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Winner Season - 14 (SEPTEMBER 2023)

Jury Awards
Anchor 1

Best Short Film - Jury Award

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Undercover

Film Directed by: Jake Reardon (Genre: Short)

"An undercover cop resurfaces to relay information, but he may have given away too much."

Anchor 2

Best Feature Film - Jury Award

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Young Agents

Film Directed by: Matthew Schmid (Genre: Comedy, Spy, Teen, Family-Friendly)

"Based on the short films, "Spy Kidz" and "Little Agents" by Javier Vazquez Jr., in a town where all of the people are kids and teenagers, 17 year old agent Carl Adams reluctantly partners up with 16 year old agent in training Pauly Sullivan to defeat an evil all girl criminal team led by 14 year old criminal mastermind Lori Trousdale, who wants to prove wrong everyone who thinks girls can't be evil."

"Trailer of - Young Agents"

Anchor 3

Best Music Video - Jury Award

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Aspirin

Film Directed by: Zhentong Shi (Genre: Short)

"This is a Music Video. The story consists of three timeline, past tense, present tense and future tense. The film tells the story of a man who cheated. His fiancee chose to leave him after finding out. The man drank alone in the hotel room and recalled the good old days with the woman. Many years later, the woman took her children to that familiar beach, and the man came alone. They returned to this same beach again, but the time was different and they didn't meet each other..."

Anchor 4

Best Animation film  - Jury Award

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Agrinoui

Film Directed by: Alexis Chaviaras (Genre: Fantasy, Sports, Road)

"A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage."

"Trailer of - Agrinoui"

Anchor 5

Best Documentary Film - Jury Award

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The American Good Samaritans

Film Directed by: Ara Mnatsakanyan (Genre: Doc-drama)

"This is a story about survivors, about extraordinary people thanks to whom remnants of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian peoples were saved from total destruction. Their mission was to save human lives. The film is about those American humanists who provided invaluable assistance to the Christian nations during the First World War."

"Trailer of - The American Good Samaritans"

Anchor 6

Best LGBTQ Film - Jury Award

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Life's A Drag

Film Directed by: Crosby Allen-Jennings (Genre: Drama, Queer, LGBT, Gay, Gay Male, Dance, Explicit)

Anchor 7

Best Web - Series - Jury Award

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The Case

Film Directed by: Patrick House (Genre: Web Series)

"A retired special victims detective is pulled back into the world of sex trafficking on a case he thought was dead cold."

Anchor 8

Best Women Filmmaker - Jury Award

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Compassionate Release

Film Directed by: Ramona L Taylor (Genre: Short)

"Recent and promising law school grad, Kayla Duncan, secretly works to free a wrongly convicted man from prison because of a promise made to a dying woman. She will learn that some promises are meant to be kept."

Anchor 9

Best Screenplay - Jury Award

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It's A Grand Night For Murder

"Phil wants to murder his wife so he can be with his mistress. He hires a cut rate hit man and problems begin."

Category Awards
Anchor 10

Best Short Film - Less than $5000  (Category Award)

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Nope to Dope

Film Directed by: Picasso (Genre: Drama, Mockumentary, Short)

"A stoner gets a knock on his door from a mysterious guest and finds himself having to defend his home...all while stoned."

"Trailer of - Nope to Dope"

Anchor 11

Best Short Film - Between $5000 - $10,000 (Category Award)

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Blind Colour

Film Directed by: Patricia D Lewis (Genre: Short)

"Patricia Lewis Producer/Director/Writer Born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Patricia moved to Seattle, Washington in the 1980’s. In 2001, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Information Systems. She enjoys watching mystery, romance and horror movies. Inspired by so many great movies, in 2009, Patricia attended University of Washington and received her Independent Filmmaker Certificate. While there, she produced a short film titled Adrift and participated in other filmmaking roles. In 2010, she wrote, produced and directed a short film called “Blind Colour”. In 2013, she produced a documentary called Healing Grace."

Anchor 12

Best Short Film - More than $10,000  (Category Award)

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A Twistful of Dollars

Film Directed by: Kevin Murray (Genre: Short)

"In this visually rich short film, two rival balloon twisters engage in an epic duel at a kid's birthday party, with hilarious and magical results. It's like high noon — with balloons!"

Anchor 13

Best Feature Film - Less than $5000 (Category Award)

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Auteur

Film Directed by: Jisan Haque (Genre: Feature)

"Sarah (Nicole Dirmaier), a dedicated filmmaker, attempts to make a film that will change the world. She contacts various actors who are willing to die for their craft."

"Trailer of - Auteur"

Anchor 14

Best Feature Film - Between $5000 - $10,000  (Category Award)

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The Chief of Nash Valley & The Saga Continues

Film Directed by: Aundra' Michael Segrest (Genre: Drama)

"The Chief in Nash Valley has been characterized as a spiritual man, but firm when it comes to fighting crime and being respectable, to all persons regardless of race, creed, color, origin, nationality or sex. He conducts and carry himself in a very professional manner. He is married with no children. The chief (Spencer James Johnson) is a bright young man with inspirations to make a difference in law enforcement practices and the community. His life’s track and career ladder were no easy journey. Early on during the chief’s life, he was engaged to Melody Cooper. Melody got on drugs and ran off to Orange County. She was pregnant with his child, which he had no knowledge of. Melody later died, but she wrote the Chief a letter letting him know he had a daughter. He eventually started a new life and got married. Despite his turbulent journey through life, the chief never lost sight of trying to make a difference in the community. (Special Note) The film has been updated with additional scene footage. It now has at least a one hour run time."

Anchor 15

Best Music Video (Category Award)

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Only Eden

Film Directed by: Andrea Jean Plamondon (Genre: pastoral, action, outdoors)

"Only Eden is a pastoral, art music film, which was shot with the original 16mm Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera near my videographers off grid ranch in Arizona. It depicts two solitary characters (played by Plamondon) wandering in the wild; both of whom appear to be searching for something, but what that something is, is left up to the viewer to divine. Along the way the audience is treated to lush colors and expansive horizons. The title song speaks to how the world is not what it used to be, and was written and performed by Andrea J Plamondon and Connor Hutton, who has assisted Academy Award Winning directors Ridley Scott, Peter Pau and others."

Anchor 16

Best Animation film (Category Award)

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PERCEPTION

Film Directed by: Brandon Frank Lopez (Genre: Animation)

"After a blob of residue rejects the ideals of its creator, relationships and connections face uncertainty."

"Trailer of - PERCEPTION"

Anchor 17

Best Documentary Film (Category Award)

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LITTLE BIG STEVE

Film Directed by: Tiziana caminada (Genre: Documentary)

"A portrait of a guy with surprising resilience and his return to the shanty town, where he began his life! Twenty years later, the same guy like David’s leads a fight against Goliath to defend children’s rights. Here we have an experience which is strikingly 100% African. Mathare, Nairobi ; a shanty town where one million and two hundred thousand people survive in unhealthy living conditions among disorderly and foul smelling shacks. A strong-willed and discerning six-year-old decides to go to school against his parents’ will, who would probably prefer using him for his shrewdness in other profitable ventures for themselves, or to support them by working. Steve’s decision led him to be forced to live on the streets for eight years, because his family rejected him. He was helped by other inhabitants, who were as poor as his parents. His school teachers and a priest helped him pay his school fees. Meanwhile he witnessed his parents become alcoholics and his siblings were led into thieving, drug-taking/drug- dealing and prostitution! Twenty years later, Steve returns to the shanty town of Mathare where he was born. He now has a diploma in psychology has studied and worked abroad. He feels that he is meant to be back, to look after the abandoned children, who are regularly abused - physically and sexually – like he was as a child. Statistics confirm that half of the children who live in shantytowns are abused. Steve’s involvement to defend children’s rights began early when he was in high school and he created a Kids’ Club where children were provided with services to listen and speak, and dialogue spaces. He knows that it is best to act early, when children are very young, as his studies and the analysis of his own experience have confirmed. When children are aware of the dangers they face, it is easier for them to deal with their situation. If they know that there are basic rights to education access to food and that beating or sexual abuse are unlawful, those youngsters will find it maybe easier to stand up for their rights and to get out of/get away from a life of abuse and exploitation. With a small sum he had put aside while working with a NGO in the countryside in Kenya, Steve built a small building inside Mathare where a nursery school opened before the end of 2017. Today, this school welcomes 220 children. Gang leaders and all those who exploit children from the shanty town in Mathare dislike Steve’s activities. Steve knows the shantytown’s rules well and he is not afraid of walking on their toes. Despite poverty and ignorance, Steve knows that people in Mathare support his actions. By working with women, and many raise their children alone, he knows that he will reach a few hearts and save some lives."

Anchor 18

Best LGBTQ Film (Category Award)

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Life's A Drag

Film Directed by: Crosby Allen-Jennings (Genre: Drama, Queer, LGBT, Gay, Gay Male, Dance, Explicit)

Anchor 19

Best Web - Series (Category Award)

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Missy Jubilee is Trash

Film Directed by: Missy Jubilee (Genre: Web Series)

"A film about sociopaths in helicopters"

Anchor 20

Best Women Filmmakers (Category Award)

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Marble Me Free

Film Directed by: Diane Leslie Kaufman (Genre: Short)

"How do we cope and what do we do when physical and emotional pain, obstacles, and hardship block our way forward? This "dark night of the soul" journey is powerfully depicted in the "Marble Me Free" animated film."

"Trailer of - Marble Me Free"

Anchor 21

Best Screenplay (Category Award)

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A SOUND FROM WITHIN

Film Directed by: ......... (Genre: DRAMA, ROMANCE)

"A horridly captive gay couple is questioned by a spirit woman, who no matter the consequence, needs to get them to open their ears and listen to the heart-beat within her."

Anchor 22

Best COVID -19 VIRUS RELATED FILM (Category Award)

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Walk

Film Directed by: Dr. Nitin Kumar Gupta (Genre: Short)

"When the Indian subcontinent is shut down by a devastating Pandemic, one man must deliver his dead friend’s son back to his family, across 1000 miles of unforgiving lockdown territory. A bittersweet comedy-drama in the genre of 'Life Is Beautiful', inspired by the migrant workers who had to walk 1000s of kilometers back to their homes during the 2020 lockdown."

"Trailer of - Walk"

Back Stage Awards
Anchor 23

Best Director

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Futurity Infinite

Film Directed by: Danny Cotton (Genre: Short)

"Upon finding and fixing the first ever time travel device, a young woman’s future self comes back to stop her and change both their futures."

Anchor 24

Best Women Director

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the nurse's whistle

Film Directed by: Jacques MICKE (Genre: Short)

"Five retirees, former senior military officers of the Navy and Air Force are under the orders of their nurse for a daily start up ....!"

Anchor 25

Best Cinematography

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OBSERVANTIUM

Film Directed by: Ben Davis (Genre: Short)

"A nightmare wrapped in a wet dream. When a voluptuous Christian-conservative, a leaked sex tape celebrity & a hypocritical hobo-sexual walk into a funeral service, her husbands eulogy turns into a roast & he returns from the grave with a cryptic message. You coming Baby?!?! Starring Maia Kavchak & Jim Brucke Rated: STFU"

Anchor 26

Best Editor

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Grimoire Vol. 1

Film Directed by: Donovan Smith (Genre: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, Short)

"A broken lone gunslinger hunts the creature responsible for the death of his wife and children with the help of an ancient magical Grimoire."

"Trailer of - Grimoire Vol. 1"

Anchor 27

Best Screenwriter

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The Corner man

Film Directed by: Manoj Adhikari (Genre: Short)

"A journey through darkness. My wish to die. One night, a stranger barges into not only the house but the life of a young girl and their lives change forever."

Anchor 28

Best Production Design

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The Samurai

Film Directed by: Toshi Asaka (Genre: Drama)

"My husband, Kenji, used to be the best samurai! His sword was so fast, so strong, and his sword techniques were a masterpiece. Until that day... Everything changed. His bright future and purpose to live with the sword suddenly dissapears and now, he is breeding chickens, drunk all the time, and not proud of his job. His life is rock bottom. Does he have no hope? No chance to comeback? It's time to make him stand up again."

Front Stage Awards
Anchor 29

Best Performances (Male)

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Log Diaries: Seekers of Water - Kayıt Günlükleri: Suyu Arayanlar

Film Directed by: Emrullah Özcan (Winner - Ferhan Vural)

"In a world where there is water scarcity, people are divided into two groups; hunters and water seekers. The hunters desire exclusive ownership of the water, while the water seekers advocate for its shared distribution among humanity, so there is a challenging task ahead in their quest for water. Su kıtlığının yaşandığı bir evrende, insanlar iki gruba ayrılmıştır: Avcılar ve suyu arayanlar. Avcılar, suyun sadece ayrıcalıklı olanlara ait olmasını istemektedir, suyu arayanlar ise suyun insanlar arasında paylaşılmasını savunmaktadır."

"Trailer of - Log Diaries: Seekers of Water - Kayıt Günlükleri: Suyu Arayanlar"

Anchor 30

Best Performances (Female)

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The Interview from Hell

Film Directed by: Frank A DeChirico (Genre: Short)

"We all have experiences of crazy and weird people we work with but have you wondered who hired them, and whether they knew this person to be crazy or were just ignorant and wanted to fill the position?! Eve has an interview with Tom for an IT support position. After going over his "impressive" resume, she asks where he sees himself in five years. He describes a world of civilization's near collapse after the "near apocalypse" and his role in saving it. Eve kicks Tom out of her office as he rattles off a series of techniques he would like to try in his new job. We bring to you a new office comedy and we are sure for it to tickle some nerves. Please enjoy our COVID pandemic special!!!"

Best Film of the Festival

Anchor 31
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Bat Diary

Film Directed by: Silvano Plank (Genre: Short)

"In the parallel universe, men are on the verge of extinction! In their curiosity and in their longings, they take a mysterious drug that will be their undoing...."

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