Promised" is a poignant drama designed to raise awareness about human trafficking through the story of Seila and Chantrea, two Cambodian girls ensnared in its brutal reality. The film navigates between their hopeful beginnings and the subsequent nightmare, focusing on Seila's struggle as a pregnant teenager in a foreign hospital, her child cruelly snatched away at birth. Flashbacks reveal their journey from a Cambodian village into the hands of traffickers, promising easy work abroad but delivering only separation and suffering. Seila's resilience emerges as she seeks help, leading to her eventual escape with assistance from A21 and the Cambodian government. Though she secures justice against her trafficker, the search for her child and Chantrea's fate underscores the ongoing battle against trafficking. "Promised" aims to shed light on this dark issue, emphasizing the power of awareness, advocacy, and the indomitable human spirit.

Best Short Film (Main Category)
Best Director (Main Category)
Best Actress (Main Category)
Best Inspirational Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Christian Elliott
The Truckman
John is a plumber, who has a turbulent relationship with his son Deacon who blames him for his mother's death. They live in a world where there is drought due to climate change. Therefore, they leave the city and escape into the flourishing forests where there are more natural resources. They belong to a group of people called the Outsiders, people who are marginalized by society and not given water by the government. So they travel in the wilderness in search of water.
The father and son find some water and travel back to the campsite in their truck. Whilst on their way, the Archetypes, who are a religious cult that rebelled against the government, see them with the tanks of water and follow them to the campsite to steal the tanks.
When John and Deacon arrive at the camp, they are welcomed by the others: Yi-Fei, Rick, Lily, and also by Deacon's wife called Rebecca who is pregnant and due to give birth. John and Rick discuss a plan of action to find more water for the coming days. Rebecca stands up and her water breaks. Rebecca calls for Yi-Fei for help, who aids her give birth in a tent. She delivers a baby girl, and John compliments Deacon. Deacon is triggered and argues with his father about fatherhood.
As John leaves the tent, he finds Rick dead on the floor. The Archetypes ambush the campsite and attack them all. Yi-Fei and Rebecca die, whilst Lily runs away. Deacon gets badly injured. John takes the newborn and Deacon away in the car.
Before he dies, Deacon expresses his gratitude and love toward John. He names the newborn "Hope". John buries his son and looks after Hope.

Best Short Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Andrea M. Catinella
Instant Noodle
Having just lost her Indonesian mother less than a year ago, MARIANNA, a biracial Indonesian woman, comes home to Pasadena for her, Caucasian, DAD's birthday. This is Dad’s first birthday since the passing of MOM, and it is hard for him since she would often make birthdays feel very special. Mom does this by making a instant noodle dish, which symbolizes long life for Indonesians. Yet this year due to grief, regret, and her unwillingness to embrace her Indonesian culture, Marianna decides not to have the Indonesian instant noodle ready for her dad on his birthday. So, when her dad tells her that he would like to have the instant noodle for his birthday, Marianna is forced to go on a last-minute grocery run. Unfortunately, for Marianna, this short errand turns into a gargantuan task, when Marianna encounters a series of unfortunate events. Starting with her car breaking down, followed by her phone dying, before ending with her not having enough cash to purchase the instant noodle. Thankfully though, Marianna is not alone in this journey, because Mom is there to help and comes in and out of the story as a ghostly memory, and as figments of Marianna's imagination. Also, along the way, Marianna meets people who help her go on her journey. People like ANDREAS, the wise car mechanic, and AUDREY a ten-year-old, Indonesian girl who helps Marianna find the instant noodle. By meeting these people, Marianna is forced to confront her Indonesian heritage and her relationship with her mom. So, by the end of her journey, Marianna is able to come to terms with her Indonesian culture and grieve the loss of her mom to cancer by continuing her mom’s tradition of making instant noodles for every birthday celebration.

Best Short Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Michelle Sastraatmadja
Shut up!
Piero, a local comedian, dreams so much of going on television that when he does... he can't get out of it.

Best Short Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Matteo Berdini
The Painter
Pap, a former championship boxer, has become a cynic and a recluse after the death of his wife. Years later, his estranged granddaughter Jesse attempts to make a documentary about him. Conflict erupts as the two are unable to see eye to eye. Through the power of art, the two must pull each other out of the depths of their despair, or fall into deeper suffering.

Best Short Film (Main Category)
Best Actor (Main Category)
Best Actress (Main Category)
Best Director (Main Category)
Best Director Of Photography (Main Category)
Best Drama (Additional Category)

Directed by: Jahanshah Vafaeisefat
In a not too distant future, the youth has decided to get back at the older generations and start hunting them at night. Matthieu, 50 years old, will have to survive the pack that is chasing him .

Best Feature Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Cédric Peyster
Suicide for Beginners
Writing the perfect suicide note isn't easy. Murdering a garage full of people is also pretty hard. But getting your victims to like you while you kill them, that's the really tricky part.

Best Feature Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Craig Thieman
Set in the heart of rural England, Rudy finds her relationship with her father being tested. Stuck as a proxy parent to her younger siblings and dealing with a recent loss, she feels increasingly pushed out when her home gets opened up to a paying guest. Through a newfound friendship with a boy from Coventry, Rudy discovers fun, freedom and autonomy, but is it at the sacrifice of unspoken family wounds?
A poignant insight into love, loss and moving on.

Best Feature Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Shona Auerbach
Silent Partners
A Mob based drama set in Miami during the 1980’s. A mild mannered insurance salesman by day, Valentine doubles as Chicago mob soldier hell bent on creating is on good fortune and exit from the family.

Best Feature Film (Main Category)
Best Actor (Main Category) - James Russo

Directed by: Jorge “Jokes” Yanes
Cat Chaser
A little boy accidentally spots a cat fishing in the sky, but his parents don't believe him, so he wants to prove that what he says is true and is willing to spend everything he has to search for it, including his whole life.

Best Experimental Film (Main Category)

Directed by: SiJia Zheng
My Digital Truth
A banker in present day London on a quest for knowledge, battling illness, and forming an eerie alliance with ChatAI, blurring the lines between reality and the digital world.

Best Experimental Film (Main Category)
Best No-Dialogue Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Swen Werner
I dreamed of being an actress
This documentary is a tribute to Purification, an emigrant in France. Through interviews with her husband, Manuel Rodrigues, and contemporary women in her life, the film highlights these emigrants' journeys, revealing their stories of overcoming challenges and the lasting impact on their lives.

Best Short Documentary Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Lara Rodrigues Amaral
Complete Surrender
Complete Surrender is a short documentary film that asks the question: what is love? It follows five renowned artists as they explore how two female medieval mystics – Marguerite Porete and Hadewijch – have led them to believe that the answer is 'complete surrender'.

Best Short Documentary Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Pol Herrmann, Louise Nelstrop
"356" is a run-and-gun cinematography style documentary short
where the end is the hook to our full-length documentary
" If the Ocean Could Talk - A Voice for the North Atlantic." (Currently in production)
Working on our documentary, "If the Ocean Could Talk - A Voice for the North Atlantic" with former Blue Planet Underwater Producer, Jo Ruxton, she asked,” What’s your hook?” Trusting in the power of storytelling we said, “the hook will come!” and indeed it did.
We were filming in the North Atlantic off the coast of North Carolina to acquire footage of whales near Hope Spot Hatteras. We traveled all day but didn’t find one, except, a newborn critically endangered North Atlantic right whale dead on a North Carolina beach. Number 356. It became the call from the ocean to find out what happened to this newborn and why that one life matters to the survival of his species. The newborn became the hook for the full-length, breathing life back into this newborn by telling his story.
We have two intertwining important stories that unfold. One is the demise of one of the most endangered whales in the world, the North Atlantic right whale, and how it’s on us to save them or they will be gone in our lifetime. The other important story, told by economist Ralph Chami, PhD, is the fact that whales are called farmers of the sea. By defecating, they not only provide nutrients to phytoplankton responsible for every other breath of oxygen we take, but also mitigate climate change. Phytoplankton are plants of the sea that conduct the gas exchange from carbon to oxygen. If we lose the whales, we lose their role in carbon cycling beneficial to the base of the food web that has a ripple effect on all life on earth and why the ocean is calling. Chami introduces the concept of valuing living whales for their ecosystem services instead of valuing them dead. This new economy based on natural capital will be explained in great detail in the full-length documentary and how we can build new economies that benefit both nature and our way of life.

Best Short Documentary Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Bonnie Louise Monteleone
A zoologist couple travels to West Africa to document some of the worlds deadliest snakes. Their expedition reveals a surprising similarity between handling deadly snakes and living in a healthy relationship.

Best Feature Documentary Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Rhett Cutrell
One Pint at a Time
Craft beer generates tens of billions of dollars annually for the US economy. Despite beer’s Egyptian and African heritage, these traditions have been mostly forgotten and are rarely found in American brewing culture. Today, Black-owned breweries make up less than 1% of the nearly 9,000 breweries in operation. Eager to shift the historical perception of who makes and drinks beer, Black brewers, brand owners and influencers across the country are reshaping the craft beer industry and the future of America’s favorite adult beverage.

Best Feature Documentary Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Aaron Hosé
Chef Jack, the Adventurous Cook
Chef Jack and Leonard are going to cross the Culinary Islands to complete the Convergence of Flavors tests in order to make one of the most audacious recipes that the gastronomic community has ever seen and thus win this fantastic competition.

Best Animation (Main Category)

Directed by: Guilherme Fiuza Zenha
Nico is an energetic 8-year-old boy who has the ability to fold all objects as if they were made of paper. On a lovely autumn morning, he happily gathers all the things he loves about his house while preparing himself for a life-changing voyage.

Best Animation (Main Category)

Directed by: Fabián Molinaro San Martín
A young woman is trying to come to terms with her sexuality in a world where a strong libido seems to be the only solution to any given problem.

Best Short Screenplay (Main Category)

Written by: Irene Marco, Markus Meedt
A dark supernatural thriller

RICHARD, a guilt-ridden young English man travels to Jamaica hoping to escape his past by working on a sugar plantation to help his Uncle. However, the plantation is owned by a beautiful ‘obeah’ woman called ANNIE PALMER. Although Richard quickly falls under her spell, he’s alarmed by the strange things that happen there. When RHEA, the educated daughter of KOTO, a powerful African obeah leader is bewitched to death, the slaves rebel against Annie. Richard is now faced with an agonizing decision: does he join the slave rebellion, which he believes is just and leave Annie helpless, or defend the woman he has come to love in spite of everything?
All the superstitious sensuality of a Caribbean island is seen in this dynamic story of witchcraft, sex and a slave rebellion.
( Based on a true story. Annie Palmer ran a sugar plantation in Jamaica in 1880s. Her house Rosehall has now been restored by an American millionaire.)

Best Feature Screenplay (Main Category)
Best Unproduced Screenplay (Main Category)

Written by: Linda M JAMES
A group of scientists on an Antarctic research base fight for their lives as a visitor brings a deadly virus with him.

Best Original Screenplay (Main Category)

Written by: Christopher Pennington
It’s 2024, and Javier Manuel (71), former San Francisco newspaper reporter, has been presumed dead after being taken hostage in Tehran in 1979. After forty-five years in an Iranian prison, he has returned to his well-to-do family in Noe Valley only to learn that his middle-aged son (47) is a member of the Jumper’s Club, all sworn to commit suicide by one-day jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Shortly after Javier’s return, which causes joyful shock waves through the family, he learns of several serious family issues including his son’s depression and PTSD and his surgeon wife Nova’s (70) deep loneliness after losing him and recently losing her second husband. He must also help his daughter Lucinda (46), also a surgeon, with her regrets for not being able to help her brother with his ongoing desire to commit suicide.
In San Francisco, Javier is like a babe in the woods because, during his prison years, he had no access to technologically advanced devices (that didn’t even exist when he was interred) such as the Internet, smart phones—not to mention changes in collective thought in the United States. After the Iranians moved him from a large, tortuous prison in Tehran to a small, “friendlier” countryside prison, he did have access to a TV and VCR and Leave It To Beaver and Rambo videos along with a fairly extensive collection of books.
Javier must try to hold back on sharing the full extent to his horrendous suffering of the last forty-five years, and he is more than happy to prioritize his family. Thankfully, there’s already a kind person helping the family in multiple ways: a Rwandan woman, Jina, is Nova’s housekeeper of thirty years and is Javier’s equal in suffering, as she witnessed her entire village getting butchered in the great Rwandan genocide of 1994. And, as it turns out, she also has had to put her tremendous suffering aside to comfort the family. In the resilient Jina, Javier finds a pillar of strength.
Of course, Julio, who has already attempted suicide using various methods, is most in need. As his friends jump from the Golden Gate Bridge to their deaths, we wonder, along with the family, when Julio will take the jump.

Best Unproduced Screenplay (Main Category)

Written by: Kevin Dobbs
Meeting Director Sam Peckinpah
One cold morning at the Apachieland saloon two men walked in and sat at the end of the bar to my right. One was a big fellow with wavy hair down to his shoulders, mustached and bearded---he looked like he’d seen better days. The other man was smaller, also bearded and mustached, and wore a bandanna on his head. I asked the big fella, ”What’s your name?” “Frank Kawaloski,” he smiled. “Are you guys with the film crew?” They nodded. I looked them over and said, “I hear the director is a Little Cesar and when he says jump, you ask how high?” The smaller man asked, “Do you want a shot of brandy in your coffee?” “Yes,” I replied, as it was freezing in the saloon. Frank asked if I was afraid, and I said, “NO! That guy better not try pushing me or…” and I raised my little fist and shook it. Frank looked at the smaller man and said, “Do you see that SAM? You better behave, or this little girl will part your hair!” “Really? I’m Sam Peckinpah.” We stared at each other for a bit then I said, “Gotta Go”, finished my coffee, jumped off the barstool, and skedaddled.
When the film crew started working in town, I was an extra. Every time I turned around, I caught him looking at me. Understand, although people said I looked like Doris Day, I didn’t think so. I always had a weight problem and I didn’t like myself. I didn’t understand what was happening, as all my emotions were going crazy. Why this man? Why did I have these strong feelings for this old grizzly guy? I felt like I’d been hit by a truck, my heart hammered, and my head hurt. I wanted to run but needed the money, so worked and tried to keep my distance.
The following day, Sam worked the crew from 8 AM to 3 AM. There was always tension on the set, but that night electricity was in the dry cold desert air. Sam looked at me and said, ”You walk by with that cowboy over there and be happy and gay.” “No, I’m tired, find somebody else.” Lucian Ballard looked at me pleadingly. “Ok”, I said, and picked a cowboy from our street shows, walked past the camera, turned, looked into the camera, and said, “Ha. Ha, Ha,” and kept walking. Sam softly said, “Cut… you, my dear are a rotten, rotten, Rotten actress!” “Do it again, Goddammit!” The second time I did do it perfectly.
The next morning up at the barn standing near a beautiful black horse, I looked down the street and watched Sam standing in the middle of the road giving orders to the crew. You’ve heard of road rage, well, I had horse rage. Before I knew it, I was up on that black horse leaning down his neck and said, “You see that man? He called me a rotten, rotten, rotten actress. Let’s kill ‘em.” I kicked that horse and we thundered down the road hell-bent for leather. Sam saw us coming, didn’t move a muscle, and just stood there. Luckily the horse was smarter than me, sidestepped at the last instant so that my leg hit Sam’s arm, and twisted him into the direction we were going.
Pulling up the horse, I looked back and saw Sam standing there looking at me with a Mona Lisa smirk on his face.
The story is emotional, funny, and sad…
The film ends with a mini-documentary...

Best Unproduced Screenplay (Main Category)

Written by: Nancee LaFayette-Pang
Just. Drop. Dead.
“Just. Drop. Dead.” is an action-comedy where two assassins attempt to terminate a carefree, music absorbed individual. However, the assassins soon discover after several attempts that their clueless target, though completely unaware of his predicament, just won’t drop dead... or will he?

Best Micro-Short Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Yael Green
One more day
During the pandemic of COVID-19, a young girl learns the consequences through her actions, marking the beginning of a new way of living.

Best Micro-Short Film (Main Category)

Directed by: Elanit Rubalcava
Lost Innocence
Lost Innocence" weaves a complex narrative set against the backdrop of Cambodia's digital landscape, where Botum, a girl besieged by grief and poverty, falls prey to the insidious charms of Socheat, a cyber predator. Engulfed in a digital labyrinth of deceit and coercion, Botum's fight for survival beckons an ally in the least likely of places. Her harrowing quest for liberation transcends personal redemption, morphing into a crusade that illuminates the dark corners of the internet and ignites a movement against the silent epidemic of online abuse.

Best Director (Main Category)
Best Director Of Photography (Main Category)
Best Actress (Main Category) - Sokythyda Vannarin
Best Drama (Additional Category)

Directed by: Christian Elliott
Morris, a shoe shop owner, wakes up every morning not knowing what the day will bring. And neither do his customers. Is it mood swings or is it something else?

Best Actor (Main Category) - Paul Kozinski
Best Costume Design (Additional Category)
Best Comedy (Additional Category)

Directed by: Daryl Cockburn
His father perished in a car accident a year ago, and his mother was left in a coma. On the first anniversary of his father's death, a son pushes his wheelchair-bound mother to his father's tombstone, where he runs into Dr. Li Min, a seasoned specialist who treated his parents and eventually sent his father away. Dr. Li Min unties the knot in his heart and reveals to his son the true cause of his father's death.

Best Actor (Main Category)
Best Drama (Additional Category)

Directed by: Wang Wang
The Ordinary in the Hidden
The Ordinary in the Hidden, where the veils of time are lifted to reveal startling truths. In the misty corridors of Victorian London, cryptograms tucked away in 'The Times' challenge the modern mind. These seemingly indecipherable messages, once considered the whispers of an era long past, now resonate with new life in the digital age.
This film intertwines ancient philosophy with the enigmatic art of cryptography, setting a stage where the theories of yesterday become the digital revelations of today. As the narrative unfolds, we're drawn into a labyrinth of history and mystery, where Pythagoras' musings on numbers and existence dance with the digital zeitgeist of our time.
The fates themselves, caught between whimsy and destiny, traverse our world and others, challenging the essence of reality. From the icy graves of the HMS Terror and Erebus to the cosmic musings of Einstein, this tale contemplates existence across the ebb and flow of time.

Best Experimental Film (Main Category)
Best Animation (Main Category)
Best Producer (Additional Category)

Directed by: Swen Werner
After giving up her career as a professional dancer to be with her dreamboat boyfriend, Harbour makes a devastating discovery that prompts her to reevaluate what really matters.

Best Actress (Main Category)
Best Producer (Additional Category)
Best Poster (Additional Category)

Directed by: Brenda Whitehall, Keara Barnes
They Say You'll Know
A spoken word experimental poetry film depicting the magical, simplistic moments between a young couple who have stayed hopeful romantics, found one another, and have fallen deeply in love.

Best Micro-Short Film (Main Category)
Best Director Debut (Additional Category)

Directed by: Anastasia Rivera
Late for Work
We embarked on a creative comedy journey to transform a simple skiing adventure with a friend into a compelling narrative through the art of film and sound. The project culminated in a short comedy film titled "Late for Work," which chronicles the story of two friends. The plot unfolds in a condo parking lot, where one friend is about to leave for work but is persuaded by the other to enjoy a skiing session instead. This decision leads them to an unexpected day filled with joy and skiing escapades. The climax of the film occurs while skiing down extremely challenging terrain on their way to the bar, capturing the essence of après-ski culture.

Best Original Score (Main Category)

Directed by: Allison M Zevallos
Brief-Horacio, a lonely young man, cornered between his routine and disturbing dreams, stops and isolates, revealing a vital message.
Long- Horacio is a lonely young man trapped between a repetitive routine and his allegorical dreams that do not let him rest. In these circumstances, he makes the decision not to continue with his routine. But through this act his observation of common things reveal a profound message of vitality.

Best Cinematography (Main Category)
Best Student Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Héctor Calvillo Hernández
The Space Between
When art student, Carina, experiences the death of someone close to her, she turns to sleeping pills as a coping mechanism causing her to lose sense of reality.

Best Director Of Photography (Main Category)

Directed by: Chris McQuire
A young man, called "The Hydra", and a young woman who calls herself "The Gorgon" meet while waiting in line. She is a poet with an extravagant personality. He carries a deep secret : he suffers from a derealization disorder which alters his relationship to the world and others. His dreams and nightmares at night merge with his daily life to confuse his reality.
Their encounter, like two opposites attracting each other, will push them to run away from the society which marginalizes them to experiment a new way of life. In the wilderness, fasting or taking a vow of silence, they will both reveal their deepest wounds.

Best Director Debut (Additional Category)
Best No-Budget Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Giovanni Di Legami
Grace's life is shattered by a tragic accident. She returns home to rebuild her life, but the lines between dream and reality become blurred as nightmares, flashbacks, and ghostly visions push her
to the edge of madness.

Best Director Debut (Additional Category)
Best Supporting Actress (Additional Category)
Best Horror (Additional Category)

Directed by: Mike Horan
Plant Baby
A struggling drug addict takes care of a plant baby, hoping that by nurturing it, he can learn to take care of himself. However, his addiction beckons him to take one more hit.
Plant Baby is a mix of magical realism, drama and comedy. It explores themes of addiction, recovery and the power of hope.

Best Student Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Arabella Sharkey
If I Knew
A man, suffering from a psychiatric disorder, tries to understand what exactly is going on in his difficult life.

Best Student Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Piro Gjylameti
A surrealist story of feeling alone, trapped, and exhausted; a lone man has to survive the forest that challenges him mentally and physically.

Best Young Director (Additional Category)
Best Symbolic Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Louis Lampard
The Adventures of Harris & Jermaine
A darkly whimsical modern take on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Best Screenwriter Debut (Additional Category)

Written by: Amber White
Delusional State
Following a near-fatal accident at a party, Ryan McDillon must resolve his issues within thirty days according to Angel and Mr. Grim over a work-related bet the two have together. Ryan must make amends among the people in his life. He must maneuver through his dysfunctional family, a pregnant girlfriend, hiding his boyfriend from his girlfriend, dealing with his long-time best “friend” who only wants to keep Ryan in the party world for selfish reasons, navigating painful PTSD memories from his childhood pastor, and battling sobriety. However, if he fails, as a result of his choices, he will die. While climbing the corporate ladder alongside Mr. Grim and Angel, Mr. Grim and Angel will learn how they are tied to one another by rival colleagues who strive to beat them as well as climb the corporate ladder alongside them and fight for the top. This will cause more turbulence as Mr. Grim and Angel navigate their entry-level positions battling for a place at the top of the organization hierarchy to sit closer to their bosses. Still, Mr. Grim and Angel discover that achieving this mission will not be as smooth as expected. To add a competitive edge to the game, their bosses, God, and the devil, have raised the bar on Ryan's life and other mortals. In the meantime, God and the devil wage war against each other and compete for mortal souls. Only some mortals will succeed and others will fail. However, there will be no definitive decision regarding who wins the next round. Meanwhile, the holy war reigns furiously.

Best Makeup (Additional Category)
Best Costume Design (Additional Category)

Directed by: Trelanda Lowe
Collect Call
When a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, a reclusive man must confront a secret from his past before it consumes him.

Best Director Debut (Additional Category)
Best Composer (Additional Category)
Best Thriller (Additional Category)

Directed by: Wesley Boone
Yellow Daisy Butterfly
Cheri-lee is inconsolable when her Granny Daisy dies.
As Daisy ascends, she sees Cheri-lee’s grief, and returns
as a little white egg that transforms into a butterfly.
A metamorphosis that mirrors Cheri-lee’s stages of grief

Best Symbolic Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Diek Grobler
Bram Stoker has retired to the countryside, where he spends his days walking in the
woods. During a visit to a ruin, appears a frightening creature, a Vampyr, of which he had read in the
letters of a professor friend of his, Ármin Vámbéry, who joins him with his family to tell him about
his travels and his discoveries. The stories, nightmares and mysterious apparitions of this creature
will lead to the birth of the famous novel Dracula.

Best Horror (Additional Category)

Directed by: Alessandro Onorato
The Defective Detectives
Three Best friends Shree, Adi, Manav are Blind, Deaf & Dumb respectively. They run a detective agency THREE CHEERS, where they get a case of Maria, a lady in distress who has been swindled by a PROPERTY DEALER D'souza of Rupees.10Crores. The Defective but effective Detectives decide to take up this impossible case.

Best Comedy (Additional Category)

In a world where words are limited, Tom Brennan grudgingly handles appeals from citizens who claim that their WordMeters are malfunctioning. After he’s assigned a string of bizarre clients, the Word Representative’s life spins out of control.

Best Dark Comedy (Additional Category)

Directed by: Johnny Baca
"What is Synesthesia? The contamination of the senses? Can one 'see' a sound or 'feel' a color?
In this videoclip, Gianni Salamone, with the help of Katia Della Fonte, a performer with animal-like movements, takes us back to an almost primitive being with precisely primary needs: eating, smelling, touching, having sex, in a mix of contaminations that will free him from the constraints of a life that increasingly alienates us from reality. Synesthesia is somewhat a metaphor for these times. We have everything at our disposal, everything within reach, and yet we fail to realize that we no longer even know what scent a woman's body or the food we eat can have.
In this videoclip, the concept is amplified, expanding the idea that a person can express themselves to the fullest only through their 'primitive' being."

Best Music Video (Additional Category)
Best Makeup (Additional Category)

Directed by: Gianni Salamone, Marzio Benelli
|YOU ARE ENOUGH| encourages self-acceptance and growth through embracing imperfection !
This dance film talks about identity, diversity, singularity.
Follow 4 individuals on their journey sharing life's singular moments and experimenting the beauty and complexity of humanity with poetry, sensibility, and humor.
You are Enough is an ode to self acceptance, it’s a love shoot to accept ourself as we really are and stop being afraid of not being
beautiful/legitimate/smart/competent/interesting/... enough, for doing what we really want to do.
We often work with the pressure of being perfect, the best, where the constant goal is always to do better and the feeling of not being good enough is really there. |You are Enough| aims welcome the dark and the bright side we all have inside us.
This film is made through a series of sequence shots of almost 10min, where the dancers appear and disappear in the field of the screen, where the DOP, 5th dance partner, is creating a choreography with them as well.

Best Dance Video (Additional Category)

Directed by: Lisa MAGNAN

Best Original Song (Additional Category)

Directed by: Michaela Kuti
Tricycle: Ride to Arrive
TRICYCLE: Ride to Arrive reveals the true story of a high-octane cyclist who puts the pedals to the metal. The gloves are off in this spoof of a popular streaming documentary series about Formula 1 racing.

Best Sport Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Geoff Adams
The Disconnection
The DISCONNECTION will take you on an extraordinary journey of discovery, combining earth’s beauty and one of our greatest needs as human beings.
This short film highlights the disconnect between our fellow earthlings, the animal and the shocking reality of our choices today. It calls into awareness the way we view and treat animals as a defining characteristic of our own species.
Amongst the beauty and the pain, the film inspires hope, a way to come into reconnection with the earth and its inhabitants, which is accessible to all of us.
All that is needed is what we already have within, compassion.

Best Inspirational Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Frank Metivier
The struggle of addiction. The healing in recovery.

Best No-Budget Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Bryce Mackie
Fighters of no return
A quick but in depth look on the fight against Covid 19. A look at the lesson we learned and also the ones fought on the front line. It is a fight of "no return" because there is no gain in the fight. And we probably can't even say we "won" the fight, because most of us merely survived. However, listen how people in Taipei fought the pandemic and walked out stronger and better.

Best Covid-19 Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Shihyun Wang, James Chen
Bat Diary
In the parallel universe, men are on the verge of extinction! In their curiosity and in their longings, they take a mysterious drug that will be their undoing....

Best Fantasy Film (Additional Category)
Best Costume Design (Additional Category)

Directed by: Silvano Plank
"Toska," an untranslatable Russian term, encapsulates a range of emotions, from boredom to homesickness. Explored through the candid revelations of forced emigrants who left their homeland, the short film delves into the aspects that evoke the strongest sense of toska. What do they long for the most? The film is entirely shot on a smartphone.

Best Mobile Film (Additional Category)

Directed by: Sasha Maxyutova, Aleksei Solomin
Pilot - Group Therapy
In this dark comedy, 7 unique and relatable characters venture out of their comfort zone through group exercises, exposure therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. Following each of the characters in their personal lives, (Carmen in the pilot episode) we see how they interact with the world outside and inside therapy, and how their personalities and symptoms vary. As their personal lives spiral downward, the group becomes more open, honest, and cohesive. Through humor and vulnerability, the characters make self-discoveries and are one step closer to self-acceptance.

Best Television Script (Additional Category)

Written by: Jaycee J. Brill
What about the dog?
Two criminals have to dispose of the body. But what to bury over the corpse? What about the dog?

Best Sound Design (Additional Category)

Directed by: Marino Habulan
Bacon Day
Sasha and Layla forge a connection in eating disorder treatment that catches them both by surprise.

Best Producer (Additional Category)

Directed by: Catherine Ann Taylor
The Touch Of The Surging Tide

Best Composer (Additional Category)

Author: Yang Zhang
MANAGE THIS! web series
Mia Foreman has held sway in Vermont for many decades discovering and managing such bands as Phish and Grace Potter, she has finally hit a wall on all levels. Her managing career has dwindled to two, unstable clients as she struggles to care for her father’s failing health. Ever hopeful, and focused on making her career work, Mia searches for the next Musical Star among a heap of eccentric artists in a valiant effort to secure her life, business and status as an ace of a music manager.

Best Web-Series (Additional Category)

Directed by: Michael Monks, Tara OReilly
When Zoe is faced with caring for her abusive mother, who is diagnosed with dementia, she discovers a chance to redefine their relationship.

Best Web-Series (Additional Category)

Directed by: Rich Devaney
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