"Celebrating its 4th year the Annual Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) www.burbankfilmfestival.org) happened on September 5th-9 th . The film festival consisted of five days of film screenings, red carpet events and awards. The fest kicked off with a star studded opening night with an advanced screening of the film 'CinemAbility', a documentary examining the ever-changing portrayals of disability story lines in film, television, and advertising from the silent era to today.
The documentary film is directed by Jenni Gold (DGA) and features Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Gary Sinise, William H. Macy, Marlee Matlin, RJ Mitte, Beau Bridges, Kyle MacLachlan and Gary Marshall and to name a few. Following the screening will be an Opening Night Gala after party hosted by RJ Mitte from the Emmy and SAG nominated hit AMC television series 'Breaking Bad'.
Over 100 films will be screened in five days to showcase independent filmmakers and their work. Burbank is the 'Media Capitol of the World', home to Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, NBC, ABC, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. The festival will conclude with the Closing Night Gala Awards Show hosted by NBC weathercaster and comedian, Fritz Coleman at the Castaway in Burbank. In addition to honoring the nominated filmmakers at the awards show, several Industry Honorees will receive special recognition. These include, Robert "Bobby" Moresco 2- time Oscar winning screenwriter ('Million Dollar Baby', 'Crash'), multi-award winning composer Marc Isham ('Once Upon A Time'), Annie award winning animation director, Jennifer Yuh Nelson ('Kung Fu Panda 2'), Academy Award-winning special effects make-up artist Rick Baker, award winning actor James Hong ('Kung Fu Panda 2', 'Chinatown'), and Mary Shuttleworth, founder and president for Youth for Human Rights International, will be receiving this year's "Awareness Award" and 'CinemAbility' Director Jenni Gold will receive the first ever "Diversity Award"".
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