SOFF 2021 Awards

Grand Jury Award Winners

Best Feature Film – Arthouse/Experimental – Bitter Taste of Ginger
Best Feature Film – Comedy – Killer Whales
Best Feature Film – Documentary – Like A Woman
Best Feature Film – Drama – Bone Cage
Best Feature Film – SciFi – Midnight Science

Best Short Film – Animation – The Cat
Best Short Film – Arthouse/Experimental – CHIPOKO
Best Short Film – Comedy – Squish (Sprötch)
Best Short Film – Comedy – The Best Orchestra in the World
Best Short Film – Documentary – Tia Gong
Best Short Film – Drama – EXITS
Best Short Film – Drama – Shevolution
Best Short Film – Horror – The Pey
Best Short Film – SciFi – My Roommate the Jedi
Best Music Video – The Sword That Waits
Best Web Series – EP

Best Director, Feature Film – Alek Lev – What?
Best Director, Short Film – Xavier Seron –Squish (Sprötch)
Best Actress in a Lead Role – Kathryne Isabelle Easton – Borrelia Borealis
Best Actress in a Lead Role – Sarah Cugini – Bitter Taste of Ginger
Best Actor in a Lead Role – John Maucere – What?
Best Actor in a Lead Role – Taylor Olson – Bone Cage
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Aadila Dosani – Fall Back Down
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Anthony Goes – Borrelia Borealis
Best Performance by a Full Cast – Bone Cage
Best Screenplay – Eric DePriester – Treason
Best Screenplay – Jonathan Anthony – Midnight Science
Best Cinematography, Feature Film – Kevin A. Fraser – Bone Cage
Best Cinematography, Short Film – Matthias Halibrand – The Best Orchestra in the World

Best Screenplay – Feature (Unproduced) – The Passage of Sun by Aaron Braxton
Best Screenplay – Short (Unproduced) – Happy Ending Retirement Home by Kirsty Budding
Best Screenplay – Pilot/Web Series (Unproduced) – Hollywood, Arkansas by Darren Coyle

Audience Award Winners

Feature Film – Documentary – Keeping Inn
Feature Film – Drama – What?
Short Film – Animation – Exceptional Minds Pomo – What Is Your Superpower?
Short Film – Arthouse/Experimental – Lucky
Short Film – Comedy – Guys Weekend
Short Film – Comedy – Lou
Short Film – Documentary – La Cita (The Appointment)
Short Film – Drama – Contact High
Short Film – Drama – Other
Short Film – Horror – Escalation
Short Film – SciFi – My Roommate the Jedi
Music Video – The World’s Gone Nutz
Web Series – EP

Filmmakers Award Winners

Outstanding Short Film – Animation – The Forgotten Floss
Outstanding Short Film – Animation – The Passerby
Outstanding Director – Animation – Mary Apick –  The Cat
Outstanding Screenplay – Animation – Pieter Coudyzer – The Passerby

Outstanding Short Film – Arthouse/Experimental – C A • D E N C E
Outstanding Short Film – Arthouse/Experimental – How To End A Conversation
Outstanding Short Film – Arthouse/Experimental – Lonely Night
Outstanding Director – Arthouse/Experimental – Tafadzwa R Nemarundwe – CHIPOKO
Outstanding Screenplay – Arthouse/Experimental – Sarah Lyddan – Lonely Night
Outstanding Performance, Individual – Arthouse/Experimental – Syd Skidmore – CHIPOKO
Outstanding Performance, Cast – Arthouse/Experimental – Skylar Adams, Sarah Lyddan, Lonely Night

Outstanding Short Film – Comedy – Litany for Mister President
Outstanding Short Film – Comedy – My Friends The Plants
Outstanding Short Film – Comedy – yellow
Outstanding Director – Comedy – Henning Backhaus – The Best Orchestra in the World
Outstanding Screenplay – Comedy – Xavier Seron – Squish (Sprötch)
Outstanding Performance, Cast – Comedy – Guys Weekend
Outstanding Performance, Individual – Comedy – Jean Le Peltier – Squish (Sprötch)

Outstanding Short Film – Documentary – The Depths of Ningaloo
Outstanding Short Film – Documentary – The Forgotten Floss
Outstanding Director – Documentary – Lee Jing Xin Enkainia – Tia Gong
Outstanding Performance, Individual – Documentary – Frederick Taylor – Pre-Existing Freedom

Outstanding Short Film – Drama – HELPER
Outstanding Short Film – Drama – The 5th of April
Outstanding Short Film – Drama – Waves
Outstanding Director – Drama – Seidy Lopez – Shevolution
Outstanding Screenplay – Drama – Minerva Vier – Shevolution
Outstanding Performance, Cast – Drama – Kelly Lou Dennis, Jae Kim, EXITS
Outstanding Performance, Individual – Drama – Elinor McKenzie – The 5th of April

Outstanding Short Film – Horror – A Face on the Ceiling
Outstanding Short Film – Horror – Sink
Outstanding Short Film – Horror – Thank You For Staying
Outstanding Director – Horror – Andrew Marks – Electromagnetic
Outstanding Screenplay – Horror – Ty Clancey – Thank You For Staying
Outstanding Performance, Cast – Horror – Colton Little, Nick Osborne – Phases
Outstanding Performance, Individual – Horror – José Zúñiga – Electromagnetic

Outstanding Short Film – SciFi – Soundproof
Outstanding Short Film – SciFi – Space Quest
Outstanding Director – SciFi – Byrne Owens – My Roommate the Jedi
Outstanding Screenplay – SciFi – Byrne Owens – My Roommate the Jedi
Outstanding Performance, Cast – SciFi – My Roommate the Jedi
Outstanding Performance, Individual – SciFi – Mikiel Crosby – Soundproof

Outstanding Music Video – Doll Klaw – You Said
Outstanding Director – Music Video – Eric Foss, Doll Klaw – You Said
Outstanding Performance – Music Video – Billy William Keohavong, Doll Klaw – You SaidBroken (The Video)
Outstanding Screenplay – Music Video – Daniel Robert Cohn, The World’s Gone Nutz

Outstanding Web Series – Passport Chronicles
Outstanding Web Series – The Odyssey Book 9
Outstanding Director – Web Series – Pat Campo – EP
Outstanding Screenplay – Web Series – Pat Campo – EP
Outstanding Performance, Cast – Web Series – EP
Outstanding Performance, Individual – Web Series – Chevy Dant’e Douglas – Passport Chronicles

Outstanding Performance, Puppetry & Voice – Ingbert Socke (Puppetry – ?, Henning Backhaus – Voice) – The Best Orchestra in the World
Outstanding Performance, Inanimate Object – Rubber Duck The Actor (David Agustín – Voice) –  yellow

Programmer’s Prize

Uniquely Original Filmmaking That Must Be Acknowledged In Some Way:
Freak Grounds, Jeff Can’t Swim. Me Is You, My OwnThose People, & What Happened.

Prize Definitions/Explanations

Grand Jury Awards – determined by the festival’s official selection committee.
Audience Awards – determined by highly scientific instruments placed throughout the theater to determine audience satisfaction.
Filmmakers Awards – given only to short films, these are determined by a panel of filmmakers whose films have been Official Selections previous years.
Programmer’s Prize – given to film(s) that festival programmer Jeff Howard cannot bear to see go without an award. These films are generally off the beaten path and break conventions of format and genre.

2021 Theatrical Schedule

We are delighted to share the Theatrical Screening schedule for the 2021 Festival.  Don’t forget that we will also be holding Virtual Screenings, including Virtual Exclusives!

Sunday, November 14 at 6 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 1 – Comedy
The World’s Gone Nutz
Lou
Guys Weekend
Jeff Can’t Swim
Litany for Mister President

Sunday, November 14 at 8 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 2 – Drama/Arthouse
C A • D  E N C E
How To End A Conversation
Other
An American Childhood

Sunday, November 14 at 10 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 3
Killer Whales

Monday, November 15 at 7 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 4 – Comedy/Drama
Collapse!
Ghosted
Tell It All

Monday, November 15 at 8:30 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 5 – Comedy
The Wapidemic
yellow
The Bubble

Monday, November 15 at 10 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 6 – SciFi/Auteur
Soundproof
The Odyssey Book 9
Life & Death

Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 7
What?

Tuesday, November 16 at 8:30 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 8 – Animation/Comedy
PeaceTime: A Royal Frog
The Best Orchestra in the World
SOFF 2021 Screenplay Ceremony

Tuesday, November 16 at 10 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 9 – Comedy
Seance-ing
Across The Room
Bryers Cucumber Tostinos

Wednesday, November 17 at 7 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 10 – Animation/Comedy
Of Crumbs and Dreams
SQUISH
Screenplay Festival Ceremony

Wednesday, November 17 at 8:30 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 11 – Comedy/SciFi
Home By 11
EP
My Roommate the Jedi

Wednesday, November 17 at 10 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 12 – Horror/Music Video
Doll Klaw – You Said
Phases
The Sword That Waits
Electromagnetic

Thursday, November 18 at 7 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 13 – Drama/Music Video
Broken (The Video)
Telling Time
She Used to Laugh
Contact High

Thursday, November 18 at 8:30 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 14 – Horror
What Happened
Thank You For Staying
Escalation

Thursday, November 18 at 10 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 15
Treason

Friday, November 19 at 7 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 16 – Arthouse/Comedy/Drama
Freak Grounds
Free Chair
Shevolution

Friday, November 19 at 8:30 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 17 – Arthouse/Drama
Me Is You
Those People
My Own

Friday, November 19 at 10 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 18
Fall Back Down

Saturday, November 20 at 6 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 19 – Drama
Separation
Helper
Drunk
The 5th of April

Saturday, November 20 at 8:00 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 20 – Horror/Arthouse
A Face on the Ceiling
EXITS
CHIPOKO
Lonely Night

Saturday, November 20 at 10 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 21
Borrelia Borealis

Sunday, November 21 at 12 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 22 – Drama/Comedy/Animation
Things Are Different Now
Space Quest
Exceptional Minds Promo – Mitsubishi Electric
My Friends The Plants
The Cat

Sunday, November 21 at 2 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 23 – Arthouse/Horror/Comedy
The Pey
Lucky
More Than He Knows
Pathei Mathos

Sunday, November 21 at 4 PM Pacific
SOFF 2021 Screening 24
Midnight Science

Grand Jury Prize Winner to have Broadcast Premiere on Turner Classic Movies

“Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2016 Sherman Oaks Film Festival and we have wonderful news!

“Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” Broadcast Premiere Set for December 11th, at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST

103-Year Old “Actorvist” Marsha Hunt to be Featured in Upcoming Turner Classic Movies Tribute

Marsha Hunt & director Roger Memos  at SOFF 2016

Los Angeles, California — The television broadcast premiere of Roger C. Memos’ film “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity”, which is co-produced and co-written by Richard Adkins, Joan Cohen and Roger C. Memos, will air on December 11, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST on Turner Classic Movies.

“Sometimes you have to get away from the madness of the world and take a break to find some inspiration. 103 year old actor-activist Marsha Hunt survived the Hollywood Blacklist and became one of Hollywood’s first activists. I’ll be honored if you watch this film about civility and hope,” says director Roger C. Memos.

Marsha Hunt greets friend Ed Asner at SOFF 2016

Marsha Hunt’s life story has peaks and valleys that span the course of the 20th century. In 1935, 17-yearold aspiring actress Marsha Hunt was discovered in Hollywood. She signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at MGM. She made 54 films in 17 years before a series of unfortunate events led to her being unfairly blacklisted. After the Hollywood Blacklist, she championed humanitarian causes, forging a career as one of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists. As far back as 1955, Marsha Hunt worked tirelessly alongside her mentor Eleanor Roosevelt to support the work that the United Nations Association was accomplishing in the United States.

The “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” Q&A at SOFF 2016

Marsha Hunt is the only member of the Committee for the First Amendment alive today who can talk about the trip to Washington D.C. that she and others took in October 1947 to support the “Hollywood 19”. The underlying theme of this timely documentary is that Marsha rose above adversity. This film is Marsha Hunt’s “final act” of activism. Through this film, her words and deeds serve as an inspirational primer and call to action for activists of all ages.

Acting was always Marsha Hunt’s first love. She made 28 films for MGM. She is the last person alive from the famous 1943 MGM Stock Company photo. Turner Classic Movies will be airing a “Marsha Hunt Marathon” on December 11th, showing seven of her films, leading up to the prime time broadcast premiere of “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity”. Check your local listings for the U.S. and Canada. “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ6T-qlO7w4.

2020 Grand Jury Prize Winners

Grand Jury Prize Winners

Best Feature Film – F20
Best Feature Film – The Imaginary State
Best Documentary Feature – Another Child
Best Short Film – Comedy – Bryers Cucumber Tostino’s
Best Short Film – Comedy – Crew 3,14
Best Short Film – Drama – Avec Le Temps (With Time)
Best Short Film – Drama – Tides
Best Short Film – Experimental – Haiku
Best Short Film – Horror – A Strange Calm
Best Short Film – Animation – Cruel Shoes
Best Documentary Short – Across Borders
Best Music Video – SHE

Best Director, Feature Film – Arsen A. Ostojic – F20
Best Director, Short Film – Maria Eva Urrutia – Avec Le Temps (With Time)
Best Actress in a Lead Role – Romina Tonkovic – F20
Best Actor in a Lead Role – Les Martin – Be Good or Be Gone
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Janelle Jones – Good Counsel
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Numan Cakir – Toprak
Best Performance by a Full Cast – Summer Nights
Best Screenplay – Alan Fischer and Daniel Castro – The Imaginary State
Best Cinematography – Chris Hirschhaeuser – Toprak
Best Screenplay – Feature (Unproduced) – Good Grief – Emily Rued
Best Screenplay – Pilot (Unproduced) – The Lighthouse – Daniel Talbott

2020 Audience Award Winners

Audience Award Winners

Feature Film – Be Good or Be Gone
Feature Film – Summer Nights
Short Film – Drama – My Hero, Six Nights, & The Giving Key
Short Film – Comedy – Exit Package & Ex-Sisters-In-Law
Short Film – Experimental – The Myth of Winter, UnderSee, & Death Offers Life
Short Film – Horror – Curiosity, Household Demons, & A Strange Calm
Documentary – We Are All In This Together, Shaking a Singapore Spear

2020 Filmmakers Award Winners

Filmmakers Award Winners

Outstanding Short Film – Comedy – Age of Bryce  
Outstanding Short Film – Comedy – Seance-ing
Outstanding Director – Comedy – David Feagan, Brian Elliott – Age of Bryce
Outstanding Screenplay – Comedy – Alix Angelis – Seance-ing
Outstanding Acting, Cast – Comedy – Bryers Cucumber Tostino’s
Outstanding Acting, Individual – Comedy – Patrick Tamisiea – Bryers Cucumber Tostino’s
Outstanding Acting, Duo – Comedy – Suzan Mikiel, Allison Youngberg – Ex-Sisters-In-Law
Outstanding Cinematography – Comedy – Rachel Dusa – Bryers Cucumber Tostino’s

Outstanding Short Film – Drama – Alina
Outstanding Short Film – Drama – Planet Earth calling Ana
Outstanding Short Film – Drama – Valley
Outstanding Director – Drama – Rami Kodeih – Alina
Outstanding Screenplay – Drama – Nora Mariana Salim – Alina
Outstanding Acting, Cast – Drama – Valley
Outstanding Acting, Individual – Drama – Laia Manzanares – Planet Earth calling Ana
Outstanding Cinematography – Drama – Matt Schween – Tides

Outstanding Short Film – Experimental – Miniature Chess
Outstanding Director – Experimental – Martin Gerigk – Haiku
Outstanding Screenplay – Experimental – Phil Cheney – Miniature Chess
Outstanding Performance, Cast – Experimental – Miniature Chess
Outstanding Performance, Individual – Experimental – Kennedy Knopf – SHE
Outstanding Performance, Inanimate Object – Experimental – Chip the shopping cart – The Myth of Winter
Outstanding Cinematography – Experimental – Julie Kim – SHE

Outstanding Short Film – Horror – Eleanor
Outstanding Short Film – Horror – Household Demons
Outstanding Director – Horror – Austin Rourke – A Strange Calm
Outstanding Screenplay – Horror – Chris Dawson – Eleanor
Outstanding Acting, Cast – Horror – A Strange Calm
Outstanding Acting, Individual – Horror – Yael Gonen – Eleanor
Outstanding Cinematography – Horror – Zach Stoltzfus – Household Demons

Outstanding Music Video – Black Metal Romance – Joey Danger, Director

2020 Programmer’s Prize Winners

Cyber Underground
Fyrvaktaren: Bathtub By The Sea
Grade A
Sam & Emma
Your Heart Is Mine

A message from SOFF programmer Jeff Howard:

Every year it’s a challenge for me when we look at the votes from the juries and tabulate which films are getting awards.  Invariably I see see some omissions that I cannot abide.  Sometimes it’s that coincidence that a film repeatedly comes in second place for various awards without actually getting an award.  Sometimes it’s the fact that I see every film more than once.  Your opinions change a lot with multiple viewings and this makes my perspective different from other jury members.

How to fix the problem?  I do not want to be a programmer who lobbies jury members to change their votes.  Instead we invented the Programmer’s Prize so that I get to honor films that slipped through the cracks and I sleep a little better at night.

For SOFF 2020, I wanted to have around fifteen of these.  (Part of me wants every official selection to get an award like a children’s soccer league.) As much as it pained me, I narrowed it down to the five you see above.