Chandler International Film Festivals honors films, actors and filmmakers
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The Chandler International Film Festival is excited to announce the standout short films, feature films, actors and filmmakers selected as award recipients from this year’s event.
The 10-day festival showcased over 150 films from more than 35 countries. 37 award recipients were recognized across various categories, spanning from “Best Feature Film” to “Lifetime Achievement Award,” according to a press release.
“It is with immense pride that we recognize the exceptional talent of this year’s honorees,” said Mitesh Patel, CIFF president and festival director.
“Each year we receive hundreds of submissions from filmmakers across the globe. As the 8th annual Chandler International Film Festival concludes, we’d like to acknowledge the 37 award recipients who have contributed immensely to the success of this year’s festival.”
“The Career Icon Award” recognized Breaking Bad actor, Dean Norris, the “Lifetime Achievement Award” recognized Academy Award nominee and three-time Golden Globe nominee, Eric Roberts, the “Jury’s Choice Award” recognized Land’s End by Alan Kim, the “People’s Choice Award” recognized Art Thief by Arthur Bjorn Egeli and the “Mayor’s Choice Award” recognized Maya by Julia Verdin.
The title of “Best Arizona Short Film” was awarded to Superstar by Talha Hussaini and Jacob Heimlich, the title of “Best Arizona Feature Film” was awarded to Touch the Water by Travis Holt Hamilton, the title of “Best Actor” was awarded to Max Deacon in Art Thief, the title of “Best Actress” was awarded to Mallory Everton in Villains Inc, the title of “Best Director” was awarded to Rick Walker in Guardians, the title of “Best Documentary Feature Film” was awarded to Running the RadioTron by David Guzman, the title of “Best Late Night Feature Film” was awarded to The Activated Man by Nicholas Gyeney, and the title of “Best Feature Film” was awarded to Villains Inc. by Jeremy Warner.
The festival, which concluded Jan. 28, featured over 150 screenings, various industry workshops, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, networking events, and daily after parties throughout the downtown Chandler area.