Award Winners: January 2023


Best Short of the Season (Special Jury Award)

Loved by David Joseph Higgins (USA)

Best Foreign-Language Short of the Season (Special Jury Award)

Masks of the Gods by Qihang Wang (China)

Award of Excellence (Special Jury Mention)

Half-meter by Zebang Yang (China)

Award of Excellence (Special Jury Mention)

Hang Up by Tsarina Merrin (USA)

Best Short of the Season – Runners-up (Special Jury Mention)

Banning by Tim T. Cahill (USA)

Man Made by Jordan Coolbear (UK)

Mingming by 荣欣 张 (China)

Slipping by Roshanak Jaberi and Karen Kaeja (Canada)

Best Indie Short: Hang Up by Tsarina Merrin (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Indie Short): The Dinner Party by Cooper Fitch (USA)

Honorable Mention (Indie Short): Banning by Tim T. Cahill (USA)

Best Drama ShortLoved by David Joseph Higgins (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Drama Short): Mingming by 荣欣 张 (China)

Honorable Mention (Drama Short): Bon Appetite by Zikun Wu (China)

Best Student Short: Masks of the Gods by Qihang Wang (China)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Student Short): Half-meter by Zebang Yang (China)

Honorable Mention (Student Short): Yellow’s Foghorn by Anthony D’Eredita (USA)

Best Documentary Short: Powering Puerto Rico by Adam Fischer (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Documentary Short): Motus Avium: A Mission to Save California’s Last Wetlands by Rob McAllister (USA)

Honorable Mention (Documentary Short): Talk to Your Body by Xiaoxiao Liu and Tong Deng (China)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Comedy Short): Perfect by Luis Almeida (Brazil)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Romantic Comedy Short)Stealing My Heart by Terence Digan (USA)

Honorable Mention (Romantic Comedy Short)Thirty by Oluwatoyin Giwa (USA)

Best Dark Comedy Short: Safe Space by Ryan Koch (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Dark Comedy Short): Bowling 4 Eva by Aelfie Oudghiri (USA)

Honorable Mention (Dark Comedy Short): Sad Sally’s Peering Plan by Luis Sanchez-Canete (USA)

Honorable Mention (Action Short)One Shot by Banghui Zhang (USA)

Best Thriller ShortLoved by David Joseph Higgins (USA)

Honorable Mention (Thriller Short): A Tiger in the Subway by James Abrams (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Horror Short)It Lives With Me by Kenneth Ikaika Aune (USA)

Best Animation ShortBlock 170: The First Transaction by Jonathan Plesel and Thibault Zeller (France)

Best Women Short: Not a Teacup by Mattan Cohen (USA)

Honorable Mention (Women Short)Sueños De Mi Hija by Cecilia Romo (USA)

Best LGBTQ ShortSoap by Lulu Wei (Canada)

Outstanding Achievement Award (LGBTQ Short): Every Morning by Kelly Lohman (USA)

Honorable Mention (LGBTQ Short): Lux Freer by Cynthia Gibb (USA)

Best Microfilm: Block 170: The First Transaction by Jonathan Plesel and Thibault Zeller (France)

Honorable Mention (Microfilm)37 by Roy Boucher (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Experimental Short): Tenderness by Adam William Wilson (USA)

Honorable Mention (Experimental Short): Wish You Well by Nadia Guo (China)

Best Screendance ShortSlipping by Roshanak Jaberi and Karen Kaeja (Canada)

Best Music Video: Abandon by Jeff Hilliard (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Music Video): Finger Bang Your Day by Jeff Hilliard and John Orphan (USA)

Honorable Mention (Music Video): Consensual by Jeff Hilliard and Joey Danger (USA)

Best Web Series/TV Pilot: Events at Hemlock Manor by Katie North (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Web Series/TV Pilot): Pinheiro | Ep02 – Refresh by Thomas Dunzendorfer (Austria)

Honorable Mention (Web Series/TV Pilot): Workforce by Phil Kwarta (USA)

Honorable Mention (Web and New Media)We Have To Eat That Puppy by Sathya Bharath Balan (India)

Best Mobile ShortTremor by Rob Scherer (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Mobile Short)The Country House and Its Karma by Juan Pablo Bornio (Uruguay)

Best Short ScriptMacho by Francisco Solorzano (USA)

Outstanding Achievement Award (Short Script): Der Beker – A Gangster Short in Yiddish by Ruben Levi (Sweden)


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