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2015 Award Winning Films

Film Info

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Adventure of Ned Hawkins




United States
Documentary
00:07:31
Season:2015

Released:2014
Directed by
Stephen&Chelsey Diaz
Edited by
Stephen&Chelsey Diaz

Shortz! Award WinnerCategory Winner, Best Documentary


In the final months of his life, Ned recounts his World War II Silver Star worthy experience.


Duped




United States
Comedy
00:06:05
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
Matthew Thayer
Written by
Faith Thayer, Matthew Thayer
Produced by
Joy Thayer, Matthew Thayer, Pietro Avolio
Edited by
Matthew Thayer

Shortz! Award WinnerCategory Winner, Best Comedy


In an effort to avoid doing their chores, three sisters decide to duplicate themselves.


My Kingdom




United States
Comedy, Animation
00:04:04
Season:2015

Released:2014
Directed by
Debra Solomon
Written by
Debra Solomon
Produced by
Debra Solomon
Edited by
Debra Solomon

Shortz! Award WinnerCategory Winner, Best Animation


An animated, musical, not-so-meditative meditation on the nature of personal space...


Dennis Is Dead




United States
Drama, Suspense, Thriller
00:12:52
Season:2015

Released:2015
Directed by
Tomasz Wysocki
Written by
Tomasz Wysocki
Produced by
Tomasz Wysocki, Andrew Pemberton-Fowler
Edited by
Tomasz Wysocki

Shortz! Award WinnerCategory Winner, Best Action


Dennis, an aging hitman, contemplates whether or not he can do a job for a power hungry client.


Mr.Dentonn




Spain
Drama, Suspense, Thriller
00:09:00
Season:2015

Released:2014
Directed by
Ivan Villamel Sanchez
Written by
Ivan Villamel Sanchez
Produced by
Ivan Villamel Sanchez, Ignacio Aguilar, Alberto Diaz
Edited by
Ivan Villamel Sanchez

Shortz! Award Winner2nd Place Judges Choice & Category Winner, Best Horror


On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.