Marina del Rey, CA, November 03, 2017 –(– The 7th Annual Marina del Rey Film Festival was held at The AMC Classic Marina Marketplace 6 earlier this month. According to Jon Gursha, Festival Director, “The year’s festival was very successful as which proudly featured over 140 independent films.” Gursha added, “Marina de Rey Film Festival had a great turnout of filmmakers, filmgoers, producers, directors, actors, actresses and local industry executives, we congratulate all the filmakers.” Attendees enjoyed networking opportunities as well as question & answer sessions with filmmakers moderated by Program Director Peter Greene. A marvelous kick – off party was held at Hal’s Bar & Grill, Playa Vista and a sensational film – awards party was held at the Café del Rey in Marina del Rey. Congratulations to the 2017​ ​Marina del Rey Film Festival​ ​Award Winners.

Grand Prize Feature: Valentina

Grand Prize Short: Hero

Grand Prize Documentary: ​Beneath​ ​the​ ​Crown

Audience Award Feature: Counterfeiters

Audience Award Short: The​ ​Big​ ​Swim

Audience Award Documentary: Luminaries

Best Comedy – Short: Getting​ ​Ed​ ​Laid

Best Drama – Short: Dogs​ ​and​ ​Tacos

Best Director – Feature: Joshua​ ​Smith / Buckshot

Best Director – Short: Pierre​ ​finn And Alex Pierce / Lock It Up Dog

Best Actor – Feature: Tim Dezarn / Buckshot

Best Actress – Feature: Victoria​ ​del​ ​rosal / Valentina

Best Acting Ensemble – Short: Sisters​ ​-​ ​Pam​ ​Levin,​ ​Nikki​ ​Gatzimos, Elspeth​ ​Carden,​ ​Bella​ ​Winn

Best Animation: Garden​ ​party

Best Feature Screenplay: Guy​ ​jackson / Los Angeles Overnight

Best Short Screenplay: Self​ ​help

Social Impact Award: Munecas

Best Sound: Creak

Best Thriller – Short The​ ​Anniversary

World Cinema Short Narrative Award: Unforgotten

Best Drama – Short: The​ ​lake

Best Action Film – Short: Chasing​ ​Titles​ ​vol.​ ​1

Best Documentary – Short: Honey​ ​Badger

Best Editing – Short: The​ ​Anniversary

Best Romance – Short: Wink

Best Choreography: Incendio

Best Music Video: Pleasure​ ​Dome​ ​(February,​ ​26th,​ ​1981)

Best Visual Effects: Monty​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Runaway​ ​Furnace

Best Title Sequence: A​ ​Midwestern​ ​Methamphetamine Fairy Tale

Audience Award – Short Drama: Secret

Best Cinematography – Short: The​ ​Last​ ​Hurrah

Best Production Design – Short: Match

Best Music – Short: Katie​ ​and​ ​Ben

Best Score – Short: Hero

Young Filmmakers Award: The​ ​Fixer

Best Short – Mystery: Rope​ ​Trick

Best Sci-fi Short: Fleur

Best Horror Short: Vexed

Best Sci-fi Feature: Occupants

Thank you to all of the following sponsors for supporting the Marina del Rey Film Festival!

AMC Independent
AMC Theaters
Area Cinelounge
Barrister Executive Suites
Buffalo Wild Wings
Burger Lounge
Café Del Rey
Cedar Sinai
Dov S. Simens 2 Day Film School
Ernest Packaging Solutions
Film Freeway
Hal’s Bar and Grill Playa Vista
Jamaica Bay Inn
Jungle Software
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Movie Magic
Moviemaker Magazine
Pepperdine University
Pitfire Pizza
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Stark Spirits
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The Law Offices of Jennifer Ambrose
Variety 411
Venice Duck Brewery
Writer’s Boot Camp

The upcoming Culver City Film Festival taking place December 5-11. The Marina del Rey Film Festival was created by Peter Greene and Jon Gursha to showcase independent filmmakers in Los Angeles. Marina del Rey Film Festival is a registered trademark of Jon Gursha. #supportindiefilm

Contact Information:
Marina del Rey Film Festival
Jon Gursha
Contact via Email
Marina del Rey Film Festival
4640 Admiralty Way Suite 500
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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