On Sunday, February 24, CSFF moved to the Maricopa City Hall, where volunteers and City Council Members Vincent Manfredi and Nancy Smith opened the facility and provided support. Special thanks to City Manager Rick Horst and City staff members Mike Riggs and Adam Wolfe for making all the details fall in place.
A full lineup of film categories mixed films from all over the world explored the human condition and provided laughter, tears, and thought-provoking ideas. Attendees were excited about the quality of the films.
A special table read of the winning screenplay, “Mia,” was performed by Maricopa High School student actors, Christina Surber, Kaden Rogers, and Derek Blakely. “Swept Away,” the film created from the screenplay and filmed in Paris, France had its US debut.
Mayor Christian Price served as emcee for the lively awards ceremony. Local film reviewers Paul Bick, Melodee Breazeale, Laurie Fagen, and Michelle Sorensen were recognized for their contribution to the festival for many hours of dedication. The announcement of Director’s Choice winner, Tin Can, was followed by a short video acknowledgment by California filmmaker Pat Battistini, who was unable to attend. Mayor Price later announced the Audience Choice, Tin Can, with great fanfare.
The final party, catered by Catering by Helen, brought filmmakers, Arizona filmmaking officials, and attendees together to make connections.