On January 14, the Seattle Film Festival officially announced the winners of its 2019 re-launch.
The big winner of this year’s festival was William Wayne’s Lost Angelas, a psychological thriller that claimed the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film, along with seven more awards.
Wayne won for Best Director in his debut film, which follows the disappearance of rising star Angela Rose (played by Korrina Rico), who, in turn, took home the festival’s Best Actress Award in the title role.
Lost Angelas co-star Jon Jacobs received the Festival’s coveted Outstanding Performance Award for his thrilling portrayal of nefarious film director Walt Warshaw, while veteran actor John Capodice was awarded Best Supporting Actor as Detective Ed Robles.
The film also won Best Cinematography by Ana Maria Manso and Ernest Erik Badounts, as well as Best Original Song by EmRey.
Lost Angelas ends its festival run at the Seattle Film Festival, having won a total of 21 awards during the course of the year, and is now slated to open in New York City with a day and date release on May 1, 2020.
Horror film Holiday Hell won three awards as star Jeffrey Combs tied for Best Actor with Lost Angelas lead actor William Wayne, while Holiday Hell co-star Meagan Karimi-Naser won Best Supporting Actress. Seattle local and co-writer, co-director and co-producer of Holiday Hell Jeff Ferrell won the Seattle Film Festival Filmmaker award.
See a trailer for Holiday Hell here: https://youtu.be/GZ81NBOdXoo
Documentary filmmaker David Fresina claimed two awards: Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Director of a Documentary Feature Film for When the Witches Came to Town, which chronicles the filming of 1986 classic movie The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer in Cohasset, MA.
See a trailer for ‘When the Witches Came to Town’ here: https://youtu.be/guarnKtBxWU
The festival’s Best Short films award winners include Sam Tilford’s Beating The Odds, Eliana Ujueta’s The Airport Run and Edward Badounts’ war documentary 10 Year Anniversary of Where is Monte?
The closing awards night marks a successful re-launch of the Seattle Film Festival, which started in 2013 and also ran in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The Seattle Film Festival is currently open for submissions for 2020.