2016 Awards

Grand Jury Prize Winners – 2016

Narrative Feature Film

The Head Thieves (82 minutes)

Three brothers develop an elaborate plan to recover stolen cash and go on the run.

Written & Directed by Mike Hermosa
Produced by Mickey Gooch Jr.
Starring Mickey Gooch Jr., Dante Basco, Dion Basco, Sandy Martin, BoJesse Christopher, Davison Locksley, Johnny Bananas


Narrative Feature Film


Search Engines (95 minutes)

Sanity and relationships are put to the test when mysterious circumstances force a family to survive the annual American Thanksgiving holiday without their cell phones.

Written and Directed by: Russell Brown

Produced by: Russell Brown, Kerry Barden, John Baumgartner

Starring Joely Fisher, Connie Stevens, Daphne Zuniga, Natasha Wagner, and Barry Watson.


Documentary Film


Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity (100 minutes)

The amazing life story of Marsha Hunt, who was discovered at age 17 by Hollywood in 1935 and proceeded to make 54 films in 17 years until becoming Blacklisted, and then transitioned to a career as one of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists.

Directed by Roger C. Memos

Written by Joan Cohen, Richard Adkins, Roger C. Memos

Produced by Joan Cohen, Richard Adkins, Roger C. Memos


Narrative Short Film


Whiskey Sour (6 minutes)

A career hitman is cosmically outmatched by his next mark. 

Written & Directed by Eli Stern

Produced by: Tony Spiridakis, Shannon Goldman, Ariel Eliaz

Executive Produced by Jay Stern, Vicki Horwits

Cinematography by Thomas Taugher

Starring Ariel Eliaz, Donnie Lyons


Narrative Short Film


This Modern Man Is Beat (17 minutes)

In a world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgement, Habib bin Habib al Fulan pawns his last possession and reconciles with his American wife.

Directed by Alex Merkin

Screenplay by David J Schroeder. Based on a short story by Fawzy Zablah

Produced by David J Schroeder; Tommy May, Caity Ware, Shar Yonan, Michelle Romano

Starring Jordi Vilasuso, Sheena Colette, Brad Greenqust, Mercer Boffey, Kent Klineman


Narrative Short Film


The Kidnapping Of A Fish (short)

A mild mannered guy is forced to consider his girlfriend is the reason for his unexpected situation in this mixed genre film. Equal parts comedy, drama and suspense wrapped up in a fun ride of a film.

Written & Directed by Philip A. Ramos
Produced by John D. Hay

Starring Stephen Friedrich, Theodora (Woolley) Miranne


Music Video


KOOL (5 minutes)

Sometimes true love transcends time

Directed by LazRael Lison
Written by Celeste Stoney, LazRael Lison
Produced byLazRael Lison, Ray Stoney, Celeste Stoney, Tatiana Chekhova
Starring Celeste Stoney, Ray Stoney


Screenplay (Unproduced)

The Savage Land

Desperate to protect his beloved, a naïve hired hand enlists a cynical U.S. marshal to guard her wagon train against a mysterious killer stalking pioneers on the Overland Trail.

Written by Mario Rivas