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That's a wrap for the Sedona International Film Festival

The 28th-annual Sedona International Film Festival wrapped last weekend.  Over 170 independent movies and shorts of all genres were featured.

It was an all in-person experience this year after following a hybrid model in 2021.

“Delicious,” a mouth-watering historical comedy pairing a gifted chef and his unlikely protégé who must find the resolve to free themselves from servitude in 1789 France, was named both Best of Fest and winner of the Director’s Choice Best International Film Festival Award.

One of the more inventive movies, titled “Four For Fun,” presents a multiverse with 11 different scenarios between two couples at a dinner party.

That framework showcases how each character is affected by different choices according to director and writer Jason Cook who has a long acting career as well.

Scenes are as short as a minute and build exponentially in length to a peak, then taper down.

“It’s based a lot on music. The film’s made where the first scenario is one minute long. The second one is two minutes then 4, 8, 16 and 32. Then we step it down,” said Cook, speaking before a live audience. He indicated that method acts as a kind of structural metaphor for the fleeting certainties we experience and offers the realization our best lives are those lived in the present.

The 90-minute movie was edited by Arizona native Dave Bergan. 

Awards were presented on Sunday, the final day of the 10-day Festival that showcased 33 narrative features, 32 documentary features, 37 narrative shorts, 2 animated shorts and 38 documentary shorts from around the world.

Here’s the complete list of awards:

DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARDS 2022
Best Documentary Feature: Refuge
Best Documentary Short: Lydia Emily’s Last Mural
Best Short - Drama: These Final Hours
Best Short - Comedy: Gum
Best Short - Dramedy: Book of Ruth
Best Feature - Comedy: Americanish
Best Feature - Drama: Peace by Chocolate
Best Animated Short: Space Race
Best International Short: Masque-19
Best Student Short: of our trespasses
Best Humanitarian Short: Distances
Best Indie Spirit Short: Sproutland
Best Environmental Documentary Short: Voice Above Water
Best Humanitarian Documentary Short: Second Sight
Best International Documentary: A Crack in the Mountain
Best Environmental Documentary: After Antarctica
Best Humanitarian Documentary: Life & Life: A Story of Redemption
Best Indie-Spirit Documentary: The Addict’s Wake
Special New Visions Award: Portrayal
Best International Feature: Delicious
Best Humanitarian Feature: Dear Zoe
Best Indie-Spirit Feature: Albatross
Best Impact Film: Wake Up
Marion Herrman Excellence in Filmmaking: State of the Unity
Heart of the Festival Award: John Snow

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS 2022
Best Animated Film: The Park Bench
Best Short – Drama: Good Night
Best Short – Comedy: Johnny the Dime
Best Student Short: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Best Documentary Short: From My Window
Best Documentary Feature: The Conductor
Best Feature Drama: Black White and the Greys
Best Feature Comedy: Our Almost Completely True Story
Best International Film: Betrayed
Best of Fest: Delicious
SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS
Best TV Pilot Screenplay: Sister by Alex Blumberg
Best Feature Screenplay: A Need for Something New by John T. Frederick
Best Short Screenplay: Something in the Clouds by Johnny Ray

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Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.