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Lost in Light




United States
Documentary
00:02:53
Season:2017

Released:2016
Directed by
Sriram Murali
Produced by
Sriram Murali

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Brief & Audience Choice Brief


Lost in Light, a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, the movie shows how the view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights. Finding locations to shoot at every level of light pollution was a challenge and getting to the darkest skies with no light pollution was a journey in itself. Here’s why I think we should care more.


The night skies remind us of our place in the Universe. Imagine if we lived under skies full of stars. That reminder we are a tiny part of this cosmos, the awe and a special connection with this remarkable world would make us much better beings - more thoughtful, inquisitive, empathetic, kind and caring. Imagine kids growing up passionate about astronomy looking for answers and how advanced humankind would be, how connected and caring we’d feel with one another, how noble and adventurous we’d be. How compassionate with fellow species on Earth and how one with Nature we’d feel. Imagine a world where happiness of the soul is more beautiful. Ah, I feel so close to inner peace. I can only wonder how my and millions of other lives would have changed.


But in reality, most of us live under heavily light polluted skies and some have never even seen the Milky Way. We take the skies for granted and are rather lost in our busy lives without much care for the view of the stars.


How does light pollution affect the night skies and quite possibly our lives?


Walking Supply




Canada
Drama, Thriller
00:25:00
Season:2017

Released:2016
Directed by
Derek Barnes
Written by
James McDougall, Derek Barnes
Produced by
James McDougall, Derek Barnes

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Judges Choice


After escaping a soviet labour camp, three men struggle to survive in the barren landscapes of Siberia. The harrowing trek soon becomes a living nightmare for Yuri (James McDougall) when he discovers that his fellow escapees Oleg (Douglas Nyback) and Alexei (Jamie Maczko) plan to murder him for food. Inspired by true events 'Walking Supply' chronicles the dark journey of three men as they are pushed to their absolute limits. How far would you go to get home?


There's Something About The Virgin Mary




United Kingdom
Comedy
00:12:15
Season:2017

Released:2016
Directed by
Kevin McSorley
Written by
Kevin McSorley
Produced by
Kevin McSorley

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


Johnny Davis struggles to attract customers to his empty village bar. With the threat of losing his livelihood looming large, Johnny locks himself away to become a Flair Bartending Cocktail King in an attempt to win his customers back and to inadvertently save the day for the village church.


Dear George




United States
Drama, Comedy, Romance
00:17:59
Season:2017

Released:2016
Directed by
Emily Skyle
Written by
Emily Skyle
Produced by
Mark Carey, Alphonse Polito, Tyler Bourns

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Judges and 2nd Place Audience Choice


When his high school sweetheart sends him an epic break-up letter and moves out of state for a job, a heartbroken gamer decides to face his fears to get her back. He sets off on a cross country trip filled with a TSA shakedown, Acapella group, bad decisions and a "borrowed" chicken costume - all for love!


Saving Santa




Ireland
Drama
00:17:30
Season:2017

Released:2017
Directed by
Keith O'Grady
Written by
Jonathan Fulton
Produced by
Keith O'Grady, Larry Cowan (Co-Producer)

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Judges and 1st Place Audience Choice


A little girl, still dealing with her mother's death, comes across a seemingly destitute man who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus, and despite his protestations, takes comfort in helping him.


Diggin' On




United States
Animation, Music Video
00:02:26
Season:2016

Released:2015
Directed by
Josh Funk

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Judges Choice Brief


A bird creature travels to the desert in his wagon to bury his heart.


In Memory




United States
Drama, SciFi
00:14:34
Season:2016

Released:2015
Directed by
Robert Kirbyson
Written by
E.R. Wolmelsduff, Robert Kirbyson
Produced by
Ron Allchin

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best SciFi


In a seemingly utopian future, an elderly woman struggles to accept that it seems like it's her turn to die. 


KITCHEN




France
Drama, Thriller
00:16:40
Season:2016

Released:2016
Directed by
STEVE DUCHESNE
Written by
STEVE DUCHESNE
Produced by
OLIVIER LAMY

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Horror


In a house in the middle of nowhere, Jason made the discovery of a cookbook hidden in his attic. Later, when he decided to prepare a delicious meal for his wife Marie, things do not go as planned ... A ghost took possession.


I've just had a dream




Spain
Drama
00:07:25
Season:2016

Released:2014
Directed by
JAVI NAVARRO
Written by
JAVI NAVARRO, PEDRO HERRERO
Produced by
JAVI NAVARRO

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Drama & 1st Place Judges Choice


Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream.


Nine Days in Norcal




United States
Documentary
00:33:19
Season:2016

Released:2015
Directed by
Jeff Edwards
Written by
Jeff Edwards
Produced by
Jeff Edwards

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Documentary


Travel film about exploring swimming holes and cliff jumping spots in Northern California.


Worth The Wait




United States
Comedy
00:11:03
Season:2016

Released:2016
Directed by
John Sinclair, Joel P. Berry
Written by
Joel P. Berry
Produced by
Troy Lamberth, Joel P. Berry

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Comedy & 3rd Place Judges Choice


He's moved on. So has she. But the annual jelly making competition reveals they both still have something to prove.


Serving Our Community




United States
Documentary
00:03:00
Season:2016

Released:2016
Directed by
Stephen&Chelsey Diaz
Produced by
Matthew Lysobey, Rockport Health Services

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Brief & Audience Choice Brief


Assisted nursing communities are full of residents who are often ignored and forgotten. Facilities in Chico aim to shift this mindset by leading a movement of change.


A Date with Death




United States
Comedy
00:04:48
Season:2016

Released:2015
Directed by
Bo! Campbell, Tony Alfaro
Written by
Tony Alfaro, Bo! Campbell, Evan Weidenkeller
Produced by
Connie Jo Sechrist, Matthew Devapiriam Emmanuel

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


A woman goes on a blind date with a charming gent, but there may be more to this suiter than meets the eye...


Adi | At The Confluence




United States
Documentary
00:20:04
Season:2016

Released:2016
Directed by
Joor Baruah
Produced by
Joor Baruah

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


Far east in the Himalayan border of India and China, lives the tribal Adi people, by the river Siang. The Adi culture is beautiful and unique with shamanic chants of their mythologies of origin, animistic rituals around nature and amicable resolution of disputes in their traditional courts.  With the memories of 1962 Indo-China war still fresh, China now reasserts its territorial claim of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the Adis.  This conflict is also extended to the water, and is becoming a great Dam war. On both sides of the border mega dams are being built on the elegant Siang that originates in Tibet, turns sharp through the Himalayas and flows down through the Adi villages to join the mighty river Brahmaputra in the valley of North East India.  Will peace return to the borders? Will the Adis stay Indian? Will the megadams have a catastrophic effect on the rivers - both Siang and the Brahmaputra downstream? Will this tribal culture and language survive - orally, without a script?  Will India and China get into a dialogue? Through a series of encounters with the Adis by the Siang, near the old town of Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, this journey probes for answers and portrays their inspiring resilience and hope.


The Don of Virgil Jr. High




United States
Comedy
00:14:30
Season:2016

Released:2010
Directed by
Deon H. Hayman
Written by
Deon H. Hayman
Produced by
Jaleel Ghafur, Eric Bush, Deon H. Hayman, Michael Brignac, America Young, John Scarf, Jr., Robert Preston

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


A nerdy Jr. High School student finds fame and popularity when hustling banned sodas and snacks at school.


Signs




United States
Comedy
00:04:11
Season:2016

Released:2015
Directed by
Matthew Thayer
Written by
Matthew Thayer
Produced by
Joy Thayer

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Audience Choice


And you thought your job sucked.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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