And the Winners Are………Congratulations!
Best Drama – Down and Dangerous
Zak Forsman – Director, Writer
Always one step ahead of the Feds, Paul Boxer is the most inventive and principled smuggler in the trade, and has never needed to carry a gun. When violent mid-level traffickers coerce him into designing a foolproof plan to bring several kilos of cocaine across the México border, he maneuvers to rid himself of their hold over him once and for all. But when a sharp-witted woman from his past enlists his help to escape this rival outfit, Paul must confront the man that is hunting him down, and choose between his livelihood as a smuggler and his integrity as a man.
Best Comedy – Cavemen
Herschel Faber, Director, Producer
Fed up with one-night-stands and empty relationships, LA playboy Dean realizes that he wants something more out of life than just a party. With a little inspiration from his young nephew, Dean decides to try his hand at finding true love, which proves to be much more difficult than he thought in modern-day Los Angeles. After a few hilariously bad first dates and some awful advice from his oversexed guy friends, Dean begins to realize that the true love he has been seeking may be much closer to home. But when he is forced to make a decision between the girl he knows is perfect for him and the seductive party-girl of his fantasies, will Dean finally grow up…or will he just continue the party?
Best Documentary – The Oracles of Pennsylvania Ave
Timothy wilkerson Director, Producer
One cold morning in December of 1982, Norman David Mayer pulled a white panel truck up to the base of the Washington Monument and threatened to blow it up with a thousand pounds of TNT if the government and the press did not dedicate more of its time and resources to the dialogue on nuclear disarmament. Twenty five years later, three tenacious hangers on (inspired partly by Norman and the first domestic terrorist act in the US capitol) are still holding a round the clock, all weather, anti-nuclear vigil in front of the White House.
Best Florida – 7 Lives of Chance
Banks Helfrich – Director
An image of a lone red balloon Chance held onto as a child for solace accompanies her to an approaching reunion for which she must come face to face with a memory she has yet to accept. What happens when you hang onto everything?
Best Foreign Language – Halima’s Path
Arsen Anton Ostojic, Director.
Tells the tragic but inspiring story of a grieving, but strong-willed Muslim woman Halima who tries, without success, to find the remains of her son who was killed in the Bosnian War and buried in one of the many mass graves. She realizes that she must track down her estranged niece, who we find carries a mysterious connection to him. After finding her, Halima discovers a horrifying fact from her worst nightmares. With this discovery, the spiral of tragic events from the past would continue in the present, disrupting once again the troubled lives of the characters.
Audience Favorite Feature – Flashback
Brendan Rogers – Director
Flashback Films, a once-proud 32nd century movie studio, has fallen into disrepair thanks to a sinister corporate takeover. Janitor Jack Taylor’s attempts to date leading lady Tiffany Sloane collide with the machinations of a corrupt studio executive, and plunge the studio into chaos. Hollywood satire meets science fiction in this outrageous adventure comedy as Jack and Tiffany attempt to survive the lit powder keg that is Flashback Films.
Audience Favorite Short – The Lemonade Trade
Duane Andersen Director, Producer
In spite of his amazing gourmet lemonade, Anthony’s lemonade stand business goes sour when a competitor sets up across the street.
Best overall Student – Beneath The Cloth
John Martin Director
A short film during the Civil War, portraying the encounter of two enemies and the unexpected stories they reveal to one another.