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IFFF Awards : awards to family films

2009 IFFF AWARDS FOR FILM AND SCREENPLAY
It reads like a comedy but this time, the real story surpasses any possible reel version and everyone is truly a winner…
FADE IN:
INT. COCO’S RESTAURANT – NIGHT
SUPER: Valencia, CA 1993
Two couples sip coffee over earnest discussion of the gratuitous violence in films and the effect it has on America, specifically our children. There must be something more the film industry can offer besides bombs, guns, knives and snakes on a plane. They thirst for good stories with universal themes that connect all humanity, stories from the heartbreaking, to the heartwarming, stories with humor and weight, films the whole family can enjoy. Knowing there must be like minds who also desire quality entertainment, they each pledge $20.00 to begin a film festival.
EXT. INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL - DAY
SUPER: Valencia, CA 1994
Distributers, producers, directors, cast & crew, kids and lovers of the family film genre enjoy the first annual International Family Film Festival - just two months after the devastating Northridge Earthquake. The IFFF is well on its’ way to fulfilling its’ mission: To educate, cultivate, and elevate the family film genre by advocating and encouraging the creation and sharing of family films and screenplays through film exhibition, panels, networking, screenplay readings, children’s hands-on film camps, seminars and post-film discussions.
At age 89 and very shy, Isadore “Friz” Freleng (Head Animator at Warner Bros) arrives to receive the first ever IFFF Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Film Animation. The award becomes his namesake when Friz makes his transition just two weeks later.

INT. CHARLIE CHAPLIN THEATER, RALEIGH STUDIOS – NIGHT
SUPER: Hollywood, CA 2009 - Great Stories Bring Families Together
It’s Awards Night at the IFFF. Film-chic patrons and filmmakers mingle in celebration of the IFFF’s 14th year and to find out who will receive the coveted film awards of the evening; as well as the top honors designed by Schlomi Haziza/H. Studio. The guest of honor, Phil Roman, arrives in a yellow Hummer (symbolizing the infamous character Bart Simpson from one of Roman’s hit TV series, The Simpsons). He will be introduced by Nancy Cartwright, the voice-actor who plays Bart. The Chaplin Theatre is filled to capacity, buzzing with anticipation. And the IFFF goes to:


TOP HONORS
THE ‘FRIZ’ LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD – Phil Roman
IFFF FILM EXCELLENCE AWARD – 20th Century Fox, Jeffery Glaser
IFFF DIRECTORS GOLD AWARD – Magellan, Sebastian Davis Director/Screenwriter
IFFF SPIRIT AWARD – Invisible Wings (China), Feng Zhenzhi Director/Screenwriter
TOP APPLAUSE AWARD – Dreamriders, William S. Roulston Director
FEATURES
BEST DRAMA – The Dark Horse, Cornelia Moore Director/Screenwriter
BEST FOREIGN DRAMA – Saving God (Canada), Duane Crighton Director
BEST COMEDY- The Video Guys, Dan Brennan Director/Screenwriter
BEST FOREIGN COMEDY – Summerhood (Canada), Jacob Medjuck
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Some Assembly Required, Dori Berinstein Director/Screenwriter
BEST FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY – pujee (Japan/Mongolia), Kazuiya Yamada
BEST EDUCATIONAL – Dreamriders, William S. Roulston Director
BEST CHILD ACTOR – Sabrina Brennan in The Video Guys
SHORTS
BEST DRAMA – boy/man, Danielle Jacobs & Ben Staley Director/Producer/Screenwriter
BEST FOREIGN DRAMA – Land Gewinnen (Germany) Marc Brummund Director
BEST COMEDY – The Day My Parents Became Cool, Steve Edmiston & Peter Weinstein Director/Screenwriter
BEST COMPUTER ANIMATION – Gerald’s Last Day, Justin & Shel Rasch Directors/Screenwriters
BEST FOREIGN COMPUTER ANIMATION – Jibber Jabber: Race to the Red Planet (Canada), David Bowes Director
BEST CLASSIC ANIMATION – The Girl Who Cried Flowers, Umesh Shukla & Kate Myers Director
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Sing Opera! Jessica Sanders, Frieda Mock Director/Producer/Screenwriter
BEST EDUCATIONAL – The Riddle in a Bottle, Robert & Laura Sams Directors/Producers
BEST PSA – Discovery Science Center, Chris Pyle Director
BEST MUSICAL – Hey You! Alyson Alyson Filmmaker
STUDENT
BEST DRAMA – Magellan, Sebastian Davis Director/Screenwriter
BEST FOREIGN DRAMA – My Dad Ralph (Canada), Nicholas Wong Director/Screenwriter
BEST COMEDY – Latter Day Fake, Jolie Hales Director/Screenwriter
BEST COMPUTER ANIMATION – La Lune, Kyung Hee Shon Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Animator
BEST CLASSIC ANIMATION – Plain & Simple, Merrin Marra, Joe Luis Marra Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Animator
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Riding Tall: A Horse Connection, Caitlin Mae Burke Director/Screenwriter/Producer
BEST EDUCATIONAL – Roots and Wings, Angad Singh Director/Producer/Editor

SCREENPLAYS
FEATURE DRAMA - First Dog by Bryan Michael Stoller
FEATURE COMEDY – G-pa by Gary & Carolyn Mosier
FEATURE ANIMATION – Tickled Pink by Catherine Wilson
FEATURE SCI-FI/FANTASY – Alphonse Doodle, Boy Wonder, by Milton Reiss
FEATURE MUSICAL – Alphie Brubaker by Joyce Ikemi
SHORT DRAMA – Hampton Court – Hunting Party by James Kirtland
SHORT COMEDY – Barack-O-Lantern by Christopher C. Canole
SHORT ANIMATION – Toucan You Can by Donna Lisa
SHORT SCI-FI/FANTASY – The Cube by Scott and Paula Merrow




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