2020 Annual Award Winners

Best Horror Short

OverKill produced and directed by Alex Montilla (USA)

Best Sci-Fi Short

Expiration produced by Don Ohmer and directed by Lisheng Zhang (USA)

Best Comedy Short

Comedy Videos produced by Katie White, Lisa Rudin, Peter Lazarus, and Bob Turton, and directed by Peter Lazarus (USA)

Best Dark Comedy Short

Thank You for Patiently Waiting produced and directed by Max Marklund and Anders Jacobsson (Sweden)

Best Thriller Short

Kandi Kids produced by Sandu Negrea, Brock Burnett, Melissa Burnett, Jijo Reed, and Sean O’Connor, and directed by Sandu Negrea (USA)

Best Mystery Short

Split produced by M Entertainment and Telewizja Polska, and directed by Joanna Deja and Łukasz Deja (Poland)

Best Crime Short

The Fixer produced by Michael Schilf, Chase Kuker, and Ryan D. Wood, and directed by Michael Schilf (USA)

Best Film Noir Short

Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters produced by Chris Roe and Matt O’Neill, and directed by Chris Roe (USA)

Best Fantasy Short

My Mum’s Letters produced by Antonio Sequeira and Pedro Magano, and directed by Antonio Sequeira (Portugal)

Best Action Short

Fugitive Zero produced and directed by Joe Lam (USA)

Best Western Short

Lillian produced by James Seyer and Molly Vernon, and directed by Molly Vernon (USA)

Best Indie Short

Adulting produced by Ania Gauer and directed by Ania Gauer and Julien Gauthier (France)

Best Drama Short

Breaking the Silence produced by Seayoon Jeong, Robert Caudy, and Gema Interiano, and directed by Seayoon Jeong (USA)

Best Student Short

Furthest From produced by Rex Reyes II and directed by Kyung Sok Kim (USA)

Best Animation Short

Winter produced by Guodong Yu and Bradley Hawkins, and directed by Guodong Yu (China)

Best Children Short

The Game produced by Cartridge Thunder and directed by Jack Pochop (USA)

Best Romantic Short

The Untitled Portrait of Red produced by Ramsee Chand, Liam Lischak, and Noah Kim, and directed by Simeon Hu (USA)

Best Women Short

Perfect Body produced by Marc Moreno and directed by Jessica Puppo (France)

Best LGBTQ Short

Tomoko produced and directed by Margaux Esclapez (France)

Best Documentary Short

Together-Alone produced by Lennox on the run and directed by Dorith Mous (Netherlands)

Best Experimental Short

Optic Nerve produced by Peter Hartsock, Daniel Simoni, and Gabriel Acosta, and directed by Peter Hartsock (USA)

Best Microfilm

Alone produced by Ryan Frazee and Peri Williams, and directed by Ryan Frazee (USA)

Best Mobile Short

Infection produced by Michael Davis, Michael Lutz, The NoSleep Podcast, and Olivia White, and directed by Michael Davis (USA)

Best Director (Female)

Molly Vernon for Lillian (USA)

Best Director (Male)

Mike Manning for Toxic (USA)

Best Student Director (Female)

Jessica Puppo for Perfect Body (France)

Best Student Director (Male)

Wai Kuen Fu for Black & White (USA)

Best First Time Director (Female)

Margaux Esclapez for Tomoko (France)

Best First Time Director (Male)

Michael Schilf for The Fixer (USA)

Best Actress

Marie Mottet for Perfect Body (France)

Best Actor

Simon Longmore for Not Your Average Bear (Canada)

Best Supporting Actress

Keisha Castle-Hughes for Toxic (USA)

Best Supporting Actor

Bruce Davison for Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters (USA)

Best Child/Young Actress

Beatriz Frazão for My Mum’s Letters (Portugal)

Best Child/Young Actor

Kaleb Alexander Roberts for The McHenry Trial – Don’t Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie (USA)

Best Ensemble Cast

Peter Keleghan, Kaniehtiio Horn, Grace Lynn Kung, Michael James Regan, Jill Frappier, Jennifer Dale, and Joyce Rivera for The Remnant (Canada)

Best Original Screenplay

Jessica Puppo and Pauline Munier for Perfect Body (France)

Best Cinematography

Thomas Freundlich for Cold Storage (Finland)

Best Editing

Kai Lendzion for Residue (USA)

Best Visual FX

Adrian Bobb, George Kanaras, and Tommy Røkkum for Ext (Canada)

Best Original Score

Jonathan Hartman for Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters (USA)

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