Nominations: September 2023

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

These projects were shortlisted from an official selection pool with 43,3% acceptance rate, based on submissions from 21 countries and total runtime of 47:54:42, plus the short scripts.

The nominees are placed in the top 30,9%.

***Categories not listed have no submissions meeting the requirements, namely with minimum scores to make the cut***

***Categories TBA have 2 or less projects with cut 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

Five Tool Player by Carlos Ramirez (USA)

I Walk With Ghosts by Grant Clover and Michael Metzler Jr. (USA)

Passenger Seat by Neha Gautam (USA)

Suspended by Elena Fitikidou Alonefti (Cyprus)

What Ever Happened to Jonny Faith by Benjamin Pollack (USA)

Best Drama Short

A Touch of Magic by Shane LeCocq (USA)

Dear Ernie by M.D. Walton (USA)

Her Name is Carol by Brannen Haderle (USA)

Best Student Short

A Work Of Heart by Sager L’Khrebani Al Nuaimi (USA)

Coming of Age by Zhao Wu (China)

Hobson’s Choice by Daniel Robinson (New Zealand)

Los Ayeres de Hoy by Emilia Pérez Rocha Santos (USA)

Navel by Elsa Xu (USA)

Best Documentary Short

Beyond Lesser Things by David Schaupp (USA)

Klever: Life of a Soviet Nonconformist Artist by Nik Kleverov (USA)

Sold! An American Stockyards Story by Drew Ames (USA)

Best Comedy Short

Cinema 7 by Rex Maverick Wenger (USA)

Corpse Control by Christopher Ragozzino and Dave Krause (USA)

Dog Breath by James Westbrook (USA)

The Ill-Conceived, Poorly Executed Housewarming Party of Amy & Jaime by Ray Morgan (USA)

Xander by Jonathan Chao (USA)

Best Romantic Comedy Short

Cold Call by AJ Campli (USA)

InConvenience by Seth Imperial (USA)

Mel by Emily Qiu (USA)

The Ride by Chad Ansermet (USA)

The Siren’s Pearl by Diana Lanham (USA)

Best Dark Comedy Short

Gianna by Kait Schuster (USA)

The Talk by T. Seamus George (USA)

Who Invited The Robots? by Jack Schneiderman, Todd Wallace, and Dan Rathke (USA)

Best Action Short


Best Crime Short


Best Thriller Short

Ellie by Vinny O’Brien (USA)

Shadows by Richard Sanborn (USA)

Swindle by Zach Koepp (USA)

Best Mystery Short


Best Horror Short

My Baby by John Dada (France)

Panacea by Michael Naizu and John Wilcox (USA)

Scratch by MIchael Trainotti (USA)

Smashing Pumpkins by Mason Mecartea and Hunter Romanillos (USA)

The Picture in the House by Dekuan Deng (China)

Best Sci-Fi Short

Space Ryder by Jeff Kenji Yamashita (USA)

Summerville by Anthony Di Pietro (USA)

The Stairwell by Brian Yuran (USA)

Best Fantasy Short

Animals by Joakim Thörn (Sweden)

Let Me by Francesco Dattilo (Italy)

Middle City by Airon Armstrong (USA)

Best Animation Short

Critterz by Chad Nelson (USA)

In The Shadows by Nico Isaque Barrett (USA)

Jellyfish by Sylvia Wu and Zhe Li (USA)

Not Another Bat-Mitzvah! by Anna Glasman (UK)

Speedman by Joe Bowers (USA)

Best Children Short


Best Women Short

Masala Chai by Akshita Jaswal (USA)

Self Service by Keshet Gadish (Israel)

Stop by Jonathan Tabares (USA)

The End of the World by Constantinos Dimitrakopoulos (Greece)

Wings of an Angel – Mother’s Love by Lei Tian (China)

Best LGBTQ Short

A World Of Mirrors by Giuseppe Mais (USA)

Curve by Dan Zeng (China)

La Conjunta by Christopher Sonny Martinez and Amy Zapien (USA)

Best Microfilm

Aljon by Lincoln Rogers and Tony Rogers (USA)

All Jumbled Up by Bella Catherine Pianko (USA)

Privacy Lost by Peter Stoel and Robert Berger (USA)

Revival by Arian Heydari (USA)

Untied Knots by Claire Yland Li (USA)

Best Experimental Short

Circulation by Yun Yan Zeng (China)

Eicha: The Book of Lumenations by Adeena Michelle Karasick (USA)

Hyper by Afig Dzhavadzade (Russia)

Swoon by Erika Maish (USA)

The Fortune Teller by William Andrew Wen (China)

Best Screendance Short


Best Web Series & TV Pilot

Along Came Ruby by Riccardo Suriano (USA)

Anthology of the Natural State – Lonely at Night by Inés de los Santos (Dominican Republic)

The Crew – Episode 1 by Havon Baraka (USA)

Best Web and New Media

Cuties by Missy Jubilee (Australia)

Eicha: The Book of Lumenations by Adeena Michelle Karasick (USA)

Flawsome: Sex, Drugs & Recipes by Claudia Pickering Dzienny (Australia)

Best Parody Short


Best Short Script

Ashes to Dust by Clark Childers (USA)

Dark Sky by Diana Robertson Bond (USA)

Glitch by Sharon Burrell and Darren Lee Murphy (UK)

Machines by Izabela Borowska (Poland)

What Would Lombardi Say by Patrick Cottington (USA)




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