GIFF VIsion Celebrates

Written by Rebecca Elmore for Pacific News Center

The invite-only event highlighted locally directed and produced films. Guam -After years of hard work, the dreams and goals of one young woman and her team were realized at last night’s Guam International Film Festival.

For Ruzelle Amparo, the Festival Director of GIFF, her vision finally became a reality.

Standing in front of a packed audience, Amparo held back tears of joy as she thanked the crowd and the three groups who submitted film shorts that kicked off the weekend-long event.

The night began with a ribbon cutting ceremony to the entrance of the Agana Museum’s new theater.

Guests were treated to three teaser shorts all locally created and produced, spanning a wide array of genres from an emotionally gripping tale of a young man suffering from bullying and contemplating suicide to a light-hearted documentary of four young teenagers living their dream as local icons.

The invite-only event ended with the feature film “Mele Murals,” a documentary of two Hawaiian men trying to combine the art of graffiti and their island heritage.

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