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Award Winning Films

Film Info

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.


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.


Anti-Hero




United States
Comedy, Action, Suspense
00:08:00
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Bo! Campbell
Written by
Bo! Campbell
Produced by
Bo! Campbell, Ray Hom
Edited by
Bo! Campbell, Matthew Devapiriam Emmanuel
Other
Alexius Franklin, Adrian Nava, Brandon Zee, Lance Gegner

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


Calvin Rhodes pulls up to the local ‘Dirt Cheap Liquor & Grocery.’ On the radio is a news report about increasing crime rates, as well as a recent string of kidnappings. Calvin’s son, Angelo (nicknamed ‘Tig’, short for tiger), calls. Tig wants milk for his cereal, but Calvin doesn’t have the cash to get anything extra. After a hostile exchange with Tig’s mom, Calvin resolves to find a way to get his son some milk. Searching for money, he comes up short. Calvin spots Tig’s toy gun, and gets a bad idea. He colors the orange tip black. He tears holes in his cap, making a mask. A few practice threats in the mirror, and Calvin is halfway to a new life as a criminal. A few steps shy of armed robbery, Calvin hears a lady in distress. Some would-be kidnappers try to force her into a van! Calvin’s conscience takes control, and before he knows it he’s waving a plastic gun at a violent kidnapper. After some choice words, the driver notices Calvin’s gun is fake, and all hell breaks loose! By sheer luck and fast reflexes, Calvin prevails, killing the kidnappers and saving the day. Unfortunately, all the woman sees is a scary guy in a mask, so she tries to shoot Calvin with her taser! Her shot is ironically deflected by the milk that Calvin is graciously returning, and that’s the final straw. Calvin decides to collect payment for his services in the form of the lady’s taser and purse, and “Anti-Hero” Enterprises has its first, satisfied customer. News reports go on to detail more adventures of “Anti-Hero."


Commonplace




United States
Comedy
00:12:45
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Colleen J. McShay
Written by
Colleen J. McShay & Kimberly Van Winkle
Produced by
Colleen J. McShay, Daniel Chawla, & Francesca Brown-Haysom
Edited by
Matthew Thayer & Kimberly Van Winkle
Other
Cinematographer: Amar Jonathan Chawla

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 3nd Place Judges Choice


A quirky dramady that finds Alice and other well know fairy tale characters living in a mundane world where dreams and imagination are outlawed.


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.


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.


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