Audience Award Winners
Grand Jury Prize Winners
Christopher Marlowe by Francis Hamit
Christopher Marlowe by Francis Hamit
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Shorts Program 6: Imagination Spotlight
Our final shorts program of 2017 features four short films that stretch the limit of imagination, providing fantastical yet realistic viewpoints.
See How Easy That Was? (8 mins), Holly’s Girl (9 mins), Rebirth (12 mins), Mismatch and Lighter (17 mins)
A distressed young man is startled when he finds a hobo in an alley.
Holly’s Girl is about breaking down the stereotypical image of an eating disorder and exposing the real story. The story of the other being who takes control over our lives and breaks us down until we feel worthless. This is the reality. The reality that I and many other women know all too well.
A young woman gets her beauty and vanity taken by a masked figure.
A quirky therapist takes it upon herself to play matchmaker to all her unsuspecting clients.
Shorts Program 5: Inventive Spotlight
The jury placed these four films together because each takes a fresh, inventive look at the world. Whether based firmly in reality, set in a near dreamscape, or with a foot on each side, these films represent the inventive work of seasoned, intelligent filmmakers.
One More (8 mins), The Faceless Man (13 mins), The Pooka (15 mins), Transmission (18 mins)
Moving into college is a big step for both a single mother and her only child.
An offbeat fable about a disillusioned man who discovers his face has transformed into a mirror and must venture out into the world to reclaim his identity.
In a desperate attempt to aid a lost soul, a benevolent oversized rabbit must find a way to rekindle a forgotten spark.
Welcome To Britannia. Together We Stand Alone.
Stay (93 mins)
Can a good man do terrible things? A man holds a woman captive in hopes that in time she will fall in love with him.
Shorts Program 4: Creativity Spotlight
Our jury was incredibly impressed by the creativity shown in these four short films. Three are narrative films and one is a documentary, and all four bring you a level of creativity that you wish was coming out of Hollywood.
Mara comes back home from her boyfriend’s funeral to experience a mind game full of guilt. Jake, her boyfriend, prepared a scavenger game and placed some notes around the house that lead to an anniversary present.
A man who is a little lost finds himself connecting with a surprising woman who shows up to buy the DVR he is selling on Craigslist.
A dark, human story about an innocent girl, a disturbed father, a troubled neighbor, and a tale of magic.
This film follows the story of the most well known modern Haitian musician, Michael Brun, as he takes it upon himself to show his fellow countrymen that Haiti is worth fighting for.
Shorts Program 3 – Millikan Middle School Spotlight
These seven wonderful short films all come to us from the Cinematic Arts Academy at Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks. Come see the future of filmmaking!
When a young girl receives a toy bunny, it becomes more precious to her than she ever imagined.
When Studying on her own fails her she goes to Lucy for help, and begins to learn English and also makes a new friend.
A boy named Pablo realizes he left his homework on a train and his homework journeys around the city to his classroom.
A brief and positive telling of America’s history using clay and stop motion animation.
Julia grows up with a fierce bond with her grandfather, and as she gets older, so does he – and his memory is disappearing. One day he sees Julia as a complete stranger, and that devastates her, and must learn how to cope the best way she can.
A woman has to rise to the challenge of dealing with a stranger in her midst.
Moving documentary about how music and hope inspired a young cancer survivor.
Shorts Program 2: Daring Spotlight
Each of these three short films struck our jury as daring works of art. These filmmakers are not afraid to take risks.
I Cherish Women packs a powerful political punch in four minutes. Thirty artists and activists unite to deliver a bold statement to, “defend human rights and right human wrongs in the Trump era.”
Bereavement is something that is inevitable. However, the mental illness that may arise from it seems to be an unspoken issue in our society. How do we deal with it?
Deep in the San Fernando Valley, Foster is struggling to finish writing his latest musical while Danica works for her abusive movie producer boyfriend. Will they both achieve their dreams… together? With a little help from their “friends” they just might make it.