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Best Shorts Competition Deadline: June 2012

Best of Show
Hanzhang ShenWhy Am I Still Alive, short documentary, is a heartbreaking, yet beautiful and poetic work of art, about an elderly woman in rural China who endured neglect and abuse by her son and daughter-in-law. The director, Hanzhang Shen, grew up in Hang Zhou, China, graduated from School of Visual Arts, New York, with a MFA in Social Documentary Film, spent six years making the film. The film was honored with a nomination in the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards. LINK  
Denise PlumbPast Due, short film, is a dark comedy in which the protagonist’s mundane life is turned upside down by the relentless pursuits of a collection agent. With nothing to lose, the debtor resorts to a collection payment plan she can comfortably afford. The film was written and developed as part of American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. Writer/Director Denise Plumb’s film features an original score by Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) and cinematography by award winner Nancy Schreiber, ASC. LINK  
Awards of Excellence

94 PROOFThe Hi-Life, webisode/internet programming
Berserkers United Productions, LLCThe Long Walk Back, short documentary
Cogswell College/ Bonnie PhelpsWorlds Apart, animation
Dolma Gunther (Australia)Finding Manjushri, women filmmakers
Double Truth FilmsMísdírectíon, short film
Enfuego EntertainmentRun, African American
FSU Film School/ Briana FrapartThe Girl in the Photo, sound: overall impact
Giannina LaSalviaHot & Bothered, public service programming/psa
Jessica Kavana DornbuschEscape, women filmmakers
JFC Produzioni (Switzerland)Sul Mare, disability issues
Maud FerrariThe Chauffeur, short film
Metamorfic Productions LLCOnly Child, experimental
Michelle, women filmmakers
Pamela DavisRusti Escapes, women filmmakers
PCCW Now TV (China) , Construction Slavery, documentary series
RomeArca ProductionsGhosts and Flowers: The Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia, music video
Sean TylerThe Devil Girl of Devonshire, short film
Se-ma-for Film Production (Poland)Danny Boy, animation
Shinehouse ProductionsAny Thoughts?, filmmaker 17 and younger
Tian GuanServant, experimental
Weston Woods StudiosBink & Gollie, animation

Awards of Merit

Adventist Media Network (Australia)Beyond the Search, Christian, cinematography, direction and editing
Allan Groves, Hellespont, short film
Andrea HallLast Stop, short film
Andrew WilsonBreaking Shy, short film
Arthur TaylorHide and Seek the Child, short film
ASPD FilmsTeens Like Phil, gay/lesbian/transsexual
B+B PicturesChapter XIV: The Duel, short film
Barbie DeSantisHot Flash and Company, reality programming
BFG International (Bahrain)The Water Genie, women filmmakers
Bill CarrMele's Kapu, short film
Bipolar PicturesBu Qtair, short documentary
Bob PondilloThe Miracles on Honey Bee Hill, gay/lesbian/transsexual
Bravado PicturesIn Mexico, short film
Brian GonzalezIt Can't Be True, experimental
Brian GravesSave As..., tube length videos
Busted Buggy Entertainment, Dating, webisode/internet programming
Cara Picton (United Kingdom)Beginnings, women filmmakers
CDSN ProductionsTio Squiggle, editing
Chandradeep Das (India)Disarray, short film
Chia-Chi Lee, 25, women filmmakers
Chinstrap Films LLCLife with Subtitles, pilot program/series
Christopher RoweTwo Men & a Woman, experimental
Craig NogosekA Cure to War, short documentary
Cullen FilmsCherchez La Femme, short film
David JoyceWaiting on a Train, short film
David Reiter ProductionsAmerican Bill, pilot program/series
David TownerPosers, pilot program/series
Enspire Studio (Indonesia)The Escape, animation
Eriol Pictures (Canada)The Art of Being One, short film
Ethan DowningAdjudication, gay/lesbian/transsexual
Gold Films (United Kingdom)Taken, short film
Gotta/EnkAnniversary Dinner, women filmmakers
Guenther GroupA Lesson in Global Warming, nature/environment and cinematography
Head Space Entertainment (Australia)About Face, short film and humor/humorist
Iris Zaki (United Kingdom)My Kosher Shifts, Jewish
Joe IacovinoAnd if Tomorrow..., short film
Joey PerottiBack Home, short documentary
John LopezFortunate Son, Latin American/Latino/Hispanic
Jozef MalochaOne on One, short film
Kyra Nicole RogersThe Hipster Paradox, experimental
Lisa Miron Rambaldini (Canada)Candy Apple, women filmmakers
Ludovica MauriThe Wing Man, disability issues
Manny Mahal (Canada)Room 303, short film
Mark NickelsburgHarry Grows Up, short film
MaxFilm (Australia)Father F****r, webisode/internet programming
Merci EntertainmentThe Plan, gay/lesbian/transsexual
Michelle, cinematography and casting
Mirto Ioanna KassisSec, short film
Noah DeBonisDo Tell, short documentary
Ooh La La ProductionsSeriously?!, webisode/internet programming
MOS Media/Industry Films (Canada)Urban Outlaw, short documentary
Paul van ZylElegy for a Revolutionary, short film
PCCW Now TV (China)Blood Mine, documentary series
Platinum Image Film (Canada)The Fortune Cookie, short film
Post Josh ProductionsExploring the Horizon Schools, nonprofit/fundraising
Preston RandolphThe Summer of '81, short documentary
Rabid Pictures (Canada)The Beard, short film
Relic EntertainmentThe Trials of Zander Peterson, African American
Rick CarmonaMotive, short film
Riot Scene! MediaFabulous High, webisode/internet programming
Riz FilmsDisplaced, short documentary
Robert KrakovskiHeads Up, short film
Ronnie CramerMugs, experimental
Ruán Magan (Ireland)Angel, short film, cinematography and editing
School of Visual Arts (Da Suel Kim & Yun Ah Oh)Karma, animation
Sea Song LLCThe Call, special purpose productions
Seung Yeob LeeGoose Family, Asian American
Shanda ReneeFallin, viewer impact: content/message delivery
Sheridan College/ Chrisann Hessing (Canada)An Unmarked Heart, experimental
Six Degrees (Canada)Poor Billy - Chapter One - Billy's Parents, animation
Small But Mighty ProductionsThe Mop and Lucky Files, pilot program/series
Sven Alexander Heinrich (México)Hip Hop International, music video
Tatiana McCabeRestoring Sight in Bangladesh, disability issues and viewer impact: content/message delivery
Toto PicturesWater, Water Everywhere, children/family programming
Toy Gun FilmsHalf Good Killer, short film
Tropical Visions VideoBe Your Own Angel, special purpose productions/live events
Tunnel Mill PicturesFarmers in the Field of Sundays, experimental
Université du Québec à Montréal/ Félix Lamarche (Canada), Des hommes à la mer (Men at Sea), short documentary
University of Southern California/ Roozbeh DadvandMossadegh, short film
Victor OconitrilloBe, short film
Vision Channel Ltd. (India), India Shining, special purpose film
Weston Woods StudiosEdwina - The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct, animation
Whatever Jake Makes AnimationSushi, animation
Wrongly Accused FilmsBrian Alexander – Lemonade, music video
Yana Alliata di Montereale, Requiem for Emily, short film and direction (Yana Alliata)
Yasuda Engineering Company, Ltd. (Japan)Sewer Pipe Construction Using Mud Slurry, industrial/technical/business
Zack BornsteinDear Hunters, short film