Nominations: January 2023

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

These projects were shortlisted from an official selection pool with 43,7% acceptance rate, based on submissions from 13 countries and a total runtime of 32:58:31, plus the short scripts.

The nominees are placed on the top 28,7%.

***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

An Average Poet by Michael Kumar (USA)

Banning by Tim T. Cahill (USA)

Hang Up by Tsarina Merrin (USA)

Mom & Dad Are Okay by Lucas Monteiro (USA)

The Dinner Party by Cooper Fitch (USA)

Best Drama Short

Bon Appetite by Zikun Wu (China)

Loved by David Joseph Higgins (USA)

Mingming by 荣欣 张 (China)

Best Student Short

A Devil in Disguise by Dereka Bennett (USA)

Half-meter by Zebang Yang (China)

Masks of the Gods by Qihang Wang (China)

The Script of Monkey King by Zhenyun Um (China)

Yellow’s Foghorn by Anthony D’Eredita (USA)

Best Documentary Short

Finding My Edge by Jennifer Smith (USA)

Merk by Bernard Gray (Canada)

Motus Avium: A Mission to Save California’s Last Wetlands by Rob McAllister (USA)

Powering Puerto Rico by Adam Fischer (USA)

Talk to Your Body by Xiaoxiao Liu and Tong Deng (China)

Best Comedy Short

Daydreamer by Cody Hall and Christian Ruvalcaba (USA)

Perfect by Luis Almeida (Brazil)

Rainfall The Band by Shane Peltzman (USA)

Best Romantic Comedy Short


Best Dark Comedy Short

Bowling 4 Eva by Aelfie Oudghiri (USA)

Sad Sally’s Peering Plan by Luis Sanchez-Canete (USA)

Safe Space by Ryan Koch (USA)

Best Action Short


Best Thriller Short

A Tiger in the Subway by James Abrams (USA)

Loved by David Joseph Higgins (USA)

The Fall by Jason Klein (USA)

Best Horror Short


Best Animation Short


Best Women Short

Not a Teacup by Mattan Cohen (USA)

Sueños De Mi Hija by Cecilia Romo (USA)

Walking in the Wrong Direction by Lisa Singletary (USA)

Best LGBTQ Short

Every Morning by Kelly Lohman (USA)

Lux Freer by Cynthia Gibb (USA)

Made in Heaven by Yiqing Zhao (USA)

Soap by Lulu Wei (Canada)

Where Do We Go From Here by LaQuan Lewis (USA)

Best Microfilm

37 by Roy Boucher (USA)

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

Daydreamer by Cody Hall and Christian Ruvalcaba (USA)

Best Experimental Short

Insomnia – 4:00 AM by Kary H. Sarrey (USA)

Lucys – I Need You by Joaquín Morales (USA)

Tenderness by Adam William Wilson (USA)

We Have To Eat That Puppy by Sathya Bharath Balan (India)

Wish You Well by Nadia Guo (China)

Best Screendance Short


Best Music Video

Abandon by Jeff Hilliard (USA)

Consensual by Jeff Hilliard and Joey Danger (USA)

Finger Bang Your Day by Jeff Hilliard and John Orphan (USA)

Love In Vain by Rudy Strukoff (USA)

Not a Teacup by Mattan Cohen (USA)

Best Web Series/TV Pilot

Events at Hemlock Manor by Katie North (USA)

Pinheiro | Ep02 – Refresh by Thomas Dunzendorfer (Austria)

Workforce by Phil Kwarta (USA)

Best Web and New Media


Best Mobile Short


Best Short Script

Bzrk by Chandler Clarke (USA)

Der Beker – A Gangster Short in Yiddish by Ruben Levi (Sweden)

Forty Three Seconds by Jean Ings (USA)

Macho by Francisco Solorzano (USA)

Scandiman by Kerrys Louise Virgo (USA)




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