2017 Wrap-Up and Award Winners

Our third annual festival took place last weekend in Tucson, Arizona and was a huge success. We screened 40 films and audiences got to chat with 8 filmmakers during Q&A panels.

A surprise celebrity guest even came all the way from Pakistan! We got to meet Taher Shah who is known for his viral video “Eye to Eye.”

Ballots from audiences and judges have been tallied, and we’re thrilled to announce the winners. It was an exciting competition due to the high caliber of submissions we received. We look forward to our next festival with even higher expectations!

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Schedule for Sunday, January 15th, 2017

We’ll kick off the event with a red carpet photo shoot and introduction, and will have Q&A panels with filmmakers throughout the day. The following times are approximate.

3:00 pm – Red carpet & Introduction
3:35 pm – Manuel Ontiveros
4:15 pm – Matthew Ramirez
4:50 pm – Rob Walker
5:30 pm – Avai d’Amico
6:20 pm – Peter Leon
7:00 pm – Matt Chesin
8:20 pm – Nickolas Duarte & Drew Grubich
8:45 pm – Bradford Uyeda

Official Selection: Still

A living statue entertainer is caught up in the middle of a zombie outbreak. He freezes in fear whilst everyone around him flees or dies at the hands of the attacking zombie horde. Left alone in an large open square surrounded on all sides with only his ability to stay very still to save him, he must work out a way to survive.

Directed by Carl Timms of the United Kingdom.

Official Selection: Supermom

A daughter thinks her mother is a real life super hero – she might be right.

Written and directed by Jason Honeycutt. Starring Justine Herron (“Kevin Hart – Let Me Explain”) and John Hensley (lead of “Nip/Tuck,” “Teeth,” “Hostile III).

Official Selection: Focus

Through a series of unfortunate events, a young girl stumbles upon a camera lens that possesses a very mysterious power. Through this lens, the photographer is able to see into the past of its previous owners. A new acquaintance becomes an old friend in a friendship that spans two lifetimes.

Directed by Matt Chesin of Phoenix, Arizona who will be doing a Q&A at our festival immediately following the screening of his film.