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Sonora, CA — Sixty-one films were shown over the weekend at the ITSA Film Festival, and 16 directors were on hand to speak about their work.

2013 marked the 4th year of the event that was created by David and Christina Wilkinson. It kicked off on Friday evening with a Gala at the Sonora Opera Hall. Organizers say that 600 people attended the event over the three days. Workshops hosted by talent agent Carollyn DeVore and screenwriter Bryan Starchman proved to be very popular. The Director that traveled the furthest to the event was Daniel Sarkissian of Toronto. His film Loraine had its world premiere. There was also a stop by the Bay Area Ghostbusters (see photo).

The following awards were handed out on Sunday:

Outstanding Film – Not Anymore: The Story of Revolution directed by Matthew VanDyke
Documentary – Not Anymore: The Story of Revolution Matthew VanDyke
Drama – Roter Schnee directed by Luka Popadic (Serbia/Montenegro, Switzerland)
Comedy – The Sidekick directed by Michael Weithorn (King of Queens)
SciFi – Reboot directed by Liam Johnson (UK) This was a U.S. premiere
Music Video – Tightrope (Walk the Moon) directed by Ari Costa
Animation – Bibo by Mikhail Dmitiev and Anton Chistiakov (Russian Federation)
REEL Scary – Cinco de Mayo directed by Paul Ragsdale
Connections Academy Young Filmmaker – Jordan Norvell
Student Film – Operhater directed by 14 year old Tara-Nicole Azarian (Valencia CA)


Obituary Burglars – directed by Ari Costa (World Premiere)
INCH (Artful Dodger) – directed by Felipe P. Soares (World Premiere)
Roadkill Redemption – directed by Karl Hadrika (World Premiere)
The Magic Bracelet – directed by Jon Poll (World Premiere)
15 Minutes with Jacob – directed by Nino Aldi (World Premiere)
Bacon – directed by Kristian Richardson (Connections Academy)
Chee Wi Learns to Growl – directed by (10 year old) Emma Penaz Eisner