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Ayla: The Daughter of War Can Ulkay
Ayla: The Daughter of War

Can Ulkay’s debut feature Ayla The Daughter of War, based on the true story of a soldier in the Korean War who risks his own life to save a half-frozen little girl, won the Best of Fest Award and the Director’s Choice Award for Best Foreign Film at the 24th Sedona International Film Festival.   The film was selected as Turkey’s official candidate for the best foreign-language film at this year’s Oscar.

Rod McCall ‘s Rose, featuring Cybill Shepherd, James Brolin, Pam Grier and Cindy Pickett about a widowed ex-cop who decides to go on a solo road trip to the Southwest in a motorized wheelchair after discovering she may have a life-threatening illness; and Django, the story of guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943, tied for Director’s Choice Best Feature Film.

Instrument of War, a film about B-24 bomber pilot Clair Cline’s experience as a POW after being shot down in northern Germany during World War II, and inspired by true events, took the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film. 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, The Insult, won the Audience Award for Best Foreign Film.

Sedona International Film Festival Winners


Best Feature Film – Drama: “Rose” and “Django” (tie)
Best Feature Film – Comedy: “Humor Me
Best Foreign Film: “Ayla The Daughter of War
Best Documentary Feature: “Liyana
Best Documentary Short: “Faces of Santa Ana
Best Environmental Film: “The Need to GROW
Best Foreign Documentary: “Blue
Best Short Film: “A Whole World for a Little World
Best Student Short Film: “Silence
Best Animated Film: “Weeds
Best Independent Spirit (Short): “Temporary
Best Independent Spirit (Narrative): “Quality Problems
Best Independent Spirit (Documentary): “I Am Jane Doe
Best Humanitarian (Narrative): “My Name is Vaseline
Best Humanitarian (Documentary): “Bending the Arc
Heart of the Festival Award: “Nathan’s Kingdom
Bill Muller Excellence in Screenwriting Award: “The Drawer Boy
Marion Herrman Excellence in Filmmaking Award: “In Search of Perfect Consonance
Technical Director’s Excellence in Exhibition Award: “Game


Best Animated Film: “E-Delivery
Best Student Short Film: “Silence
Best Short Film: “Alternative Math
Best Documentary Short: “Mr. Connolly Has ALS
Best Documentary Mid-Length: “Standing Still/Still Standing
Best Environmental Film: “Yasuni Man
Best Documentary: “I’ll Push You
Best Foreign Film: “The Insult
Best Feature Film – Comedy: “Adios Amigos
Best Feature Film – Drama: “Instrument of War
BEST OF FEST: “Ayla The Daughter of War


Lifetime Achievement Award: Jane Alexander
Global Initiative Humanitarian Award: Keely Shaye Brosnan and Pierce Brosnan

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