The Pasadena International Film Festival (PIFF) celebrated its 4th Annual Awards Ceremony this past Thursday, March 16, with an ode to Old Hollywood. The Great Gatsby Gala saw guests don their best Roaring Twenties attire and pay tribute to the winners for Best Feature Film, Slipaway; Best Director, Giorgio Litt, The After War; Best Actor, David Barrera, Perception; and Best Actress, Gabrielle Stone, It Happened Again Last Night, among the many awards presented. The evening was the culmination of an eight-day festival that featured some of the best in independent cinema including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and videos. In total, over 100 films from 15 different countries were screened throughout the run. Subject matter included everything from science fiction and love to dealing with illness and sexuality. One of the stronger, if not more harrowing films I got a chance to see was I Am Still Here, a tough, unflinching view into the world of sex trafficking. It’s hard enough to watch this type of movie when adults are involved, it’s even more jarring when you witness it through the lives of children and teenagers. Another favorite was Perception, a non-stereotypical portrayal of a child of immigrants searching to make his dream come true without the means to do it. The family comes together to find a way but not in a manner that you’d expect or without bumps along the way. All in all, it was a great event for movie aficionados and anyone interested in great cinema in all its forms. For the complete list of the festival’s winners, as well as everything that was showcased head over to the PIFF website: http://www.pasadenafilmfestival.org/piff-2017.