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JURIED AWARDS represent the average score from 3-5 Judges. With 1st place, 2nd place & 3rd place honors. Genres are not meant to be absolute as many Films are genre-blended.

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THRILLER
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1st Place: WISPER
Directed by Russ Emanuel

Crime Thriller

"Wisper" is the true story of the murder of a middle-class African American family in Northern New Jersey. In the summer of 2016, three children and their mother were found shot to death in their large suburban home. Loosely based on the personal videotapes and diaries owned by the father of the victims.
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2nd Place: LORD FINN
Directed by Al Mertens

Thriller, Family Drama

Daniel Finley, a mentally-ill Native American of mixed race, struggles to reconcile love versus inner trauma, as do a storytelling female inmate, and a prostitute and car thief in a hotel suite.

DRAMA
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1st Place: INTO THE NIGHT
Directed by Kate Li

Film Noir, Mystery

Following the sudden murder of her fiancÚ, Jane quickly finds herself caught in a web of manipulation and dark plot created by a successful bar owner and his estranged wife, both of whom claim to know about the truth of her fiancÚ's murder and try to persuade Jane to believe their side of the story.

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2nd Place: ANOTHER YESTERDAY
Directed by Steven Heil

Family Drama
A Japanese-American high school student spars with his father while forging a close bond with two social outcasts one of whom is bullied because he is gay, while the other claims she is being followed by a spirit.

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3rd Place: NO TURNING BACK
Directed by Danny Phillips

Sci-Fi, Family Drama

An avionics engineer receives a letter from Mars One that he has been shortlisted to be on one of the first human expeditions to Mars. He completed the application form nine months previously, but hadn't told his wife or children. He must now break the news to them along with the news it is a one way trip.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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BULLET TRIP
Directed by NOZOMU KASAGI

Romance-Drama, Roadtrip

Former Shinjuku No.1 male host Noboru slams up the hostess lover Noriko and rushes 800 km nonstop on the night highway to the port town Mihonoseki. The trip, called "surprise bullet trip", has a purpose that only Noboru knew.

ROMANCE-FAITH BASED
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1st Place: RESCUED
Directed by Crister De Leon

Faith-based Drama

A faith-based story inspired by true life events, which carefully gathers and meshes the lives of two brothers, bridged together by the incredible force of love, forming a multi-layered plot where questions of inner struggle and faith are depicted.





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2nd Place: WEIGHTIER MATTERS
Directed by Doug Phillips

Faith-Based Romance-Drama

An expectant single mom re-evaluates her life choices while trying to win a singer-songwriter contest.

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3rd Place: I DO
Directed by G. Lee Gordon

Faith-Based Drama

The spiritual journey of a Christian couple's trials and tribulations as they face divorce, temptation and other taboo subjects rarely addressed in the Christian community.





SCI-FI
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1st Place: NO TURNING BACK
Directed by Danny Phillips

Sci-Fi, Family Drama

An avionics engineer receives a letter from Mars One that he has been shortlisted to be on one of the first human expeditions to Mars. He completed the application form nine months previously, but hadn't told his wife or children. He must now break the news to them along with the news it is a one way trip.

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2nd Place:DINOSAURS IN A MINING FACILITY
Directed by Jordin Goff

Sci-Fi, Comedy

Dr. Stone's mysterious mining outpost just got a new employee. Ian is finally making something of himself, but will he become a hero or dinosaur food?


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3rd Place: THE HUMAN CONSERVATION EXPERIMENT
Directed by Kornblum Katz

Sci-Fi Horror, Experimental

After humanity's self-destruction, a trans man repulsed by pregnancy and children becomes the best hope for the continuation of the species.

MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

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LEGACYKEEPERSRUS AWARD: MUSIC ARTIST PRESERVATION/RESTORATION

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1st Place: DIGGING FOR WELDON IRVINE
Directed by Victorious De Costa

Music, Jazz Composer

Digging For Weldon Irvine explores the enduring legacy of a man deeply vital to the culture of black freedom expression, yet is somehow overlooked within that very lexicon.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: BEST TRAILER-DOCUMENTARY

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2nd Place: FOREVER FOUR
Directed by Shihyun "Sherry" Wang

Biography, Drama

The story of 4 Liverpool young men set to conquer the World.



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3rd Place Tie:A SOUL JOURNEY
Directed by Marco Della Fonte

MUSIC FESTIVAL

In the last 30 years, some of the greatest legends of Soul and R&B have performed at Porretta Soul in Italy, the greatest Soul music festival in the world. A Soul Journey is not just simply a music documentary, it is a film narrating many aspects of the intricate and delicate lives of these artists, and in particular, their artistic, human and emotional journeys to perform in such a small village lost in the Italian mountains.



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3rd Place Tie: THIS IS LOVE: THE RUDY LOVE STORY
Directed by John Alexander

Music, Family Drama

You may not know Rudy Love's name, but you will almost certainly know his voice. Mick Fleetwood and George Clinton unveil an unsung hero of soul in this investigation of a singer who turned down fame to make music with his family.

COMEDY
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1st Place: DINOSAURS IN A MINING FACILITY
Directed by Jordin Goff

Sci-fi, Comedy

Dr. Stone's mysterious mining outpost just got a new employee. Ian is finally making something of himself, but will he become a hero or dinosaur food?
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2nd Place: BEAUTY, BRAINS AND PERSONALITY
Directed by Emmett Loverde

Comedy

At a monthly dinner party between three female friends, one announces to the others, Together we make up the perfect woman -- you're the brains, you're the personality, and I'M the beauty! The other two are devastated.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: BEST TRAILER-FEATURE

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3rd Place: DISORIENTATION
Directed by Russell Whaley

College Comedy

After a string of bad luck with past dorm mates, Finn an underachiever hopes that a new year is going to bring some better luck. A 15 year old brainiac, Toby isn't exactly what he had in mind.

DRAMEDY
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1st Place: MAX BISHOP
Directed by Jack Beranek

Comedy, Crime

An unemployed hitman finds work as a janitor at the local elementary school.
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2nd Place: SKINNY ATLAS
Directed by Charles Stanley

Drama

A career as an astronaut hasn't prepared Commander Sylvester "Skinny" Atlas for life back on ground. Can Skinny's girlfriend Rocky Keep him from falling into trouble?
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3rd Place: RIBBON
Directed by Cade Thomas

Family Drama, Comedy

Two siblings face adulthood in modern corporate America.

OKLAHOMA SOIL
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1st Place: LORD FINN
Directed by Al Mertens

Thriller, Family Drama

Daniel Finley, a mentally-ill Native American of mixed race, struggles to reconcile love versus inner trauma, as do a storytelling female inmate, and a prostitute and car thief in a hotel suite.

AWARD: BARE BONES SCRIPT-2-SCREEN

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2nd Place: SKINNY ATLAS
Directed by Charles Stanley

Drama

A career as an astronaut hasn't prepared Commander Sylvester "Skinny" Atlas for life back on ground. Can Skinny's girlfriend Rocky Keep him from falling into trouble?
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3rd Place: RIBBON
Directed by Cade Thomas

Family Drama, Comedy

Two siblings face adulthood in modern corporate America.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS

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NO ORDINARY LOVE
Directed by Chyna Robinson

Romance Drama

When two women are betrayed by their manipulative husbands, they begin plotting to find a way out. The escape they seek, turns out to be deadly.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS-SURVIVOR AWARD

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ANGELENA: LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
Directed by Angelena Bonet

Biographical, Music, Women Empowerment

Now empowered by the crime that almost took her life, Bonet has also made it her life mission to end violence against women. Interviewing women and girls from all around the world and from all walks of life, 'Angelena: Light At The End Of The Tunnel' is her final film of the trilogy.

EXPERIMENTAL-LGBTQ
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THE HUMAN CONSERVATION EXPERIMENT
Directed by Kornblum Katz

Sci-Fi Horror, Experimental

After humanity's self-destruction, a trans man repulsed by pregnancy and children becomes the best hope for the continuation of the species.

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