Award of Merit December 2020

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Award of Merit Special Mention

Brian Brodeur (USA), TAPintoTV, Television – Pilot Program, Television – Program Series, Pilot Program / Series
Brian Brodeur (USA), HomeGrown: The Series, Web Series, Television – Program / Series
Danny Thykaer (Denmark), Louise & Louise, Film Short, Actress: Leading (Tanja Fleth Boenke as Louise)
Deepak Reddy (India), Manasanamaha, Actress: Supporting (Drishika Chander as Chaitra)
Denis Thomopoulos (USA), Cool The Climate!, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Dylan Gary (USA), Broken Toys, Film Short, Actress: Leading (Olivia Hardin as The Woman)
Elisabeth Lecaye (France), DATES, Women Filmmakers, Film Short
Endemic Species Research Institute (Taiwan), Elves in the Twilight: Taiwan’s Bewitching Bats, Editing
Jason Avezzano (USA), So OCD, Women Filmmakers, Film Short
Justin Wang Powell (USA), Falling Sparrow, Original Score (Student) (Composed by Li Xun)
Kelly Bakos (USA), Ephemeral, Documentary Short, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Lewis William Robinson (United Kingdom), Addiction, Film Short, Script / Writer
Louis Bryant and AmaYah Harrison (USA), 19Seventy Free, African American, Music Video
Mirlande Amazan (USA), LIFE…, Women Filmmakers, Actress: Leading (Stacy Ann Rose as Dr. Rhemi Hathaway)
Patrick de Teliga (Australia), POSTCARDS from ISOLATION, Actor: Leading (Patrick de Teliga), Film Short
Ramy Gheit (USA), Essential Worker, Film Short, Original Score
Sam Clark (USA), FAIRVIEW, Actor: Leading (Sam Clark as Sam Clark)
Vincent McLean (USA), Sang Del Drac, Film Short

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Alexander Yellen (USA), Dead End Drive, Disability Issues
Allen Newman (USA), Last Resort, Webisode
Allison Bergman (USA), Gastropod, Women Filmmakers
Allison Hughes Stroud (USA), Clipped, Webisode, Women Filmmakers, Costume Design
Andre Wright (USA), Awake, Film Short (Student)
Andrew Gutierrez (USA), Paz, Actor: Supporting (Armando DuBon Jr. as Antonio), Actress: Leading (Heidi Martin as Linda), Actress: Supporting (Elena Sahagun as Maria)
Andronica Marquis (USA), Medea, Actor: Leading (Ed Gonzalez Moreno as Jason), Actress: Leading (Andronica Marquis as Medea), Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Antonio De La Cruz (USA), Salsero in Purgatory, Actor: Leading (C.L. Rivera as Marcos), Latin / Hispanic
Ashley Wren Collins (USA), i only miss you when i’m breathing, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Avery Chung-Melino (USA), Modern Woman, Women Filmmakers (Student)
Benji Tucker (USA), My Best Friend, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Brianna Reed (USA), Sweet 15, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Carl Tempesta (USA), Perfect Match, Film Short
Carlos Torres (USA), XIETY, Actress: Leading (Karen Torres), Public Service Programming / PSA
Caroline Locke (USA), CarolineLocke_The Winner, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Caroline Patz (USA), First Kiss, Film Short, Women Filmmakers, Editing, Actor: Leading (Michael L McNulty as Him), Actress: Leading (Caroline Patz as Me)
Cécile Rousset, Romain Blanc-Tailleur and Adrienne Nowak (France), Fail in Love – Berlin, Animation
Chris Zarb (Malta), The End, Film Short
Cynthia M. Uhrich (USA), Lorna Landvik’s “Oh My Stars”, Actress: Leading (Anna Stranz as Violet Mathers)
Dalton Snider-Smith (USA), Fantasy Master, Women Filmmakers (Student)
Darryl Dillard (USA), Who’s With Me, Experimental
David Mable (USA), Down the Kuskokwim, Documentary Short
Diek (USA), States of Contention, Film Short
Elizabeth Usher (Australia), Words Like Knives, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Music Video


Emmy Perry (USA), Body and Soul, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Endemic Species Research Institute (Taiwan), Elves in the Twilight: Taiwan’s Bewitching Bats, Sound Editing / Sound Mixing
Felix Heyer (Germany), G-Power G5M Hurricane RR, Commercial / Infomercial
Felix Kiner (USA), I.L. Peretz’s If Not Higher, Jewish
Gavin Bradley (USA), Come Home To Me, Film Short
George Hurley (USA), Ports, Animation (Student)
Gigi Burgdorf (United Kingdom), Same Time Next Week, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Gil Sagi (Germany), Breezy – LOOKin for, Music Video
Greg Roensch (USA), He Runs, Animation, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising
Hana Noka and Sandu Negrea (USA), I, WOMAN., Film Short
Hudson Hillin (USA), Letting Go, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Ilia Wayans (USA), Go Fish, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Imeh Gabriel, A Lady’s Voice Network (USA), The Story of Carmen, Documentary Short
Isaac Ruth (USA), The Feeding, Actress: Leading (Christine Renaud as Anna)
Ivy Tobin (USA), My Life as a Doormat, Television – Pilot Program, Actress: Leading (Ivy Tobin as Rose Gardner Lipchitz)
Jacob Basri (USA), Phosphor, Animation
Jacob Sbragia (USA), On April 8th, I Lost my Mind, Film Short
Jaeyoung Lee (USA), I’ll Miss You a Lot, Scott, Narration / Voice-Over Talent (Toritseju Danner)
James Carey (USA), Divorce During Pandemic, Film Short
Jane Wells (USA), Preserving The Holocaust, Jewish, Women Filmmakers
Jay Paris (USA), Together–6 Feet Apart, Documentary Short
Jimmy Prosser (USA), FOOLS, Actor: Leading (Jake Ingrande as him), Film Short
Jonathan Sprout and Rodney Whittenberg (USA), Solar, Music Video
Joseph McGovern (USA), Hush, Experimental
Josh Sabey, Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies (USA), The Romey Lynchings: A Story of Lebanese Immigrants, Documentary Short



Joud AlAmri (United Arab Emirates), Sunday, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Joud AlAmri (United Arab Emirates), Sanctum, Experimental, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising
Joud AlAmri (United Arab Emirates), Guru Taxi, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Justin MacGregor, Roguescots (Canada), Isolation, Film Short
Justin Wang Powell (USA), Falling Sparrow, Actress: Supporting (Student) (Nicole Marquez-Davis as Jade)
Kelly Grosklags and Bryan Piatt (USA), Dying Is Not Giving Up, Documentary Short
Kelly Riot (USA), Tiger Eyes, Women Filmmakers, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising
Kevin Murray (USA), Practice, Film Short
Laiqa Hitt and Jared Bunn (USA), Panacea, Documentary Short
Lauren Robbins (USA), Sanctioned, Film Short
Leonard J. Moore II and Eric Campbell (USA), Shut Up and Box, Actor: Leading (Leonard J. Moore II as James), African American, Film Short, Viewer Impact: Content / Message Delivery
Lewis William Robinson (United Kingdom), Addiction, Actor: Supporting (Grahame Edwards as Roy Bennett)
Liene Greifane, VGIK, Moscow – Russia (Russia), Dymov, Women Filmmakers (Student), Film Short (Student)
Linda Spence, Adam Revesz and Troy De Four (Canada), Balboa Mist, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Louis Bryant and AmaYah Harrison (USA), 19Seventy Free, Film Short
MareDreams Inc. (USA), SWEET DREAMS, Educational / Instructional / Training
Marina Potapova (USA), Super Cool, Film Short
Markus Thorington (USA), Rum Go!, Film Short
Marta Koszowy and Bartosz Wilk (Poland), Bang Bang, Music Video, Arts / Cultural / Performance / Plays
Maya Jai Pinson (USA), I’m Ready, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Melissa Farris (USA), Life Reflecting, Film Short, Concept
Meredith Vivian, Meghan Maddigan, David Towne (USA), Where Are They Now?, Web Series
Micha Meyer (Switzerland), Weekend in the Forest, Film Short, Sound: Overall Impact
Michael Strauss (USA), Frosting: A Memory, Actress: Leading (Leah Wasylik as Madi)
Michele Vance Hehir and Nathaniel Vance Hehir (Canada), The Stonekiller, Film Short (Student), Women Filmmakers (Student)



Michelle Kossler (Italy), Anthropocene, Experimental
Milan Radisics (Hungary), Art of Pollution, Nature / Environment / Wildlife, Dramatic Impact
Nandini Bapat (USA), CHOL, Asian, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising
Nina Ross (United Kingdom), The Daring Young Girl on the Flying Trapeze, Disability Issues (Student)
Olga Slobodchikova (USA), Age Of No Fear, Documentary Short (Student)
Ollie Rankin (Canada), Orthogonal, Animation
Patricia Vasconcellos (USA), Curfew in NYC, Documentary Short, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Women Filmmakers
Paul J. Lane (United Kingdom), Family Matters, Film Short
Paul Mailath (Australia), Matt’s Story, Disability Issues
Penny Moore (Australia), Trust Frank, Film Short, Women Filmmakers, Direction
Phuong Mai Nguyen and Charlotte Cambon de Lavalette (France), Brazen – Mae Jemison, Animation
Raed Barance and Anthony Bravo (USA), Elevation Zero, Experimental
Ramy Gheit (USA), Essential Worker, Actor: Leading (Ramy Gheit as Marc), Direction
Rebecca Ruhm (USA), Bathtub Chronicles, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Reginald M. Jernigan Jr. (USA), Detached, Actor: Leading (Reginald M. Jernigan Jr. as Ted), African American
Richie Valentino (Australia), Birds of a Feather, Animation, Educational / Instructional / Training
Rob DiNinni and Jeffrey Plamer (USA), MarriageFit, Film Short
Roberto Turani (Italy), Insonnia, Experimental
Rudys Hymn (USA), American Killjoy, Actress: Supporting (Aimee Ruth Pike as Emeret), Experimental, Film Short, Cinematography
Sam Clark (USA), FAIRVIEW, Film Short, Movie Trailer
Seayoon Jeong (USA), Breaking the Silence, Asian, Film Short, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Women Filmmakers
Tom Weston (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), Trilogy:  Respect, Love, Compassion, Music Video
Tommy G. Kendrick and LeAnn Morris (USA), The Dark Places, Christian
Wendy Spinks and Clea Mallinson (South Africa), I am Chuma, Women Filmmakers
Will Tully (USA), Sketchbook, Film Short, Editing
William McKeever and Paul Rachman (USA), Emperors of the Deep- Short, Documentary Short

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