2020 OFFICIAL AWARDS

SHORT SUBJECT MOVIES UNDER 30 min

AWARDS

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ABSENCE OF COLOR
Directed by
SHIVA RAMANATHAN

Supernatural Thriller

A recently blind man is haunted by a ghost who exists for one reason, payback.

NOMINEE: Best Thriller

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ASSISTED LIVING
Directed by MITCHELL ALLEN, KASEY ENGLE

Comedy Drama

A shy comic book obsessed young man finds an unlikely hero when forced to room with a cranky older man in an assisted living facility.

NOMINEE: Best Comedy

NOMINEE: Best OK Soil

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AVENGEMENT
Directed by EDWARD V.TURNER

Action Drama

Two seasoned homicide Detectives investigate a series of murders that seem to be connected. They need all their expertise to stop the shed of blood.

NOMINEE: Best Drama

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BEHIND THE CLOUD THERE LIVES A SUN
Directed by KUMAR MAYANK

Family Drama

Waiting near the bus stop to take her son to a family gathering out of town, a victim of domestic violence silently questions her way of life.

NOMINEE: Best Domestic Violence Awareness Drama

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BEYOND HOME
Directed by DAVID SIPO

Family Adventure, Drama

Boy and girl growing up in poverty miss their father and decide to make a change in their lives. The village children help them with this adventure and the boy goes to search for his father across the ocean.

NOMINEE: Best Family Drama

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BORN STILL
Directed by BRENDA MALLOY

Western Drama

Left behind in the wake of the Civil War, the women of the homefront have a battle of their own that deems itself equally as desperate, challenging and bloody as the soldiers on the front lines.

NOMINEE: Best Western

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BROTHER
Directed by YA'KE
Drama

Jason and Caleb have been friends for the better part of a decade, but then Casey comes home.

NOMINEE: Best Drama

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COSMIC GUNSLINGERS
Directed by ROBERT HODGES

Faith, Sci-Fi Comedy

Two worlds collide, Reality is skewed. Time for some epic gunslinging, in a cosmic fashion.

NOMINEE: Best Comedy

NOMINEE: Best OK Soil

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DUST AND ASHES
Directed by JOSHUA PALMER

Sci-Fi Drama

On the outskirts of a utopian city where only perfect health and wholeness are accepted, a mute cripple and his autistic brother smuggle resources to an outcast community.

NOMINEE:Best Sci-Fi

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ELEMENTS OF US
Directed by
STAN-LEE RAY BAKER

Spiritual Journey

While preparing to work at a remote film location, 6 female crew members share a crew house where during a campfire party they are reminded of their pasts and shown a glimpse of futures.

NOMINEE: Best Sci-Fi

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FAST FORWARD STYLE
Directed by KARI KENNON

Romance Comedy

A glamorous 50 year old widow goes on dates with a variety of men whom she meets on the elite dating website "Fast Forward Style".

NOMINEE: Best Romance

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GETAWAY
Directed by ETHAN COOPER

Crime Drama

After a seemingly successful bank heist, 3 criminals retreat to their hideaway in the woods. While celebrating their success, a discovery surfaces.

NOMINEE: Best Drama

NOMINEE: Best OK Soil

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GOODBYE
Directed by SCOTT MCENTIRE

Horror, Suspense Drama

Coming to grip with dying. Difficult saying goodbye.

NOMINEE: Best Horror

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HARMONICA MAN
Directed by TY SHEETZ

Drama

A homeless harmonica player teams up with a dancing runaway girl with hopes of finding success despite their impossible situation.

NOMINEE: Best Student

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JACKPOT
Directed by JOLANTA YOUNG

Drama

Marquis and Tiffany go through financial hardships and relationship troubles. Marquis can't seem to quit his gambling habit.

Will Marquis and Tiffany learn to love again? Will hate win? Is the only way out to gamble their relationship on the lottery? Hoping for a jackpot.

NOMINEE: Best Drama

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LIMITED
Directed by MARK DATUIN

Family Drama

An examination of a tormented mother's attempt to reconcile her differences with her abusive son and the broken relationships that one person can leave behind.

NOMINEE: Best Domestic Violence Awareness

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MACHISMO
Directed by GABRIEL DURAN

Drama

A couple of days out of jail, Freddy is eager to show his new baby boy the ropes on how to be a man.

NOMINEE: Best Family Drama

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NIGHTWALKERS
Directed by DANIEL ROSALES

Animation, Drama

Story of a couple lost in South Texas who discover something that should have been left alone.

NOMINEE: Best Family Drama

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NORMAL AGENT DAY
Directed by RYAN GILMER

Terrorists, moles, bombs, double crosses, family life...just a normal day in the life of an agent.

NOMINEE: Best Drama

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OKSANA AND VIKTOR
Directed by MARK DATUIN

Romance-Drama

After ending a long distance relationship. Oksana & Viktor continue once a year in an attempt to maintain an unlikely friendship.

NOMINEE: Best Romance

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PAST PARTUM
Directed by WENDY KEELING

Family Thriller Drama

When a 10 year old boy interviews his imprisoned great-grandmother for a school project, he discovers the real reason for his mother's failing health: his baby sister.

NOMINEE: Best Thriller

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RENDEZVOUS
Directed by SETH KOZAK

Romance Drama, Mystery

An opportunistic Congressman schemes to have his much younger wife killed, but she's already a step ahead of him.

NOMINEE: Best Romance

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RETIREMENT DAY
Directed by
CEDRIC THOMAS SMITH

Romance Drama

After 30 years of employment, Joe retires from his job so that he can spend his time with the love of his life, Eva.

NOMINEE: Best Romance

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SCIENCE JERKS: MOVIE ECONOMICS-THE CHRISTOPHER SITTEN SAGA
Directed by
JENNIFER NEVERDAL

Comedy Spoof

As Jimmy Vortex tries to leave his job at a random cable access channel, Suprise guest Christopher Sitten just won't leave.

NOMINEE: Best Comedy

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AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD BEST MOVIE TRAILER

SOUND
Directed by TAWAN BAZEMORE

Thriller, Horror

Photographer Isabelle Pisano becomes hearing impaired after a violent car accident. As she struggles to cope in the muffled and scary new normal, something beautifully terrifying happens.

NOMINEE: Best Thriller

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THE 97TH COMPANION
Directed by TY SHEETZ

Drama

Experiencing a death of a loved one is always hard. But it's harder when you blame and close yourself off from the ones around you. The 97th Companion is a story about a young girl who learns to appreciate what she has in the present moment rather than grieving over what she has lost.

NOMINEE: Best Student

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THE CARTING CALL
Directed by ARMIN NASSEN

Suspense Drama

A female food carrier named Robin, delivers at night to make her rent by morning. She gets a request to deliver in an unfamiliar city where she walks into some trouble.

NOMINEE: Best Drama

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THE FISHERMAN
Directed by
ADRIAN CONTRERAS

Family Drama

After his mother's death, James travels to Mexico in search of the father he's never known, armed only with his father's last known whereabouts and his mother's ring.

NOMINEE: Best Family Drama

NOMINEE: Best OK Soil

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THE GUIDE
Directed by JERIEL YORDAN

Family Comedy

Alex, a janitor of a publishing company, is finally given the opportunity to write a book, but during this time his wife must go on a company trip and for the first time he is left alone to take care of his children

NOMINEE: Best Student

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THE INITIATION
Directed by AMIR YOUSSEF

Drama, Art

In an abandoned place where violence rules, only graffiti walls show compassion. Latino Graffiti writer, Pedro tags are the only source of light in the homeless man's empty world.

NOMINEE: Best Drama

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THE KEEPER
Directed by BOB CELLI

Romance Suspense/Drama

Celeste and Robert meet at a speed dating event. A lonely widow yearning for connection and a lover of art in search
of perfection.

NOMINEE: Best Romance Drama

NOMINEE: Best Drama

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THE LAST DREAM
Directed by TASKEEN SHAIKH

Drama

This film follows the story of a boy who administers sleeping pills to himself. An overdose leads to a bizarrely intimate conversation with Death wherein we bring light on his reasons for ending his life and the bittersweet of what could have been if he had decided to live. This film will empower the audience to see the meaning of life and what a gift it truly is.

AWARD: Best Foreign Language Drama

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THIS OLD VIOLIN
Directed by ISRAEL MARQUEZ

Supernatural Drama

NOMINEE: Best Sci-Fi

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YOU'RE THE PUPPET
Directed by
MICHAEL CHARRON

Dark Comedy

Laramie and Leonard are the hottest comedy duo in the local scene. Tired of Leonard getting all the credit, Laramie considers branching out on his own.

NOMINEE: Best Comedy