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20th annual Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival awards dinner held in Seabrook, Texas
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Friday, September 28, 2018

GCFVFThe 20th annual Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival awards was held on September 22 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. 

Hal Wixon, founding director, was pleased to see a great turn out even during a rainstorm.  

The city of Seabrook was represented by Mayor Pro Temp Natalie Picha, who proclaimed the festival the best in Seabrook. City councilman, Ed Klein was also in attendance.  

Film critic, producer, actor Nick Nicholson served as master of ceremonies for the evening. 

Suzanne Savoy was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Savoy has an extensive resume in theater and film acting. She has worked all over the United States and is proud to say she put her son through college on an actor’s salary. She remarked, “I can’t tell you how proud I am to be an actor from the Texas Gulf Coast.” 

Illusions of Cyn, a film made in Delaware, earned the Best of Festival. The film featured a dog. The dog used came to the US from Budapest, Hungary.  

The same dog was also featured in the best horror film, An American Ghost Tail.  

The best comedy award went to a movie about a dog titled, Pickle.   

The Ernie Robertson Honoree was Michelle Mower who is a graduate of the University of Houston. Her work as a writer, producer, and director has been featured on the Lifetime Movie Network.  

Films and videos entered in the festival were produced all over the country. Some of the artists were students and others were seasoned professionals.  

A total of 18 films were finalists. Screenings of each film that made it into the finalist category took place prior to the awards ceremony.  

Family and friends of the artists filled the room with their support and admiration for the array of film artists.  

Learn more about the GCFVF at

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