Nominations: July 2023

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

These projects were shortlisted from an official selection pool with 44,7% acceptance rate, based on submissions from 17 countries and total runtime of 37:04:02, plus the short scripts.

The nominees are placed in the top 25,2%.

***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 Drama Short

Bediyan by Rajiv Ranjan (India)

Cope by Anthony Sutcliffe (UK)

Kindred by Jad Chatila (Lebanon)

Best Student Short

Awaiting Spring by Yan Yue (China)

Mom by Yining Zhong (China)

The Form by Shao-Chiu Yen (USA)

Best Documentary Short

Aris Demetrios: Sculpture From The Heart by Josh Aronson (USA)

Festival Oaxaca by Neville MacKenzie Farmer (USA)

Memories of Wa Mountain by Bo Wang (China)

Prevention Thought Engagement by Michael Francis Hyzy (USA)

Woman, Life, Freedom | Iran’s Revolution Amidst the 2022 FIFA World Cup by Auctus Productions (USA)

Best Comedy Short

Girl Control by Chad Carlstone (USA)

Hamam Zakiya by Eman Alsayed (UAE)

Isn’t That Obvious?! by Marcel Flock (Germany)

Our Late Father by Sylvia Ray (USA)

So Help Me by Amanda Beardsley (USA)

Best Dark Comedy Short

Bags by Mitch Ray (Canada)

Childhood Friends by Jana Filzhuth (Germany)

Men Grieving by Adam Peltier (USA)

The Manson Sisters by Douglas Bladimir Lopez (USA)

The Tableherder by Aleksandr Tretiakevich (Russia)

Best Action Short


Best Film Noir Short

Blue Bell Hill by Geoff Bell (UK)

The Case of the Missing Puzzle Box by Ash Wing (USA)

The Way Women Are by Adam Tuliński (Poland)

Best Mystery Short

Kiloherz by Jakob Gessner (Germany)

Kindred by Jad Chatila (Lebanon)

Midnight Travels by Christian Barillas (USA)

Best Horror Short

Affentanz – Hunter by Cyprian Hercka (Germany)

Naked Zombie Girl is Back! by Rickey Bird (USA)

Tap by Vanessa M. H. Powers (USA)

Best Fantasy Short


Best Western Short


Best Animation Short

10 x 10 – I Just Want to Ride Alongside by Jack Lau (Hong Kong)

A Tree Once Grew Here by Johnnie Semerad (USA)

Dog Days by Hailey Bair (USA)

Pigeonholed by Courtney Chapman (USA)

The Fallen by Sinew Zhang (USA)

Best Children Short


Best Women Short

Out There by Laila Iravani (USA)

The 13 by Margaux Le Bail and Clément Beauvois (France)

The Form by Shao-Chiu Yen (USA)

Best LGBTQ Short

Benny & James by Logan Vaughn (USA)

Carelessly There by Rachel Deutsch (USA)

Sam and The Universe by Alicia Ramírez (USA)

Best Microfilm


Best Experimental Short


Best Music Video


Best Web Series & TV Pilot


Best Short Script

13 Steps by Loren Davis (USA)

Long Way Home by Terry Luke Podnar (USA)

Second Chance by Lisa Peng and Todd Lien (USA)

Secret Lives, Restless Hearts by Esaias Wiseworth Alexander (USA)

The Color of the Evening Sky by Linda Kampley (USA)




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