Award of Recognition September 2023

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Award of RecognitionAbigail Deser (USA), HARD RAIN, Direction, LGBTQ+, Women Filmmakers
Adrian Thomas Haverkate (Australia), Jim’s Second Chance, Christian
Alessandro Binci (Italy), Presbyopia, Animation
Alyssa Kurtzman (USA), One Suggestion, Ensemble Cast
Aubrey Scott (USA), Enter Your Name, LGBTQ+ (Student), Animation (Student)
B. Luciano Barsuglia (USA), October’s Eyes, Film Short, LGBTQ+
Benjamin Kadaffi (USA), The Nightmare Paradox, Script / Writer
Bill Webb (USA), Secrets of the Horizon, Commercial / Infomercial
Cam Woodman, Carly Fawcett and Jamie Patterson (Canada), Dad Bod Dale, Film Short, Mockumentary
Craig Wyhoon (Australia), Loki and Me, Disability Issues, Film Short
Darrel Boye and Romane Simon (USA), I Can’t Breathe, Documentary Short, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
Daryl Sparkes (Australia), The Troxler Effect, Experimental
David Yin (China), Moral Combat, Editing (Student)
Derek Price (USA), The Monster in Their Eyes, Film Short


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Donald Watson (USA), To Grieve or Not to Grieve, Film Short
Efriem Kahsay Quada (Eritrea), Cento Quatro or Article 104, Film Short
Evan DiPietrantonio (USA), My Weird Roommate, Film Short, Mockumentary
Frank Zanella (USA), DREAMERS, Latin / Hispanic (Student)
Frederik Wiedmann (USA), Living Still, Actress: Leading (Gemma Kyle as Liv), Dramatic Impact
Greg Maksudyan (USA), Christmas Evil, Movie Trailer
Harry Qiu (China), Bubbles, Asian (Student)
Imed Ben Labidi (Qatar), Hollywood’s Bad Ethnicities, Special Purpose Productions
Isabel Bacigalupo (USA), Baggage, Latin / Hispanic, Women Filmmakers
Iurii Sumaneev (USA), Justice, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest (Student)
Jacek Krawczyk (Poland), ANTIQUARIUS, Experimental, Arts / Cultural / Performance / Plays
Jakub Liskiewicz, Southampton Solent University (United Kingdom), Turmoil, Film Short
James Pinard (USA), Anyone But Me, Film Short
Jeremiah Joshua Joseph (USA), ABANDONED, Film Short (Student)
Joe White (USA), Last Words of Lord Carrington, Actor: Leading (David Hopcroft as Lord Carrington)

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John Hall and Mark Connelly Wilson (USA), Touched, Actor: Leading (Ryon Marshall as Earl Ayer), Actor: Supporting (Zachary Gossett as Zeke)
Jonna Volz (USA), Paradiso, Latin / Hispanic, Women Filmmakers
Joseph Matthew Jeavons (USA), Wrists Tied, Film Short (Student)
Jude Peter Damian (India), SARAS, Film Short, Script / Writer
Kelby Thwaits (USA), A Curious Woman, Actress: Leading (Angela Manke as The Curious Woman), Direction, Experimental, Film Short
Kendall Christianson (USA), The Catastrophe, Film Short
Larry Guernsey (USA), Oyster Bay Rebellion, Animation
Lazar Jovanović (Serbia), Tango For The End, Cinematography (Student)
Levi Hott (USA), Before Growing Up, Film Short (Student), Actor: Leading (Student) (Camden Tucker as Olive Herman)
Mary Stow (United Kingdom), IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD, Experimental, Disability Issues
Matthew Nalbandian (Canada), GENESIS, Film Short
Matthew Reidy (USA), Billy Comes Home, Film Short, Actress: Supporting (Linda Bisesti as Connie)
Maya Símone (USA), Naming Space: The AADS Story, African American (Student), Documentary Short (Student)

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Michael A. Newman (USA), HALF WAY HOME, Script / Writer
Michael Trent Stokes (USA), The Northern Mariner, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Michel Dessources Jr (USA), Ti Toya, Film Short, Special Purpose Productions
Mihnea Cernat and Grig Gheorghe (Romania), Colonist on The Moon – Another Something (Colonist pe Luna – Un Alt Ceva), Music Video
Nina Naval (USA), Leave, Actress: Leading (Nina Naval as Izzy)
Omar C. Johnson (USA), Searching For Damian O, Experimental
Paayel Chouudhury (India), The Ambition, Women Filmmakers
Rafael Maria Friebe (Germany), I Love You, Editing
Richard Lee Fertell (USA), Gnomology, Children / Family Programming
Rob Gore and John Demakas (USA), Remember, Film Short
Roberto Totola (Italy), Capolinea – The Last Stop, Use of Film / Video for Social Change
Roman S. Koenig (USA), Red Blooded, Actor: Leading (Sean Dillingham as Don Green), Actor: Supporting (Cayden Dillingham as Benjamin Green)
Russell Hugo (USA), Scotch Broom, Movie Trailer
Samantha Reynolds (USA), Rest Stop, Women Filmmakers
Samuel Kariuki and Daniel Mwendwa Muindi (USA/Kenya), MELITA, Film Short, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising

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Sayer Alexander Baca (USA), Solo Battle, Animation (Student)
Sebastian Crump (USA), The Transaction, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Seda Anbarci and Lissette Camacho (USA), Here We Are, LGBTQ+, Web Series, Women Filmmakers
Seda Anbarci (USA), Cheers, Experimental, Women Filmmakers
Shihyun Wang (Iceland), Iceland – Fire on ice, Tourism / Travel
Stéphane Meer and Olga Belichenko (France/Ukraine), LITTLE-MONKEY DREAMS OF BEING STRONG, Animation, Children / Family Programming, Music Video
Susan A. Bradley (USA), Going Out With A Bang, Documentary Short
Tati Golykh (USA), Rosie, Film Short
Tom Parkin (USA), O Christmas Dream, Documentary Short
Vinny O’Brien (USA), Ellie, Film Short
Yevgeniya Regent (Ukraine), Prayer of The Birds, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Yumi Sonoda//VAYA (Canada/Japan), PULSE, Film Short, Music Video
Zafir Ahmed and Wael El Shebokshy (Canada), Phobos, Actor: Leading (Wael El Shebokshy as Phobos)

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Award of Merit Film Festival
Click below for the Award of Excellence and Best of Show winners:

Award of Excellence