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Annual international film festival returns to Sedona

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PHOENIX — The annual Sedona International Film Festival has returned to the spotlight for the 23rd time with a nine-day run that ends on Sunday.

The festival, which began last weekend, will feature 160 films and documentaries.

At the festival’s kickoff, Oscar- and eight-time Emmy winning actress Cloris Leachman received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Leachman answered questions from an audience about her long career in film, television, specifically comedy.

According to, included in this year’s events are two Sedona-based film directors and producers, Bryan Reinhart and Ben Fama Jr.

The two finished the production of “Born to Rewild”, the late award-winning cinematographer Ed George’s three-year project about a man who traveled 5,000 miles in the wilderness from Mexico to Canada.

The films are shown in two of the festival’s designated viewing locations, the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and Harkins Sedona 6 Theatre.

The Sedona International film festival was established in 1994 and celebrates more than 20 years of film screenings of independent films and educational workshops.

The festival will announce the winners of the audience choice award on Saturday and the winners of the directors’ choice award on Sunday.

Also, the festival will host a watch party for the 2017 Academy Awards on Sunday night at their two viewing locations.

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