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Top Shorts Winners - February 2022

Film of the Month

The Game - Brynn Chamblee

Best Narrative Film

Wine and Fox - Chuanfa Wan

Honorable Mention: Narrative Film

Circle - Jhosimar Vasquez

Best Indie Film

Fragile - Yulian Mateo, Adam Race

Honorable Mention: Indie Film

Debt Valley - Daniel Couts

Best Drama

Focus - Tolulope Ajayi

Honorable Mention: Drama

Lennon - Jason Leighton, Elliot Frahs, Gio Ferraro

Best Comedy

Forest Giants - Michael Moskewicz, Augusta Mariano

Best Horror

The Game - Brynn Chamblee

Honorable Mention: Horror

The World to Come - Josh Fagen

Best Experimental Film

Inspiration - Alberto Martín-Aragón

Best Dark Comedy

Hanging Buddy - John R Kestner

Best Crime Film

Safehouse - Will Branner

Best Musical/Dance Film

First Touch - Austen Browne

Best Web Series

Dogwalk - Val Gehley

Best Documentary

Messages to the Dead - Jeffrey Lee Mitchell

Honorable Mention: Documentary

Creative Huangshan The Beautiful Huizhou - Wen Tian

Best Animation

Almost Christmas - Xinyuan Zhao

Best Music Video

Dead Of The Night - Minh Huynh

Honorable Mention: Music Video

Jon Vinyl - Told You - Alimzhan Sabir

Best Student Film

The Master Cow - Nick Elson

Best Director

Forest Giants - Augusta Mariano

Honorable Mention: Director

Focus - Tolulope Ajayi

Best First Time Director

It's Just A Boy - Jane Webb

Best Indie Filmmaker

Something More - Andrew Michael Kovalchek

Best Young Filmmaker

Wave Rider - Wyatt Thompson

Best Actor

Forest Giants - Michael Moskewicz

Honorable Mention: Actor

Verdure Pro - Julien Ouellet

Best Actress

Forest Giants - Erin Clark

Honorable Mention: Actress

Hanging Buddy - Audrey Bennett

Best Actor in an Indie Film

Real Men Cry - Jordan Scott

Best Actress in an Indie Film

Venerable - Ingrid Evans

Best Supporting Actor

The Game - Ryan Lewis

Best Supporting Actress

The World to Come - Harriet Karsh

Best Young Actor

Paradise - Montgomery Samuel Thomas

Best Young Actress

It's Just A Boy - Angel-May Webb

Best Child Actress

The Game - Emma Rose Smith

Best Duo

Forest Giants - Michael Moskewicz & Erin Clark

Honorable Mention: Duo

The Games We Play - Kartic Bhargav & Roshni Datta

Best Ensemble

The Game - Emma Rose Smith, Eden Harper, Rae Becka, Ryan Lewis, Greyson Chadwick, Darla Delgado, Addison Ross, Keller Fornes, Rebecca Rose Goodman, Brynn Chamblee

Honorable Mention: Ensemble

The Reading - Jessi Williams, Estelle Chout, Malia McGuire, Gabriela Lewis

Best Cinematography

Forlorn - Miguel Tafich

Honorable Mention: Cinematography

The World to Come - Ian Filipovic

Best Editing

The Game - Matthew Jensen

Honorable Mention: Editing

Forest Giants - Ben Clinton

Best Score

Forest Giants - Jeremy Robinson

Best Original Story

The Reading - Kacie Stetson

Honorable Mention: Original Story

Forest Giants - Michael Moskewicz

Best Screenplay

Ghost of a Chance - Jan Maxwell

Best Comedy Screenplay

Ku Klux Karen - John Kestner

Best Thriller Screenplay

The Oblivious Notes - Jason Boyer

Best Sci-Fi Screenplay

Butterfly - Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel

Special Jury Award

Absolution - Jeremy Applebaum

Special Jury Award

Venerable - James Sibley

Special Jury Award

Cinephile - Ellen Rodnianski

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The Reading - Trailer


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