Nominations: April 2021

The following projects (short films, TV & web series, and screenplays) are the finalists of the round of April competing in 63 different categories. These projects were shortlisted from a 48% acceptance rate official selection pool, based on submissions from 26 countries with a total runtime of 51:19:49. The nominees represent 29,5% of all submitted projects.

Categories not listed below have no submissions meeting the requirements.

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Best Indie Short

Dress by Paulina Lagudi Ulrich (USA) 

Ilsa by Willi Patton (USA)

Rimi by Nischhal Sharma (India)

Sole Searching in San Francisco by Peter Allas and Eric David Tippett (USA)

Terminus by Tim Seyfert (UK)

Best Drama Short

After Class by Jed Rapp Goldstein (India)

Barrels by Jaquan Williams (USA)

Blinded by Cecilia Choi (USA)

Plain Jane by Calvin Yearsley (Belgium)

Trafficked by Doug Stroup (USA)

Best Documentary Short

Full Circle by Erich Roepke (USA)

Haüs of Sissy by Nate Van Dore (Australia)

Slow Burn & The Muse by Darah Golub (USA)

The Birds of My Youth by Rodger Stenger (USA)

U Tense Soul by Matthew Wilder (USA)

Best Comedy Short

Big Time by Rob Margolies (USA)

Cry Later by Danny Reyes (USA)

Daddydelphia by Harold Eric (USA)

Falling Up and Up by Daniel Dasent and Adam Campbell (USA)

Hot Snacks by Anna Mae Gordon and M. Louis Gordon (USA)

Best Romantic Comedy Short

Finding Mr. Right by Elizabeth Jane Findley (USA)

In Living Colour by Jalen Christopher (USA)

Spoiled Milk by Susanna Dodds (Australia)

Best Dark Comedy Short

Friends Like These by Scott Pawley (USA)

Little Things by Steven Alan Green (UK)

Living With the Dead by Keith Stoute (Canada)

Prime of Your Life by Craig Tovey (USA)

The Low Life by Benjamin Attwell (USA)

Best Action Short


Best Crime Short


Best Film Noir Short


Best Mystery Short


Best Thriller Short

4 Queens by Will Masheter (UK)

The God by Shim Ik Tae (South Korea)

The Shack by Dark Hoffman (USA)

Best Horror Short

After Hours by Isaac Ruth (USA)

Bait by Josh Litwhiler (USA)

The Acrylic by Daniel Pike (Canada)

Best Sci-Fi Short


Best Western Short

Arizona 1878 by Manuel Olaya (Spain)

The Ballad of Emma Wright by Carlos Diaz (USA)

The Bank Robbery by John Marrs (USA)

Best Animation Short


Best Women Short

Audition by Jiahui Su (USA)

Dress by Paulina Lagudi Ulrich (USA)

I’m Fine by Andrea Devaux (USA)

Miss by Ella Marks and Yael Roth (UK)

Shimmer Summer by Tong Mao (China)

Best LGBTQ Short

Conditionally by Sierra Puett (USA)

in[APP]licable by Cam Owen (USA)

Shimmer Summer by Tong Mao (China)

Solitude by Fabio Grossi (Italy)

The Age of Blossoms by Agnes Maska (USA)

Best Microfilm

Cycle by Brendan Dwyer (Australia)

The Bench by Milad Ahmadvand (Iran)

The Father by Blake Ridder (UK)

Best Experimental Short

4.5m² by Kim Je Hyun (South Korea)

Dead Or Not? by Iasonas Sigma (Dimitris Sdrolias) (Greece)

How Was It For You? by LIM (USA)

Terminal by Kadi Wald (Finland)

The Phoenix by Farzin Nobarani (Iran)

Best Student Short

No Pickles by Melissa Chilson (USA)

Ring by Surui Guo (USA)

Tara Kay & Ella Mae by Michael Iannaconi (USA)

The Jungle of Accounting by Chase Pearson (USA)

The Monkey King by Yingqi Ren (USA)

Best Screendance Short


Best Music Video


Best Web Series/TV Pilot

Big Time by Rob Margolies (USA)

Daddydelphia by Harold Eric (USA)

Hot Snacks by Anna Mae Gordon and M. Louis Gordon (USA)

Spanky by Alex Martinez (USA)

The Low Life by Benjamin Attwell (USA)

Best Web and New Media


Best Mobile Short


Best Parody Short


Best Short Script

Becoming Sam by Gary D Jaworski (USA)

I Want In by Nath Milburn (USA)

Taken Young by Marven Likness (Canada)

Terminus by Tim Seyfert (UK)

The Architects by Justin Zachary (USA)




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