2020 WINNERS



2020 BEST FILM
"JACK KESSLER'S POPSY"
Directed by Jac Kessler 

Briggs Sheridan can't chase his gambling-dragon fast enough, and when it looks to cost him more than a few broken limbs, he unwittingly puts more skin in the game than intended.
 



2020 BEST DIRECTOR
"LONELY HEARTS"
Directed by Dennis Cahlo


Celeste, a lonely outcast, searches for love and understanding online and meets a charming man who has a much different date night in mind.
 


2020 BEST ACTOR
"THE BARBER" - SEBASTIAN ANTON
Directed by Sergiy Pudich
 
The brutal biker comes to the barbershop when it was already closed, but the barber still agreed to make the last cut...  

 

2020 BEST ACTRESS
"YOU UP?" - LINDI CECILE
Directed by  Flaminia Mereu 
 
‘You Up?’ is a dark comedy about insomnia where Nina, a young nurse, is trying to sleep at night, and being tormented by the personification of insomnia, an annoying clown-like creature named Sonja. Sonja is Nina’s subconscious who lives under her bed and comes out after dark as soon as Nina lays her head down to sleep.  

 

2020 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"THE KILLER OF GRASSY RIDGE"
Directed by  Johnny K.
 
 Deep in the Shenandoah backcountry, a killer stalks for prey. 
 
 

2020 BEST SET DESIGN
"CEMETERY TALES: A TALE OF TWO SISTERS"
Directed by Chris Roe
 
Set in 1949, a Hollywood star mourns the loss of her beloved sister on the one year anniversary of her death. When the truth of her murder is revealed, a surprise visitor returns. Time is running out. Will justice be served? Tick tock tick tock...
 
 

2020 BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
"CLOSURE"
Directed by Alex Cassun
 
In the hospital following a violent raid on his compound, a serial killer is interrogated by the US Marshal who nearly took his life.
 

 
 

2020 BEST COSTUMES
"UNCLE DADDY"
Directed by Conrad Schapansky 
 

Outback hillbillies have some uninvited company!

An innocent mushroom foraging adventure goes awry when 3 friends stumble upon a remote family that will do anything to survive and thrive after nuclear testing left them stranded deep in the woods.

 
 

2020 BEST MUSIC SCORE
2020 AUDIENCE CHOICE
"THE FUNHOUSE WALTZ"
Directed by Carvin Knowles
 
In a forgotten, abandoned carnival funhouse, the sins of the past are doomed to repeat their dark secrets for all eternity.
 

 

2020 BEST EDITING
"NIGHT OF THE FLUFFET"
Directed by Raymond Wallace
 
"Night of the Fluffet" is a cautionary tale about the dangers of bringing a wild Fluffet into your home.  


 

2020 SPECIAL CONTEST - GIVE US YOUR WORST
"REAPER ISLAND REDUX"
Directed by Nolan Schmidt 

When a girl comes to an island, she comes across a man who "haunts" the place known as the Reaper. After the help from a survivor, they plan to take down the Reaper.
 
 
 

2020 HONORABLE MENTION FILM
"SWIPE"
Directed by Niels Bourgonje
 
A girl finds out that she has a match on a dating app with a stranger, despite swiping him to the left moments ago. She starts to fear that the man is dangerously close to her.
 
 
 

2020 BEST FILM TRAILER
"I SCREAM ON THE BEACH"
Directed by  Michael Holiday
 
Halloween 1986: In the small English seaside town of Mellow Coast Emily (Hannah Paterson) is trying to discover the truth behind her father’s disappearance 10 years earlier, but as she searches for answers, and she gets closer to the truth, her friends start  getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown killer.
 
 
 

2020 BEST MOVIE POSTER
"NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING
Artwork by Veronica Marquez
Project by Michael Hogan
 
Karma catches up to the abusive boyfriend of a single mom when he forces her young son to sleep alone in a creepy motel room.
 
 

2020 BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY
"SOUL PASSAGE"
Written by Patrick Mediate & Kristin Ilagan
 
A clever ex-NYPD cop turned small town detective on the verge of retirement is forced to take on one last case when his teenage daughter is abducted on a school field trip. His investigation leads him from Suburbia to the underground world of Haitian voodooism where he discovers that the kidnappers’ intentions are darker and more sinister than he could have ever imagined. In a race against time, he must suspend his conventional beliefs and accept the world of the supernatural in order to fight to save his daughter's life.  

 

2020 BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
"LAB PARTNERS"
Written by Tommy Britt
 
Preeti and Daniel have won the Future Physicians essay contest, but when they struggle to raise their creative writing grades, the nightmare begins.
 
 

2020 BEST LOGLINE
2020 BEST FIRST 10 PAGES OF A SCREENPLAY
"TWITCH"
Written by Adam Lapallo 

An aspiring zoologist develops an unusual relationship with a feral stranger in the woods. This "werewolf" forces her to reconsider how she perceives human nature and begs the question, do we control our primal urges, or do they control us?
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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