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2014 Award Winning Films

Film Info

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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.