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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.


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.


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