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Family Film Festival: More Than Just Movies

Unlike most film festivals which are mostly adult affairs, IFFF devotes an entire day and an awards ceremony to young filmmakers.

IFFF: ‘Hot Bath, Stiff Drink, and a Close Shave’

‘Hot Bath, Stiff Drink an’ a Close Shave’ won the Finalist Award for drama at the International Family Film Festival (IFFF). Patterson and Gratzner make westerns fun and exciting again. John Wayne would be proud.

IFFF: Dark, Hopeful Short Films

This collection of short films shown at the International Family Film Festival was on the dark side, but each shed light on why filmmakers create shorts.

IFFF: James Caan as ‘Undercover Grandpa’ Gets Help from Paul Sorvino and Louis Gosset Jr

Is your grandpa really who you think he is? (Are you reading this, grandkids?) Or, like Jake’s grandpa played by James Caan in ‘Undercover Grandpa,’ does he have a secret identity? Jake’s fun and dramatic discoveries about his grandpa helped Undercover Grandpa win the Best Feature Foreign Comedy accolade at the International Family Film Festival.

IFFF: Not Just ‘Another Day in Paradise’ for Jeffery Patterson and Frankie Muniz

‘Another Day in Paradise’ takes us into the world of a recent widower who is trying to reinvent his life

IFFF: ‘Ridge Runners’ – Sex Trafficking in a Small Town

There are many more talented actors, writers and directors than Hollywood has room for. Ridge Runners is proof of that. The first feature film for screenwriter Austin Lott and director Hunter West is an indie crime drama which is a standout on multiple levels.

Family Film Fest: Zane and Eastwood Help Producer Pull-off Hat Trick

(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) Two famous Hollywood names, Zane and Eastwood, helped producer Jeffery Patterson score a hat trick (the hockey kind, not the cowboy kind), winning two awards at the International Family Film Festival this month in Hollywood, California. Patterson won the Best Feature Drama award for Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink, and […]

IFFF: The Kid-Safe Hollywood Film Festival

(Originally published on Blogcritics.org) Not everything that comes out of Hollywood is full of sex, violence, and drugs. That is especially true of the 19th annual International Family Film Festival (IFFF), which took place at Hollywood’s Raleigh Studios (the former United Artists lot), November 7-9, 2014. The IFFF (“I triple F” is the cool kid […]

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