Jury members Scooter Corkle (top left), Bonnie Thompson (lower left), and Scott Belyea (lower right) are joined by Festival Director Terry Scerbak (top right) as they announce the award winners for 2021 (watch 9-minute video below).
Read the web version of the program here.
Open a printable version of the program here.
Special Jury Prize – Homesick
Homesick is a 27-minute film from France written and directed by Koya Kamura.
Jury: Both personal and profound, it is a complete cinematic experience that finds humanity in the aftermath of disaster.
Best Live Action Short 15+ Minutes – Stephanie
Stephanie is a 15-minute film from Belgium written and directed by Leonardo van Dijl.
Jury: A powerful, intimate story with a delicate touch grounded by the nuanced performance of its young lead.
Honorable Mention – The Present
The Present is a 24-minute film from Palestine directed by Farah Nabulsi.
Best Live Action Short Under 15 Minutes – The Devil’s Harmony
The Devil’s Harmony is a 14-minute film from the UK directed by Dylan Holmes Williams.
Jury: A singular vision like nothing we’ve seen before that weaves genres with confident precision of craft.
Honorable Mention – W
W is a 6-minute film from Greece written, produced, and directed by Stelios Koupetoris.
Best Animated Short – The Beauty
The Beauty is a 4-minute film from Germany directed by Pascal Schelbli.
Jury: A surprising and poignant, allegorical comment on the state of the ocean and our relationship to it.
Honorable Mention – Grandad Was a Romantic
Grandad Was a Romantic is a 5-minute film from the UK written, produced, and directed by Maryam Mohajer.
Best Documentary Short – The Deepest Hole
The Deepest Hole is a 12-minute film from the United States produced and directed by Matt McCormick.
Jury: Subversive, satirical, unique, hypnotic, a different take on world history showing how the world’s deepest hole can reveal the hypocrisy of the bigger political picture.
Honorable Mention – Zone Rouge
Zone Rouge is a 15-minute film from Canada co-written and directed by Dominique van Olm.
Best Peace Region Short – With the Land
Jury: A visually compelling story and a strong character portrait that transported us into a world of someone living an alternative existence.
Honorable Mention – Zombies and Indians
Thanks to Monty Simo for putting together this year’s fest trailer – a sample of some of the 73 short films in this year’s program.