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The Williamsburg Film Festival decided that from time to time to honor someone who is a legend in the keeping the "Movies of the Golden Age" alive.

We decided to create the Williamsburg Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented occasionally to that person that personifies all the qualities that we have come to love and respect in our hobby.

George Coan

In 2011, The Williamsburg Film Festival with the cooperation of the family of George Coan renamed the award
"The George Coan Lifetime Achievement Award"
in honor of the legacy of this great man.


Ray Smith presents award to Milo Holt

The first Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the 2006 Williamsburg Film Festival to Milo Holt. Milo is President of the Old Time Western Film Club in Siler City, NC. He has operated the Film Club for over 30 years.

Packy Smith & Bill Sasser

The Second Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Packy Smith at the 2008 Williamsburg Film Festival. Packy is a pioneer in our hobby. He was a promoter of the first western film festival in Memphis and has been a part of many more. He is a collector of 16mm western films, a publisher, and author. He was a founder of Nostalgia Merchant and Cumberland Video. He has been a television producer and script writer. He currently serves as a member of the Lone Pine Film Festival in California.

Bill Sasser & Grady Franklin

Grady Franklin is awarded the Third Williamsburg Film FestivalLifetime Achievement Award in 2010 for his service to Film Festivals and the Western genere over the years.   Grady has served as writer, photographer, panel moderator and fan since the first Film Festival.  Congratulations to a deserving leader in our hobby.

Chuck & Robin Short accepting from Larry Floyd for the Family

The "George Coan Lifetime Achievement Award" for 2011 is presented to the Family of the late Wayne Short in memory of all his contributions and achievements in our beloved hobby.

Bill Sasser & David Rothel

The 2012 "George Coan Williamsburg Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award" is presented to David Rothel.   David is an Educator, Director, Actor, Moderator, Locations Expert, and Author of an Award Winning series of Books honoring our Western Film Heroes. 

Williamsburg Film Festival is presented by the Williamsburg Classic Film Guild, Inc.

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