ITSA Film Festival Winners
Opening Night Gala Q&A Panel - Stephen Brooks (Screenwriter for Stephen King), Kela Cabrales (Industrial Light & Magic), Leonard Pirkle and Derek Zemrak (founders of California Int'l Film Festival Ass'n / CIFFA)
Sonora, CA -- Filmmakers were recognized over the weekend at the second annual ITSA Film Festival.
560 people attended the two day event held at the Sonora Opera Hall and Groveland Community Hall. 14 Film Directors were in attendance from across the country.
Awards were handed out to the following films:
Outstanding Film - Stay With Me: Directed by Chad McCord (Los Angeles)
Best Documentary - Randy Parsons, American Luthier: Directed by David Aldrich (Seattle)
Best Animated Film - The Tooth Fairy Affair: Directed by Izabela Melamed (Bulgaria)
Best Comedic Film - Key Change: Directed by David Codeglia (Los Angeles)
Best Dramatic Film - Reservado: Directed by: Edy Soto and Ben Teplitzky (Los Angeles)
Student Filmmakers Awards:
Outstanding Student Filmmaker - Bethany Wilkinson: 2011 Connections Academy graduate
Other students honored include Reed Holland (Connections Academy) for the film "Gifts of Food," Jordan Norvell (Connections Academy) for "Rent Past Due," and Cory Stone (Sonora High School) for "If I Could."
The 3rd annual ITSA Film Festival has already been scheduled for October 13-15 of 2012. It will expand by a day and incorporate a "horror film" section in conjunction with Halloween.
Written by BJ Hansen