Nominations: April 2023

The following projects (short films, TV & web series, and screenplays) are the finalists of the round of April competing in 62 different categories.

These projects were shortlisted from an official selection pool with 44,4% acceptance rate, based on submissions from 21 countries and total runtime of 39:03:30, plus the short scripts.

The nominees are placed in the top 33,1%.

***Categories not listed have no submissions meeting the requirements***

***Categories TBA have 2 or less projects with eligible scores for awards. The award winner(s) announcement for these categories is done along with the award winners of all of the other categories***

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Best Indie Short

Laundry by Victoria Zubick (Canada)

The Female General`s Moustache by Disheng Zhang (China)

The Sacred Bees by Kay Qiao (USA)

The Taste of the Sea by Xuezhou Miao (China)

The Time Traveling Beach Bum by Bryan Suarez (Cuba)

Best Drama Short

Bliss and Sad by Chenxing Yang (China)

Everything In Its Right Place by Alexander Clavijo (USA)

Renaissance by Yu Liao (China)

Rip by Patricia Frontain (USA)

The Crowd by Tony G (China)

Best Student Short

Above Us by Augusto Garcia and Alfredo Rodríguez (USA)

Awake by William H. Abes (USA)

Backlog by Jacqueline Elyse Rosenthal (USA)

Cells by Sitong Xue (China)

You, Protagonist by Zibo Fan (China)

Best Documentary Short

Burl by Jonah Sublette (USA)

Father Fotso by Noumo Willy Stephane (Cameroon)

Finding Oasis by Samat Kalmurzaev (Kyrgyzstan)

I Was One of Them… by Carol Ciancutti (Kenya)

Woyane by Jonathan Stern (USA)

Best Comedy Short


Best Romantic Comedy Short

26 by Zachary Slingsby (USA)

Cupcakes by Brit Morgan (USA)

Lonely Mary by Vika Stubblebine (USA)

Best Dark Comedy Short

All We Have to Do is Kill One Guy by Jason Dugre (USA)

Boss Bitch by Bobby Godas (USA)

Spaghetti Western by Jaden LeBel (USA)

Best Action Short


Best Crime Short


Best Thriller Short

Awake by William H. Abes (USA)

First Time Caller by Nate Allison (USA)

Hamartia by Nicole Sofia (Canada)

Road Kill by Steve Ramsden (UK)

The Cadaver by Volkan Özgümüş (Turkey)

Best Horror Short

Alone by Christian Heflin (USA)

Follow The White Rabbit by Richard Poche (USA)

Latch by Ashton Arthur Shemet (USA)

Like No Place by Dominic Czarnota (USA)

Maryla by Guillaume Heulard (France)

Best Sci-Fi Short

Nativity by Zach Kaplan (USA)

The Reset by Chetan Tankaria (UK)

tRuth by Sylvie Zaidman and Nic Shake (Belgium)

Best Western Short


Best Children Short

Building a Bridge by Qingning Xiang (China)

Hello, Mom by Zhifan Zhang (China)

Rebirth by Frank Kilpatrick, Rayko Takahashi, Alex Wand, and Bemmy Gail (USA)

Son of the Sea by Ping Wang (China)

The Bad, Bad, Bad Frankie Smalls by Joshua M Thomas (USA)

Best Women Short

Bliss and Sad by Chenxing Yang (China)

Cupcakes by Brit Morgan (USA)

Laundry by Victoria Zubick (Canada)

Life for a Life by Beau Tanton (Australia)

Sleepless by Siqi Zhang (USA)

Best LGBTQ Short

Like Son, Like Father by Mark Bethea (USA)

Only Actors by Cole Mandras (USA)

Sage by Skylar Piela (USA)

Best Microfilm

A Little Tipple by Maya Nicole Daughtry (USA)

Dumdum by Giancarlo Diaz (USA)

Life of a Stranger by Roman Daniel Rütten (UK)

Best Experimental Short

A Wind-blown Glow Story (Fairy Tales for Kidult Project 1) by Hojung j Lee (South Korea)

Heavy Eyes by Leonardo Graziosi (UK)

Roots Out by Ivan Knyazev (Russia)

Secrets of Marguerites by Eliza Bahr (Poland)

You Caught Me At a Bad Time by Christopher Austin Wetherell (USA)

Best Screendance Short


Best Web Series & TV Pilot

Bento Banana: Ep. 1-4 by Ari Grabb (USA)

Kombucha Cure by Cecilia Choi (USA)

Live To Farm by Jared Gagnon-Palick (USA)

Sami by Bruce Kimmel (USA)

Trauma Bonded by Tori Lane Ross (USA)

Best Web and New Media

Good Grief Hotline by Angie Pollema (USA)

Kombucha Cure by Cecilia Choi (USA)

True Stories With Titles: Episode 1 – Space by Rob McLean (Canada)

Best Mobile Short

A Device To Save The World by Walter David Jones and Kevin Michael Jones (USA)

Don’t Cross Mother Nature by Kevin Jones (USA)

Fetishes by Ricardo Perez (USA)

Best Parody Short


Best Trailer/Teaser


Best Short Script

Billy Buys A Horse by Sid Kramer (USA)

Delvin by Terry Luke Podnar (USA)

Marques’ Car Wash by Alexandria RheAnn Mennefield (USA)

Stillbirth by Conor Tadhg Curtin (USA)

The Inevitable by Jamaal Fields-Green (USA)




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