It’s a wrap for the 4th annual Yucca Valley Film Festival! The Award Presenters this year included Mayor Jim Schooler, Councilmember Robert Lombardo, Miss Yucca Valley, Lei Lonie Liechti, First Princess, Jaylene Ramos, and YVHS Homecoming Queen, Celine Molina.
Once again: multiple local talents shine as winners this year:
The documentary, Inside the Beauty Bubble, went home with the prestigious Yucca Valley Award.
Kassy Mahea, a returning filmmaker to the festival living in Joshua Tree, won big with Best Dance Film.
Genea Gaudet earned the Keep Mojave Free Award with her Music Video Wasteland, featuring local snake wrangler, Danielle Wall.
Several projects filmed in the Mojave Desert also won big, as did other artists from Arizona, South Africa, France, and the UK.
The community showed in numbers for the return of the in-person festival, the first following Covid-19 restrictions. The many activities of the festival were attended by families, teenagers, and seniors, and included a constant stream of discussions at the meet and greets between local festival goers, the filmmakers, and the festival partners.
The Lady Trojan Basketball team walked the Red Carpet on Friday, The YVHS Cheers performed on Saturday, and the Miss Yucca Valley Court presented multiple awards on Sunday.
Continue reading for more details from Joshua Tree Voice reporter, Sherry Greer