Action on Film Megafest Celebrates 14 years Honoring Filmmakers and Writers

Written and Photography by Nikki Artale

Action on Film (AOF) brought together filmmakers, producers, writers and actors from all over the world to have their work honored. The International film festival was once again held in Las Vegas for the second time in a row on August 16-25 at the Palms Hotel. AOF is in the top 2 percent of all film festivals. I personally think it is the best film festival in Las Vegas.

 

 

 

Zin and Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where do I begin in saying that AOF is more than just an award show, it is a show of heart and love that is displayed by Del Weston, founder, writer, producer, and director as he shows each and every one that attends the festival his love.  He cares about every person and welcomes them with open arms and hugs. There were more than 600 films shown and many informative seminars given by the best-talented filmmakers, writers, and actors. Del’s wife Theresa and Zin worked hand in hand with Del and put together a fabulous nine-day event.

Kathrina Miccio and Annabelle Munro

For a second consecutive year, Annabelle Munro was named AOF Queen and this year she led a seminar with the First Lady of Film Kathrina Miccio and Elizabeth Blake Thomas in discussing Women in Film. Annabelle is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and director from Los Angeles. Her talks highlight and inspire female filmmakers to support each other and own their own space and power.

Kathrina Miccio, a 12-time award-winning actress, was part of the panel and won Best Woman Filmmaker LAIFFA 2018 for her film St. Joseph Do Your Thing. She wrote directed and starred in the film. Kathrina spoke about her life in films and to go live your dreams.

 

Elizabeth Blake-Thomas has written and directed six feature films in two years and rounded off the panel, sharing her knowledge of raising funds for shooting and getting distribution. She says that creativity happens in all formats. 

 

 

 

Other seminars during Megafest were held by Harold L Brown, Matt DeGennaro and Antonio Fargas, actor and screenwriters. Del Weston creator of AOF and Hollywood Dreamz Film Festival held two informative seminars on “Make your Movie Now” and Write the Script Now sharing how he made it all happen and how to make it a reality.

 

 

 

I could not see every film but the outstanding films I did see were St. Joseph, Little Milo, Miracle in a Spiny Bur, Friday the 13th, all winners in their categories. I loved St Joseph which was written, produced and directed by Kathrina Miccio who also starred in the film.

In a Spiny Bur, Friday the 13th, all winners in their categories. I loved St Joseph, a story that tells an Italian tale that is 500 years old that if the statue of St Joseph is buried head down with the face facing a house it will sell quickly. Great story, great acting and it is funny. I believe it.

 

 

 

 

Ian, Drago, Michael and Marianne

Another favorite of mine was Little Milo starring Ian Slade, produced by Daniel Drescher, directed by Drago Lazetich and Marianne Kaulima producer and manager. All did a splendid job in bringing the message of free speech, positivity, and hope. Ian Slade was outstanding and I knew it was a winner. The film won for best LGBTQ award.

 

 

 

 

A heartwarming story, filmed in Japan is Miracle in a Spiny Bur, starring Mau Nishio, Producer Hayato Mitsuishi, Yuko Nishio, Executive Producer. Also starring in the film were two members of the boy band in Japan “Boys and Men,” Yuhi and Takumi Tsuchiya. They are wonderful young men that any mother would be proud of.  Miracle in a Spiny Bur tells the story of a young boy that is raised by his grandparents, the Chestnut Family of Kasama and it will bring you to tears. I loved meeting the entire cast. They were all wonderful loving people who warmed my heart.

Sean Richards, Producer, writer, actor bought Friday the 13th back to the screen and it was scary and brought back many memories of the past.

 

 

 

 

The Megafest ended with a black tie dinner where more awards were given out. The Young Story Tellers awards were special as the young writers were recognized and honored for their talent.

 

 

 

 

The Icon candidate is a person who has excelled in his/her craft and also gives back to his/her community. Randy Couture a six-time world UFC fighting champion was one of the honorees.

 

 

 

 

Hosting the evening along with Del was AOF’s own royalty, the Queen of AOF, Annabelle Munro and the First Lady of AOF, Kathrina Miccio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an exciting 10 days and I look forward to seeing everyone next year.

NIKKI ARTALE

Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in northern New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on www.ILoveLasVegasNV.net.

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry, she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in-depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100 percent of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services.

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