12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival Celebrates Festival Award Winners

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The Sunscreen Film Festival reveals today the award recipients at the 12th annual event. The festival announced the winners at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening. Sunscreen wrapped up last night with two sold out screenings of the Closing Night Film - Albion: The Enchanted Stallion by Director Castille Landon and starring Avery Arendes, Stephen Dorff, John Cleese, Jennifer Morrison and Debra Messing.

"We are thrilled to have presented this year's stellar lineup to the St. Petersburg community. With the help of Sundance, Film Fatales, Ringling College, and many more, we were able to curate a program that premiered incredible films from around the world. A big congratulations to all our jury winners and filmmakers as we continue to support THE ART OF making movies," said Wey Lin, Senior Programmer, Sunscreen Film Festival.
The list of awards and winners are as follows:

GRAND JURY NARRATIVE FEATURE - "I Can I Will I Did" Directed by Nadine Truong

GRAND JURY DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - "Chicago Boys" Directed by Carola Fuentes & Rafael Valdeavellano

GRAND JURY SHORT FILM - "Don't Think About It" Directed by Niv Klainer

GRAND JURY INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM - "The Holy Cave" - Directed by Aleix Massot

GRAND JURY FLORIDA FILM - "The Newest Member" Directed by Andi Matheny

GRAND JURY BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR - "Lady-Like" Directed by Brent Craft

GRAND JURY BEST LATIN FILM - "Perros" Directed by Harold Trompetero

GRAND JURY BEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM - "Winning the Game" Directed by Thomas Ernst

GRAND JURY BEST COLLEGE FILM - "Caliber" Directed by Tanner Cusumano

GRAND JURY AWARD BEST WEBSERIES - "Running with Violet" Directed by Lindsay MacKay, Rebecca Davey and Marie-Claire Marcotte

GRAND JURY AWARD BEST ANIMATION - "Nil: No Blood for Coffee" Directed by James Turner

SPECIAL JURY AWARD BEST DIRECTOR - "Created Equal" Directed by Bill Duke

SPECIAL JURY AWARD BEST ACTOR - Aaron Tveit from the Feature Film "Created Equal" Directed by Bill Duke

SPECIAL JURY AWARD BEST ACTRESS - Daphne Zuniga from the Feature Film "Those Left Behind" Directed by Maria Finitzo

SPECIAL JURY AWARD BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Timothy Omundson from the Feature Film "Carter & June" Directed by Nicholas Kalikow

SPECIAL JURY AWARD BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Selenis Leyva from the Feature Film "I Can I Will I Did" Directed by Nadine Truong

AUDIENCE AWARD FEATURE FILM - "Kate Can't Swim" Directed by Josh Helman

LEGACY AWARD - Joe Pantoliano


The Grand Jury included the following industry individuals who brought their expertise to award the winners of the festival: Eugenie Bondurant, Actor(Hunger Games); Paul Booth, Talking Pictures, Ron Chapman, Director(The Poet of Havana) Steve Persall, Tampa Times Film Critic, Rob Sterrett,(Shameless, Dolphin Tale), Tony Stopperan, (Sugar), Joseph Mazzello, Actor/Director(Jurassic Park, Social Network).

"Congratulations to all the winners at the annual Sunscreen Film Festival. We could not be more proud of the success of the twelfth year. The attendance exceeded our expectations, the amount of filmmakers that attended was amazing and the audience response was all positive. The Sunscreen team from all the volunteers, staff and with the Support of our Presenting Sponsor St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission and local organizations like the Tampa Bay Rowdies we could not be happier with the energy that was felt throughout the weekend as chapter twelve of Sunscreen unraveled," said Ryan Tarrant, Executive Director, Sunscreen Film Festival.

The Sunscreen Film Festival showcased the craft of filmmaking and storytelling by advocating the work of filmmakers, screenwriters and all artists who use the medium of film and television to bring art alive.

The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission is a premiere sponsor of the festival and hopes to contribute to independent filmmakers and show their support by providing incentives for filmmakers to come to Pinellas County.

Visit the official site of the festival at www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com

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