The inaugural Edmonds International Film Festival drew to a close Sunday morning with awards and an announcement of plans for a possibly expanded event in 2011.
Winner of Best Feature Film was “My Movie Girl,” by filmmaker Adam Bronstein. Bronstein and his co-star Mackenzie Firgens were present to accept the award from festival director Trevor Greenfield. Earning the Best Short Film award was “True Beauty This Night” by Peter Beeson.
The festival also presented the Grand Achievement Award to Edmonds travel writer and television personality Rick Steves, whose travel documentary “Andalucia” had its theatrical debut Thursday night. In announcing the award, Greenfield called Steves “a great humanitarian” who is “bridging the cultural gap between America and the rest of the world one step at a time.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the family of the late Jack Mayo, owner of the Edmonds Theater, for his work to preserve the theater as one of the few remaining single-screen theaters in the U.S. In future years, the award will be known as the Jack Mayo Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mayo family will participate in selecting the winner, Greenfield said.
Greenfield announced that in 2011, the film festival will be able to use the larger Edmonds Center for the Arts as its venue, although it’s possible that Edmonds Theater will be involved as well.