Phoenix Film Festival 2018 Announces Competition Winners

Phoenix Film Festival 2018 Winners

The 2018 Phoenix Film Festival in underway in Arizona, and it is the largest film festival in the state — and this year it is even bigger. The 2018 festival runs for 11 days and features over 300 films, offering something for every taste. From world premiere features from some of the biggest names in Hollywood, to student-made short films, the Phoenix Film Festival is the place to be for film lovers of all ages.

Today, the 2018 competition winners were announced in all three categories: Feature Films, World Cinema, and Shorts. The films varied in subject matter, with comedies rubbing elbows with drama, and documentaries shocking viewers as much as informing them of factual subjects.

Below, find the list of the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival winners.



Audience Award: Up to Snuff

Best Picture: The Idea of Manhood

Best Documentary: Forever B

Best Director: Zack Wilcox – Hunting Lands

Best Ensemble: Rich Kids

Best Screenplay: Serge Kushnier – The Idea of Manhood



World Cinema Best Director: Peter Luisi – Streaker

World Cinema Best Picture: Streaker

World Cinema Best Documentary: Becoming Who I Was

After a Buddhist boy in the highlands of northern India discovers that he is the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his godfather takes him on a journey to discover his past.

World Cinema Audience Award Winner: All the Wild Horses

International riders forge unexpected bonds as they compete in the Mongol Derby, at 1000 kilometres of Mongolian steppe the longest and toughest horse race in the world. The harsh Mongolian wilderness soon takes its bone-crunching toll as the competitors are whittled down mercilessly one by one. This is their epic story.

Sidney K. Shapiro Humanitarian Award: Becoming Who I Was



2018 Phoenix Film Festival Volunteer Of the Year: Leslie Criger



Best-Animated Short Film: The Driver is Red

Best Documentary Short Film: Mott Haven

Best College Short Film: Night Call

Best Live Action Short Film: Control

Best World Cinema Short: Stealing Silver

Best Latino-American Short Film: Instinct

Best African-American Short Film: Baby Steps

Best Native-American Short Film: Five Dollars

The Phoenix Film Festival continues through Sunday, April 15.  For more information please visit

We will be posting reviews of some of the Feature Film competitors, including the Best Picture, The Idea of Manhood, which is most deserved of the accolades it has won; the documentary Forever B, which is a shocking tale of kidnapping, pedophilia, and brain washing of both adults and children; and Hunting Lands, one of the most beautifully shot films we’ve ever seen at a film festival. Look for those reviews later this week, as the Phoenix Film Festival continues.

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