?Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California -- May 10, 2006 -- Sofia: A Documentary, is awarded the coveted Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award in the documentary category at the elite 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California.??The 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival showcases over 350 films from 40 countries with over 35,000 attendees over the 10-day festival.?

?In 2005 “Crash premiered at Newport Beach Film Festival and went on to win Best Picture at the 2006 Academy Awards. ??Sofia, a 52-minute, 16 mm film in Spanish with English subtitles, chronicles professional surfer and Peruvian, Sofia Mulanovich’ journey as she pursues her childhood dream of becoming the World Champion of professional women’s surfing and in the process becomes a national icon and heroine for a third world country in need of positive role models. ???

?Sofia first premiered January 2006 as the opening film at the X Dance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where it won Best Emerging Filmmaker and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Biography, and Best Director. In March 2006 Sofia won the Jury Award at the Delray Beach Film Festival in Florida. ??”Winning an award at the Newport Beach Film Festival is a huge honor, stated Executive Producer and Sports Agent for Mulanovich, Susan Izzo. “From our first premiere at X Dance to achieving this level of recognition at Newport we are beyond thrilled to the response to our film. ???

?A modest Mulanovich was reluctant to the idea of a documentary being made about her journey, yet over time Izzo was able to convince the humble Peruvian that her story was worth telling. Izzo hired Director Peter Goetz and Director of Photography and Editor Sam Pietsch to begin shooting in September of 2003. What ensued over the next two years of filming was beyond what Izzo or Mulanovich could have ever imagined. ??Sofia will be featured on Tuesday July 25th at 7:30 pm at the Pierside Surf City 6 Theatre, 300 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, California, kicking off the 2006 US Open of Surfing, where Mulanovich will be competing. ?

?For other film festival dates please visit A Documentary is presented by Roxy in conjunction with Mosaic Entertainment and supported by Quiksilver Entertainment, Red Bull and Reef. Sofia Mulanovich is sponsored by Roxy, Reef, Red Bull, Telefonica Movistar, Prom Peru, DaKine, Ripley and Channel Island Surfboards??For more information about Sofia Mulanovich or other elite athletes managed by Mosaic Sports Management, LLC please contact Susan Izzo at (760) 603-1207 or