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My Life as a Robot”, “Driving Madeleine” Take Top Honors at 30th Sedona International Film Festival

sedona newsRobert Shields: My life as a robot Winner of the Best of Fest Documentary Award and the Marion Herman Filmmaking Award. Madeleine's driving Won the 30th Best of Fest Narrativeth Annual Sedona International Film Festival

The film was directed by Mark Bong and Christine Seibert Bong, who also served as producers. Robert Shields: My life as a robot Documents the career of the artist Marcel Marceau called “America's greatest mime.'' The film was among approximately 150 films screened during the nine-day festival.

Madeleine's drivingDirected by Christian Carrion, who shared a screenplay with Cyril Gerry, the film tells the story of Charles, a taxi driver who takes Madeleine and his passengers through important places in her life. in the middle To the nursing home where she lives. The film was produced in France and Belgium.

Also includes other highlights from the festival how to kill a tiger, Winner of the feature documentary award tokyo cowboy Selected for Best Narrative Feature Drama, the price of truth It was nominated for the Best International Documentary Award. how to kill a tiger The story follows Ranjit, a farmer in rural India, who fights for his life to seek justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the victim of a horrific sexual assault in his village. tokyo cowboy The film follows Hideki, a brash Japanese businessman who convinces his bosses in Tokyo that he can turn an unprofitable American ranch into a top-performing asset. the price of truth is a chilling documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner and editor of Russia's last independent newspaper, Dmitry Muratov. Muratov was sprayed with paint mixed with acetone in the face by a masked assailant, permanently damaging his eyesight. Despite the attack, his resolve to emphasize the importance of free speech remained unchanged.

Special award goes to Wendy Malick (7000 miles) Outstanding Actress Award. Randall Kreiser (grease) Received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the directing category. and Gary Mule Deer (Show business is my life, but I can't prove it), received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the comedy category.

Learn more about the Sedona International Film Festival.

Director's Choice Award 2024:


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  • Best Short Story – Drama: Mayfly and That Day (tie)
  • Best Short Story – Comedy: Basic Form
  • Best Short Story – Dramedy: The Ballad of Tita and the Machine
  • Best Mixed Media Short Story: Lost Bird
  • Best International Short Story: The Red Suitcase
  • Best Student Short Film: Nakam
  • Best Humanitarian Short Story: Sevap/Mitzvah
  • Lavender Award: Honey & Milk
  • Best current affairs short story: Limite
  • Excellence Award: Our men and women

Short documentary:

  • Best Documentary Short: Good Boy
  • Best Environmental Documentary Short: Between Earth and Sky
  • The most moving short documentary: The Last Repair Shop
  • Best Indie Spirit Short Documentary: Far West
  • Best Student Documentary Short: Down the Road

Documentary features:

  • Best Documentary Award: How to Kill a Tiger
  • Best International Documentary Award: The Price of Truth
  • Best Environmental Documentary: Song of Earth
  • Most Inspiring Documentary: Into the Spotlight
  • Best Indie Spirit Documentary: The Cowboy and the Queen
  • Best Nonfiction Storytelling: “Tell Me I Love You”
  • Nonfiction New Vision Award: Lovely Jackson

Story features:

  • Best Picture – Drama: Tokyo Cowboy
  • Best Picture – Comedy: Rules of Life
  • Best International Film: Madeleine Driving
  • Best Humanitarian Feature: The Old Oak
  • Best Indie Spirit Feature: Small Family Drama
  • Best Impact Film Award: The Business of Pleasure
  • Best Empowerment/Social Impact Film: Empire West
  • Most inspiring movie: Freedom Hair

Screenplay award

  • Best TV Pilot Screenplay: Laurel Gans, “The Grind”
  • Best Feature Screenplay: “The Ex Change” Jake Thomas
  • Best Short Screenplay: “This is Jan” Robert Lariviere, Hunter Burke, Nick Laville
  • Audience Choice Winner
  • Best Short Story – Drama: Sevap/Mitzvah
  • Best Short Story – Comedy: Dead Cat
  • Best Student Short Film: Nakam
  • Best Short Documentary: Range Rider
  • Best Documentary: Into the Spotlight
  • Best Feature Drama: Rose
  • Best Comedy Feature: Adolf Next Door
  • Best International Film Award: Marguerite's Theorem

Best of Fest Narrative: Madeleine's Driving

Best of Fest Documentary: Robert Shields: My Life as a Robot

Special Award 2024

  • Outstanding Actress: Wendy Malick
  • Lifetime Achievement (Director): James Ivory
  • Lifetime Achievement (Director): Randall Kreiser
  • Lifetime Achievement (Comedy): Gary Mule Dear
  • Heart of the Festival Award: Patti Herman Judah
  • Marion Herman Excellence in Filmmaking: Robert Shields: My Life as a Robot

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