Our wonderful jury this year consisted of Paul Sbrizzi, Scenery Samundra, and Leila Jarman. They deliberated the shorts at the end of the festival and decided on the following awards:
Jury Award for Best Narrative Short: Railment, directed by Shunsaku Hayashi
Honorable Mention - Narrative: Lunch Time, directed by Alireza Ghasemi
Honorable Mention - Narrative: Gentle Moments, directed by Sabrina Mertens
Jury Award for Best Documentary Short: Atlantic City Character Study, directed by Billy Linker and Ben Carey
Honorable Mention - Documentary: Moriom, directed by Mark Olexa & Francesca Scalisi
Jury Award for Best Experimental Short: Gunge Buddies, directed by Meredith Moore
Honorable Mention - Experimental: Hotel, directed by Damon Mohl
Jury Award for Best Music Video: Boomerang, directed by Steven Vander Meer
Honorable Mention - Music Video: The Pretty Greens - Elevator Eyes, directed by Sam Gurry
Every competition screening was balloted; our audiences voted for their favorites and the winner was determined by the highest average vote at the end of all the screenings.
Audience Award for Best Narrative Short: Oh Damn, directed by Matt Ingebretson and Pat Bishop
Audience Award for Best Documentary Short: Atlantic City Character Study, directed by Billy Linker and Ben Carey
Audience Award for Best Experimental Short: Gutterball, directed by Sam Gurry
Audience Award for BestMusic Video: Big Boy, directed by Sasha Gransjean
And the winner of our raffle was Avery Cordray, who won two VIP tickets to Desert Daze in October!
Congratulations to all the winners!