Winners September 2019
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
The Garden Left Behind by Flavio Alves
Mexican trans woman struggles to make a life for herself as an undocumented immigrant in New York City.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Human Nature by Adam Bolt
A once-in-a-lifetime scientific discovery called CRISPR gives us the power to change what it means to be human. Now it’s up to us to decide how far we should go.
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
Double Date by Vania Smrkovski
Having mourned the passing of her husband, Evelyn is ready to start dating again. But things get complicated when her dates get mixed up.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Indomitable by Linda Sanders
Every July, around 100 ultra-runners will line up at the world’s toughest foot race on earth. The 135-mile race starts in the Death Valley which is the lowest point in North America.
From there, the ultra-runners slowly make their way to the highest point in the contiguous United States. The race itself starts at night with a 48-hour course limitation, The long distance adventure is a struggle of the body, mind, and emotions. It’s a gateaway for a reflection of the beauty that life radiates while feeling. In general, humans posses inmate tendency to seek connection with nature for personal benefits.
The Fox by Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
A young fox on the verge of experiencing the first love got trapped by a hunter. The Hunter ties his dog collar bell on the fox’s neck and leaves her in the wood. And then the fox begins his effort to survive and love and revenge.
The Field by Holly Wilder
Do you ever wish you could shut off all the voices in your head? Who are you when the voices go quiet, even if just for a moment?
BEST STUDENT FILM
The Incident by Meedo Taha
At a bus stop near Beirut, a veiled Lebanese woman and a migrant Syrian worker get in a tumultuous moment and are arrested. They must argue their innocence in the face of the only witnesses: a bus full of women on their way to Koran school, each with her version of the truth.
BEST MICRO FILM
Bella by Miguel Furnier
Every day we see how a woman’s body becomes an object for sale transmitting a unique value, beauty.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
True Love Waits by Adi Halfin
Dance-choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith in a souldful performance to the sound of Radiohead’s “True Love Waits”.
BEST WEB SERIES
The Selfie Project by Barbara Holstein
A pilot show, designed to air weekly, in which teens share their thoughts and concerns via Selfies and discussions with an experts.