Award of Merit June 2022

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Award of Merit Special Mention

Anders Jan Sundstedt (United Kingdom), The Big Balloon to the Moon (Official Music Video), Music Video
Andrew Westfield (United Kingdom), Watershed, Actor: Leading Actor: Leading (Andrew Westfield as The Man)
Christopher L. Miller (USA), One Shot, Actor: Leading (Rob Pralgo as “Priest”), Actor: Supporting (Keith Brooks as Clerk), Script / Writer
Daniel Banks (USA), HAMAPAH/THE MAP/DANCE-ON-FILM, African American, Documentary Short, Jewish, LGBTQ+, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
Daniel M. Dyer and Petey Dyer (USA), Sole Trail, Documentary Short
Elizabeth Usher (Australia), Please Don’t Turn Away, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
Fangbo Li (China), Silent Confession, Asian (Student), Film Short (Student)
Jesse Richards (Australia), Grounded, Actress: Leading (Josephine Croft as Anne)
Jordan Hoffmaster (USA), Grounded, Documentary Short
Keith Randal Duncan (USA), The Deepest Dark, Actor: Leading (Justin Armstrong as The Prisoner), Direction, Experimental, Film Short
Lee Klein, Openlight Media (USA), The Habit of Prayer, Christian, Documentary Short
Lucas Dabrowski (Canada), Faded, Not Yet Gone, Film Short
Nicolas Pecollo (Spain), In Situ, Film Short, Direction
Oren Kaya Dayan (USA), Ripple in the Mirror, Experimental
Paula Baisden and Deon Green (USA), Out of Touch, Television – Pilot Program, Women Filmmakers
Quinn Friedman (USA), A Rose from the Ashes, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Rikard Rodin (USA), Zippy Ride, Film Short
Sepehr Qeshmi (United Arab Emirates), Renascence, Film Short, Cinematography
Susan Lim, Christina Teenz Tan and Samudra Kajal Saikia (Singapore), Ode to an Inanimate Companion, Animation
Yin Jo Ho (Taiwan), Zhuazhou ceremony, Film Short (Student)

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Adrian Izquieta (USA), The Ushers, Ensemble Cast
Aimee Baruah (India), SCREAMING BUTTERFLIES, Documentary Short
Allan Crawford (USA), Green Waste: An Environmental Opportunity, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Andrew Westfield (United Kingdom), Watershed, Viewer Impact: Content / Message Delivery
Angela R. Harvey (USA), Black Rainbow Love, Documentary Short, LGBTQ+, Viewer Impact: Content / Message Delivery
Antonia Tong (USA), Mad Scientists, Movie Trailer
Barbara G. Grant (USA), VR House, Script / Writer, Women Filmmakers
Bruce Hickey (USA), Blind Faith, Film Short
Christopher L. Miller (USA), One Shot, Actress: Leading (Victoria Staley as “Young Woman”)
Cristobal Olguin (Australia), Wrath, Film Short
Daniel Baptista and Andreia Albernaz (Portugal), I´m Not Beating You Up., Documentary Short
Elizabeth Usher (Australia), Please Don’t Turn Away, Music Video


Emerson Little (USA), In Another Place, Experimental (Student)
Erik Sharpnack (USA), The Collector, Film Short, Direction
Erika Lynn Jolie (USA), The Mountains Call Me Home, Women Filmmakers (Student)
Fangbo Li (China), Silent Confession, Direction (Student)
Greta Mendez (United Kingdom), Ah! Hard Rain, Experimental
Han Gao and Ruijin Xu (China), LOCK, Asian (Student)
ivan knyazev (Russia), My mother’s last dance, Experimental
Jatinder Sairaj (India), Mission Performance, Film Short
Joi-Noelle Worley (USA), LionHeart: Animatic Pilot, Television – Pilot Program, Ensemble Cast
Jonathan Geffner (USA), Casanoir, Film Short, Humor / Humorist
Karen Lang (Canada), Bear Viewing, Katmai National Park, Alaska, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Keara Barnes and Brenda Whitehall (Canada), The Stepmom, Film Short, Script / Writer


Konstantina Sofokleous (Cyprus)
, Thread Threat, Animation, Creativity / Originality
Leila Pongracz and Wyatt Lee (USA), Black Moses, Educational / Instructional / Training
Lina De La Pava (USA), The Two Of Us, Film Short
Marisa Cohen and Peter Issac Alexander (USA), The Cloaked Realm “Tunnel 23”, Creativity / Originality
Marnie Salsky (Canada), A PEOPLEHOOD | AMIUT YEHUDIT, Documentary Short, Jewish
Matt Frierdich (USA), How Did We Get Here?, Ensemble Cast, Television – Pilot Program, Television – Program Series, Webisode, Web Series, Humor / Humorist
Matthew Dunlap (USA), Hand that Feeds, Film Short (Student), Cinematography (Student)
Michael A. Viteritti (Switzerland), Choice, Film Short
Michael Watson (USA), Latinx Travel Summit, Latin / Hispanic
Mick Gorley (USA), Captis, Film Short
Mimi Garrard (USA), TH SR, Experimental
Nic Gregory (USA), Suddenly, Animation, Production Design


Nicholas Linnehan (USA), Catfish?, Disability Issues, LGBTQ+
Nicholas Tan (Australia), Joel, Film Short
Rachel Cairns (Canada), SUCCULENT, Women Filmmakers, Original Score
Rachel Handler (USA), Andy & Kaliope, Disability Issues (Rachel Handler), Children / Family Programming (Rachel Handler)
Rikard Rodin (USA), Zippy Ride, Actor: Leading (Christian Marchant as Phil)
Rodney Mansour (Australia), The Sound Eye, Christian, Editing
Rodney Roldan (USA), Country and Courage, Documentary Short
Sadie Duarte (Spain), Between Here and Gone, Actor: Leading (Iván Gisbert as Dax), Actor: Supporting (Alfonso Desentre as Blake)
Stilvi Psilopoulou (Greece), Phoenix 2021/A Survival Guide,  Women Filmmakers, Actress: Leading (Stilvi Psilopoulou)
Susan Lim, Christina Teenz Tan and Samudra Kajal Saikia (Singapore), Ode to an Inanimate Companion, Music Video, Script / Writer
Tara Veneruso (USA), Girl Unscripted – Season 1, Episode 1 – At-Risk Girl, Television – Program Series, Direction, Editing
Thomas Brouns (USA), The Search, Documentary Short (Student), Narration / Voice-Over Talent (Student)
Tommy Petroskey (USA), Footnote, Actor: Leading (Robert McKeon as Walter Cooper), Film Short, Direction, Script / Writer
Tori Layne (USA), A Horse Called Possum, Women Filmmakers
Uncharted Studios (USA), Mirror Mirror, Film Short, Creativity / Originality
Val Gehley (USA), DOGWALK, Web Series, Actress: Leading (Valentina Tammaro)
Zixuan Wang (China), A King of Infinite Space, Film Short

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