The 6th-annual Fort Yachtie-Da International Film Festival saw the second engineer of the megayacht Pegasus V walk away with the coveted Oscar Fish trophy for Best Overall film. He’s Rory Gillanders, and as you’ll see in his video, he’s as dedicated to filmmaking as he is to yachting.
Gillanders was one of several megayacht crewmembers across the industry who submitted 15 entries for the Fort Yachtie-Da International Film Festival. Created by Crew Unlimited, the Fort Yachtie-Da International Film Festival provides crew with a creative outlet for teamwork. A related goal is to encourage crew longevity (and therefore enhance owners’ enjoyment), via healthy competition. Crewmembers (a.k.a. yachties) write, direct, and shoot the videos. They then submit their short films in one of seven categories: Comedy, Action, Yachtie Lifestyle, Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor, Best Production Quality, and Best Original Screenplay. Throughout the year, fellow yachties, megayacht industry representatives, and more are invited to watch and rate the Fort Yachtie-Da International Film Festival entries. An eighth category, Best Overall, results when all votes are tallied; the crewmember with the highest total gets the Fish Oscar for that.
All crew filmmakers and other interested parties were invited to watch the short films on the big screen, too, at the film festival celebration this past weekend. Better yet, 15 percent of the ticket sales was donated to the Marine Industry Cares Foundation.
When you watch Gillanders’ winning Fort Yachtie-Da International Film Festival video, note two things. First, there’s the high production quality, which rivals—even outshines—that of some videos commissioned by megayacht builders and owners. Second, “Pegasus V: Last of the Mojitos” showcases some of the best aspects of the yachting lifestyle, both for owners and guests as well as the crew.