Awards & Jury 2019



Our wonderful jury this year consisted of Marina Aguerre, Breven Warren, and Steven Liang. They deliberated the shorts at the end of the festival and decided on the following awards:

Jury Award for Best Animated Narrative Short: Hot Dog Hands, directed by Matt Reynolds

Jury Award for Best Live Action Narrative Short: Shadow Animals, directed by Jerry Carlsson

Jury Award for Best Documentary Short: Dead. Tissue. Love., directed by Natasha Austin-Green

Jury Award for Best Experimental Short: Extrapolate, directed by Johan Rijpma

Jury Award for Best Music Video: Annihilation, directed by Robbie Ward


Every competition screening was balloted; our audiences voted for their favorite and the winner was determined by the highest average vote at the end of all the screenings.

Audience Favorite Award: Heart Chakra, directed by Angela Stempel.

Congratulations to all the winners!



Steven Liang is an award-winning director who makes films that tell the stories of queers, outsiders, and diverse millennials. Growing up queer, working-class, and the child of Chinese-immigrants in Los Angeles’ east-side, Steven has a penchant for exploring characters living on the fringe of society, and their resilient quest for identity, community, and freedom.

Steven has directed three short films. AFUERA (2016), premiered at the LA Film Festival and screened at Palm Springs ShortFest and NBC ShortFest. The film, which features a largely transgender Latina cast, garnered distribution from Frameline, and was featured in VICE and Vibe Magazines. COMING HOME (2015), a Taiwan-U.S. co-production, screened at thirty international film festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and Outfest. The film made history as the first gay-themed project funded by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, and is distributed by Outplay Films. Steven's documentary short, A BETTER LIFE (2014), garnered the AbelCine Grant for excellence in nonfiction filmmaking.

Steven’s television experience includes shadowing directors on the ABC sitcom FRESH OFF THE BOAT and the CBS medical drama PURE GENIUS. He was an ABC-Disney Directing Program finalist, and was selected as a 2017 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow for his feature script, GRAND PRIZE. Steven started his entertainment career as an intern for Justin Lin's Universal-based Barnstorm Pictures, Participant Media, and Visual Communications. He holds a B.A. from Pitzer College and an M.F.A. in Directing from UCLA Film School.



Breven is passionate about film, art, festivals and event production. She is curating, producing and programming extraordinary works by new and emerging artists from around the world. She is a resourceful connector with a deep dedication to visionary creators. Breven commits herself to various festivals and programs to foster artist development. She founded and continues to direct a not-for-profit film festival as well as mentorship programs. Breven is continually increasing her own education and experiences to be able to foster creative support and engagement for artists working in all mediums. Breven is currently developing the Artist Support Services for a blockchain Entertainment Studio, empowering artists and creators with new technology for development through distribution. 



Marina is a DJ for KXLU’s The Witching Hour. Dedicated to bringing good vibes to the LA airwaves, The Witching Hours will expose you to a diverse collection of new and local sounds, curated for the perfect flow no matter where you are listening from. Your weekly celestial journey consists of two hours of psych, shoe-gaze, and lo-fi goodies to send you sonically soaring.

The Witching Hours is further committed to exposing innovative and unique bands by recording live at the KXLU station; the live sessions are then premiered on air with the band as guests to increase artist-audience interaction. Artists of all trades join every week to discuss a variety of enlightening subjects ranging from art conception and inspiration to philosophy and ethos. 

When not creating sonic spaces on the airwaves, The Witching Hours presents shows in local venues throughout LA featuring different artists, bands, projections and interactive art installations.