INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS

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It was a fitting commemoration of the Platinum Edition of the International Family Film Festival this past weekend at Raleigh Studios. With over 100 films from 17 countries screened – there was something for the whole family. The complete list of festival finalists and winners are available at www.iffilmfest.org. All films and screenplays shared a common thread – the enriching role that family plays in the stories of our lives.

Actress GiGi Rice served as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies and expertly guided the
evening. In addition to the jury awards, IFFF also presented some special awards:
The IFFF SPIRIT AWARD went to the highly acclaimed film Under the Blood Red Sun
directed by Tim Savage with Red Sun Productions; this year’s IFFF DIRECTORS GOLD
AWARD went to Santa’s Boot Camp with Ken Feinberg serving as director, writer and
producer from Creative Studios of Atlanta; and The Sparrows Nesting from directors
Nancy Criss and Josh Hodgins of Nandar Entertainment/Weathervane productions
received the IFFF PEARL AWARD.

The newly created IFFF HUMANITARIAN AWARD was presented to director Eric Kabera
for his inspirational film Intore. And finally, the 2015 FRIZ AWARD FOR ANIMATION was
bestowed upon Floyd Norman, who has added to our cherished childhood memories with
his amazing voice work. Presenting the award was Don Hahn, who was a Friz Award
recipient in 2003.

Audiences also got the opportunity to vote for their favorite film. The winner of the TOP
APPLAUSE AWARD went to Turtle Tale, directed by Luc Campeau.

The following are the 2015 IFFF Jury Prize Winners:

2015 FEATURE FILM WINNER AND FINALISTS
(*Winners)

BEST FEATURE DRAMA
*The Cokeville Miracle
Director/Producer/Writer/DP: T.C. Christensen
Remember Films
Crossing Streets
Director/Writer/Producer: Marc A. Hutchins
Production Company: Alexander Films

IFFF BEST FEATURE FOREIGN DRAMA
*Next Station Is Love (Hong Kong)
Director: Terry Lee
The Media Evangelism Limited
DAM999 (India)
Director: Sohan Roy
BizTV Networks

2015 IFFF BEST FEATURE COMEDY
*Hybrids
Director: Tony Randel
HAS III Entertainment
Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West
Directors: Jerry and Mike Thompson
Production Company: Light Forest Studios

2015 IFFF BEST FEATURE FOREIGN COMEDY
*Wayang Boy (Singapore)
Director: Raymond Tan
Brainchild Pictures
Ruby Skye P.I.: The Maltese Puppy (Canada)
Director/Producer: Kelly Harms
Story 2.0

2015 IFFF BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
*Gridiron Heroes
Directors: Andy Lauer, Seth Camillo
ReelAid.org

2015 IFFF BEST FEATURE EDUCATIONAL
*The3Tails: A Mermaid Adventure
Director/DP: Andres Garreton
The2Tails

2015 IFFF BEST CHILD ACTOR
*Kimball Stinger
The Cokeville Miracle
Remember Films
Kyler Sakamoto
Under the Blood Red Sun
Red Sun Productions

2015 IFFF Short Film
(*Winners & Finalists)

BEST DRAMA – U.S.
*Play Date
Director/Writer/Producer: Paige Morrow Kimball
Makazan Films
The Sac Fly
Director/Writer/Producer: Deep Williams
Raking Leaves Productions

BEST DRAMA – FOREIGN
*Lady Luck (UK))
Director/Writer/Producer: Jo Lewis
Breakneck films
Dawg (Canada)
Director/Writer; Shelley Thompson
Dawg Gone Productions

BEST COMEDY
*Bark Mitzvah
Director: Ken Goldberg
Kendall Goldberg Films
Studio City
Director/Producer: Arthur Anderson
White Light Productions

BEST ANIMATION – U.S.
*The Looking Planet
Director: Eric Law Anderson
Giant Dolphin Pictures
*The Lost Treasure Hunt
Directors: Richad Bazley, Rogue Ballestros
Professor Cobb Productions/Ghostbot, Inc

BEST ANIMATION – FOREIGN
*The Bedward Story (UK)
Director, Writer, Animator: Lee Guilliland
Ronja, Robbers, Daughter (JAPAN)
Director: Goro Miyazaki
NHK Enterprises & Dwango

BEST DOCUMENTARY – U.S.
*Krusing America
Director/Writer/Producer: Linda Kruse
Get on the Bus for Mother’s Day
Director: Jennifer Farmer
Pumpkin Films

BEST DOCUMENTARY – FOREIGN
*Knit Me Some Happiness (UK)
Director: Sofia Olins
Tisk Media Productions
A Director’s Journey (CANADA)
Director/Producer/Editor: Katarzyna Kochany

BEST EDUCATIONAL
*History’s Heroes
Director/Writer/Producer: Kevin Robert McDermott
The Rusty Bucket Kids.com
Jiang Guio Xiang
Director/Animator: Andrew Austin

BEST MUSICAL
*My Dog
Director/Editor: Norm Bosworth
Cedar Breaks Music
Empath Media LLC
So What
Producer: Cappricieli Inc – Maria Capp
Music & Lyrics: Raffaela Capp
Do What You Love (CANADA)
Director: Katarzyna Kochany

2015 IFFF Student Films
(*Winners & Finalists)

BEST DRAMA
*Helyn Springs
Director/Writer: Noah Camenker
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Chocolate Pudding
Director/DP: Jonatas Da Silva
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

BEST COMEDY – U.S.
*Harmony Brooks
Director/Writer: Whitney Clinkscales
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Wild West Fan Co
Director/Writer/Producer: Matthew Thompson
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

BEST COMEDY – FOREIGN
*Believe You
Director/Writer: Margarita Grant
Met School of Film, UK
This is the Future
Director/Editor: James Klemmensen
Powell River Film School, Canada

BEST ANIMATION
*Thundercluck
Director/Writer/Animator: Paul A.Tillery IV
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Nowhere
Director/Animator/Editor: I-Cheng Lee
Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

BEST MUSICAL
*Parent-Teacher – The Musical
Director: Austin Michael
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
Pressure Man
Director/Writer/Editor: Kai Hsu
New York Film Academy, New York

BEST EDUCATIONAL
*Hula is My Language
Dir: Shailynn Shirley, Raymond Martino
Inclusion Films

BEST MIXED MEDIA
*Imaginapped
Dir: Stian Hafstad
Columbia University, New York

2015 IFFF Screenplay
(*Winners & Finalists)

Best Feature Length Screenplays:
DRAMA
*The Art of Silence
By Mary Krell-Oishi
Take 2 For Faith
By Kenneth Lemm

COMEDY
*Elmer’s Glue
By David Boito
A Four Barrel Affair
By K.A. Morgan

ANIMATION
*Hooked
By Timothy Benson
Marie’s Nutcracker
By Alex Templeton

SCI-FI/FANTASY
*The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother
By Anita Brandt Burgoyne
Rally Cap
By Michael Raymond
Best Short Screenplays:

DRAMA
*Second Daughter
By Dennis Cravens
A Briefs Encounter
By Sundae Jahant-Osborn

COMEDY
* Nellie vs the Librarian
By Scott & Paula Merrow
The Grand Bedazzler
By Diana Woody, Henry Franco

ANIMATION
*Pet Capers
By Rob Malenfant
Cupcakes
By Timothy Benson
2015 YouthFest!
(*Winners & Finalists)

BEST DRAMA
*Deep End
Directors/Creators: Youna Choi, Griffin Gunn-Myers, Mate Major
Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, CA
Le Mime Chantant
Director: Dexter Gardner
Milliken Middle School, Sherman Oaks, CA

BEST COMEDY
*Don’t Mess With Grandpa
Production at Road Scholar Summer Camp
Team: Cohen Love, Cheryl Love, George Love,
Ian Granda, Joanne Misener, Karen Peck, Sebastian Peck
Glendale Hilton Hotel, Glendale, CA

BEST ANIMATION
*Operation Relocation
Director/Writer/Animator: Reed McFeely
Mercer Middle School, Seattle, WA
The Gift
Director/Writer/Producer: Kai Armstrong
Clifton Middle School, Monrovia, CA

BEST DOCUMENTARY
*That Bites!
Director/Writer/Editor: Jack Yanover
Wilmette Junior High School, Wilmette, IL
Embargo on Love
Director: Lauren Rothman
Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, CA

BEST MIXED MEDIA
*Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes
Directors/Creators: Justin Binder, August Blum, Robert Carlson, Levi Glaser, George Khabbaz, Kayla
Mossanen, Tammy Shine
Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, CA

BEST COMIC BOOK – ACTION, STYLE, ADVENTURE
*Star Races
John Muir High School, CA
Drae Upshaw

BEST COMIC BOOK – MANGA STYLE
*Eyes of a Murderer (India)
Chaswat Kakkar

About the International Family Film Festival

— The International Family Film Festival
(IFFF) celebrates the belief that family stories are more powerful, insightful and
entertaining than ever. It champions the spirit and talents of indie, studio and international
inspired productions. Annually, IFFF recognizes outstanding achievement in Film &
Screenwriting, offering Feature, Short, & Student categories.

IFFF is a 501 ©(3) founded in 1994 by Chris Shoemaker, Suzanne Shoemaker, and Patte
Dee McKee, to exhibit and advocate for the production of family films. Originally
established in the City of Santa Clarita, a north Los Angeles County suburb that is rich with
film history and lore dating back to the silent picture era, the IFFF has spent 8 years being
hosted at Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood. IFFF strives to deliver stories and films
that are engaging and appropriate for all members of the family with themes that help
define and challenge the definition of family. For more information, please visit
www.iffilmfest.org

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