Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 1, 2009
Screenwriters, Producers, Directors and Filmmakers met and mingled for two days to celebrate the Cinema City International Film Festival Screenwriters Competition at a Pre-Oscar Mixer and Black Tie Gala. Out hundreds of screenplays submitted, twenty were selected for awards and recognition. "This is a special year for us," said film producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis, "We are proud to launch our grant foundation for filmmakers who show talent, determination and integrity in their work." The CCIFF is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access. Filmmaker Danny LeGare is the first recipient of the Award and is currently in production on his first feature film with Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions called New Hope Manor.
The festivities, produced by Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions and It Girl Public Relations began Saturday night with an informal cocktail mixer held at the Century City Hyatt Hotel. Filmmakers, directors, producers and screenwriters from all over the country mingled to discuss their projects. CCIFF has continued to gain notoriety since it was named by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festivals in the country.
The festivities continued Sunday beginning with a Black Tie Gala. Sean Huze, a former Marin and popular actor opened the ceremony, highlighted by LA Award winning musician Joe Finley. The Red carpet flowed with a continuous arrival of celebrities such as Neicy Nash, star of TV shows Reno 911 and Clean House; Hank Bassett of the Philadelphia Eagles, Comedian Judy Tenuta, Actress Katherine Kramer, Boxing champion, Chucky "The Professor" Mussachio, musician Dylan Campbell, and former Tuskeegee Airman,Donald E. Elder. The fundraiser provided financial assistance to the Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund for returning soldiers transitioning from the isolation of the war to home.
Guests were extremely excited by the gifting suite. They were treated to Godiva chocolates, Puma (Pomegranate Liquor), accessories from Vivian's Boutique (who incidentally gowned many of the red carpet celebrities). Attendees were pleased to get Joey's Cigars, (purveyor of Cigars to Celebrities), Hope Wine, Hydrodynamic Aromatherapy and Green Day Reusable Dry Cleaning Bags. Attendees were also treated to stuffed animals, compliments of designer Steve Brown who showcased his new children's line of bedding called Window Pants by Pant Planet. CCIFF is proud to include American Americans, Wells Fargo and the Steiger Corporation for supporting veterans and aspiring filmmakers.
Contact: Deborah Hayter, Publicist
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