About Me

Filmmaker. Producer. Screenwriter. 

Raphael Hitzke is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films have been screened at over 30 film festivals across the United States.


His new environmental animation short film, Confetti Tree, is currently in development.
Hitzke’s previous environmental film, BEE, had a successful festival run and won the “Best Dramatic Short” Award at the 2012 Sonoma International Film Festival. The film is both a mystery and a love story. It is available on iTunes and distributed worldwide by Shorts TV.

His documentary short Vive La Food—about two French chefs in Sacramento—won the “Best of the Best Film Award” at the 2009 Tucson Slow Food & Film Festival. The film went on to be screened at multiple festivals across the U.S.

Hitzke’s first short film, Jacques (Just a Little Tenderness), was shown on the opening night of the 2005 Sacramento French Film Festival and received the “Audience Award for Best Short Film.”

Hitzke was the marketing coordinator and member of the committee for the Sacramento French Film Festival for 10 years.

He’s passionate about telling positive stories that are both thought-provoking and entertaining.

Awards & Festivals

Winner

Best Dramatic Short

Sonoma Intenational Film Festival

2012

Best of Best

Tucson Slow Food & Film Festival

2009

Palm Springs International Short Fest

2012

NYC Food Film Festival

2009

Sacramento French Film Festival

Audience Award

2008

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

2012

San Diego Latino Film Festival

2009

Modesto Reel Food Film Festival

2009

ScreenCraft Quarter Finalist 2021

Animation screenplay competition