Welcome to SAN DIEGO MOVIE AWARDS
BEST OF FEST
FIRST ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL

AUGUST 2 – 5, 2022 MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS BALBOA PARK

SEE SCHEDULE AND TICKET INFO BELOW 

EVENT INFORMATION

Date: August 2 – 5, 2022

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) Balboa Park

Ticket Prices

Festival All-Access Pass – $150 ($65 savings)

  • Tues, Aug 2: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
    Opening Night (Benefit: Alzheimers Assoc. San Diego) – $100 
  • Wed, Aug 3
    • BLOCK ONE: SHORTS: 5:00 – 7:00 PM $20 
    • BLOCK TWO: FEATURE 7:10 – 10:00 PM $20
    • ALL DAY PASS: $30 
  • Thur, Aug 4
    • BLOCK ONE SHORTS: 5- 7:30 PM: – $20 
    • BLOCK TWO: 7:45 – 10:00 PM FEATURE – $20 
    • ALL DAY PASS: $30 
  • Friday, Aug 5 6:00 – 9:00 PM
    SDMA AWARDS CEREMONY – $35 

EVENT SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2ND (AT MOPA)
OPENING NIGHT FILM AND ALZHEIMERS ASSOCATION SAN DIEGO BENEFIT

  • 7:20 PM – NOT TO FORGET

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 (AT MOPA)

  • 5:00 PM – SHORTS BLOCK
  • 7:10 PM – BETWEEN GIANTS (FEATURE)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH (AT MOPA)

  • 5:00 PM – SHORTS BLOCK
  • 7:45 PM – EST (FEATURE)

FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH (AT MOPA)

  • 6:00 PM – RED CARPET, MEET THE NOMINEES!!
  • 7:00 PM – AWARDS CEREMONY
    Light refreshments follow Awards

daily schedule

TUESDAY - AUGUST 2ND

OPENING NIGHT

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) Balboa Park

6:00-9:00 pm

Proceeds benefit ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION SAN DIEGO/IMPERIAL CHAPTER

TICKET PRICE $100.00

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • 6:00 PM  – RED CARPET, INTERVIEWS, RECEPTION WITH LIGHT REFRESHMENTS
  • 7:00 PM  – FESTIVAL OPENING WELCOME and GUEST SPEAKERS
  • 7:20 PM – OPENING FILM – “NOT TO FORGET” (FEATURE) – SEE DESCRIPTION BELOW
Filmmakers Q&A Follows Screenings

Not to Forget

Country: USA. Runtime (84 minutes) Director: Valerio Zaneli

"HEARTFELT AND MOVING”

Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement

Chris, a young con artist is sentenced to take care of his grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s  “Not to Forget is a powerful and emotional film that raises awareness about a disease which in some ways impacts all of us. The film is told from a unique perspective with strong performances by its award-winning cast.

Featuring Academy Award Winners George Chakiris (Best Supporting Actor, “West Side Story”) , Olympia Dukakis (Best Supporting Actress, “Moonstruck”), , Louis Gossett, Jr.,(Best Supporting Actor“An Officer and a Gentleman”) Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress, “The Last Picture Show”), and Tatum O’Neal (Best Supporting Actress “Paper Moon”) 

NOMINATED: BEST FEATURE, BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE, BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3RD

BLOCK ONE - $20.00

MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS (MOPA) Balboa Park

5:00 – 7:30 PM – DRAMA SHORTS & ACTION SERIES – SEE FILM DESCRIPTIONS BELOW

Filmmakers Q&A Follows Screenings

DRAMA SHORTS

SHORT ONE

In shreds

Country: USA. Runtime (18 Minutes) Director: Donna Magnani

In Shreds is a story of a middle aged woman’s 40 year love with her husband, an old dress and the journey back to hope. Written, directed by and starring Donna Magnani (“Last Temptation of Christ”, “Quantum Leap” “Prime Suspect”)

NOMINATED:  BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER, BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER

SHORT TWO

The Missed Flight

Country: USA. Runtime (10 Minutes) Director: Ellory Yu

A chance encounter between a man and woman who were lovers long ago leads to unexpected revelations.

NOMINATED: BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER

SHORT THREE

ENTITLED

Country: USA. Runtime (10 Minutes) Director: Kelsey Fordham 

Lenna is thrust into the spotlight when the details of her sexual assault go viral. As her story spreads, lines blur between physical reality and the social media world when a swarm of strangers force their way into her home and frantically rifle through her belongings in search of answers.

NOMINATED: BEST DRAMA SHORT, BEST ACTRESS, BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER

SHORT FOUR

The Witching Hour

Country: USA. Runtime (19:16 Minutes) Director: Steven La Morte

In Hell’s Kitchen, New York, a married couple, scarred by alcoholism, mutual distrust, and perceived infidelity, discover love follows no rules and trust is a choice.

NOMINATED: BEST DRAMA SHORT, BEST ACTRESS

SHORT FIVE

UNFILTERED THROUGH THEIR EYES

Country: USA. Runtime (14:25 Minutes) Director: Frank Fazzio

Written, directed, and produced during the pandemic lockdown “Unfiltered Through Their Eyes” brings insight into how the pandemic impacted children around the world. Thanks to contributing global filmmakers and their commitment, the film brings a new perspective to the pandemic through the eyes of children.

ACTION SERIES!!!

SAUCE BOYS

Country: USA. Runtime (45 Minutes) Director: Brian Gilleece

With time of the essence and mounting pressure from the brass, two hip detectives work to protect the sanctity of the game of hockey while investigating a slew of counterfeit pucks threatening the hockey centric Sauce District. Written, directed and starring Brian Gilleece (“Westworld”, “Daddy Issues”, Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood”).

NOMINATED: BEST WEB SERIES

BLOCK TWO – $20.00

7:45 PM – 10:00 PM FEATURE PRESENTATION – BETWEEN GIANTS

SEE FILM DESCRIPTION BELOW

Filmmakers Q&A Follows Screenings

BETWEEN GIANTS

Country: USA. Runtime (1:37 Minutes) Director: Maxwell Frost

David and Maxwell cycle over 3,500 miles in the Himalayas. From altitudes starting at 700 ft. and climbing to 17,480 ft. along a few of the highest mountain passes on the planet, which included the “Most Treacherous Road in the World.” Staying at Buddhist monasteries, guest bedrooms and ditches for two months, exploring some of the most hidden corners of the world,  it was the people they met along the way that truly made this trip memorable, and provided the healing they were both searching for.
NOMINATED:  BEST FEATURE, BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE

THURSDAY - AUGUST 4

BLOCK ONE – $20.00

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM  UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES/DRAMA SHORTS- SEE FILMS DESCRIPTIONS BELOW

Filmmakers Q&A Follows Screenings

UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES

SHORT ONE

MoonTalk

Country: USA. Runtime (4 Minutes) Director: DIRECTOR: MICHAEL HAWK 

A new visual experience of a powerful endless force.
Having lost the love of his life Zena, Gizón the poet —inspired by the voice of the moon— takes us through a mysterious journey as he meets his greatest challenge: he must let go of time and space to be reunited with his love.

NOMINATED:  BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT

SHORT TWO

Immortal Game

Country: USA. Runtime (10:54 Minutes) Director: John Freeman

Early in the 21st Century, Man has developed the technology to create humanoid androids with short, fixed lifespans. Ema, returns to Earth with the hope of extending her lifespan. After discovering her creator has been murdered, she meets a new visionary poised to continue the fateful experiments.

NOMINATED: BEST SCI FI, BEST ACTOR

SHORT THREE

Lucid Dreams

Country: USA. Runtime (13:34 Minutes) Director: Kostiantyn Mishchenko 

Lucid dreaming is an altered state of consciousness in which a person is aware that he is dreaming, and can control its content to some extent. Through stunning visual images the film explores that mysterious state between REM sleep and wakefulness.

NOMINATED: BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT

SHORT FOUR

The Forgotten Place

Country: USA. Runtime (11:38 Minutes) Director:  Oscar Rene lozoya

When Kip responds to an ad for a “best friend,” he develops a rapport with his potential employer, Eric. Over the course of the interview, the two men explore various scenarios for how their relationship will play out. Adapted from a short play, The Forgotten Place is a funny, bittersweet, and moving look at love and friendship.

NOMINATED: BEST COMEDY

SHORT FIVE

A Feast That Never Comes

Country: USA. Runtime (16:22 Minutes) Director: Maria Juranic 

Four characters inhabit cycles within cycles of contentment, discontentment, inertia, movement, desire, and betrayal. A story emerges—told through the marriage of music (Ex-Fiancée) and stunning choreography (ChrisMastersDance)—functioning as a set of nesting dolls, inviting you to uncover as many layers as you wish

NOMINATED: BEST MUSIC VIDEO

SHORT sIX

THE HOOKUP

Country: USA. Runtime (12:48 Minutes) Director: Alex Robert Mandelberg

Comedian Genevieve Joy tries a dating app for the first time… hilarity follows.

NOMINATED: BEST COMEDY

SHORT SEVEN

BEAVER BOYS

Country: USA. Runtime (18:40 Minutes) Director: Jeffery Ho

The Beaver Boys follows the journey of two quirky characters as they attempt to save the planet from plastic pollution and are determined to protect Mother Nature. While offering a positive message, the comedic juxtaposition of these two endearing characters and their developing friendship will draw you into their offbeat little world

NOMINATED: BEST COMEDY, BEST ACTOR

DRAMA SHORTS

SHORT ONE

Marisol

Country: USA. Runtime (17:09 Minutes) Director: Juan Escobedo

Marisol” is inspired by the true story of a little girl from East LA who dreams of the perfect Quinceañera dress until her life takes a drastic turn after an incident of domestic violence. A story of hope, resilience and love.


NOMINATED: BEST SHORT, BEST DIRECTOR SHORT, BEST CHILD ACTOR

SHORT TWO

Victims

Country: USA. Runtime (15:00 Minutes) Director: Zachary L. Harris

A family’s bond is pushed to the limits as doctors attempt to save a loved one from a drug overdose.-

NOMINATED: BEST DRAMA SHORT, BEST DIRECTOR SHORT, BEST ACTRESS, BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING 

BLOCK TWO – $20.00

7:45 PM -10:00 PM  FEATURE PRESENTION – “EST” SEE FILM DESCRIPTION BELOW 

Filmmakers Q&A Follows Screenings

EST

Country: USA. Runtime (1:43:42) Director: Antonio Pisu

“Est” is a road movie that tells, the Adventurous journey of three Italian boys to a country still under Dictatorship. An unlikely crew made Up of three friends who, almost Unknowingly, will know the story of A people of their struggles and their Hopes for a tomorrow that may never
Come.

NOMINATED: BEST FEATURE, DIRECTOR FEATURE, BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING 

FRIDAY AUGUST 5

SDMA BEST OF FEST AWARDS CEREMONY

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) Balboa Park
  • 6:00 PM – RED CARPET, MEET THE NOMINEES!!
  • 7:00 PM – AWARDS CEREMONY
    Light refreshments follow Awards!

Tickets: $35

Best Screenplay feature NOMINEES

ZIGGY AND RACHEL – Michael Rispoli, Gregg Greenberg

Ziggy and Rachel focuses on the friendship between a young boy and a transgender girl in his Manhattan building.

I Met Her at Birkenau – Laurie Clemens Maier

When a Jewish teenage prisoner becomes the object of a female Nazi guards affections, she barters herself to keep her friends and family alive, but when the Allies liberate the camp she must choose to save the guard or gain revenge

The Passage of Sun – Aaron Braxton

Three brothers challenge the Convict Leasing System of forcing African American men into an Alabama prison in order to continue providing slave labor and county revenue post-Civil War.

Rigged – Steven Ellis

RIGGED is a slow burning thriller that peels back the curtain of a small, but pivotal, state senate race in the affluent suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Modern-day digital marketing techniques, mastered in 2016 to stun the world, are now utilized to hold all levers of power. The intimate state senate race attracts a lot of financial attention with stakes so high.

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

Loving in Truth – James Fitzmaurice

While working on a book about the turbulent early years of the food memoirist MFK Fisher, Mary, a mixed-race biographer, interviews the elderly actress Gloria Stuart (of Titanic fame). Both interviewer and interviewee ponder the ways in which the truth about past love is shaped by self-interest.

Never Wake A Sleeping Man – Rick Shepherd

A brief friendship between a homeless man and child displays the importance of life’s innocence as well as the fragility of the human condition.

Welcome to Pineville – Steve Walter

An out-of-work actor lands the role of a lifetime in a desert town known as ‘the home of the Western.’

Sweetwater Road – Myk Watford

When his son is accused of murder, Hank must risk everything to keep his family together and win his son’s freedom.

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- AVA DU VERNAY

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