As per it’s history, the festival raised money for the brave men and women in the armed forces, especially assisting those adjusting the return to civilian life. Honored at the festival were Corporal Angel Gomez, Corporal Jason Poole, and HMZ Shawn Kirdlinger. Tee shirts, magnets and bobble dolls were sold by the Marine’s Association.
Films ranged from animation, to shorts and feature. There was also a screenplay division looking at pilots, shorts and features.
Al Bandiero presided along with Suzanne DeLaurentiis in announcing the presenters and giving of the awards.
There was a moment of silence for the soldiers who were not with us and for Suzanne's former mentor, Ed McMahon.
Presenters included : Hector Bustamonte, Steven Rivell, Bai Ling, Barry Pepper, Cole Hauser, Carlos Ramirez, and Richard Gant.
Some of the finalists and winners included J ustin Redman, Katelyn Meeks, Hunter Lemoine, Jason Eberly, Nathan Hartman, Madalon and Nadalon Formby, Luz Maria Uterra, Chris Redish, Christen Irene, Victoria Moran, Phil Valentine, Gerald Gillock, Mike Bedik, Tamar Kummel, Linda Barmaper, Brittan Barmaper, Mike Kewey, Mandy Lile, Darleen Reilly, John Hays, Kiara Wizel, Deborah Lynn Hull, Robert Weinstein, Alex Kupp, Bill Green, Serita Stevens, Dustin Grella, Tom Benigno, Richie Allan, Kattie Dillon, Patricai Dillon, Josh Padget, Kyle Thomas Cokei, Marele Bernardi, Lee Reherman, Natalina Maggio, Magali Rennes, Aruva Vallabhaneri, Sarah Fichtman, Hannes Phinney, Sherrie Lewandowsky, Hiroko Hagino, Subhra Gima, Marvel Gima, Ron Podell, Mike Kelley, Eileen O Farrell and Sherry Weston.
Winners of the 2009 festival included Audience choices of Knucks, Sam’s Rain, Deceit, Magnum Farce, The Klara Wizel Story, Astoria Queens, Anytown USA, The Family Circus Story, Whacked, Enigma and True Men. Best student films included Sebastian’s Voodoo, Nero Bloom Private Eye. Best foreign film was Bathtub to Happiness and best foreign screenplay was Tokyo Dreamers. Multi cultural award for excellence in screenwriting went to Freddy Robinson and the CCIFF women in film award went to Katie Dillon. Best feature gold award went to Like Dandelion Dust, the silver was Charlie Valentine and the bronze was Ice Grill, USA. The best theme award Who Will Stand, best short was Rain, Rain, best short feature was The Predator’s Return, best sci fi short was Soul Fire Rising, best sci fi feature was Mansfield Path, best reality pilot was Auto Archaeology, best TV pilot was Green Room, best animation was Prayers for Peace and finally the best screenplay was Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
Networking abounded and many people were able to make deals on their films.
Sponsors included Movie Maker Magazine, Pelican Hill Resort, Vivian’s Boutique, One Hope, Nicole Paxson cosmetics, American Airlines, Hodges Collection, Jesse Kalsi – Numerologist, H2OM, Buffalo Games, The Actor’s Network, Marine Corps Veterans Association, Hynotic, One Hope Wine, Easy Street Productions, PAMA, Skova, Nickel Skin Care for Men, Wells Fargo, Spike TV, Fox, Subway, Alan Weisman Photography, Vegetables Beauty Products, Cigar Aficionado,Illy, and Etoix.
For more information about next year's festival go to www.CCIFF.com
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