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Vegas Movie Awards™ - Best Independent International Film Festival

ANNUAL GALA

Creating Family

2023

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An Unforgettable Las Vegas Experience:
Where Glamour Meets Emotion

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SPONSORED BY

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LV HOST LIONS CLUB

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Join us as we recount the spectacular two-day event that was the 2023 VMA Annual Gala, held at The Industrial in the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada on September 29 and 30.

This extraordinary experience was filled with emotion, expert Q&A sessions, red-carpet glamour, interviews, laughter, and a meticulously curated venue and show, all designed to make this evening unforgettable for everyone involved.

"It was such a pleasure to participate in the Vegas Movie Awards. The communication was top-notch all along the way. The festival directors run their festival with care and heart. -And we were thrilled that our film "Hungry" was honored with Best Inspirational Film and I was honored with Best Actress in the 2019 VMA's! --And it was terrific meeting our fellow award-winners around the world at the fun and fabulous gala. Being a part of the Vegas Movie Awards was a wonderful and valuable experience. Thank you from all our team.

Jillie Simon - "Hungry"

September 29th | Multiple Screenings and Q&A

DAY  ONE

Recap

A Day of Cinematic Enchantment and Genuine Connections

Day One was filled with independent film magic, celebrating visionary filmmakers who breathe life into stories. Handpicked film screenings on four stages offered a glimpse into brilliant creators' minds, showcasing cinematic wonders born from simple ideas and unwavering determination.

Beyond films, Day 1 fostered genuine connections. Our relaxed atmosphere facilitated unique human bonds that AI can't replicate. Dreamers shared creativity, igniting inspiration, while networking opportunities deepened love for cinema. In addition to captivating films, we featured four inspirational talks with industry experts. These experts shared invaluable insights, enriching our understanding of the cinematic world.

Photo Gallery

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VEGAS MOVIE ACADEMY™

INSPIRATIONAL  TALKS

Our personal selection of speakers who shared their unique experiences in the film industry to inspire our filmmakers' challenging journey and make them proud of their tough choices.

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NAVIGATING FILM'S FUTURE

A Talk And Q&A With DANETTE TULL
Production & Communications Manager at Nevada Film Office, a division of the Governor's Office of Economic Development
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Join industry expert Danette as she unveils the secrets to thriving amidst evolving landscapes, and discover how Nevada's unique offerings can elevate your cinematic journey.

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A Talk And Q&A With ZACH THOMSON
Award-winning Producer / Director / Book Author
Worked on productions such as AVATAR / INDEPENDENCE DAY / DUMB AND DUMBER

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Don’t wait for opportunity to knock. The world wants your unique storytelling perspective on the human condition. Zach, with his incredible experience built on out-of-the-ordinary resilience and thinking big, will teach you how to remain persistent and achieve your dreams.

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LOVE, CONNECT, AND THRIVE TOGETHER

Get inspired by experts McKenzie and Zach as they share the secrets of loving what you do, fostering deep connections, and collaborating with those who challenge you to be the best version of yourself.  Discover the power of shared values in building exceptional teamwork.

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A Talk And Q&A With 
McKENZIE VAN DORNE-RICE and ZACH THOMSON

McKenzie is an award-winning film and television Producer who has been involved in the film industry for almost 20 years, President and Creative Director of Liquid Studios Entertainment Group-LSEG in Burbank, CA
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FUELING FILMMAKING: POWER