Access Sacramento’s 15th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival featured the world premiere of 10 original short films, all written, produced, filmed and edited right here in Sacramento.

Writer/Director Thuy Pham (from Left) with mascot Quentin Sacramento, and Access Sacramento Vice-Chair Lori Easterwood and Executive Director Gary Martin

Writer/Director Thuy Pham (from Left) with mascot Quentin Sacramento, and Access Sacramento Vice-Chair Lori Easterwood and Executive Director Gary Martin

Writer/Director Thuy Pham’s film “Two Pods and a Pea” won two specialty awards at the event, taking honors for the “Audience Favorite” and “Producers’ Choice.”

The 10 films were created during the summer after 10 winning writers were selected in a triple-juried script competition early in the year.  After Access Sacramento’s Cast and Crew Call in May, the writers turned into producers and created their films with the help of volunteer actors and crew.

The Film Festival with comments from the filmmakers and news from Access Sacramento will be broadcast at Access Sacramento in several weeks. Later, the films will be featured on this website and also from AccessSacramento. org

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All of the filmmakers were able to share their thanks from The Crest Theatre stage during the 15th Annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival.

All of the writers commented from the stage, thanking their many supporters, and encouraging other local filmmakers to continue writing and working to get their stories turned into real movies.

Access Sacramento sponsors the competition annually as a way to encourage local film production, and to provide a creative way for Sacramento-based stories to have a permanent archive.  Over the 15 years, Access Sacramento has help in the creation of 149 local films.

Access Sacramento "A Place Called Sacramento" Co-organizers Michelle Barbaria and Gary Martin

Access Sacramento “A Place Called Sacramento” Co-organizers Michelle Barbaria and Gary Martin

Festival Founder Ron Cooper, who retired as Access Sacramento Executive Director in 2013, attended this year’s festival and proclaimed it “Another great Access Sacramento success!”

For the last eight years, the co-organizer for “A Place Called Sacramento” has been Michelle Barbaria, Access Sacramento Live Wire! Producer and Office Manager. Barbaria was thanked from the stage for her years of service after announcing she had taken a new opportunity out of state.  Executive Director Gary Martin presented her with a thank you award and wished her every success for the future.

Audience Voting by text was a first for the 2014 "A Place Called Sacramento" Film Festival

Audience Voting by text was a first for the 2014 “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival

As another first from the 2014 “A Place Called Sacramento,” the audience was able to vote by using their phones to text in their choice.  The special opportunity was sponsored by the new acting website SacCasting.com as an added benefit to Festival attendees.

Benefits from the Film Festival support Access Sacramento projects including the Neighborhood News youth training program and the start up of a new low-power FM radio station, Access Sacramento’s KUBU 96.5 FM in November.

The 16h Annual Place Called Sacramento’s call for Scripts and the supporting classes in writing and production that support beginning filmmakers will be announced in January, 2015.