While the town geared up for the big night at the Academy Awards, Cinema City International Film Festival held its own award ceremony celebrating the writers. Benefits from the evening event, which included a red carpet, silent auction, gift bags, awards in various categories and live viewing of the Oscars, went to the Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund. The fund helps those Iraqi vets who have come home from the war ill and ill prepared for the transition back to civilization.
Movie Magic Magazine has deemed Cinema City International Film Fest as one of the 25 top film festivals to enter.
Sponsored by American Airlines, Wells Fargo, John Sudol Acting Studio, the Steiger Corporation, and Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions, the event gave away gifts from Puma (pomegranate liquor), Vivianâ€™s Boutique (who dressed 90% of the women for the nightâ€™s event at discount prices), Joeyâ€™s Cigars, Hope Wine, Hydrodynamic, Inc (aromatherapy), Movie Maker magazine, Planet Pants(makers of pillow pants and bed pants for kidsâ€™ rooms.)
Besides the awards and the viewing of the Oscars, we were entertained by Joe Finley and by Country Western singer, Dillon Campbell (son of Glen). Music discs of Joe Finley were given to everyone in the gift bags later.
Presentations were made by Judy Tenuta, Kathleen Kennedy, Captain Mark Imyre of American Airlines, who presented bravery awards to
Out of over 4,000 entries, winners were picked all having a perfect 40 score. Winners of the various screenwriting contests were Barackâ€“O'â€“Lantern by Christopher Canole, Black Market Price by Guile Branco & Brian Trichon, Bookstore Blues by Justin Owens, Burden of Treasure by Jason Wallach, Choices-1 Reunion by James Kirtland, Crossroads by Janice Kennedy, Eke'bolos by Steven Settle, Inn Bermuda by Steven Bloome, Jasper Man by Michael Sadler, Letter From Amanda by Stephen Hebert, Murder Me Twice by Serita Stevens & Rayanne Moore, One Step Into Mexico by Peter Aston, Pitch Out by Michelle Muldoon, Saint By Numbers by Vince Prezioso & Tony D'Aiuto, Special Delivery by Eddie Mariano & Ron Richman, Survival High by Aaron Mento, and The Interview by Mark Winzer.
Of the Oscar events going on, Suzanne DeLaurentiis, Juliette Harris, Diana Nile and Sheila Brothers and the handful of other volunteers, this was a phenomenal and fun night.
Look for the next CCIFF event to be in September.