The International Family Film Festival, which takes place October 20 to 23, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, comes of age by offering a program that celebrates women and the stories they inspire. The festival, which specializes in family-oriented stories, will screen over 100 feature and short films from around the world, as well as student films from numerous professionally accredited film schools. In addition, the festival will feature 35 screenplays competing for top prizes in 8 categories.
“Celebrating 21 years of the IFFF is a significant accomplishment and one we are very proud of,” commented Chris Shoemaker, IFFF Director. “In creating this festival, we wanted to highlight and acknowledge the triumph of families and those who comprise families everywhere, to tell their stories as well as encourage and nurture current and future filmmakers. It’s an all-encompassing festival, commemorating the world of cinema and those who create it.”
Each year, the IFFF honors a career animation talent of the highest caliber and reputation in the Animation/CGI-SFX medium of the entertainment industry with the “Friz Award for Excellence in Animation,” in memory of the famed Friz Freleng, the father of Warner Bros. animation and the man responsible for creating such iconic animated characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the rest of the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes gang. Receiving this highly coveted award is MS. ANDREA ROMANO.
Eight-time Emmy Award-winner Andrea Romano has been casting and directing voices for over 30 years. Her credits include a 5 ½ year stint as casting director at Hanna Barbera, directing Disney’s Duck Tales, Rescue Rangers and some seasons of Winnie the Pooh, and such films as Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Batman the Animated Series, Superman, Batman Beyond, Teen Titans and many more. She’s directed 23 direct to video films in conjunction with DC Comics and Warner Home Video, as well as three seasons of The Boondocks, The Legend of Korra, El Tigre, Spongebob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Adventures of Puss In Boots, and Niko and the Sword of Light, among others.
“I’m proud to say I had the great good fortune to work at Hanna-Barbera when Friz Freleng was also working there,” commented Romano. “We worked together on several projects. I so admired his work and his generous spirit and I’m delighted to be considered to be worthy of an award bearing his name.”
On Opening Night, the festival will present two back-to-back features by director Jeffery Patterson: Hot Bath, Stiff Drink an’ a Close Shave, starring Frankie Muniz, Robert Patrick, Alison Eastwood, and Patterson, about twin brothers – one a marshal, one an outlaw – who join forces against a hardened killer bent on revenge in the old West; and Another Day in Paradise, also directed by and starring Jeffery Patterson, as a widowed father struggling to raise his 16-year-old twin daughters Brooke and Alexis, while also running the family-owned water park. Teens being teens, Brooke and Alexis manage to test his patience to the breaking point, and have all of them questioning the right path for their future.
On Saturday, October 22, IFFF will present a Special Presentation of Little Gandhi, directed and produced by award-winning director Sam Kadi (The Citizen) and tells the heart-wrenching tragic tale of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar. The story of Matar, dubbed “Little Gandhi” for his strict code of nonviolent protest, takes viewers through the Syrian people’s peaceful pursuit of freedom and democracy only to be met with live ammunition from the Syrian regime. While the documentary follows the story of one young peaceful man, it also reflects the plight of all Syrians in their long fight for freedom. The Screening and Wine & Hors d’oeuvres Reception is sponsored by the Rahma Relief Foundation, providing aid to the Syrian people affected by the current crisis. Visit www.rahmarelief.org to donate.
The weekend offers a multitude of films, panels, and events including Women Behind the Camera – Creating Change at the Studios, the highly anticipated YouthFest!, Indie Film Financing Panel, Producers’ Networking Brunch, Indie Film Distribution Panel, and the Screenwriters Showcase.