Phoenix Film Festival

The Copper Wing award for Best Horror Feature went to Found at the 13th annual Phoenix Film Festival’s award ceremony at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 on Sunday night, April 7th, 2013. Director Scott Schirmer, co-producer and director of photography Leya Taylor, and associate producer/special effects artist Shane Beasley were present to accept the award from Horror programmers Brandon Kinchen and Danny Marianino.

Found screened to full crowds at the festival April 5th, 6th, and 8th and was, in the words of Kinchen, one of the most talked-about films of the festival. Check out photos and videos from the festival below, and for more information about the Phoenix Film Festival, visit




Festival programmer Brandon Kinchen, festival director Jason Carney, “Found” co-producer Leya Taylor, “Found” associate producer Shane Beasley, “Found” director Scott Schirmer, festival president and co-founder Chris LaMont, and festival programmer Danny Marianino (crouched).


Found co-producer and director of photography Leya Taylor participated in an educational outreach panel with Phoenix-area high school students.


Director Scott Schirmer, co-producer Leya Taylor, and associate producer Shane Beasley participated in audience Q&A after Saturday night’s screening of Found.



Leya Taylor (left) and Scott Schirmer (right), with new-found friends and fellow filmmakers Jay Joseph and Matt Medisch, who were there representing their film “Sader Ridge.”


Scott Schirmer holds the Copper Wing Award.


Scott Schirmer and Leya Taylor participated in a panel discussion about horror films with other filmmakers.

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