Award of Merit June 2020

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Award of Merit Special Mention

Aaron Pendergast (USA), Red City Radio, Documentary Short, Editing
Abbey Spacil (USA), Sonya Slidez, Documentary Short, Women Filmmakers
Adam Orton (USA), The Aspirant, Actress: Leading (Talia Goodman as Mathilda), Actor: Leading (Michael Cortez as Jerome)
Alan Mascareno (USA), Safe and Warm (Lullaby for Jesus), Music Video, Christian
Andrew Crocker (USA), The Woman I Fell in Love With, Film Short
Anika Benkov (USA), The Binding of Itzik, Jewish (Student), Actor: Leading (Student) (Eli Rosen as Itzik), Film Short (Student)
Björn Granberg Ahlmark (Sweden), Art Is Angst, Animation
C.G. Ryche (USA), The Color of Red, Film Short, Direction
Caroline de Otero (France), A Sob in the Throat – Stories from Gurs’ camp 1939-1945, Documentary Short
Damian Overton and Ed Cali (Australia), LUCA AND ISO, Actor: Leading (Ed Cali as Luca)
Dan Ramm, imaginnova / Otraway (USA), Alabaster, Viewer Impact: Motivational / Inspirational, Animation, Use of Film / Video for Social Change
Dane Elcar (USA), Oak, Original Score (Composed by Coarses)
Fella Cederbaum (USA), The Door, Script / Writer
Flicker Filmworks  (USA), Holistic Health Community: An Emerging Healthcare Model based on the Economics of Generosity, Documentary Short
Glenn McAllen-Finney (United Kingdom), Project 444, Post-Production Overall
Holger Klussmann (Germany), The Love of Jesus, Christian, Religion / Ethics
Jack Gorman (USA), Celtic Cross, Film Short, Ensemble Cast
Joe Laporte, David Liehn, Jacob Zetino, and Matthew Dennis Lewis, Dapper Penguin Entertainment (USA), Sins Unveiled, LGBT
Kat Conway (USA), Don’t Be Dumb Use Your Thumb, Public Service Programming / PSA, Women Filmmakers
Mario Abbade (Brazil), Love is Now the Stardust of Yesterday…, LGBT
Maya Witters (United Kingdom), The Turtles, LGBT, Women Filmmakers
Mohamed Haridy (United Kingdom), HALAL MEAT, Film Short,
Randy Schmidt (Japan), Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Animation
Rodrigo Tavares (Portugal), The Edge, Actor: Supporting (Beto Coville as João)
Sara Caldwell and Nancy Hendrickson (USA), Boomers Season 2, Web Series, Ensemble Cast, Women Filmmakers, Comedy Program / Series
Sonia Bajaj (USA), A Ride To Heaven, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Sonia Bajaj (USA), Alone, Web Tube Length Video
Tiffany Rhodes (USA), Harbor Island, Actor: Leading (Pat Dortch as Sheriff Ben)

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Aidan Letendre (USA), INERTIA, Film Short (Student)
Anika Benkov (USA), The Binding of Itzik, Actress: Leading (Student) (Malky Goldman as Ruchel), LGBT (Student), Women Filmmakers (Student)
Anna Nikolaidis, Theodora Madarou, Michail Mavromoustakos (Greece), TREATMENT VALUE, Film Short, Viewer Impact: Content / Message Delivery
Anthony Caldarella (USA), Olly, Film Short
Antoine McKnight (USA), World Peace, Film Short
Ashante P.T. Stokes (USA), Praise the Maker, Animation
Ashley Chugg (Canada), Key of T, Documentary Short, LGBT
Ben Fee (USA), Exquisite Shorts, Volume 1, Experimental, Concept
Bo Lin (China), <<danyang>>, Documentary Short, Arts / Cultural / Performance / Plays
Brennan Thomas McGee (USA), Apartment 28, Film Short (Student), Actor: Leading (Joel Sauter as Robbie) (Student)
Calvin Kai Ku and Ken Newman (USA), What Am I Afraid Of, Music Video
Caris Vujcec (USA), Pepper: Ricochet, Actor: Supporting (Scott Janes as Bobby), Actor: Supporting (Sidney Williams as Archie)
Chapman Hyatt (USA), Beyond the Light, Script / Writer
Charles and Mary Love (USA), Oman, Documentary Short
Charlotte Quintanar (USA), The Quarantine Rag, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Chia Chen and Jack Gastelbondo (USA), 5, Actress: Leading (Chia Chen as Lena), Actor: Leading (Daniel Olson as Nick)
Conny Conrad (Germany), Live Your Life Today, Music Video, Original Song (Live Your Life Today composed by Conny Conrad)
Coreetta Buchan (United Kingdom), TRIALS OF VOLKORE (Part 4), Film Short
Craig Hutchison (USA), Donna On The Go: JUDGE, Disability Issues
Damian Overton and Ed Cali (Australia), LUCA AND ISO, Film Short
Dane Elcar (USA), Oak, Experimental
David Har’el (USA), Inertia, Latin / Hispanic


David Safin (USA), Backwards Sometimes, Web Tube Length Video
David Spring (United Kingdom), HotHed, Actress: Leading (Nimisha Odedra as Rhea)
Dennis Trombly (USA), Sacred Belonging, Film Short
Douglas Alves Ferreira (Brazil), Dreams, Experimental
Elizabeth Usher (Australia), There’s No Place for a Uke on Halloween, Music Video
Elizabeth Usher (Australia), A Kinder Shade of Green, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Music Video, Special Purpose Productions
Emily Skye (USA), River, Film Short, Direction, Cinematography, Actress: Leading (Mary Cameron Rogers as River), Actress: Supporting (Alexandra Rose as Amanda)
Fadi Awad (Canada), Fadi Awad – We Are Here, Web Tube Length Video
Fella Cederbaum (USA), A Tear, Original Score
Ford R. Corl (USA), Make Me, Music Video, Creativity / Originality
Freddie Jarrett (USA), Woke, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
Gautam Chaturvedi (India), Work From Home, Film Short
George Wingard (USA), We Came A Long Way By Faith:  Catholic Hill and St. James the Greater Catholic Church, Documentary Short, Christian
Georgia Fort and Krysta Rayford, (USA), May Day: COVID Across America, African American, Documentary Short, Women Filmmakers
Giovannie Espiritu (USA), ALLY 3000, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Women Filmmakers, Script / Writer
Glenn McAllen-Finney (United Kingdom), Project 444, Film Short
Ivo Nagel (USA), FAR-FLUNG, Experimental
Jason Silverstein (USA), The Vanishing Twin, Experimental
Jaswant Dev Shrestha and Rashmi Rustagi (USA), UNBORN, Direction (Jaswant Dev Shrestha), Film Short
Jean Paul San Pedro (USA), It’s that Guy! by Inspector Bros, Film Short
Jeff Willy (USA), Socially Distanced, Web Series, Actor: Leading (Jeff Willy as Adam)
Jerry Sun (USA), One Day, Asian (Student)


Jill Tenney (USA), Mercredi’s Monde, Web Series, Women Filmmakers
Job Michiel van Zuijlen (USA), A Glint of Hope, Animation, Web Tube Length Video
Joe Laporte, David Liehn, Jacob Zetino, and Matthew Dennis Lewis, Dapper Penguin Entertainment (USA), Sins Unveiled, Actor: Leading (Matthew Dennis Lewis as Henry)
Jonah Koslofsky (USA), Cut Your Teeth, Film Short (Student)
Jonas Solberg Rydningen (Norway), Let Me In, Actor: Leading (Anders Lidin Hansen as son)
Julia Griffey (USA), The Modern Makers, Educational / Instructional / Training
Justice Gamble and Alex Benjamin (USA), wow, Film Short
Kamala Varma (USA), The Mediocre Shapeshifter, Web Tube Length Video (Student)
Kassia Binkowski, AJ Oscarson (USA), Human Desire, Women Filmmakers
Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd (Australia), Visible Farmer, Web Series, Women Filmmakers
Laura Kay (USA), PETUNIA’S PLAYHOUSE Episode 4, Children / Family Programming
Mark Pappas (USA), The Ruins, Documentary Short
Martín D. Guevara (Spain), The Last Stand, Documentary Short
Matthew Maio Mackay (Australia), Tooth 4 Tooth, LGBT (Student), Direction (Student)
Maya Adam (USA), COVID-19 Together we are Stronger, Public Service Programming / PSA
Mayk Azzato (Germany), MY FOLLOWERS, Film Short
Melinda Boyer (USA), Beyond The Secret – The Awakening, Documentary Short, Women Filmmakers
Milad Davari Dolat Abadi (Iran), The Last Survivor, Film Short
Morgan Paar and Vân Nguyen, Nomadic Frames (USA), Growing for Good, Documentary Short, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Women Filmmakers (Vân Nguyen)
Nathan Rodriguez (USA), Al Dente, Film Short (Student)
Pablo G Velez (USA), I Wanna Quarantine With You, Music Video
Panos Anestis (Greece), My Dear Anna, Experimental, Original Score (Composed by Dimos Stathoulis)


Pany Konstantinidou (United Kingdom), Anima, Women Filmmakers (Student)
Pete Vanlaw, TOJ Productions (USA), For the Life of Me, Social Change, Jewish
R.J. Hall (USA), GODSPEED MC | For God and Country, Documentary Short, Christian
Renja Schmakeit (Germany), Incurable, Film Short (Student), Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising
Richeler Aladin (USA), Ms. Anita, Original Score (Composed by Andrew Asemokai)
Roshni Datta, Rajiv Nema, Deepak Sharma and Ritendra Datta (USA), Corona ki Jung, Music Video
Ryan Krall (USA), Huck’s Game, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Sara Cornelissen and Steff Donkers (Netherlands), Diving for Balance, Nature / Environment / Wildlife (Student)
Sara Jacques (USA), WHITENESS., Liberation / Social Justice / Protest (Student)
Sarah Sabatke (USA), Thoughts and Prayers, Documentary Short (Student), Women Filmmakers (Student)
Scott Alin (USA), The Quarantine: Chapter 1-Namaste, Film Short
Shelley White (United Kingdom), 2Colours, Women Filmmakers
Sheran Goodspeed Keyton (USA), Empty Nest, Original Score
Sina Sultani (Canada), Refuge, Islamic, Creativity / Originality
Sonia Bajaj (USA), Remember This, Women Filmmakers, Public Service Programming / PSA
Thomas Phillips (USA), UNCLAIMED REMAINS “Forgotten”, Television – Pilot Program, Cinematography
Tiffany Rhodes (USA), Harbor Island, Television – Pilot Program, Actress: Leading (Lacey Caroline as Jamie)
Timothy Blackton (USA), TECHS, Film Short, Direction
Tommy Graef (USA), Segments of Jonah – episodes 1 & 2, Experimental, Creativity / Originality
Tommy Snider (USA), Be Still, Christian
Tyson Hunsaker (USA), The Watch, Film Short
Vergi Rodriguez (USA), Dreamer, Film Short, Latin / Hispanic, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Women Filmmakers, Direction
Wisher Zhu (Germany), TOMORROW, Asian, Film Short
Yana Ivantcheva, Tommaso Aglietti, Derek Sigurdsson, Josh Bird (United Kingdom), Under the Skin, Women Filmmakers, Viewer Impact: Content / Message Delivery


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