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Award Winning Films

Film Info

Call her Lotte




Germany
Drama
00:18:00
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Written by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Produced by
Michael Geidel, Annekathrin Wetzel
Edited by
Annekathrin Wetzel
Other
Lola Dockhorn, Maria Ehrich, Kai Malina

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 3rd Place Judges and 1st Place Audience Choice


Maria and Lea are young actors & best friends in Munich, Germany in the 30ties. With the rising power of the Nazis Maria’s husband Hans goes from being a young adventurer to a high ranking SS officer and gradually divides Maria and her Jewish friend Lea, finally insisting to forget her. But on that infamous first day of the Jewish deportation in Munich, Maria comes to a momentous decision which proves what friendship really means to her. She takes on Lea’s child Charlotte to save her from being deported to the concentration camp, thereby risking her own life and ultimately losing Hans. Maria’s story shows that, in the end, friendship can triumph over terror and death. Inspired by the childhood of Charlotte Knobloch, Vice President of the World Jewish Congress.


Cold Spring




China
Drama
00:24:57
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Shiyan Feng
Written by
Shiyan Feng
Produced by
Tongjue Huangfu, Johnny Byul Lee, Yi Feng, Shilai Jing
Edited by
Shiyan Feng
Other
Jingsheng Wu, Yuhang Wu

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


"Cold Spring" is a short narrative film portrays a transnational Chinese father who left his family over 20 years ago. One day he suddenly finds out his daughter is getting married. He wrestles with his emotions as he realizes she wasn't going to tell him. To save face, he quickly tries to reconnect with his unfamiliar daughter, and at the same time, has to learn how to take care of his 12 year old son. Our film explores a father's emotional reactions and struggles as a consequence to decades of absence in his children's lives.


A short film about fear




United Kingdom
Drama
00:09:30
Season:2014
Directed by
Keith O'Grady
Written by
Keith O'Grady
Produced by
Keith O'Grady, Pearse Moore
Edited by
Keith O'Grady
Other
Luke O'Grady, Gerry Doherty

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


A meditation on the nature of fear, cause and effect as seen through the eyes of a child.


Pie Lady of Pie Town




United States
Documentary
00:33:00
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Jane Rosemont
Written by
Jane Rosemont
Produced by
Dick and Jane Rosemont
Edited by
Jane Rosemont

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


Why did Kathy Knapp, a Dallas businesswoman, leave her charmed life to bake pie in a dusty town with no traffic light, no gas station and sketchy utilities? Pie Town came upon its name honestly in the 1920s when a cattle rancher sold pie to supplement his income. The area is teeming with Old West history and hardy characters. The film is about resolve, heartache, healing, and pie as a vehicle for peace. You’ll see an alien, a dummy, feel connections to deep space, and hear some finger-snapping tunes. You will want pie, and probably more than one slice. Welcome to Pie Town, New Mexico. The name is no joke.


11 MINUTES




United States
Drama
00:06:23
Season:2014

Released:2014
Directed by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Written by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Produced by
Tom Botchii Skowronski, Martin Moody, Nick Leisure
Edited by
Tom Botchii Skowronski
Other
Rafael Siegel, Kevin Gill, Big Ugly & Elizabeth Ferreira

Shortz! Award Winner2014 Winner - 1st Place Judges Choice


The last 11 minutes in the life of a workplace shooter. Told by the director's own suicide note, used as the script for the film.


Anti-Hero




United States
Comedy, Action, Suspense
00:08:00
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Bo! Campbell
Written by
Bo! Campbell
Produced by
Bo! Campbell, Ray Hom
Edited by
Bo! Campbell, Matthew Devapiriam Emmanuel
Other
Alexius Franklin, Adrian Nava, Brandon Zee, Lance Gegner

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


Calvin Rhodes pulls up to the local ‘Dirt Cheap Liquor & Grocery.’ On the radio is a news report about increasing crime rates, as well as a recent string of kidnappings. Calvin’s son, Angelo (nicknamed ‘Tig’, short for tiger), calls. Tig wants milk for his cereal, but Calvin doesn’t have the cash to get anything extra. After a hostile exchange with Tig’s mom, Calvin resolves to find a way to get his son some milk. Searching for money, he comes up short. Calvin spots Tig’s toy gun, and gets a bad idea. He colors the orange tip black. He tears holes in his cap, making a mask. A few practice threats in the mirror, and Calvin is halfway to a new life as a criminal. A few steps shy of armed robbery, Calvin hears a lady in distress. Some would-be kidnappers try to force her into a van! Calvin’s conscience takes control, and before he knows it he’s waving a plastic gun at a violent kidnapper. After some choice words, the driver notices Calvin’s gun is fake, and all hell breaks loose! By sheer luck and fast reflexes, Calvin prevails, killing the kidnappers and saving the day. Unfortunately, all the woman sees is a scary guy in a mask, so she tries to shoot Calvin with her taser! Her shot is ironically deflected by the milk that Calvin is graciously returning, and that’s the final straw. Calvin decides to collect payment for his services in the form of the lady’s taser and purse, and “Anti-Hero” Enterprises has its first, satisfied customer. News reports go on to detail more adventures of “Anti-Hero."


Commonplace




United States
Comedy
00:12:45
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Colleen J. McShay
Written by
Colleen J. McShay & Kimberly Van Winkle
Produced by
Colleen J. McShay, Daniel Chawla, & Francesca Brown-Haysom
Edited by
Matthew Thayer & Kimberly Van Winkle
Other
Cinematographer: Amar Jonathan Chawla

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 3nd Place Judges Choice


A quirky dramady that finds Alice and other well know fairy tale characters living in a mundane world where dreams and imagination are outlawed.


Stick




Norway
Comedy, Animation
00:07:20
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Written by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Produced by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Edited by
Ole Christoffer Haga
Other
Composer/Sound: Anthony Barratt

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


A stray dog stumbles upon a funny guy in swimming trunks, only to get (literally) too attached. STICK is a slapstick comedy about friendship, loss and the evocations of memory.


The People Who Were Never There




United States
Drama
00:39:58
Season:2013

Released:2012
Directed by
Ben Hausler
Written by
Ben Hausler
Produced by
Ben Hausler, Ragga Thordarson
Edited by
Matt Williams
Other
Cinematography - Matt Williams

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


In a hotel room in rural Nebraska, a man spends what may well be the last 24 hours of life reminiscing about the woman he loves. That is, until She shows up.


The Inbetween




United States
Drama, Suspense
00:10:01
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Rachel Nichols
Written by
Rachel Nichols
Produced by
Daniel Nichols
Edited by
Matthew Thayer
Other
Duane Peery

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Winner - 1st Place Judges and 1st Place Audience Choice


A young woman awakens in a dark forest, on her journey she must face the past and her fears if she ever hopes to return home.


The Rise And Fall....Of A Pea




United States
Documentary
00:02:00
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Leonard Vine
Written by
Leonard Vine
Produced by
Leonard Vine
Edited by
Leonard Vine

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Brief Winner - 2st Place Judges and Audience Choice


Tis is a time lapse movie of a germinating pea. A dried pea was soaked in water overnight, then placed on a slice of cork, floating in a large glass of water. Using a Panasonic DVX100A with a built-in intervalometer, one days filming was compressed into 2 minutes.


Man's Best Friend




United States
Comedy, Action
00:01:02
Season:2013

Released:2013
Directed by
Matthew Thayer
Written by
Matthew Thayer
Produced by
Joy Thayer Matthew Thayer
Edited by
Daniel Nichols
Other
Cinematography - Daniel Nichols, SFX - Matthew Thayer, Starring - Matthew Thayer & Trousers

Shortz! Award Winner2013 Brief Winner - 1st Place Judges and Audience Choice


A man taking his dog for morning walk finds himself running for his life....in bunny slippers.


The Quickie




United States
Comedy, Romance
00:03:20
Season:2012

Released:2012
Directed by
Scott Brown
Written by
J. Rhoads-Peterson, Peter Langman, Scott Brown
Produced by
Scott Brown
Edited by
Paul Hildebrandt

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


Sheila and Mike take some time for something special on their way to a dinner party.


A Midsummer Nightmare: The Betrayal




United States
Drama, Horror, Thriller
00:14:47
Season:2012

Released:2011
Directed by
Joshua Seigel
Written by
Joshua Seigel
Produced by
Steve Everson and L. Jeffrey Moore
Edited by
MIke Wilhelm

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Judges and Audience Choice


England, 1596. The Brotherhood of St. George uses William Shakespeare to trap the Faerie Court within an enchanted book, sparking a secret war with the pagan Feyists. 250 years later the book is opened and the magical beings are freed in a California forest.


Wurms-Trailer




United States
Comedy, Horror
00:01:40
Season:2012

Released:2012
Directed by
Heidi Moore
Written by
Heidi Moore
Produced by
Max Infeld
Edited by
Wyatt Smith

Shortz! Award WinnerBrief Winner - 1st Place Judges


When high maintenance city girls Quinn and Char decide to rough it in the mountains, they get more than they bargained for. Creepy mutant parasites and crazy mountain men were not part of the plan. That's just gross dude. Fake tans and lip gloss can't help them now. What's a girl to do?


Lady in the Kitchen




United States
Comedy
00:02:00
Season:2012

Released:2012
Directed by
Bo! Campbell, Gino Oddone
Written by
Bo! Campbell
Produced by
Ray Hom
Edited by
Gino Oddone
Other
Victoria Gauthier

Shortz! Award WinnerBrief Winner - 1st Place Audience, 3rd place Judges


A lady confronts her own inter-dimensional sink goblin.


Splitsville




United States
Comedy
00:15:02
Season:2011

Released:2006
Directed by
J. Bretton Truett
Written by
J. Bretton Truett and Craig Belanger
Produced by
Bess Wiley
Edited by
J. Bretton Truett

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


An exceptionally shitty day for one very pissed off guy.


Dinner for Four




United States
Drama, Thriller
00:06:21
Season:2011

Released:2010
Directed by
Nathan Carter
Written by
Christopher Madrigal
Produced by
Christopher Madrigal
Edited by
Andrew Lin

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


A pleasant dinner leads to a budding friendship between new neighbors.


Bad Neighbor




United States
Comedy
00:01:58
Season:2011

Released:2011
Directed by
Abel Mora
Written by
Nathan Brick
Produced by
Michael Dobson
Edited by
Mario Johnson

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Brief


Everyone has that one neighbor. That neighbor that is always borrowing something and never bringing it back. This neighbor takes it to a whole new level.


Buster Jones: The Movie




United States
Comedy
00:05:12
Season:2011

Released:2010
Directed by
Dylan Hobor
Written by
Dylan Hobor
Produced by
Flax Glor, Dylan Hobor, Terry Hopkins, Robert Parham
Edited by
Flax Glor

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Audience Choice


"Buster Jones: The Movie" details the adventures of an African-American minor league basketball star that is also trained in the martial arts. After his cousin Bootsy is murdered by weapons dealers from Asia, Buster finds himself thrown into a turbulent battle with an organized terrorist ring. These pursuits lead Buster to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where he finds himself plunged into the ultimate fight to save the fate of the free world.


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