(From Left) Phil D’Asaro, Katherine DaSilva, Josh Mihal, David L. Peters, Tay Ouk, Axel Ahrens, Greg Marker, Donna Preston and Cheryl Wynton

Eight original Sacramento-based short films enjoyed their world premiere  Sunday in the 16th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” film festival presented by Access Sacramento.

“Win, Lose or Draw” by Donna Preston, a story about a man whose short-sighted gambling addiction gets in the way of both true love AND money, was voted “Audience Favorite” as more than 500 people watched at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theater.

The other specialty award is by vote of the eight-winning writers/producers who cast ballot for the Producer’s Choice Award.  This year a drama, Focused by  Katherine DaSilva, and a documentary, “Death of Del Paso” by Phil D’Asaro were both awarded.

All of the filmmakers greeted their fans, cast and crew in the lobby before the films showed on the big screen.

The films and awards presentations will all premiere on Access Sacramento’s cable channel 17 very soon, and will later be available on AccessLocal.TV and YouTube.

A DVD of the “A Place Called Sacramento” movie premiere and awards show is available for purchase from the Access Sacramento office by calling 916-456-8600 ext. 0.

Access Sacramento congratulates all of the filmmakers, the hundreds of volunteers who helped make the films, and the sponsors who make the festival possible.