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Top Shorts 2019: The Annual Nominees

The 5th annual Top Shorts nominations have just been announced, and over 200 films and screenplays are in the run for an annual award, in 45 categories overall.

Here are the 33 films that earned most nominations this year.


Director: Hugo Diego Garcia

9 nominations

In 80's France, Tony, a young third-generation Spaniard immigrant, a rebel with a heart of gold, fights for a life that he desires despite an abusive and violent father controlling his every move while bonding with a group of reckless immigrants outcasts from the street in whom he sees a family. However, the path he takes only leads to a dark and uncertain future.



Writer: Matias Caruso

Director: Al Lougher

8 nominations

A grieving mother latches on to a magical surrogate for her lost child. But small miracles come with big consequences.



Writers: Abby Walla & David Storch

Director: D.W. Moffett

6 nominations

It’s Thanksgiving night and siblings Abby and David just want to quickly eat their turkey and ditch their overbearing “still has their umbilical cords” Jewish mother. Before they can make their getaway, Gary, a deranged ex-convict, breaks in and takes the family hostage.

Tensions are high, family secrets are revealed, and Gary’s getting so annoyed he’s starting to regret this. At least Grandma is here to calm the family down. Just kidding, she’s batshit crazy. Can this dysfunctional family make peace with one another before they’re offed? Oy vey!



Writer: Paul Bianchi

Director: Julian Higgins

6 nominations

He’s back! That “Merc with a Mouth” just can’t stop singing! This time, they've pulled out all the stops with an insane, action-filled medley of some of your all-time favorite Disney movie songs, including loving parodies of classics like “You’re Welcome (Moana),” “Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid), “Belle (Beauty And The Beast),” “A Whole New World (Aladdin),” and “I’ll Make A Man Out of You (Mulan).”Join the R-rated, NSFW, musical mayhem as our favorite singing anti-hero, Deadpool, sings and slays his way through a series of Disney songs and superhero teams, from the X-Men to the Avengers and more. Featuring Wolverine (Brian Danner), Rogue (Jennifer Van Dien), Cyclops (Casper Van Dien), Beast (David “Dax” Bauer), Captain America (Vic Mignogna), Black Widow (Monette Moio), Spiderman (Christopher Troy), and a bevy of other superheroes, including the first live action introduction of Puck (Christophe Zajac-Denek) and Sasquatch (Kristopher Blount). Oh, the places you’ll go and sights that will thrill as our Deadpool sings and literally kills in this fan film short devoted to the musical merc in us all!And just like last time, you’ll want to stay to the very end for some Marvel-inspired surprises!



Writer: Barbara Riethe

Directors: Barbara Riethe & Inara Leme

6 nominations

Based on the tale "A Woman Alone with Her Soul", by Thomas Bailey A, and based on the play TANATORIUM by Paloma Franca Amorim, the movie ALONE sets the question: What do we think when we are close to death? Angela (Barbara Riethe) wakes up at home with her eloquent husband, Paolo (Douglas Garcia), a very well dressed and good-humored Italian man. She doesn't remember who he is and where she is. Unable to move or speak clearly because of the coma caused by an accident, she has confusing memories surrounding her mysterious sister and the house staff. Stuck in distorted and torturous memories, she struggles with the guilt of the past and the challenges of being a woman that has broken the rules of her time: should we regret for what we have done or for what we haven't dared to do?