WOW! What an exciting time! The 9 days of films, workshops, parties, networking and film fun was had by many! Film makers from all over the world gathered in Sedona, Arizona for the 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival. This yearly event has grown in name and recognition and from the mouths of the film makers themselves, this is one of the highest end and nicest festivals they’ve been to.
We would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s accolades which include Chittagong, based upon actual events of India’s Chittagong Uprising, and Least Among Saints, the story of a solider back from war and a young man who has never known peace in his life who become unlikely friends, tied for the Audience Award for Best Drama at the 19th annual Sedona International Film Festival.
Two new awards were presented for the first time this year. The Marion Herman Excellence in Filmmaking and Music went to Downtown Express, the story of Sasha, a young Russian violinist on scholarship at Juilliard caught between the world of classical music and the sounds of street music. The Heart of the Festival Award was presented to Vectors of Autism, a documentary about Laura Nagle’s journey with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Audience Choice winners were announced at the closing Awards Brunch this morning marking the official end of the week-long Festival that featured 159 films.
Other Audience Choice Award winners were:
- Best Feature Film, Comedy: Fanie Fourie’s Labola
- Best Documentary Feature Film: Trash Dance
- Best Documentary Short Film: The Highest Cost
- Best Short Film: Pear
- Best Short Film, Runner Up: Karen Returns Something to Scott
- Best Foreign Film: Shun Li and the Poet
- Best Environmental Film: Go Ganges
- Best Animated Film: Wolf Dog Tales
- 1st Annual Marion Herman Excellence in Filmmaking and Music: Downtown Express
- Bill Muller Excellence in Writing or Screenwriting Award: Last Wil. and Testament
- Heart of the Festival: Vectors of Autism
Director’s Choice Awards, which were announced on March 2 were:
- Best Feature Film, Comedy (tie): Liberal Arts; One Small Hitch
- Best Feature Film, Drama): Any Day Now
- Best Foreign Film: Lore
- Best Documentary: Stolen Seas from Estonia
- Best Documentary Short Film: Desert Dreams
- Best Environmental Film (tie): Bidder 70; Pad Yatra, A Green Odyssey
- Best Animated Film: Bunny
- Best Short Film (tie): Boo!; Stalled
- Best Student Short Film: Green Acres
- Independent Spirit Award: Common People; Peoria
- Humanitarian Award: Anyone Out There
For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org.