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Charlie Valentine by director Ray Cavaleri took home the award for Best Feature at the Burbank International Film Festival. The film follows a professional criminal , on the run, as he tries to reconcile with his estranged son after 30 years. Gus, An American Icon, described as “is a humble tribute to the legacy of Gus Giordano, the founding father of Jazz Dance” took the award for Best Documentary.

The complete list of winners include:

Best Feature

Ray Cavaleri for Charlie Valentine


Best Sci-Fi

Jason and Matt Shumway for Enigma


Best Short

Peter Besson for True Beauty, This Night


Best Commercial

Kelly Anne Burns for HBO The Deal Breaker

Ezra J. Stanley & Alejandro Wilkins for Levi’s True Love Ad


Best Documentary

Gus, An American Icon


Best Cinematography

Samuel Benavides for Mansfield Path


Best Student Film

Rafael Flores for Jale


Best Based on A True Story

Mark Esslinger for Grace Bedell


Best Film Noir

Michael Tanner Cusumano for Sage


Best Directing

Daniel Sametz for Buroinfierno


Best Animated Short



Best Socially Conscious Film

Michael Webber for The Elephant in the Living Room

Bob Bowdon for The Cartel


Best Drama

Tracey Birdsall-Smith for Tick Tock

Shortest Short

Douglas Williams for Peel


Best Western

Alano Massi for The Sierra


Best Screenplay

Daniel D. Molinoff for Outrider


Best Music Video

Mitch Barany for City of Noise


Best Historical Piece

Mark Kirkland for A Letter From Home


Best Editing

James Coblentz for Mansfield Path


Best Foreign Film

Sushrut Jain for Andheri


Best Acting

Peter Green for Poetry Man


Best Sci-Fi Comedy

Harland Williams for Fudgy Wudgy Fudge Face

Chris Beck for The Adventures of Zion Man & The Supreme Commander


President’s Award

James McSherry for Poetry Man


Honorable Mentions

Finding Face
Returning Warhol
Star Crossed
The Seer


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