Asteros Filmworks, an Annapolis-based production company, received four awards at this year's Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project, an annual competition that challenges local filmmakers to write, shoot and edit a production in two days. More than 30 companies entered the competition. Asteros won Best Ensemble, Costume and Special Effects awards and an Audience Award for its seven-minute action-adventure spoof "The Golden Tiki of Djbuti Buti: Episode LXXI." The film was shot in Annapolis and screened at Baltimore's Charles Theatre during the competition.

Easy Street American Craft Gallery and the Annapolis Pottery were named among the Top 100 Retailers of American Craft for 2005 by Niche magazine. The Annapolis-based galleries were among more than 700 galleries, retail stores and museum shops nominated for the award nationwide. Niche, a magazine dedicated to the art of American craft, selected Easy Street and Annapolis Pottery on the basis of the organizations' promotion and marketing of American craft, dedication to the local community and mentoring of emerging artists.

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