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Award Winning Films

Film Info

Spit




United States
Drama
00:16:10
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
Mtume Gant
Written by
Mtume Gant
Produced by
Malcolm Goodwin
Edited by
Mtume Gant

Shortz! Award WinnerCategory Winner, Best Drama


Spit is the story of Jeremiah Monk One Sinclair. A NYC Hip Hop artist who has reached a cross roads of trying to understand what is success and is edging to towards the end of his rope. A POV styled film, we enter the body of Monk One, travel in his world, seeing through his eyes the loss of passion, love for the music, life and city he once knew.


A Kings Betrayal




United States
Comedy
00:08:27
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
David A Bornstein
Written by
Ari Grabb
Produced by
Andres Avalos, Lily Nguyen, Ahmed El-Mawas
Edited by
David A Bornstein

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner 1st Place Audience Choice


The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata's perspective.


Karma




Macedonia
Drama, Action, Suspense
00:17:39
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
Vladimir Mitrevski
Written by
Vladimir Mitrevski
Produced by
Dejan Krajcevski
Edited by
Vladimir Mitrevski

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner 1st Place Judges Choice


Several people with different needs and values are chained together in a series of events. The central figure is Bobby, a father who`s child is terminally ill. He has to find a way to pay for his child`s surgery, because the time is running out.


In the Bag




Canada
Comedy
00:11:30
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
Cole Northey
Written by
Cole Northey
Produced by
Cole Northey
Edited by
Cole Northey

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner 2nd Place Audience Choice


"In the Bag" is a fast paced comedy about Dan, a likeable and well intentioned guy, who gets caught up in a whirlwind of panic and deceit after an accidental murder. Flight always wins over fight as Dan tears through the night hiding evidence from the victim's wife, Julie. Julie meanwhile, has other intentions for her night as she seeks sensual comfort from the hysterical Dan.


Pretty Boy




United States
Drama
00:32:00
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
Cameron Thrower
Written by
Cameron Thrower
Produced by
Rebekah Tripp, Cameron Thrower
Edited by
Cameron Thrower

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner 3rd Place Audience Choice


Sean is taken to a motel and is given a prostitute for his 18th birthday by his father. He must sleep with her to "fix" his questionable homosexuality. Aside from acceptance, "Pretty Boy" is about confidence, finding an inner strength, and being who you are meant to be.


Moth




Netherlands
Drama, Thriller
00:17:42
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
Tess Löwenhardt
Written by
Frederik Nelck, Tess Löwenhardt, Nynke de Jong
Produced by
Muriël Horst, Jurriaan Strous, Oscar Paling
Edited by
Tess Löwenhardt

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner 3rd Place Judges Choice


Moth is a dark comedy about Elmer, who doesn't feel at ease in modern society; he lives secluded from other people in a remote house. When everyone goes to sleep, Elmer wakes up and goes to his job: cleaning in the hospital. He prefers to avoid his colleagues. One night, he discovers a terminally ill female drug addict. Judging from her bone structure it is clear that she once was beautiful, now however, due to the scarring and the pallor, she makes a sad appearance. When she is dead, Elmer decides to bring deepest fantasie to reality. This however, comes at a price.


Juice Box




United States
Comedy
00:01:00
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
Ezra Nelson, Taven Olsson, Peyton Allen
Written by
Taven Olsson
Produced by
Ezra Nelson
Edited by
Ezra Nelson, Taven Olsson, Peyton Allen

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner Audience Choice Brief


When Peyton's juice box goes missing, it gets ugly.


Rough Neighborhood




United States
Comedy
00:01:45
Season:2015

Released:2014
Directed by
Matthew Thayer
Written by
Denise Churchill, Karen Aldridge
Produced by
Joy Thayer, Matthew Thayer
Edited by
Matthew Thayer

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner Judges Choice Brief


A zombie family's dinner is interrupted by a torch bearing mob.


11 MINUTES




United States
Drama
00:06:23
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Written by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Produced by
Tom Botchii Skowronski, Martin Moody, Nick Leisure
Edited by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Other
Rafael Siegel, Kevin Gill, Big Ugly & Elizabeth Ferreira

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 1st Place Judges Choice


The last 11 minutes in the life of a workplace shooter. Told by the director's own suicide note, used as the script for the film.


Pie Lady of Pie Town




United States
Documentary
00:33:00
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Jane Rosemont
Written by
Jane Rosemont
Produced by
Dick and Jane Rosemont
Edited by
Jane Rosemont

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


Why did Kathy Knapp, a Dallas businesswoman, leave her charmed life to bake pie in a dusty town with no traffic light, no gas station and sketchy utilities? Pie Town came upon its name honestly in the 1920s when a cattle rancher sold pie to supplement his income. The area is teeming with Old West history and hardy characters. The film is about resolve, heartache, healing, and pie as a vehicle for peace. You’ll see an alien, a dummy, feel connections to deep space, and hear some finger-snapping tunes. You will want pie, and probably more than one slice. Welcome to Pie Town, New Mexico. The name is no joke.


A short film about fear




United Kingdom
Drama
00:09:30
Season:2014
Directed by
Keith O'Grady
Written by
Keith O'Grady
Produced by
Keith O'Grady, Pearse Moore
Edited by
Keith O'Grady
Other
Luke O'Grady, Gerry Doherty

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


A meditation on the nature of fear, cause and effect as seen through the eyes of a child.


Cold Spring




China
Drama
00:24:57
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Shiyan Feng
Written by
Shiyan Feng
Produced by
Tongjue Huangfu, Johnny Byul Lee, Yi Feng, Shilai Jing
Edited by
Shiyan Feng
Other
Jingsheng Wu, Yuhang Wu

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


"Cold Spring" is a short narrative film portrays a transnational Chinese father who left his family over 20 years ago. One day he suddenly finds out his daughter is getting married. He wrestles with his emotions as he realizes she wasn't going to tell him. To save face, he quickly tries to reconnect with his unfamiliar daughter, and at the same time, has to learn how to take care of his 12 year old son. Our film explores a father's emotional reactions and struggles as a consequence to decades of absence in his children's lives.


Call her Lotte




Germany
Drama
00:18:00
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Written by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Produced by
Michael Geidel, Annekathrin Wetzel
Edited by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Other
Lola Dockhorn, Maria Ehrich, Kai Malina

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 3rd Place Judges and 1st Place Audience Choice


Maria and Lea are young actors & best friends in Munich, Germany in the 30ties. With the rising power of the Nazis Maria’s husband Hans goes from being a young adventurer to a high ranking SS officer and gradually divides Maria and her Jewish friend Lea, finally insisting to forget her. But on that infamous first day of the Jewish deportation in Munich, Maria comes to a momentous decision which proves what friendship really means to her. She takes on Lea’s child Charlotte to save her from being deported to the concentration camp, thereby risking her own life and ultimately losing Hans. Maria’s story shows that, in the end, friendship can triumph over terror and death. Inspired by the childhood of Charlotte Knobloch, Vice President of the World Jewish Congress.


Rev. Jimmy Snow vs. Decades




United States
Animation
00:01:12
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Ben Ruttenburg
Written by
Ben Ruttenburg
Produced by
Ben Ruttenburg
Edited by
Ben Ruttenburg

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Audience Choice Brief


Rev. Jimmy Snow, a 1950s preacher who spoke out against the evils of Rock & Roll music, tries to deliver his sermon, but is interrupted by numerous falling block letters.


Benji's Memory




United States
Horror
00:01:20
Season:2014

Released:2013
Directed by
Heidi Moore
Written by
Heidi Moore and Cassandra Sechler
Produced by
Heidi Moore
Edited by
Heidi Moore
Other
Score - Christopher Calvano

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Judges Choice Brief


Serial killer Benji recalls a disturbing moment from his childhood. A prelude to the film "Dolly Deadly".


Man's Best Friend




United States
Comedy, Action
00:01:02
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Matthew Thayer
Written by
Matthew Thayer
Produced by
Joy Thayer Matthew Thayer
Edited by
Daniel Nichols
Other
Cinematography - Daniel Nichols, SFX - Matthew Thayer, Starring - Matthew Thayer & Trousers

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Brief Winner - 1st Place Judges and Audience Choice


A man taking his dog for morning walk finds himself running for his life....in bunny slippers.


The Rise And Fall....Of A Pea




United States
Documentary
00:02:00
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Leonard Vine
Written by
Leonard Vine
Produced by
Leonard Vine
Edited by
Leonard Vine

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Brief Winner - 2st Place Judges and Audience Choice


Tis is a time lapse movie of a germinating pea. A dried pea was soaked in water overnight, then placed on a slice of cork, floating in a large glass of water. Using a Panasonic DVX100A with a built-in intervalometer, one days filming was compressed into 2 minutes.


The Inbetween




United States
Drama, Suspense
00:10:01
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Rachel Nichols
Written by
Rachel Nichols
Produced by
Daniel Nichols
Edited by
Matthew Thayer
Other
Duane Peery

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 1st Place Judges and 1st Place Audience Choice


A young woman awakens in a dark forest, on her journey she must face the past and her fears if she ever hopes to return home.


The People Who Were Never There




United States
Drama
00:39:58
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Ben Hausler
Written by
Ben Hausler
Produced by
Ben Hausler, Ragga Thordarson
Edited by
Matt Williams
Other
Cinematography - Matt Williams

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


In a hotel room in rural Nebraska, a man spends what may well be the last 24 hours of life reminiscing about the woman he loves. That is, until She shows up.


Stick




Norway
Comedy, Animation
00:07:20
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Written by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Produced by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Edited by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Other
Composer/Sound: Anthony Barratt

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


A stray dog stumbles upon a funny guy in swimming trunks, only to get (literally) too attached. STICK is a slapstick comedy about friendship, loss and the evocations of memory.


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