2022 Award Winners

Humanitarian Award

Sean S. Cunningham is an award-winning writer, director and producer.

His documentary/educational feature film “The Nurse With The Purple Hair” won the TZIFF 2022 Humanitarian Award. The film explores the touching and poignant story of Hospice Care Worker’s. It’s a touching in-depth look at today’s health care system and honors those who commit their lives for their sacrifice and service.

Sean is best known for his work in the horror genre as the creator of the cult classic “Friday The 13th” franchise of films. He created the iconic character “Jason” who is still one of the most popular horror characters in cinematic history. His other genre credits include, “House”, “Terminal Invasion”, “Deepstar Six” and “The Last House on the Left”.

Tarzana International Film Festival 2022

Best Comedy

“The Way it Goes”

Best Feature Film

"The Red Tide Massacre"

Best Documentary

“Ghosts and The Afterlife”

Best Faith-Based Feature Film

“The Pope Drops In”

Best Science Fiction /Fantasy Horror


Best Action /Adventure

“Four Hour Layover in Juarez”

Best Trailer/Music Video

“Sharknado vs Leprechaun”

Humanitarian Award

“The Nurse with Purple Hair”
Sean Cunningham Director