The Sunrise Film Festival

" Sunrise Film Festival was a wonderful experience, one that I can recommend to any film maker / film subject wanting to attend! Fantastic location on the shores of Nova Scotia with great food and opportunities to socialize and meet everyone. The festival is intimate enough that it is easy to network and meet a lot of talented people. Thumbs up!"

Ian Evans, attendee and panelist

The Congratulations to the Sunrise Film Festival 'Best of Festival' - "The Red Maple Leaf" - Frank D'Angelo's star-studded film impressed not only for the quality of production and on-screen talent, but the inspirational process used by Frank to create the film. Innovation and determination and whole lot of creative talent!

"The Red Maple Leaf". A gritty political drama made by Canada's Frank D'Angelo and starring a host of big names, including Michael Pare, Daniel Baldwin, Armand Assante, James Caan, Mira Sorvino, Martin Landau...

On a seemingly worry-free Ottawa morning, young Jenni Adams, daughter of U.S. Ambassador Patrick Adams, is snatched from right under the nose of her Secret Service detail. The blatant act has left the American authorities searching for answers with powerful pressure coming at them from every side. From senators all the way up to the President of the United States, the hunt is on to find this girl alive and return her to her family.
While two nations fight over jurisdiction as the case grows cold, seasoned RCMP veteran Alfonso Palermo puts everything else aside, his emotions, his alcoholism, his tact, to step up and search for the little girl and return her to her very powerful Washington-elite family.

CLICK HERE to see a selection of photographs from the Sunrise Film Festival 2016

Our 2016 Award-Winners as voted for by our panel of industry professionals.

Best Short Film: "Sisters" - Taylor Shortall
Best Young Film Maker: "Milk" - Patrick Willard
Best International Film: "The Reindeer Belong to the Wind" - Päivi Kapiainen-Heiskanen
Best Drama: "Con Men" - Ron Paul Wilson
Best Documentary: - "Lunatic"- Kent Allison, Ian Evans
And BEST OF FESTIVAL: "The Red Maple Leaf" - Frank D'Angelo

Congratulations to all the winners, thank you to all those who submitted for this round of films, and thanks to everyone who supported this wonderful event. See you soon along the north shore!!