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Dear Sherman Oaks Film Festival,

Congratulations! Your festival has ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway for the month of June!

According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, your festival ranks in the top 1.5% of more than 8,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world. No doubt, this ranking is a testament to the countless hours of hard work and care that you and your staff have devoted to creating such a wonderful event.

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2018 Photo Gallery

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Day One of SOFF 2018 featured 13 films: Cinema Sweethearts – Kap – The Concourse – The Running Man of Pasadena – Stuck – They Fall Fast – A Side Of Fries – Allerton – Circles – Your Call is Important to Us – Accidents – I Got This – Curtains

November 10 Photo Album – Click Image To See All Photos

Day Two of SOFF 2018 featured 9 films and our Screenplay awards ceremony! The films shown this day included: Broken Lullaby -Because We Can – Hold Your Peace – Puppet Life 2: Human Dating – SOFF Screenwriters – Jonah – Soapy Medium – Life After – The Creeping Ritual – Long Lost

November 11 Photo Album – Click Image To See All Photos

Day three of SOFF 2018 featured 13 films including: Get it Together – Never Enough – – Mime Doesn’t Pay – Nevertheless, She Persisted – I Am An Artist – Heart Strung – Our Reality – If Only! – Nadine – One Dark Night – Rotsy – Chirp, Buzz, & Other Sensations – Chasing Sunshine

2018 Award Winners Announced

The juries deliberated and debated… and finally decided.  Sincerely, all 36 films that screened at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival this year were great.  Being an Official Selection at SOFF truly means something.  We do not select films based on recognizable actors, social media followings, or large local fanbases.  We select the films based solely on quality and we could not be more proud of the quality of this year’s Official Selections.

But film festival protocol demands that we give out awards.  This year we expanded the awards by adding the Filmmakers Awards to the Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Award Winners.  The Filmmakers Awards are given in the Narrative Short category and are selected by the Filmmakers Board, a panel of fifteen filmmakers whose films have been Official Selections in previous festivals.

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Grand Jury Prize Winners

Audience Award Winners

Filmmakers Award Winners

Programmer’s Prize Winners

Your Call is Important to Us

2018 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film

2018 Winner: Best Short Film; Best Director, Short Film; Outstanding Screenplay, Short Film; Outstanding Acting, Cast

A short comedy that confirms our fears about what really goes on at call centres when asked: “Please hold?”

Director: TJ Power
Writer(s): TJ Power
Producer(s): Riley Nottingham
Cast: David James, Andy Lee, Brent Hill, Leith McPherson, Gig Clarke.

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Don’t get hung up.

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They Fall Fast

2018 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film

2018 Winner: Programmer’s Prize

Eileen and Carlos are two awkward strangers whose hike in the desert has a surprising destination that has the potential to either change or end their lives.

Director: Ed McCarthy
Writer(s): Ed McCarthy
Producer(s): Ed McCarthy, Miguel M. Matias
Cast: Mim Drew, Victor Samuel Lopez

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Never get in the middle of someone else’s quicksand.

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The Creeping Ritual

2018 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film

A Hollywood douchebag wants fresh coconut water in the shell before yoga class.  He can’t find it, has a nervous breakdown, and comes face to face with the devil while sitting in traffic.

Director: Patrick Connolly
Writer(s): Patrick Connolly
Producer(s): Camille Raquel & Patrick Connolly
Cast: Camille Calvin, Nigel Lysaght, Dwight Huntsman, Norman Huntsman, Trevor Hansen, Ambar Durazo, Terry LeClair

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Class starts at 4:30.

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