The 10th annual 168 Film Festival concluded two days of screenings of short films at Glendale's Alex Theatre with a Saturday night awards ceremony. The festival is focused entirely on films 11 minutes or shorter that tell contemporary stories based on themes from the Bible. In the competition, each filmmaking team is assigned a theme at random and given 10 days for pre-production and 168 hours to create and deliver the finished film.
Among the panel of seven judges this year was Howard Kazanjian, former vice president at LucasFilm and a producer on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Return of the Jedi.” With awards in 25 categories, the weekend's big winner was “Refuge,” which took top honors in acting, directing, cinematography and “Best Film.” The subtitled film is a drama with an Iraqi cast, as a husband discovers the violent past of a neighbor.
Best Film: “Refuge,” Paul Luebbers, Joel VanderSpek
Best Comedy: “Take a Hike,” Mark Blitch, Todd Terry
Best International Film: “Ghosts of Europe,” Jesse Hutch, Jamie Rauch
Best Documentary: “Changed on the Inside,” Steve Puffenberger
Best Director: “Refuge,” Michelle Steffes
Best Actress: “Static,” Morgan Alana Taylor
Best Actor: “Refuge,” Stevin Knight
Best Supporting Actor: “Refuge,” Iyad Hajjaj
Best Supporting Actress: “Coerced,” Goldie Hoffman
Best Screenplay Drama: “Refuge,” Rebekah Score
Best Screenplay Comedy: “Take a Hike,” Mark Blitch
Best Cinematography: “Refuge,” Brandon Lippard
Best Editor: “Refuge,” Chris Witt
Best Sound Design: “Shaken,” Brandon Griffith
Best Original Score: “Inink,” Jordan Critz
Best Animated Film: “Dragon Season,” Michael Mitchell
For more information, see www.168project.com.