Nominations: May 2023

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

These projects were shortlisted from an official selection pool with 45,4% acceptance rate, based on submissions from 24 countries and total runtime of 36:10:23, plus the short scripts.

The nominees are placed in the top 34,7%.

***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

A Night in Lisbon by River Decleyre (Portugal)

Ave Gradiva by Yuri Riklis (Israel)

Drawback by Caroline Bevaart and Harald Swinkels (Netherlands)

Invidia’s Lens by Michael Kearney (USA)

My Little Astronaut by Israel Torres (USA)

Best Drama Short

Better Together by Justin Tang and Rishabh Trivedi (USA)

Bodysuit by Gordy De St Jeor (USA)

No Air for Angels by Erin Elizabeth (USA)

The Silent Canary by Vera Graziadei (UK)

Traction by Natthasak Jaithita (Thailand)

Best Student Short

Burn The Flower by Peipei Liu (USA)

Discharged by Bridget Rose Taylor (USA)

Her, Her and Him by Liana Shan (Canada)

Stefan The Vampire by Andrei Vasilevich (USA)

The Lunatic by Kasia Damulewicz (Poland)

Best Documentary Short

Goldie by Billy Miossi (USA)

Journey by Eliza Mitnick (USA)

Pinheiro: Ep03 – All In by Thomas Dunzendorfer (Austria)

Teyuna – Lost City by Stuart Fortune (UK)

Unmet: North Carolina’s Disability Crisis by Robin Rayne (USA)

Best Comedy Short

Christmas at Doug’s by Dean Harder (Canada)

Dropping the Kids Off by Sharieff Salaam Walters (USA)

Goomah by Joshua David Goodman (USA)

How Long Have We Got Left? by Finella Waddilove (UK)

There’s A Spot by Joey Hamburger (USA)

Best Romantic Comedy Short


Best Dark Comedy Short

50 Ways to Kill Your Lover by Madison Drew Liane (USA)

George & Marcus by Neill B Barry (USA)

Mike’s Fine, Mrs. Ackerman by David Breckman (USA)

Best Crime Short


Best Film Noir Short


Best Mystery Short

Genesis by Morgan Dwyer (USA)

Light On by Juan Octavio Lume (Chile)

The Strangle of Ivy by Tara Garwood (USA)

Best Thriller Short

God Hospital by Dan Fite, Jr. (USA)

Light On by Juan Octavio Lume (Chile)

Parabens by Michael Bukovanský (Czechia)

Best Horror Short

Caught by Leon Sandy Mitchell (USA)

Danny by Mary-Madison Baldo (USA)

Genesis by Morgan Dwyer (USA)

Rock Inn by Fon Davis (USA)

Someone Who is Punctual by Haibo Wang (China)

Best Sci-Fi Short


Best Fantasy Short

Anti-Social by Kyle Cassie (USA)

Eva’s Conundrum by Changlong Gong (USA)

The Last Days Of My House by Shane Smith (Ireland)

Best Western Short


Best Animation Short

Office Pool: Orientation by Rory D.L. Moorer (USA)

Panspermia by Grace Wang (USA)

Pop! by Ruby Wang (USA)

Best Children Short


Best Women Short

Dear Judith by Mykel Salazar (USA)

Doctor Harriet’s Four by Lukas Metjes (Germany)

Good Mourning by India Altschul (Iceland)

Lifeline by Jess Philipps (USA)

The Strangle of Ivy by Tara Garwood (USA)

Best LGBTQ Short

Happy Ending by Winter Jung (South Korea)

Head by Benjamin Hess (USA)

Loving Autumn by Fernanda Belmar (USA)

Motel Room by Bradford Lipson (USA)

The Dock by Loy Boyter (USA)

Best Microfilm


Best Experimental Short

Ben by Sebastian Hou (USA)

Blue Coast by Eleni Stavridou (Greece)

HumanoId by Nelson Hill (USA)

Lentil Soup by Var Sahakyan (France)

Wetlands of our Mother’s Tongues in Concrete by Jordan Deal (USA)

Best Music Video

Gold In Them Hills by Jeremy Johnstone (USA)

Meija: No More Excuses by Redamo Rosa (USA)

Wall of Tom – Tornado (Wizard’s Cut) by Tommie Vaughn-Grimes and Tony Grimes (USA)

Best Web Series & TV Pilot

Bloom by Jenny Dedrick Krengel (USA)

Long Beach Vice by Skylar Adams (USA)

Office Pool: Orientation by Rory D.L. Moorer (USA)

Best Web and New Media


Best Parody Short

Becoming A Serial Killer by Ru Benjamin Revolver (USA)

Hold On, Sir: The DMV Experience by Erik Clemensen (USA)

Long Beach Vice by Skylar Adams (USA)

Best Short Script

Get Out of the Kitchen by Rich Chandler (USA)

Spotter by Brandon James Tyrie (USA)

Woke by Richard Bruce Stirling (USA)




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