Little Boy, Cicada Take Top Honors at Pan Pacific Film Festival; Thousands Converge at Festival that Honors Entertaining and Inspirational Films

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Little Boy, Cicada Take Top Honors at Pan Pacific Film Festival; Thousands Converge at Festival that Honors Entertaining and Inspirational Films

The feature films Little Boy and Cicada took top honors at the 7th Annual Pan Pacific Film Festival in Fullerton, CA with the World War II-themed Little Boy receiving the award for best theatrical film and Cicada, which has yet to secure distribution, winning three awards: best narrative feature, best actor and best director. The festival included a red carpet, musical performances, a VIP dinner, panels with top filmmakers, screenings of all nominated films, and more.

Fullerton, California Mayor Greg Sebourn offered the opening invocation for the award ceremony which was hosted by Elizabeth Kennedy Ryzewicz and Ron McGeehee, with presenters including California Assemblywoman Young Kim, producer Mark Joseph, 20th Century Fox executive Gary Hall and radio personality Big Wave Dave.

Jurors for the prestigious festival included world-renowned artist Makoto Fujimura, who served as Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts and Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Michael Ramirez among others.

The four-day festival also featured workshops and panels featuring speakers such as Howard Kazanjian (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Cale Boyter (Elf, Wedding Crashers), Mark Joseph (Reagan, Tolkien & Lewis) and Justin Chang, chief film critic at Variety.

In addition to the films submitted, the Pan Pacific Film Festival held special screenings of films such as The Dropbox, The Return to the Hiding Place, and Frank vs. God.

“We’re so thankful that so many people and filmmakers came out to celebrate great films,” said Ken An, Co-Founder & CEO of the festival. “We received more top-quality films than any other year. I can’t wait to see what next year will bring!”

The Pan Pacific Film Festival was launched in 2008 and is dedicated to celebrating films that are both inspirational and entertaining. Held in the Los Angeles area, the festival has roots in the Asian background of its founders and the city known as the melting pot where ideas from the East and West intersect.

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