Deaton's "Showdown at Tiger Beach" Continues to be Film Fest Fave

Paul Cater Deaton’s exciting documentary short, “Showdown at Tiger Beach” has won prestigious Awards of Merit in three categories at The Best Shorts Film Competition. 

“Showdown” earned honors in the categories of Documentary Short, Nature / Environment / Wildlife, and Cinematography. 

“The goal of ‘Showdown’ is, above all, to shine a light on the importance of shark conservation,” Deaton said. 

The film contains electrifying scenes of close encounters with a dozen large tiger sharks and over 30 sharks of other species, in open water, without the protection of cages. 

“It was exhilarating to film such magnificent creatures where they live,” Deaton added. “They came into contact with us several times during the filming, but it was out of curiosity and not about wanting to do us any harm. 

The film was rendered in black and white, with special effects making it look like a television show from the 50s and 60s. 

“It is a tribute to Lloyd Bridges, ‘Sea Hunt,’ and the black and white TV shows of my youth,” Deaton said. 

The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about Best Shorts and a list of recent winners can be found at 

“Best Shorts is not an easy award to win,” said Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition. 

“Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent,” he said. “The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries.”

(Editor's Note: Since the publication of this article, “Showdown at Tiger Beach” has gone on to win top honors at other film festivals, including Best Documentary Short Film at Only the Best Film Festival and Best Environmental Film at the Black & White Film Festival.)

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