FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

UNITED INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MARCH 2016 WINNERS

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA- March 6, 2016- United International Film Festival (UIFF) presents a program of new 

international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe. United International Film Festival (UIFF) 

supporters are a community of passionate individuals and organizations that are united in their support 

of UIFF mission to advance the work of independent artists in film and to share their stories with the 

world. The UIFF community understands that fresh perspectives from visionary storytellers are essential 

for a healthy and vibrant society.

 

 

  On March 6, 2016 UIFF held  a special evening  of networking, red-carpet gala, special screenings and 

an award ceremony. The evening was hosted by UIFF Host Amy Cox. Six films were nominated for best 

picture and screened at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. UIFF Director Klement Tinaj presented  

awards in 13 categories during the award ceremony.    The Weight of Blood and Bones, starring Danny 

Trejo took home two awards, including the trophy for best picture. 

 

 

After the ceremony a selection of craft wine, sodas, juice and cheese were served to guests as the 

winners were interviewed on the red carpet.  UIFF announced their next festival will take place in New 

York on July 30, 2016. Submissions are now open on Filmfreeway. 

 

 

Festival Winners

 

 

BEST FILM

 

THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD AND BONES, Directed by Chris Ekstein.  Written by Chris Ekstein and 

Jason Chase Tyrrell. Starring Jason Patric, Danny Trejo, Rosa McGowen and Mark Book Junior. 

(USA) The past of a legendary bounty hunter catches up with him and haunts the memories of 

his young son. 

             

BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

 

DOMIZIANO ARCANGELI, ORGY OF THE DAMNED, Directed by Creep Creeperson. Written by 

Domiziano Arcangeli and Creep Creepersin. Starring Domiziano Arcangeli, Lorielle New, Naama  

Kates and Vincent Hoss Desmarais. (USA) An erotic vampire tale set in a surreal world of 

pleasure and betrayal. Fosco, a 300 year old vampire, lives in a beautiful mansion with his wife 

Sabina and their son Dimitri. Their lives are a non-stop lust orgy where anything goes and always 

does! Until, Fauna (a naive young woman) and her boyfriend Micah show up and turn the 

ecstasy-driven clan into murderous back-stabbers, hell-bent on revenge and power.

 

BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

 

 ROMAN XING (XING, HAN), PERMISSION,  Directed by Jun Kuang. Written by Roman Xing. 

Starring Roman Xing, Maya Arwen, Robert Factor and Rosanna Iversen (USA) Chinese middle 

class student Hua decides to propose to his American upper-class girlfriend Virginia, but first, he 

has to get her father's permission.

 

BEST ACTRESS

 

 NICOLE NELSON, MISALIGNMENT, Directed by Jeremy Nelson. Written by Nicole Nelson. 

Starring Nicole Nelson, Ashton Whitney, Lauren Mizenko and Holly Glasser.  (USA) Sometimes it 

takes being with the wrong person to know when you have met the right one. Misalignment is a 

story about love, choices, and discovering what's really important in the quirky, cute romantic 

comedy.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

 

 IAN BUCHANAN, ONE NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD, Directed and written  by Sheri Sussman. Starring 

Ian Buchanan, Kyle Kaminsky, Rick Peters and Markus Reymann (USA) A writer and an actor find 

the perfect investor for their Indie film, who only has one request - they kill a studio executive 

that has crossed him and he'll finance their film and they can have their coveted 'complete 

creative control'. That's a no-brainer! Now if they can only agree on an ending for their script!

 

BEST DIRECTOR

 

 CHRIS EKSTEIN, THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD AND BONES, Written by Chris Ekstein and Jason Chase 

Tyrrell. Starring Jason Patric, Danny Trejo, Rosa McGowen and Mark Book Junior. (USA) The past 

of a legendary bounty hunter catches up with him and haunts the memories of his young son. 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

 MIRCO SGARZI, ORGY OF THE DAMNED, Directed by Creep Creeperson. Written by Domiziano 

Arcangeli and Creep Creepersin. Starring Domiziano Arcangeli, Lorielle New, Naama  Kates and 

Vincent Hoss Desmarais. (USA) An erotic vampire tale set in a surreal world of pleasure and 

betrayal. Fosco, a 300 year old vampire, lives in a beautiful mansion with his wife Sabina and 

their son Dimitri. Their lives are a non-stop lust orgy where anything goes and always does! 

Until, Fauna (a naive young woman) and her boyfriend Micah show up and turn the ecstasy-

driven clan into murderous back-stabbers, hell-bent on revenge and power.

 

BEST SCREENPLAY 

 

 JOUD KASHGARI, CLEARANCE, Directed and Written by Joud Kashgari. Starring Bobby  Kruger, 

Sharon Loo and Ara Woland. (USA) A routine inspection at the airport goes awry when an 

overzealous federal agent meets a well-travelled but secretive traveler.

 

BEST ANIMATION 

 

 NING CHENG, A SNOT ADVENTURE, animated by Ning Cheng

 

BEST EDITING

 

 J SCOTT HARVEY AND AUGIE HESS, ONE NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD, Directed and written  by Sheri Sussman. Starring Ian Buchanan, Kyle Kaminsky, Rick Peters and Markus Reymann (USA) A writer 

and an actor find the perfect investor for their Indie film, who only has one request - they kill a 

studio executive that has crossed him and he'll finance their film and they can have their 

coveted 'complete creative control'. That's a no-brainer! Now if they can only agree on an 

ending for their script!

 

BEST MUSIC

 

 LET’S DANCE TO THE RHYTHM, Directed by Bardroy Barretto. Written by Bardroy and Mridul 

Toolsidass. Starring Vijay Maurya,  Palomi Ghosh,  Prince Jacob and Blasco Andrade. (India) 

'Nachom-ia Kumpasar' is a Konkani feature film - a tribute to Goan Music and her legendary 

musicians. Narrated through the emotional roller coaster of a love story destined to tragedy, it 

celebrates Goan music through the eyes of its prodigiously eclectic generation of musicians in 

the 1960s and 70s. The film weaves its lilting narrative through 20 timeless Konkani songs that 

capture the timbre and texture of a sound scape these musicians made their own. Nachom-ia 

Kumpasar is a nostalgic musical tale set in the times these formidable talents lived and died in. 

Unrecognized. Unappreciated. 

 

AWARD OF MERIT

 

 THE MOMENT I WAS ALONE, Directed and written by Kellen Gibbs. Starring Tessa Espinola, 

Jordan Knapp, Valerie Spencer and Julia Parker. (USA) When time stops around a young girl, she 

is forced to grow alone while the world around her stays locked in a moment.

 

AWARD OF RECOGNITION

 

 NICOLAS RAGANATO, FIRST LOVE,  Directed and written by Nicolas Raganto. Starring Diego 

Delpiano, Samantha Kamp, Rebecca Ellen Evans and Laney Malone. (USA)  Daniel, a ten-year-old 

student confronts his evil teacher Ms. Ruth to get his valentine card back that was done for his 

girlfriend Sammy.

 

 

 

Visit www.uiff.info for pictures of the event and more information on the next festival.

United International Film Festival - Nov 20, 2016 WINNERS

United International Film Festival November 2016 OFFICIAL SELECTION

United International Film Festival - March 2016 WINNERS

Official Selections

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

 

UNITED INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 2016 SELECTIONS

 

Hollywood, CA- November 2016-United International Film Festival (UIFF) presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe. United International Film Festival (UIFF) supporters are a community of passionate individuals and organizations that are united in their support of UIFF mission to advance the work of independent artists in film and to share their stories with the world. The UIFF community understands that fresh perspectives from visionary storytellers are essential for a healthy and vibrant society.

 

On Sunday November 20, 2016 UIFF will host a special evening of networking, red-carpet gala, special screenings and an award ceremony at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. More information about the event is available on the UIFF website. WWW.UIFF.INFO

 

Official Selections:

 

Rose Garden: Directed by Rafael Nani. Starring Evan O'Toole, Roger Argo, Holgie Forrester, Laura Lenee, Rob Lanza, and Robert Artz. (USA) A whole condo has its routine changed after Felix arrived. A smart little kid who knows he's going to die soon, but the way he faces his destiny changes everyone around him. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

The Second Coming of Christ: Directed by Daniel Anghelcev. Starring Diana Angelson, Jason London, Quinton Aaron, Natalie Burn, Al Sapienza and Meredith Salenger. (USA) The journey of a woman scientist who, at the end of times, discovers that true Faith can bring Miracles. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Journey to Mt. Fuji: Directed by Cris Ubermann. Starring Yukita Kusunoki, Sulai Lopez, Stutz Bearcat, Tanuki Toyoda, Kumiko Sakai and Kashu Kurata. (Japan/USA)

Mozzman takes a long journey to Mt. Fuji in search for his old friend Kitakitsune. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Consurgo: Directed by Luigi Comandator. Starring Dee Imbert, Nicola Acunzo, Emmett McCarthy,Ricky Syers and Liliana Molina. (USA)  When the need to be something other than what we are becomes too much to bare, sometimes we choose the extreme solution to our problem. The result can change us forever, but leave us with conflicted feelings that are still too much to bare. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

Khayalami My Home: Directed Denise Khumalo. An African American woman struggles to keep her traditions and customs alive in an increasingly western world. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace: Directed by Vicky Matthews. Starring Brian Cox, David Nasaw,  Seth Kamil, Ronald Baraff, Tom Hunter and William Thomson.  (United Kingdom | United States) Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace charts the story of a poor Scottish immigrant who became the richest man in the world. We examine how Carnegie's steel empire changed America, and his forgotten attempt to bring about peace in the run up to the First World War. Narrated by Brian Cox. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

You Are Back: Directed by Igor Possewnin. Starring Rebekka Mueller. (Germany) Waiting for your sweetheart: Impatience and anticipation take it in turns. A young woman in Berlin longs for the reunion with her boyfriend who serves as a soldier abroad. With her thoughts just with him, she sets off in the metropolis to meet him. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

It's My Decision: Directed by Lydia Cornell.  Starring Debbrah Baselice, Joel Bryant, Ben Clinkinbeard, Johnny Cosmo, Bob Dean and Jeanine Kirk. (USA) One decision leads to another. As Sam decides to make a change and stand up for herself, her husband Eric fights against this change and his wife's new found strength.  Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Guardian Angel: Directed by Ralph Odierna. Starring Megan Henry, Tim Bader, Johnny Cosmo, Jessica McMillin, Mike Foster  and Tony Nunes. (USA) Maddie believes she is chosen by God to be a Guardian Angel and she takes vengeance against those who harm the innocent.  Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Jiaozi:  Directed by Lin Zhao. Starring Noa Brenner, Natalie Bright, Anthony Coleman, Jason Eskildsen,  Judith A. Faraj  and Hailey Foote. (USA) An Asian American elementary student Ming is ashamed of the culture he is come from especially one day his food was laughed by his fellow classmates. He then his Mother comes up with a great idea to solve the problem. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

 

All They Know Is Shoot: Directed by Anike Bay. Starring Eric Lane, Robin Lei, Ricky Moncler and Jamiel Patton. (USA) The is the first Official Anti-Police Brutality Protest Music Video which showcases different segments of injustices that occurs daily in the United States of America and throughout the world between police and innocent citizens.    Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Emily: Directed by Guannan Li. Starring  Martha Hamilton, Cynthia Marsh and Clayton McInerney. (USA)  Emily comes back for a revenge of John and Jane after she dies of giving birth to a baby. When John abandons his wife, Emily, who dies giving birth at home, she becomes a ghost to get revenge on her husband John and in the end, Emily punishes John.Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Vienna Table Trip: Directed by Virgil Widrich. (Austria) An animated whirlwind cinematic tour through Vienna, staged with cups, saucers, plates, knives, forks, local specialties and products interspersed with different dimensions of Vienna’s contemporary urban life. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Another Day in Paradise: Directed by Bellopropello.(Switzerland) Plants are growing in paradise; one of them nicer, more beautiful and taller than all the other and provoke a disciplinary action. Against all odds has consequences even in paradise. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Chef Maya Erickson's Black Sesame Dessert: Directed by Jennifer Davick. (USA) Stylized, Sexy, Provocative and Decadent. Everything You Would Expect from a Grandmother’s Recipe. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

The Good Memory: Directed by Na Liu. Starring Albert Serrato and Jessica Blowers. (USA) A man who lost his wife and daughter cannot escape the memory of their last moment together. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

Bloody Hands: Directed by Jaden Hwang. Starring Klement Tinaj, Orlando Brown, Roman Xing, Leandro Simozza, Jongman Kim and Melissa Carvajal. (USA) Leo Rossmore (Klement Tinaj) a former fighter is searching for his detective wife Jessica who has been missing. He believes was taken by the same members she was assigned by Detective Brown (Orlando Brown) to go after. Leo hits rock bottom and gives up his dreams until a woman Cristy gives him a reason to fight again. Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

I Wish: Directed by Zixian Ouyang. Starring Daniel Mutis, Natalie Davis, Natalie Daniels, Chris Homstad,Tara Katchur and Daniel Student. (USA)  Screening will be November 20, 2016 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

 

Dark Waves-Bellerofonte [Soundtrack]: Composed by Alexander Cimini. Music Type: Film Score. Length: 1 hour  (Italy) Nominated for best Music/Score.

UIFF NOVEMBER 2016 WINNERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

 

UNITED INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 2016 WINNERS

 

Hollywood, CA- November 2016-United International Film Festival (UIFF) presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe. United International Film Festival (UIFF) supporters are a community of passionate individuals and organizations that are united in their support of UIFF mission to advance the work of independent artists in film

and to share their stories with the world. The UIFF community understands that fresh perspectives from visionary storytellers are essential for a healthy and vibrant society.

 

On Sunday November 20, 2016 UIFF will hosted a special evening of networking, red-carpet gala, special screenings and an award ceremony at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. More information about the event is available on the UIFF website.  WWW.UIFF.INFO

 

SHORT FILM COMPETITION- AWARD OF MERIT

I Wish: Directed by Zixian Ouyang. Starring Daniel Mutis, Natalie Davis, Natalie Daniels, Chris Homstad,Tara Katchur and Daniel Student. (USA)

 

COMMERCIAL COMPETITION- HONORABLE MENTION

 

Vienna Table Trip: Directed by Virgil Widrich. (Austria) An animated whirlwind cinematic tour through Vienna, staged with cups, saucers, plates, knives, forks, local specialties and products interspersed with different dimensions of Vienna’s contemporary urban life.

 

SHORT FILM COMPETITION- JURY MENTION

 

The Good Memory: Directed by Na Liu. Starring Albert Serrato and Jessica Blowers. (USA) A man who lost his wife and daughter cannot escape the memory of their last moment together.

 

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION- AWARD OF RECOGNITION

 

Khayalami My Home: Directed Denise Khumalo. An African American woman struggles to keep her traditions and customs alive in an increasingly western world.

 

 

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION- BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace: Directed by Vicky Matthews. Starring Brian Cox, David Nasaw,  Seth Kamil, Ronald Baraff, Tom Hunter and William Thomson.  (United Kingdom | United States) Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace. charts the story of a poor Scottish immigrant who became the richest man in the world. We examine how Carnegie's steel empire changed America, and his forgotten attempt to bring about peace in the run up to the First World War. Narrated by Brian Cox

 

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION- BEST NARRATOR

 

BRIAN COX- Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace: Directed by Vicky Matthews. Starring Brian Cox, David Nasaw,  Seth Kamil, Ronald Baraff, Tom Hunter and William Thomson.  (United Kingdom | United States) Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power

to Peace.

 

ANIMATION COMPETITION- BEST ANIMATION

 

Another Day in Paradise: Directed by Bellopropello.(Switzerland) Plants are growing in paradise; one of them nicer, more beautiful and taller than all the other and provoke a disciplinary action. Against all odds has consequences even in paradise.

 

FEATURE COMPETITION- BEST ACTOR

 

NICOLA  ACUNZO-Consurgo: Directed by Luigi Comandatore. Starring Dee Imbert, Nicola Acunzo, Emmett McCarthy,Ricky Syers and Liliana Molina. (USA)  When the need to be something other than what we are becomes too much to bare, sometimes we choose the extreme solution to our problem. The result can change us forever, but leave us with conflicted feelings that are still too much to bare.

 

MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION- BEST MUSIC VIDEO

 

All They Know Is Shoot: Directed by Anike Bay. Starring Eric Lane, Robin Lei, Ricky Moncler and Jamiel Patton. (USA) The is the first Official Anti-Police Brutality Protest Music Video which showcases different segments of injustices that occurs daily in the United States of America and throughout the world between police and innocent citizens.

 

 

STUDENT COMPETITION- BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

 

 

Rose Garden: Directed by Rafael Nani. Starring Evan O'Toole, Roger Argo, Holgie Forrester, Laura Lenee, Rob Lanza, and Robert Artz. (USA) A whole condo has its routine changed after Felix arrived. A smart little kid who knows he's going to die soon, but the way he faces his destiny changes everyone around him.

STUDENT COMPETITION- BEST STUDENT HORROR FILM

 

Emily: Directed by Jun Xia. Starring  Martha Hamilton, Cynthia Marsh and Clayton McInerney. (USA)  Emily comes back for a revenge of John and Jane after she dies of giving birth to a baby. When John abandons his wife, Emily, who dies giving birth at home, she becomes a ghost to get revenge on her husband John and in the end, Emily punishes John.

 

DIRECTOR COMPETITION- BEST DIRECTOR

 

Jiaozi:  Directed by Lin Zhao. Starring Noa Brenner, Natalie Bright, Anthony Coleman, Jason Eskildsen,  Judith A. Faraj  and Hailey Foote. (USA) An Asian American elementary student Ming is ashamed of the culture he is come from especially one day his food was laughed by his fellow classmates. He then his Mother comes up with a great idea to solve the problem.

 

SHORT COMPETITION- BEST LEADING ACTRESS

 

REBEKKA MUELLER- You Are Back: Directed by Igor Possewnin. Starring Rebekka Mueller. (Germany) Waiting for your sweetheart: Impatience and anticipation take it in turns. A young woman in Berlin longs for the reunion with her boyfriend who serves as a soldier abroad. With her thoughts just with him, she sets off in the metropolis to meet him.

 

FEATURE COMPETITION- BEST LEADING ACTRESS

 

DIANA ANGELSON-The Second Coming of Christ: Directed by Daniel Anghelcev. Starring Diana Angelson, Jason London, Quinton Aaron, Natalie Burn, Al Sapienza and Meredith Salenger. (USA) The journey of a woman scientist who, at the end of times, discovers that true Faith can bring Miracles.

 

HORROR FILM COMPETITION - BEST SHORT HORROR FILM

 

Consurgo: Directed by Luigi Comandatore. Starring Dee Imbert, Nicola Acunzo, Emmett McCarthy,Ricky Syers and Liliana Molina. (USA)  When the need to be something other than what we are becomes too much to bare, sometimes we choose the extreme solution to our problem. The result can change us forever, but leave us with conflicted feelings that are still too much to bare.

 

 

MUSIC COMPETITION- BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC/SCORE

 

Dark Waves-Bellerofonte [Soundtrack]: Composed by Alexander Cimini. Music Type: Film Score. Length: 1 hour  (Italy) Nominated for best Music/Score.

 

COMEDY COMPETITION- BEST COMEDY FILM

 

It's My Decision: Directed by Lydia Cornell.  Starring Debbrah Baselice, Joel Bryant, Ben Clinkinbeard, Johnny Cosmo, Bob Dean and Jeanine Kirk. (USA) One decision leads to another. As Sam decides to make a change and stand up for herself, her husband Eric fights against this change and his wife's new found strength.

 

SHORT FILM COMPETITION- BEST SHORT FILM

 

Guardian Angel: Directed by Ralph Odierna. Starring Megan Henry, Tim Bader, Johnny Cosmo, Jessica McMillin, Mike Foster  and Tony Nunes. (USA) Maddie believes she is chosen by God to be a Guardian Angel and she takes vengeance against those who harm the innocent.

 

COMMERCIAL COMPETITION- BEST COMMERCIAL

 

Chef Maya Erickson's Black Sesame Dessert: Directed by Jennifer Davick. (USA) Stylized, Sexy, Provocative and Decadent. Everything You Would Expect from a Grandmother’s Recipe.

 

FOREIGN FILM COMPETITION- BEST FOREIGN FILM

 

Journey to Mt. Fuji: Directed by Cris Ubermann. Starring Yukita Kusunoki, Sulai Lopez, Stutz Bearcat, Tanuki Toyoda, Kumiko Sakai and Kashu Kurata. (Japan/USA)

Mozzman takes a long journey to Mt. Fuji in search for his old friend Kitakitsune.

 

BEST TRAILER COMPETITION- BEST FILM TRAILER

 

Bloody Hands: Directed by Jaden Hwang. Starring Klement Tinaj, Orlando Brown, Roman Xing, Leandro Simozza, Jongman Kim and Melissa Carvajal. (USA) Leo Rossmore (Klement Tinaj) a former fighter is searching for his detective wife Jessica who has been missing. He believes was taken by the same members she was assigned by Detective Brown (Orlando Brown) to go after. Leo hits rock bottom and gives up his dreams until a woman Cristy gives him a reason to fight again.

 

FEATURE COMPETITION- BEST PICTURE

 

The Second Coming of Christ: Directed by Daniel Anghelcev. Starring Diana Angelson, Jason London, Quinton Aaron, Natalie Burn, Al Sapienza and Meredith Salenger. (USA) The journey of a woman scientist who, at the end of times, discovers that true Faith can bring Miracles.

 

Visit www.uiff.info for pictures of the event and more information on the next festival.

United International Film Festival

March 2017 OFFICIAL SELECTION

 

Official Selections

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

 

UNITED INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES March 2017 SELECTIONS

 

Hollywood, CA-March 2017-United International Film Festival (UIFF) presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe. United International Film Festival (UIFF) supporters are a community of passionate individuals and organizations that are united in their support of UIFF mission to advance the work of independent artists in film and to share their stories with the world. The UIFF community understands that fresh perspectives from visionary storytellers are essential for a healthy and vibrant society.

 

On Sunday March 26, 2017, UIFF will host a special evening of networking, red-carpet gala, special screenings and an award ceremony at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. More information about the event is available on the UIFF website. WWW.UIFF.INFO


 

Official Selections:

Boarding the Ark: Directed by:Joshua Faust. Boarding the Ark retells the story of Noah. Everyone knows that Noah receives orders from God to save a portion of the world's creatures, while God hits the reset button and floods the Earth. Here Noah becomes locked out of the Ark just as the flood begins and must discover a way back in using his superhuman skills as a carpenter.

 

Shady Glen:

Directed by:Ron Harner. Starring  Joe DeBolt,  Sean Will, Shelly West Owen and Paul were inseparable in high school until Annie tore them apart. Now, ten years after graduation, they return to their hometown for her funeral and soon discover that her death might not have been an accident. These two guys, who would rather be anywhere else in the world, are forced to work together to find out what really happened to the girl who defined their youth. They maneuver the familiar landscape of overprotective parents, local conspiracy theorists and cut-throat teen Catfish Queen hopefuls to find the truth, their lost friendship and someone who might help them turn back the clock.

Balancé:

Directed by: Ian Winstanley. Starring Laura Tye Purkiss. "Balancé" is a short documentary telling the story of working ballet dancer, Laura Purkiss. She is a soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet with a unique difference; she is also Laura Tye; mother of two.

The Gaelic Curse:

Directed by: Edwina Forkin. The Gaelic Course is a series of comic events the pair try to rid themselves of the curse along with falling Jack Conroy. Gaelic Curse is a Romantic Irish Comedy to be shot in Ireland featuring an all Irish Cast and Crew. The story begins when the devil cursed two servants for accidentally killing a Gaelic `king with whom he had made a pact. This curse was handed down through every generation and which changes each time. The recipients of the Gaelic Curse are Bailey O Farrell and Limp O Reilly. The former suffers with a hump on his back and the latter has a limp, each with a life of its own. Bailey lives in L.A and Limp in a rural town in Ireland. Bailey finally comes to Ireland to find a way of breaking the curse. Through in love with two of the locals. They meet the Devil who plays with them and is saved through love and a little help from the Devils own sister. 

 

I Am Still Here:

Directed by: Mischa Marcus. Exploring the serious issue of Human trafficking in our own country; especially the trafficking of children as young as five years. Giving an inside look at the devastation these children face on a daily basis.

 

Road to Hope:

Directed by: Mike Wargo. No Parents. No Food. No Future. Stranded in Sub-Saharan Africa, orphaned by an AIDS epidemic, thousands of children are left on their own, in need of a shepherd to save them.

 

Rosethorn:

Directed by: Aditya J. Patwardhan. Gabriella, a little girl who is undergoing psychiatric treatment, trusts no one except one remarkable individual who teaches her that the path to overcome her dark past is within herself.

 

Two Steps Away:

Directed by: Gabriele Fabbro. Starring Gabriele Fabbro, Ydalie Turk, Connor Williams. Two young students try to be noticed by the person they like from opposite sides of a canal.

 

Cupid is not a terrorist:

Directed by Bellopropello. As a freelance photographer and part time procurement manager i get more and more freaky in creating animation films.

 

In the Land of the Lost World:

Directed by Carlos Sargedas. A journey through time and history of one of the most important religious sites in the time of the Portuguese monarchy, now almost left abandoned by the Republicans. 
16 experts talk about all aspects since millions of years to the present day.

 

The Crest:

Directed by: Mark Christopher Covino. Two descendants of an Irish king journey to an island where he once presided-not to reclaim the land, but to surf the waves.

 

The Night Explorer & The comeback of the mystery house:

Directed by: IIonamarja Laine. An old house disappeared mysteriously decades ago near the railways. In 2017 the house made a sudden comeback. The house is travelling around the city and goes to different buildings. Finally the house finds the right way to the familiar place.. 

The Night Explorer is a short animation about a mystery house that was demolished in the 1970's but decided to make a comeback forty decades later. The house travels in different places through the night. Everything looks so strange; staircases, elevators and trains. The animation is based on my fine art series "Mystery House".

 

Life is Horrible:

Directed by: Rachel Zhou. Life is Horrible is a horror comedy on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist.

 

Mistaken:

Directed by Yunfei Wu. Starring Yu Zai, Hong Xing​, Hong Hu, and Don Hong. 

 

Yesterday Is Tomorrow:

Directed by: Ames C. Shahanshah. While undergoing psychiatric treatment, a mourning widow must confront and figure out the meaning of her recurring nightmares while experiencing a distorted illusion of what may or may not be her reality.

 

Taste:

Directed by Jay Palmieri Jr. While undergoing psychiatric treatment, a mourning widow must confront and figure out the meaning of her recurring nightmares while experiencing a distorted illusion of what may or may not be her reality.

 

Inside Linda Vista Hospital:

Directed by : Jun Xia.  A young girl wakes up in a hospital surrounded by police covered in the blood of her boyfriend with the help of a video camera she slowly pieces together what happened... she mays not like what she finds.

 

When It Rains:

Directed by : Kellen GibbsA young girl is burdened with the news that her cancer has returned for the second time. Does she succumb to her fathers rules once more or does she stand up to her father and create her own identity and take her fate into her own hands with her decision on treatment.

 

Dress Rehearsal:

Directed by: Michael Boston. A struggling method actor takes his research too far.

 

Daughter of the Lake:

Directed by: Ozlem Altingoz. A group of friends take a trip through the country, hoping to have a nice getaway for the weekend. But their trips takes a dangerous turn, when their tire mysteriously pops and an old stretch of road through the woods. They stumble upon an older man's house, and he offers them assistance. They accept, not knowing his deadly secret is hiding upstairs in her room. What will happen when his secret escapes, and not even he can control it anymore.

 

Sorry, Thank You:

Directed by Haochang Liu. This story is about a girl who wants to leave parents to live independently, but mother followed her everywhere.

 

Bullet Vein:

Directed by Euro Hangebruch. The tragic death of a young lady causes a dramatic reunion of an old gunslinger, a prostitute and a suitor. Everyone bears a dark secret on his own and still they are tied to a joint fate. An emotional duel will decide about life and death of everyone...

United International Film Festival

March 26, 2017 

Official Selections

United International Film Festival

March 26, 2017

WINNERS

United International Film Festival

 

March 2017  -WINNERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

UNITED INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES

MARCH 2017 WINNERS

 

Hollywood, CA- March 2017-United International Film Festival (UIFF) presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe. United International Film Festival (UIFF) supporters are a community of passionate individuals and organizations that are united in their support of UIFF mission to advance the work of independent artists in film

and to share their stories with the world. The UIFF community understands that fresh perspectives from visionary storytellers are essential for a healthy and vibrant society.

 

On Sunday March 26, 2017 UIFF  hosted a special evening of networking, red-carpet gala, special screenings and an award ceremony at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. More information about the event is available on the UIFF website.  WWW.UIFF.INFO

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Sorry, Thank You: Directed by Haochang Liu. This story is about a girl who wants to leave parents to live independently, but mother followed her everywhere.


 

JURY MENTION

Mistaken: Directed by Yunfei Wu. Starring Yu Zai, Hong Xing​, Hong Hu, and Don Hong.

 

AWARD OF MERIT

When It Rains: Directed by Kellen Gibbs. A young girl is burdened with the news that her cancer has returned for the second time. Does she succumb to her father’s rules once more or does she stand up to her father and create her own identity and take her fate into her own hands with her decision on treatment.

 

AWARD OF RECOGNITION

Balancé: Directed by Ian Winstanley. Starring Laura Tye Purkiss. "Balancé" is a short documentary telling the story of working ballet dancer, Laura Purkiss. She is a soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet with a unique difference; she is also Laura Tye; mother of two.

 

BEST STUDENT SCREENPLAY

Daughter of the Lake:  Directed by Ozlem Altingoz. A group of friends take a trip through the country, hoping to have a nice getaway for the weekend. But their trips takes a dangerous turn, when their tire mysteriously pops and an old stretch of road through the woods. They stumble upon an older man's house, and he offers them assistance. They accept, not knowing his deadly secret is hiding upstairs in her room. What will happen when his secret escapes, and not even he can control it anymore.


 

BEST STUDENT FILM

Bullet Vein: Directed by Euro Hangebruch. The tragic death of a young lady causes a dramatic reunion of an old gunslinger, a prostitute and a suitor. Everyone bears a dark secret on his own and still they are tied to a joint fate. An emotional duel will decide about life and death of everyone.


 

BEST HORROR FILM

Yesterday Is Tomorrow:  Directed by Ames C. Shahanshah. While undergoing psychiatric treatment, a mourning widow must confront and figure out the meaning of her recurring nightmares while experiencing a distorted illusion of what may or may not be her reality.



 

BEST COMEDY FILM

Life is Horrible: Directed by Rachel Zhou. Life is Horrible is a horror comedy on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist.

 

BEST FOREIGN FILM

The Gaelic Curse:  Directed by Edwina Forkin. The Gaelic Course is a series of comic events the pair try to rid themselves of the curse along with falling Jack Conroy. Gaelic Curse is a Romantic Irish Comedy to be shot in Ireland featuring an all Irish Cast and Crew. The story begins when the devil cursed two servants for accidentally killing a Gaelic `king with whom he had made a pact. This curse was handed down through every generation and which changes each time. The recipients of the Gaelic Curse are Bailey O Farrell and Limp O Reilly. The former suffers with a hump on his back and the latter has a limp, each with a life of its own. Bailey lives in L.A and Limp in a rural town in Ireland. Bailey finally comes to Ireland to find a way of breaking the curse. Through in love with two of the locals. They meet the Devil who plays with them and is saved through love and a little help from the Devils own sister.

 

BEST ANIMATION

Cupid is not a terrorist: Directed by Bellopropello. As a freelance photographer and part time procurement manager I get more and more freaky in creating animation films.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Road to Hope: Directed by: Mike Wargo. No Parents. No Food. No Future. Stranded in Sub-Saharan Africa, orphaned by an AIDS epidemic, thousands of children are left on their own, in need of a shepherd to save them.

 

BEST TRAILER

Shady Glen: Directed by Ron Harner. Starring  Joe DeBolt,  Sean Will, Shelly West Owen and Paul were inseparable in high school until Annie tore them apart. Now, ten years after graduation, they return to their hometown for her funeral and soon discover that her death might not have been an accident. These two guys, who would rather be anywhere else in the world, are forced to work together to find out what really happened to the girl who defined their youth. They maneuver the familiar landscape of overprotective parents, local conspiracy theorists and cut-throat teen Catfish Queen hopefuls to find the truth, their lost friendship and someone who might help them turn back the clock.

 

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

The Crest: Directed by Mark Christopher Covino. Two descendants of an Irish king journey to an island where he once presided-not to reclaim the land, but to surf the waves.

 

BEST VISUAL FX

The comeback of the mystery house: Directed by IIonamarja Laine. An old house disappeared mysteriously decades ago near the railways. In 2017 the house made a sudden comeback. The house is travelling around the city and goes to different buildings. Finally the house finds the right way to the familiar place.

 

BEST EDITING

Inside Linda Vista Hospital: Directed by Jun Xia. A young girl wakes up in a hospital surrounded by police covered in the blood of her boyfriend with the help of a video camera she slowly pieces together what happened... she mays not like what she finds.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Rosethorn: Directed by: Aditya J. Patwardhan. Gabriella, a little girl who is undergoing psychiatric treatment, trusts no one except one remarkable individual who teaches her that the path to overcome her dark past is within herself.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Taste: Danielle Kronenberg Directed by Jay Palmieri Jr. While undergoing psychiatric treatment, a mourning widow must confront and figure out the meaning of her recurring nightmares while experiencing a distorted illusion of what may or may not be her reality.

 

BEST LEADING FEMALE

Yesterday Is Tomorrow: Rachel Alig Directed by James C. Shahanshah. While undergoing psychiatric treatment, a mourning widow must confront and figure out the meaning of her recurring nightmares while experiencing a distorted illusion of what may or may not be her reality.

BEST LEADING MALE

Dress Rehearsal: Michael Boston Directed by Michael Boston. A struggling method actor takes his research too far.


 

BEST DIRECTOR

Yesterday Is Tomorrow: James C. Shahanshah  Directed by James C. Shahanshah. While undergoing psychiatric treatment, a mourning widow must confront and figure out the meaning of her recurring nightmares while experiencing a distorted illusion of what may or may not be her reality.

 

BEST FILM

I Am Still Here: Directed by Mischa Marcus. Exploring the serious issue of Human trafficking in our own country; especially the trafficking of children as young as five years. Giving an inside look at the devastation these children face on a daily basis.

UIFF Official Selection for September 3, 2017 Festival


 

Official Selections

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     

 

UNITED INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES

September 2017

SELECTIONS

 

Hollywood, CA- September 2017-United International Film Festival (UIFF) presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe. United International Film Festival (UIFF) supporters are a community of passionate individuals and organizations that are united in their support of UIFF mission to advance the work of independent artists in film

and to share their stories with the world. The UIFF community understands that fresh perspectives from visionary storytellers are essential for a healthy and vibrant society.

 

On Sunday September 3, 2017 UIFF will host a special evening of networking, red-carpet gala, special screenings and an award ceremony at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. More information about the event is available on the UIFF website.

WWW.UIFF.INFO

 

Official Selections:

 

Breathe- (USA) Directed by: Dalton Cyr. Starring: Dalton Cyr and Megan Ashley Brown. Through a trilogy of songs , a young man at the height of love and happiness must overcome a personal tragedy, and figure out how to move on with his life, when his girlfriend is killed in a car accident on her way to meet him for an extra- special occasion.

 

Mike Perry- The Ocean-  Directed by: Jimi Drosinos


 

The Clock Never Stops- Directed by: Yashin Nahani

 

Nephilim- (USA) Directed by: Danny Wilson. Starring: John Savage, Noah Blake, Yuval David, Gulshan Grover, Victor Alfier, Ina Alice Kopp, and Lana May.  NEPHILIM begins with the first signs of warfare evolving between good and evil. Set in modern times, two archangels, an atypical priest, an ex-homicide detective and a resurrected spirit form an unlikely alliance to unite against an insurgence of fallen angels and the termination of free will. It is written that the final battle is destined when the seeds for the race of Nephilim were planted by Beshwa, the first fallen angel to mate with humans during the ancient days on earth. Now, Father Markus must lead the battle against Azazel, a fallen angel who plans to create a new race of Nephilim. If born, the new race will prevail over all mortals and wreak unmitigated havoc and unstoppable evil. Indeed, with the birth of the Nephilim, a final battle between good and evil is set to begin.

 

Treasure Nest- (USA) Directed by: Allison Botkin, Mike Bourbeau, and Meng Chwen Tien.  Starring: Casual-T.   Treasure Nest is a 3D animated short following the adventures of Blue, a cat-like creature in search of hidden riches. Along his way Blue discovers a care-free, bird-like creature, named Peanut, who he reluctantly brings along in hopes that she will be the key to unlocking the treasure. Through the use of such programs as Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, Houdini, Nuke, and After Effects the Treasure Nest thesis group presents a beautifully hand-painted world in which Blue's resolve is tested throughout his journey... eventually leading him to a prize of which he never expected.


 

Karma- (USA) Directed by: Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.  A boy meets a fish in a mysterious forest.

 

Shoes- (USA) Directed by: Bluesky Lan.  Starring: Bluesky Lan, Dion Moosa, Jose Saldaña. A young poor struggling kid with a passion for basketball challenges an old man to get his new shoes. The old man shows his experience and wins the boy.

 

The Beauty of Peace- (USA) Directed by: Yiwen Liu.  Starring: Samten Dakap. Samten, a Tibetan artist living in NYC, through designing a Buddha Temple in Tibet, maintains a close and unique relationship with his home country.

 

What’s Love Got To Do With It- (USA) Directed by: Sofia Wellman.  Starring: Dan Siegel, Michael Beckwith, and James Van Praagh.  "What's Love Got To Do With It" exposes the connection between us as it contemplates love. Featuring thought-provoking experts who follow the trajectory of love from a scientific, psychological, and spiritual view. Interwoven is the everyday person trying to define love as part of their journey. Among the riveting experts featured in "What's Love Got To Do With It" are Dan Siegel, Michael Bernard Beckwith, James Van Praagh, Allan Schore, Beatrice Beebe, Pat Ogden, Gloria Karpinski, Kathy Steele, Alan Sroufe, Randi Kreger, Barbara Findeisen and many more thought-provoking personalities.

 

The Children of the Noon- (UK) Directed by: Diego Fiori, Olga Pohankova. The Children of the Noon deals with the universal subject of life. The time passes marked out by daily activities for the group of children and teenagers in the orphanage in Nchiru, the small Kenyan village. Soon emerges how orphan condition and genteel poverty they share are not the only problems that unite them and determine their days. A sudden death of one of them breaks the narrative rhythm and changes all points of view intertwining a dense web of pains and joys, friendships and hopes.

 

Zero Weeks- (USA) Directed by: Ky Dickens.  The US is the only developed nation without paid leave. Zero Weeks is the first documentary to explore America’s paid leave crisis and the cost of doing nothing. By following workers who are forced to choose between keeping their job or beating cancer, tending to an aging parent or being with a new baby, the film makes an economic, medical, business and social casefor paid family leave.Paid leave is one of the few magic bullets that can help neutralize gender, racial, and social disparity in the United States. Zero Weeks uses vintage imagery and playful animations along with compelling human stories to dismantle one of the  most important issues of our time.

 

Million Loves in Me- (Hong Kong) Directed by:  Sampson Yuen.  Starring: Hiro Hayama and Koon-Lan Law.  Inspired by a true story and a headline case in Hong Kong. Million Loves in Me follows the story of a wealthy mother and daughter who suffer from psychological issues of obsessive-compulsive disorders and their controversial private lives are exposed to the public through a charge of their animal hoarding behavior by the police.  
 

Mukoku- (Japan) Directed by: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri.  Starring: Kaoru Kobayashi, Akira Emoto, and Gô Ayano. Kengo Yatabe's mother dies and his father is in a coma. He, like his father, was good at kendo. Those days are long gone and he now lofts around as a security guard and generally wastes time. Meeting the young Tooru Kengo is inspired and decides to shape up.

 

Palyadawasi- Based on the real life facts of the “Paradhi”tribe in India that has been suffering from injustice by police and other elements of the society. Unfortunately, they still have to live on the outskirts of town as they are hated and perspectives of people towards them as thieves hasn’t changed yet. The story is about the  battle of protagonist, who gets an education, becomes a policeman and makes every efforts to bring his tribe to mainstream.


 

Wasati- (Saudi Arabia) Directed by: Ali Kalthami.  Starring: Moayad Alnefaie and Mohammed Alhamdan. Wasati is based on true events that happened during a play in Riyadh 10 years ago. The play was called "Wasati bela Wastiah" which roughly translates to "A Moderate Without a Middle-Ground," where a group of extremists attacked the theater and the play was shut down. That story shook the society and it was all over the news. The film addresses that event and retells the story from a different point of view.

 

Is Sumiyati Going to Hell?- (Saudi Arabia) Directed by: Meshal Aljaser.  Starring: Saryah Alashek and  Meshal Aljaser.  As told through the perspective of Layan, the youngest child of a family, the story centers on a maid named Sumyati. She has to navigate and survive a horrible job due to her racist employers.

 

The Hourglass (Das Stundenglas)- (Austria) Directed by: Dieter-Michael Grohmann.  Starring: Evelyn von Tamme and Max Kresta.  Just one short moment in childhood changed a life forever.


 

The Simon’s Way- (Armenia) Directed by: Edgar Baghdasaryan.  Starring: Shant Hovhannisyan  and George Hovakimyan.  Relatives live on 2 sides of tightly closed borders their communication challenged by the gorge between them. To pass 0.3km and meet his grandfather Simon must go 11 000km. It's a story about the influence of politics on human destinies.

 

Los Angeles Kidnapping- (USA) Directed by: Fei Yang and  Rachel Zhou.  Starring: Dustin Ardine and Kevin Gordon. With his rich friend's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, the detective has to save her life and find out who is behind this kidnap.

 

Shop of Little Pleasures- (Austria) Directed by: Julia Frick.  Starring: Petra Kleinert and Waltraut Haas.  Emma is an unemployed housewife, whose children have grown up and moved out. When she finds out that her husband is looking for his sexual awaking, doing this by having an affair with another woman, Emma takes over a neon-lit sex-shop that she turns into an erotic boutique for women. This journey leads her into an adventure with a group of other women who are all looking for their own sexual awaking.

 

Making it on Time-  (USA)  Directed by: Sophia Banks.  We celebrate our moment as women today. Today women celebrate that they can be bad assand taken seriously.

 

New York 2150- (USA)  Directed by: Harry Assoulin.  Starring: Marcus Brandon and Kalen J. Hall. Intergalactic bounty hunter Jayden Jaxon partners with ex-cop Mac Cole to track down a psychotic killer for a generous fee. When their search brings Jayden back to his hometown, the ghosts of his past haunt every corner of New Manhattan.

Lucky or Not- Here I Come-  (USA) Directed by: Gerry Orz.  Starring: Willow Hale, Abigail Zoe Lewis and Sloane Morgan Siege.  This story is about John Wilson who has no talents or aspirations. He is certain that he will never live up to his parents' expectations. He's forever stuck in the shadows of his quarterback older brother and his multi-talented younger sister. However, just as he comes to accept his dull existence, a series of both extraordinary and devastating events changes John's life forever. John goes on a journey that turns out to be anything but ordinary as he embraces his own destiny in this adventurous and inspirational story of love, loss, and loyalty. As it turns out, anything is possible.

 

Chasing Titles Vol. 1- (USA)  Directed by: Ryan Egypt.  Starring: Brian Austin Green, Erica Eynon, Clifton Powell, and Barry Shabaka Henley.  Father, Joe can't get it together to provide for his family. Desperate for money, he runs a side hustle while working for an express mail company. His 12-year-old son, Caleb is fed up with the living standards in his dysfunctional family. When Joe loses his job and screws up his side hustle, he falls into deep depression, turns to cocaine, pain killers and alcohol which then calls for desperate measures. Caleb is then put on the forefront of the most important decision in his life.

 

Real Artists- (USA) Directed by: Cameo Wood. Starring: Tamlyn Tomita and Tiffany Hines. In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job, but, when she discovers the truth of the modern 'creative' process, she must make a hard choice about her passion for film.


 

Chocolate- (USA)  Directed by: Thiago Dadalt.  Starring: Amy Argyle and Joao Bounassar. A suburban housewife and mother suddenly finds herself homeless and lost in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. A beautiful story of family and hope.

The Cello Player- (USA) Directed by: Dong Lei.  Starring: Thure Riefenstein  and Aramis Merlin. During the last days of WW2 a NS-Commander and his prisoner learn that the magic of music can create bonds and Romantic passion over the ugly face of war.

The Devil Inside-  A guy who likes to practices devious pranks during halloween time invites this woman to his “private party” until he realizes that the person who got pranked was someone he wasn’t expecting.

 

Love is Dead- (France)  Directed by: Éric Capitaine.  Starring: Benjamin Lavernhe,

Elisa Ruschke and Aïssa Maïga.  Matthias is the founder of an odd Brussels startup whose service is to assist a partner in breaking up with the other. Complications and comical situations ensue.

 

Growing Up FAT and Albanian- (USA) Directed by: Dhimiter Ismailaj-Valona.  Starring: Elza Zagreda, Shpend Xani

United International Film Festival

September 3, 2017

WINNERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

United International Film Festival Announces September 2017 

 

WINNERS.

Hollywood, CA- September 2017-

On Sunday September 3, 2017 

UIFF  hosted a special evening of networking, red-carpet gala, special screenings in the Pickford and Fairbanks Theatres and an award ceremony in the Chaplin Theatre at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. The highlight of the event was the inspiring speech by California Governor Candidate, Klement Tinaj. More information about the event is available on the UIFF website.  WWW.UIFF.INFO


 

The United International Film Festival (UIFF) community understands that fresh perspectives from visionary storytellers are essential for a healthy and vibrant society. UIFF supporters are a community of passionate individuals and organizations that are united in their support of UIFF mission to advance the work of independent artists in film

and to share their stories with the world. UIFF presents a program of new international cinema from filmmakers from across the globe.

 

Honorable Mention

Love Made Visible: Directed by Liang Zhao.

Starring Sydney Sweeney and Aj Brody .

You’ll see the most beautiful things and the most terrible.

 

Best Jury Film

Real Artists: Directed by Cameo Wood. Starring Tamlyn Tomita and Tiffany Hines. In the near future, a young animator is offered what should be her dream job, but, when she discovers the truth of the modern 'creative' process, she must make a hard choice about her passion for film.

 

Award of Merit

The Simon's Way: Directed by Edgar Baghdasaryan.  Starring Shant Hovhannisyan  and George Hovakimyan.  Relatives live on 2 sides of tightly closed borders their communication challenged by the gorge between them. To pass 0.3km and meet his grandfather Simon must go 11 000km. It's a story about the influence of politics on human destinies.

 

Award of Recognition

Blue Apples: Directed by Ielyzaveta Moyseyenko. Starring Valeriya Matveeva and Lisa Cole. Blind painter had an operation to restore her sight, now debating if she actually lost her Vision.

 

Best Music Video

Mike Perry- The Ocean:  Directed by Jimi Drosinos.

 

Best Commercial

Making it on Time: Directed by Sophia Banks. We celebrate our moment as women today. Today women celebrate that they can be badass and taken seriously.

Best Student Documentary  

The Beauty of Peace: Directed by Yiwen Liu.  Starring Samten Dakap. Samten, a Tibetan artist living in NYC, through designing a Buddha Temple in Tibet, maintains a close and unique relationship with his home country.

 

Best Documentary

What’s Love Got To Do With It: Directed by Sofia Wellman.  Starring Dan Siegel, Michael Beckwith, and James Van Praagh.  "What's Love Got To Do With It" exposes the connection between us as it contemplates love. Featuring thought-provoking experts who follow the trajectory of love from a scientific, psychological, and spiritual view. Interwoven is the everyday person trying to define love as part of their journey.

 

Best Student Trailer/Promo

Lucky or Not-Here I come: Directed by Gerry Orz.  Starring: Willow Hale, Abigail Zoe Lewis and Sloane Morgan Siege.  This story is about John Wilson who has no talents or aspirations. He is certain that he will never live up to his parents' expectations. He's forever stuck in the shadows of his quarterback older brother and his multi-talented younger sister. However, just as he comes to accept his dull existence, a series of both extraordinary and devastating events changes John's life forever. John goes on a journey that turns out to be anything but ordinary as he embraces his own destiny in this adventurous and inspirational story of love, loss, and loyalty. As it turns out, anything is possible.

 

Best Student Picture

The Cello Player:  Directed by Dong Lei. Starring Thure Riefenstein and Aramis Merlin. During the last days of WW2 a NS-Commander and his prisoner learn that the magic of music can create bonds and Romantic passion over the ugly face of war.

 

Best Student Feature Film

Los Angeles Kidnapping: Directed by: Fei Yang and  Rachel Zhou.  Starring Dustin Ardine and Kevin Gordon. With his rich friend's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, the detective has to save her life and find out who is behind this kidnap.

 

Best Horror Film

The Devil Inside: Directed by Forbes Martin. A guy who likes to practice devious pranks during Halloween time invites this woman to his private party until he realizes that the person who got pranked was someone he wasn’t expecting.

 

Best Short Comedy

Growing Up FAT and Albanian: Directed by: Dhimiter Ismailaj-Valona.  Starring: Elza Zagreda, Shpend Xani.

 

Best Foreign Feature Film

Mukoku: Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri.  Starring Kaoru Kobayashi, Akira Emoto, and Gô Ayano. Kengo Yatabe's mother dies and his father is in a coma. He, like his father, was good at kendo. Those days are long gone and he now lofts around as a security guard and generally wastes time. Meeting the young Tooru Kengo is inspired and decides to shape up.

 

Best Animation

Nephilim: Directed by Danny Wilson. Starring: John Savage, Noah Blake, Yuval David, Gulshan Grover, Victor Alfier, Ina Alice Kopp, and Lana May.  NEPHILIM begins with the first signs of warfare evolving between good and evil. Set in modern times, two archangels, an atypical priest, an ex-homicide detective and a resurrected spirit form an unlikely alliance to unite against an insurgence of fallen angels and the termination of free will. It is written that the final battle is destined when the seeds for the race of Nephilim were planted by Beshwa, the first fallen angel to mate with humans during the ancient days on earth. Now, Father Markus must lead the battle against Azazel, a fallen angel who plans to create a new race of Nephilim. If born, the new race will prevail over all mortals and wreak unmitigated havoc and unstoppable evil. Indeed, with the birth of the Nephilim, a final battle between good and evil is set to begin.

 

Best Trailer Promo

New York 2150: Directed by Harry Assoulin.  Starring: Marcus Brandon and Kalen J. Hall. Intergalactic bounty hunter Jayden Jaxon partners with ex-cop Mac Cole to track down a psychotic killer for a generous fee. When their search brings Jayden back to his hometown, the ghosts of his past haunt every corner of New Manhattan.

 

Best Music Score

90BPM: Composed by Alexander Cimini.

 

Best Visual FX

New York 2150: Directed by Harry Assoulin.  Starring: Marcus Brandon and Kalen J. Hall. Intergalactic bounty hunter Jayden Jaxon partners with ex-cop Mac Cole to track down a psychotic killer for a generous fee. When their search brings Jayden back to his hometown, the ghosts of his past haunt every corner of New Manhattan.

 

Best Student Editing

The Reward: Directed by Yunhong Guo Edited by June Yuting Jin. Little girl Nina meets a homeles man names Jason. She recognizes that he is a wanted criminal.

 

Best Screenplay

Reflections:  Written by Lori Howell.

 

Best Cinematography

Chocolate: Directed by Thiago Dadalt.  Starring Amy Argyle and Joao Bounassar. A suburban housewife and mother suddenly finds herself homeless and lost in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. A beautiful story of family and hope.

 

Best Leading Actress

Koon- Lan Law- Million Loves In Me: Directed by:  Sampson Yuen.  Starring: Hiro Hayama and Koon-Lan Law.  Inspired by a true story and a headline case in Hong Kong. Million Loves in Me follows the story of a wealthy mother and daughter who suffer from psychological issues of obsessive-compulsive disorders and their controversial private lives are exposed to the public through a charge of their animal hoarding behavior by the police.  

 

Best Leading Actor

Brian Austin Green- Chasing Titles Vol 1: Directed by: Ryan Egypt.  Starring: Brian Austin Green, Landon Gimenez, Clifton Powell, and Barry Shabaka Henley.  Father, Joe can't get it together to provide for his family. Desperate for money, he runs a side hustle while working for an express mail company. His 12-year-old son, Caleb is fed up with the living standards in his dysfunctional family. When Joe loses his job and screws up his side hustle, he falls into deep depression, turns to cocaine, pain killers and alcohol which then calls for desperate measures. Caleb is then put on the forefront of the most important decision in his life.

 

Best Director

Ryan Egypt- Chasing Titles Vol 1: Directed by: Ryan Egypt.  Starring: Brian Austin Green, Landon Gimenez, Clifton Powell, and Barry Shabaka Henley.  Father, Joe can't get it together to provide for his family. Desperate for money, he runs a side hustle while working for an express mail company. His 12-year-old son, Caleb is fed up with the living standards in his dysfunctional family. When Joe loses his job and screws up his side hustle, he falls into deep depression, turns to cocaine, pain killers and alcohol which then calls for desperate measures. Caleb is then put on the forefront of the most important decision in his life.

 

Best Drama Film

 

Chasing Titles Vol 1: Directed by: Ryan Egypt.  Starring: Brian Austin Green, Landon Gimenez, Clifton Powell, and Barry Shabaka Henley.  Father, Joe can't get it together to provide for his family. Desperate for money, he runs a side hustle while working for an express mail company. His 12-year-old son, Caleb is fed up with the living standards in his dysfunctional family. When Joe loses his job and screws up his side hustle, he falls into deep depression, turns to cocaine, pain killers and alcohol which then calls for desperate measures. Caleb is then put on the forefront of the most important decision in his life.

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