 Sep – 20 Sep | Harrisburg, United States
28 Sep – 1 Oct | Philadelphia, United States
19 Oct – 22 Oct | Tralee, Ireland
20 Oct – 22 Oct | Milford, United States
Freedom Shorts | 2017
8 Nov – 12 Nov | Philadelphia, United States
Best Ensemble Cast
9 Nov – 11 Nov | Lancaster, United States
9 Nov – 12 Nov | Reading, United States
9 Nov – 12 Nov | Chicago, United States
Top Shorts Film Festival | 2017
29 Nov | Los Angeles, United States
Best Dark Comedy
Best Sound Design (Derek Frey & Matt Amadio)
Honorable Mention: Editing (Derek Frey)
1 Dec | Punjab, India
1 Dec | Bucharest, Romania
Silly Shorts Film Festival | 2017
2 Dec | Ringmead, United Kingdom
Special Mention
7 Dec – 16 Dec | Erie, United States
11 Dec – 12 Dec | Iasi, Romania
Best of the Fest
Best Screenwriter (The Minor Prophets)
2018
Global Film Festival Awards | 2018
1 Jan | Los Angeles, United States
Best Comedy (Derek Frey)
Best Director (Derek Frey)
Best Sound Design (Derek Frey, Matt Amadio)
Honorable Mention - Ensemble Cast (Gil Damon, Steve Kuzmick, David Amadio)
Honorable Mention - Cinematography (Derek Frey)
12 Jan – 21 Jan | Perth, Australia
3 Feb | Albuquerque, United States
Best Short Film
Best Director (Derek Frey)
Best Editing (Derek Frey)
Best Cinematography (Derek Frey)
Best Original Score (Matt Amadio)
Mindfield Film Festival Los Angeles | 2018
16 Feb – 17 Feb | Los Angeles, United States
Best Comedy (Derek Frey)
Diamond Award - Best Director (Derek Frey)
Platinum Award - Best Score (Matt Amadio)
Gold Award - Best Cinematography (Derek Frey)
21 Feb – 22 Feb | Kolkata, India
Best Director: Gold Award (Derek Frey)
Best Editing: God Award (Derek Frey)
Best Short Film: Silver Award (Derek Frey)
Best Music Score: Silver Award (Matt Amadio)
Best Cinematography: Honorable Mention (Derek Frey)
Best Sound Design: Honorable Mention (Derek Frey)
10 Mar | Gatlinburg, United States
London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival | 2018
10 Mar – 17 Mar | London, United Kingdom
Hollywood Screenings Film Festival | 2018
11 Mar | Hollywood, United States
Independent Shorts Awards | 2018
2 Apr – 3 Apr | Los Angeles, United States
Best Dark Comedy: Gold Award
Best Male Director: Gold Award
Best Ensemble: Gold Award
Best Editing: Gold Award
Best Sound Design: Gold Award
Best Original Score: Silver Award
Best Cinematography: Bronze Award
European Independent Film Award | 2018
1 May – 2 May | France
Best Director: Diamond Award (Derek Frey)
Best Cinematography: Diamond Award (Derek Frey)
Best Editing: Diamond Award (Derek Frey)
Best Short Film: Gold Award (Derek Frey)
Best Score: Gold Award (Matt Amadio)
Around Film Festival | 2018
20 May | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Perth screening - ‘The (Un) Making Of Relationships.’
17 Aug – 18 Aug | Perth, Australia

Latest press reviews/articles

REVIEW
“... award-winning “Kill The Engine” is an excellent example of entertainment production, consistent in technical terms and perfectly effective for the effects it seeks ...”
20 May 2018 | Independent Shorts Awards
INTERVIEW
“... I’m perpetually inspired by [the Minor Prophets] writing which has been described as commentary on 21st century man. Poking fun and putting a spin on the meaning of manhood and the ridiculous things men do to sustain it. ...”
21 Apr 2018 | Tina Faye Ayres | The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology
INTERVIEW
Filmmaker in the Spotlight: Interview with Derek Frey Derek Frey is an exceptional filmmaker. With credits like The Killers' Here With Me, Alice in Wonderland, Kill the Engine and Disney's upcoming Dumbo, he is taking over Hollywood at the speed of lig
23 Jan 2018 | Top Shorts Film Festival
REVIEW
“... It takes a very clever writer and director to take a topic that is so negative and emotional such as suicide, group suicide no less, and turn it into a comedy sketch that still has heart and meaning. Fortunately, in this case that’s exactly what happened. ...”
9 Nov 2017 | Largo Film Awards
REVIEW
KILL THE ENGINE – “WE CAN’T EVEN DO THIS RIGHT”
6 Oct 2017 | Helen Wheels | Cult Critic Magazine
REVIEW
“... But for my money, the short of the day was Derek Frey‘s Kill the Engine, which basically asks the question “What if the Three Stooges tried to kill themselves via exhaust inhalation?” This was absolutely hilarious, featured a featured a great cast ...”
2 Oct 2017 | Garrett Smith | The Farsighted
REVIEW
“... We must admit that it has been a while since we’ve had such a good and funny comedy short in our festival, and 'Kill the Engine' made the entire wait worthwhile... The dialogue is insane you literally cannot watch this short without bursting into laughter ...”
17 Jul 2017 | Feel The Reel International Film Festival
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Kill the Engine has received 5 new awards at Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque. | more...
6 February 2018
Kill the Engine has received a new award at Laugh or Die Comedy Fest. | more...
10 July 2017
Kill the Engine has received 4 new awards. | more...
29 March 2017
Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 6 Feb 2018