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2017 Award Winning Films

Film Info

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.