2015 AWARD WINNERS

Complete list of award winning films:

 

BEST OF FESTIVAL

 

WEEPAH WAY FOR NOW - Just before embarking on a multi-city concert tour, talented sisters Elle and Joy plan a going away party with family and friends. Over the course of a week in sun-dappled Laurel Canyon, divorced parents, former beaus, nagging business managers, and a variety of unexpected events derail their festive planning. When their guests finally arrive, the celebration the sisters had envisioned does not go at all as planned, with the party taking several strange turns that leave everyone unsettled. In Director Stephen Ringer’s Weepah Way for Now, an unseen narrator and a gorgeous soundtrack help propel the story towards an end in which Elle and Joy resolve that they can only rely on each other. DIR Stephen Pierce Ringer. PROD Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Kerry Barden, Stephen Pierce Ringer. SCR Stephen Pierce Ringer. CAST Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Mimi Rogers, Amanda Crew, Madeline Zima, Liam Aiken, Dan Byrd, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gale Harold, Ryan Donowho, Erin Cummings, and Gil Bellows. (USA)

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE AWARD

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

 

HARRY & SNOWMAN - Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit. DIR Ron Davis. PROD Ron Davis, Karin Reid Offield, Paul Blavin, Clay Westervelt, Nancy Knox Talcott. CAST Harry deLeyer, Snowman. (USA)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

LOST COMPASSION – Chip Croft (Executive Producer) and Dr. Ronda Hampton (Producer) explore the story of Mitrice Richardson who went missing after being released from a Malibu jail in the middle of the night with no cell phone, no purse, no ID and no form of transportation. This film highlights the vitality of her life and probes the mysterious details surrounding her disappearance and ultimately her death. If you have information regarding the disappearance and death of Mitrice Richardson please contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline to leave an anonymous tip - 1800-222-TIPS (8477). The cities of Malibu, Calabasas and Agoura are offering a combined reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the murder of Mitrice Richardson. DIR Chip Croft. PROD Chip Croft, Ronda Hampton. SCR Chip Croft, Ronda Hampton.

 

BEST DRAMA SHORT

 

GRAND CHINATOWN ROBBERY – Young school friends Jack, Danny and Marty are on the way to a liquor store to commit a robbery. Marty has to make an emergency stop to vomit, and Jack fights Danny in power conflict. Unstable Marty wants to call it quits unless Jack tells him why are they doing the robbery, but Jack cannot answer him, and leads Marty to make up his own mind. Things do not go as planned as they discover another person in the store, a clerk’s son. He manages to escape, and Jack chases after him, leaving Danny and Marty with the owner. Shang Lai escapes, but when Jack is back in the store, Danny is severely wounded. The store owner holds them at gun point but cannot kill the robbers. In the end, the guys are back in the car, without a clear direction of where they should go. DIR Vladislav Nikitin. PROD Vladislav Nikitin, Elizaveta Kuznetsova. SCR Vladislav Nikitin. CAST Ian Lerch, Alex Ribar, Jacob Garcher, Chayce Lee. (USA)

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

 

ONE NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD – No matter how powerful you are in Hollywood, there's always someone more powerful than you that has your career in the palm of their hand. A satire about two Indie filmmakers who find the perfect investor for their film who only has one deal point - that they kill a studio executive that has crossed him. That doesn't seem to be a problem. But, agreeing on an ending to their film seems to be their biggest challenge! DIR Sheri Sussman. PROD Markus Reymann, Sheri Sussman. SCR Sheri Sussman. CAST Ian Buchanan; Markus Reymann; Rick Peters; Kyle Kaminsky. (USA)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR (MICHAEL KEELEY)

 

THE DANGLE – The year is 1975, and Tom Ryder has made too many mistakes. This American spy is given one last chance in Moscow to prove his worth to the agency when Boss reluctantly assigns him a mission of the utmost importance. He must complete a routine exchange with a known enemy operative... But she is The Red Mantis, the world's greatest mercenary, and she has plans of her own. Agent Ryder stands before duty and redemption. Both are opportune. Both are necessary. He can only choose one. DIR Michael E. Ravich. PROD Michael E. Ravich, Victor Solis. SCR Michael E. Ravich. CAST James Liebman, Michael Keeley, Shannon Lee Clair. (USA)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS (Priscilla Barnes)

 

TURKEY – The story of one dysfunctional family's hilariously disastrous Thanksgiving get together, and proves that sometimes you find gratitude in the strangest of places. DIR Erik Linthorst. PROD Erik Linthorst. SCR Erik Linthorst. CAST Priscilla Barnes, Tim Haldeman, TW Leshner, Lora Plattner, Zena Gaynes, Christopher Carrington, Eva Fisher. (USA)

 

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT

 

SIMON – A man prepares for his final entry onto the grand stage, only to be confronted by his inner self. SIMON is a genre-crossing, dizzying dive; an inside-outside passage through dance. Passage from the imaginary to the reality, from childhood to adulthood. No one is more alone than the actor who enters the stage. No one is more alone than the child who’s about to join adulthood. And when the imaginary joins reality, the figure of childhood explodes. DIR Camille de Galbert. PROD Thibaut Estellon. SCR Camille de Galbert. CAST Simon Courchel. (USA)

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

 

OPEN 24 HOURS – In the dead of night, Russell stops at a backwater convenience store to purchase gas and a pair of suspicious tools. He meets his match in Dixie, an overzealous checkout clerk who misinterprets Russell's dark motives at every turn -- or does she? Russell is forced to play into Dixie's eccentric whims, or risk drawing attention to the eerie rumble that pours from the trunk of his car. DIR Henry Chaisson. PROD Mike Makowsky. SCR Mike Makowsky, Henry Chaisson. CAST Dale Raoul, Chad Todhunter, Brad Leland. (USA)

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

 

DISSONANCE – A genius musician lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world. He plays the piano every day in a gigantic concert hall, but there is nobody to listen. One day his animated world collapses and reality breaks out. The film seamlessly transforms from an animation into a live action drama, reflecting the journey from the psychotic mind of a poor street musician into the real world. He only has one wish: To play for his daughter, which he is not allowed to visit any more. DIR Till Nowak. PROD Till Nowak. SCR Till Nowak. CAST Roland Schupp (Piano-Man), Nina Petri (Mother), Hannah Heine (Daughter), Mirko Thiele (Narrator), Klaus Zehrfeld (Doctor). (Germany)

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

 

WRONG NUMBER – A man is about to put an end to his life when he is interrupted by a phone call. DIR Ernesto Rivera-Machuca. PROD Ernesto Rivera-Machuca. SCR Ernesto Rivera-Machuca. CAST Carlos H Hoeflich, Azucena Evans. (Mexico)

 

 

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