2015 Highlights

Grand Prize Winner: What Lives Inside Ep 2 Web Series

What Lives Inside Ep 2 Web Series

Director: Academy Award-winning VFX artist/AD/director Robert Stromberg (Maleficent)
Country: US
Running time: 9:00
premiere!

An emotional tale of creative self-discovery is set in a richly surreal world inhabited by fantastical creatures The web series is directed by and stars Colin Hanks, Catherine O'Hara and Oscar winner JK Simmons ("Whiplash") in a tale about a lost son played by Mr. Hanks, Taylor, and his departed father (Mr. Simmons), a famous puppeteer beloved for his creativity. Taylor discovers a lot more about his father -- and his supposed fictitious creations -- only after his dad's death. A call for auditions in the form of creature sketches went out at the time of the series announcement. Of over 6,000 sketches submitted, 144 were selected and featured in the film.

Audience Award: Miss Beverly Hills Ghost

Miss Beverly Hills Ghost

Director: Kemmy Moran
Country: US
Running time: 5:27
premiere!

A nerd with the ability to see ghosts must solve a fashionista's murder by getting in with the rich and famous of Beverly Hills...

Category Winners 2015 A-Z

Best Animation: The Golden Drops

Director: Daniel Zdu?czyk, Marcin M?czkowski
Country: Poland
Running time: 2:10
premiere!

To save someone you love… sometimes you need to risk everything. Produced using an original technique that combines classical hand-drawn animation and a fabulously colorful 3D film set.

Best Apps: Treehouses of the Pacific Northwest

Director: Michael Victor
Country: US
Running time: 1:50
premiere!

Explore an amazing world up in the trees with photos, videos, and virtual reality in this new interactive documentary.

Best Digital Comics: Shoe Factory Road

Written by: Chris Darkes, Artist: Juan Baez, Colorist: Jonathan Lyons
Running time: 13 Pages
premiere!

Two twenty-somethings - Dan and Jimmy - drive to a secluded town, seeking revenge on a gang of cult members. They soon discover the road doesn't lead to the cult house. It leads to their past. And they are about to find out why.

Best Documentary: Caselli 66: Ride the Dream

Director: Wiley Watson
Country: US
Running time: 32:42
premiere!

A once in a generation off road racer, Kurt's performance on his motorcycle was matched only by the dedication, passion, and love that inspired an era of racers, riders, family, and friends. This is the story of Kurt and his legacy that lives on.

Best LGBTQ+: iBully

Director: Paul Morente, Carlos Tesoro
Country: US
Running time: 6:25

Societal labels and expectations torment a High School senior; Victim or BULLY? The entire film was shot on an iPhone.

Best Machinima: Outworld

Director: Niav Conty
Country: US
Running time: 15:00
premiere!

Luis lives out his fantasies in a video game; his hunky avatar is married and with an adorable baby. When his real wife Anna insists he choose between reality and fantasy, his emotions hover in limbo between the real world and the virtual.

Best Mobile: Romance in NYC - Mobile/Tablet

Director: Tristan Pope
Country: US
Running time: 17:44
premiere!

A PoV perspective of the Boyfriend and his Girlfriend (Rachael McOwen, The Amazing Spiderman 2) taking you on a journey through their life enjoying an everyday in NYC, but capturing the tiny nuances that are romance, even in the most mundane situations, with NYC as a beautiful backdrop.

Best Music Video: Gimme Little Sign

Director: PM Romero, Scott Montgomery
Written by: Artists Brenton Woods and William Pilgrim
Country: US
Running time: 3:01

Shot at the historic People's Climate March in New York City, William Pilgrim & The All Grows Up join forces with Brenton Wood for a contemporary twist on the classic 1967 hit, ''Gimme Little Sign'. This is what Democracy looks like in America.

Best New Media: VINTAGE 2014: the stories behind the vines

Director: Wil Fernandez
Country: US
Running time: 10:00
premiere!

A multimedia documentary set in Santa Barbara County, California, during the 2014 wine grape growing season, marked by historic drought and treacherous heat spikes.

Best : Merry Xmas - Pilot

Director: Boman Modine
Country: US
Running time: 7:00
premiere!

MERRY XMAS tells the story of a mischievous father (Dick Van Dyke) who calls his very busy kids (Matthew Modine and Glenne Headly) to tell them that, after 55 years of marriage, he and their mom (Valerie Harper) are getting divorced. Horrified by the news, the children prepare to fly home to stop the divorce and save their parents’ marriage.

Best Scripts: Grace

Written by: Lynda Lemberg and Jeffrey Allen Russel
Country: Canada

In 1830, a wealthy Scottish woman who possesses tremendous empathy and courage risks everything when she joins the struggle to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Gaelic people.

Best Shorts: Trouble & The Shadowy Death Blow - Short

Director: Emmy Winner Stephanie Laing
Country: US
Running time: 21:40
premiere!

No man is an island, but there are always exceptions. Meet Jim Funkle, played by (Emmy Winner Tony Hale). A once promising food scientist, his career came to an end with a catastrophic failed experiment involving spray-on cheese. Ostracized, unemployed, and middle aged, Jim Funkle was American mediocrity at its best until he one night he was given the chance to become omnipotent. Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow follows one mans fight against being a mediocre man.

Best : Decay - Shot on RED

Director: Mike Stern Sterzynski
Running time: 15:00

Sophie’s child died in a tragic accident. Her husband, not coping with the feeling of guilt, left home and never came back. Many years later Sophie receives a strange phone call from a Man with an eastern accent. The man informs her, that he knows where her husband is and how to find him. This takes her on a journey from LA to Poznan

Best SRC: Worst Shark Attack Ever

Director: Veronica Grey
Country: USA, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Japan
Running time: 19:00
premiere!

An expose' on how humans will not survive on this planet if we continue slaughtering sharks at the current alarming rate of 100,000,000 sharks a year or 190 sharks a minute or 3 sharks per second. Introduction by Leonardo DiCaprio with cameos by The Cure, MGMT, and superstar surfer John John Florence. The 1st 300 people entering this screening receive a shark toy (not safe for small children)

Best S.T.E.A.M: Patient 39

Director: Dan Clifton
Country: UK
Running time: 14:29
premiere!

When a soldier known only as Patient 39 awakes from a coma with no memory, the search begins for his identity and past. Based on a short story by bestselling British author William Boyd (author of RESTLESS, ANY HUMAN HEART).

Best Student: Rice Wine

Director: Tian Ye
Country: China
Running time: 20:00
premiere!

An impoverished Chinese street peddler on his last leg takes a stand against the City Peacekeepers whose job it is to rid the city of unlicensed vendors.

Best 3D: The 3D Machine - 3D

Director: Joost van den Bosch, Erik Verkerk
Country: Netherlands
Running time: 5:00
premiere!

Igor and the professor are a monster hunting duo in this action-packed stereoscopic 3D adventure.

Best Trailers: Attack Of The Devil

Director: Lon Strickland
Country: US
Running time: 1:23
premiere!

The Devil awakens from an ancient slumber to wreak havoc on Earth. Who will save us? Search

Best Web Series: Street Cuts Ep 1

Director: Michelle Nash, Miguel Endara
Country: US
Running time: 3:06
premiere!

Street Cuts is a web series that follows Mark Bustos, New York City hair stylist to the stars, as he hits the streets of South Beach to meet, explore the lives of, and give a free hair cut to the homeless. In Episode 1, Mark meets Apache, a Native American originally from Alaska, who has been homeless for more than 11 years and has never let anyone cut his hair. During an emotional haircut, Apache addresses the pain of losing friends and loved ones from the streets.

Best : Nuclear Empire - Feature

Director: Patrícia Neves
Country: Macau SAR (China)
premiere!

The only country in the world attacked with atomic bombs is facing again the fear of radiation after experiencing the first nuclear accident of the 21st century. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate after the explosions in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, trigerred by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever and tsunami waves of up to 40 meters high, and they don’t know yet when and if they will be able to return home. The energy that made Japan’s dream come true has become the country’s worst nightmare and the arrogance of the political and economic powers generated an unprecedented unrest and crisis of confidence.


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Animation

Best Animation: I Need My Monster

Director: Stephen Baker, Howard Cook
Country: US
Running time: 11:06
premiere!

This animated short film was created by the University of Colorado’s Digital Animation Center’s class of 2014. It is based on the beloved children’s picture book of the same title.

Best Animation: El Balsero

Director: Guillermo Zapata
Country: Colombia
Running time: 8:25

Baru is a man who lost all his belongings in a flood in his village. Since then he lives in a small raft, fishing memories of the river bottom.

Best Animation: The Golden Drops

Director: Daniel Zdu?czyk, Marcin M?czkowski
Country: Poland
Running time: 2:10
premiere!

To save someone you love… sometimes you need to risk everything. Produced using an original technique that combines classical hand-drawn animation and a fabulously colorful 3D film set.

Best Animation: The Present

Director: Jacob Frey
Country: Germany
Running time: 4:26

Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

Best Apps: Treehouses of the Pacific Northwest

Director: Michael Victor
Country: US
Running time: 1:50
premiere!

Explore an amazing world up in the trees with photos, videos, and virtual reality in this new interactive documentary.

Best Digital Comics: Shoe Factory Road

Written by: Chris Darkes, Artist: Juan Baez, Colorist: Jonathan Lyons
Running time: 13 Pages
premiere!

Two twenty-somethings - Dan and Jimmy - drive to a secluded town, seeking revenge on a gang of cult members. They soon discover the road doesn't lead to the cult house. It leads to their past. And they are about to find out why.

Best Documentary: Water In All Its Forms

Director: Gerald Faway
Country: Iceland
Running time: 4:00
premiere!

Iceland is the only European country where it is possible to observe water in its primary states and this can be done throughout the year.

Best Documentary: One Year Lease

Director: Brian Bolster
Country: US
Running time: 10:59

Told almost entirely through voicemail messages, One Year Lease documents the travails of Brian, Thomas, and Casper as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita, the cat-loving landlady.

Best Documentary: Flying Lessons with Mr. Smolin

Director: Matt Checkowski
Country: US
Running time: 3:11

His students call him Schmo, Mr. Schmo, Big Daddy Schmo, or Pimp Daddy Schmo—and he’s pretty much the teacher we all wish we had. Los Angeles native Barry Smolin has been teaching English for 28 years, plugging young minds into the “continuum of literature and knowledge” that defines our humanity.

Best Documentary: Finding Beauty in the Rubble

Director: Matthew T Burns
Country: Japan
Running time: 4:13

Mrs Fukuoka, a housewife from Japan whose home was washed away by the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. After the disaster she found meaning and hope by making jewelry from debris she found on the beach.

Best Documentary: REUNITED - P.O.W. and The Last B-26

Director: Bryan Matuskey
Country: US
Running time: 9:30

In this incredibly inspiring true story, you will hear Barney Wasowicz, a B26 Marauder pilot in WWII, honor his fellow Prisoners of War by sharing his story on being shot down by a FW190 over occupied France, living for 16 months as a P.O.W., and being reunited with North America's only intact B26 - the plane that saved his life.

Best Documentary: Caselli 66: Ride the Dream

Director: Wiley Watson
Country: US
Running time: 32:42
premiere!

A once in a generation off road racer, Kurt's performance on his motorcycle was matched only by the dedication, passion, and love that inspired an era of racers, riders, family, and friends. This is the story of Kurt and his legacy that lives on.

Best LGBTQ+: iBully

Director: Paul Morente, Carlos Tesoro
Country: US
Running time: 6:25

Societal labels and expectations torment a High School senior; Victim or BULLY? The entire film was shot on an iPhone.

Best LGBTQ+: 1000 Londoners Ep 3

Director: Oliver Parkin
Country: UK
Running time: 3:00
premiere!

A digital portrait of London comprising 1000 new short documentaries which show the richness and depth of the city. In this episode we meet Victoria a transgender magician working on the underground cabaret circuit.

Best Machinima: Outworld

Director: Niav Conty
Country: US
Running time: 15:00
premiere!

Luis lives out his fantasies in a video game; his hunky avatar is married and with an adorable baby. When his real wife Anna insists he choose between reality and fantasy, his emotions hover in limbo between the real world and the virtual.

Best Mobile: Romance in NYC - Mobile/Tablet

Director: Tristan Pope
Country: US
Running time: 17:44
premiere!

A PoV perspective of the Boyfriend and his Girlfriend (Rachael McOwen, The Amazing Spiderman 2) taking you on a journey through their life enjoying an everyday in NYC, but capturing the tiny nuances that are romance, even in the most mundane situations, with NYC as a beautiful backdrop.

Best Music Video: Duke Dumont - Won't Look Back

Director: Tim Main
Written by:
Country: UK/USA
Running time: 4:27

A heist takes place in LA - the setup and scenario feels familiar. We know the trope, in a challenge to the classic Hollywood clichés, for 4 minutes you’re taken on a wild chase like you’ve never seen before - on pogo sticks.

Best Music Video: Astro Rey

Director: Gorka Vázquez
Written by: Artist Rodrigo Mercado
Country: Spain
Running time: 3:34
premiere!

Join us on a journey to the heart of our mother Earth from the hand of this beautiful story with ecological spirit.

Best Music Video: Gimme Little Sign

Director: PM Romero, Scott Montgomery
Written by: Artists Brenton Woods and William Pilgrim
Country: US
Running time: 3:01

Shot at the historic People's Climate March in New York City, William Pilgrim & The All Grows Up join forces with Brenton Wood for a contemporary twist on the classic 1967 hit, ''Gimme Little Sign'. This is what Democracy looks like in America.

Best Music Video: Dealer

Director: Ben Dawkins
Written by: UK Producer Burial
Country: UK
Running time: 11:50
premiere!

Story of drug dealer in London underworld. Soundtrack by the elusive UK producer 'Burial'.

Best Music Video: Hands On Me

Director: Carlos A Hurtado
Written by: Billboard Pop Artist Jaysin Voxx
Country: US
Running time: 3:00

Billboard Pop Artist Jaysin Voxx releases his new music video 'Hands on Me' by awarding winning director Carlos A. Hurtado

Best Music Video: Head Trip Superstar - Let's Get Medicated

Director: Rich Varville
Country: US
Running time: 4:05
premiere!

Filmed at the World Famous Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego, CA. The song itself dives into the subject matter of self medicating, denial, and the struggle of coming to terms with it… or not.

Best Music Video: Fallen Sun - Bonsai Road

Director: Ivan Andrijanic
Country: US
Running time: 3:00

Shadow play meets Gothic world of Dracula castle in a romantic story told in an exciting animated combination of live action band performance integrated with 2D dynamic layers revealing the song's meaning and a construction of the shadow play.

Best Music Video: CATEGORY AND GRAND PRIZE AWARDS CEREMONY

Join Founder/Director Susan Johnston and special guests as they announce the Category Winners as well as the Grand Prize Winner. Save The Date for the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival June 7, 8, and 9th 2016!

Best New Media: Pirate Fishing Interactive Investigation

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Written by: Juliana Ruhfus
Country: United Kingdom/ Italy
Running time: :30
premiere!

Pirate Fishing is an interactive, gamified, real-life investigation in which the viewer joins the journalist to investigate illegal fishing in Sierra Leone. The challenge is to collect criminal evidence to arrest the trawler and crew who stole the fish.

Best New Media: The Most Northern Place

Director: Anrick Bregman
Country: UK
Running time: 1:10

A simple but powerful web documentary about a small town in Northern Greenland. It tells of a clash of cultures and a conflict of territory set during the run-up to the Cold War, and the forced the relocation of the Inuit population native to the town of Thule by the U.S. Army, circa 1953.

Best New Media: VINTAGE 2014: the stories behind the vines

Director: Wil Fernandez
Country: US
Running time: 10:00
premiere!

A multimedia documentary set in Santa Barbara County, California, during the 2014 wine grape growing season, marked by historic drought and treacherous heat spikes.

Best New Media: Africana Interactive Studies Center - Merritt College

Director: Jed Riffe
Country: US
Running time: :30
premiere!

Classical African Civilizations; Maafa: Slavery and Colonialism; Pan Africanism and Oakland: Our Story. With 105 videos, maps and a timeline to navigate, this interactive project gives users an in-depth look into Afro-Centric history of the world.

Best Web Series Superstar Panel: A tell all panel on what works, what doesn't and why in the Web Series world from current superstars.

Best Web Series Superstar Panel: Frank Chindamo, CEO Fun Little Movies (Moderator)

Frank is one of the world's top producers of comedic “Advertainment” videos for the web and TV. Winning over 30 awards for his work and being lauded on the front pages of Forbes Magazine, the LA Times, and in the Wall St. Journal, NY Times, CNN & USA Today. FLM has made videos and video series for numerous brands including Petco, Walmart & Best Buy.

Best Web Series Superstar Panel: Phil Ranta COO, Collective Digital Studio

Phil runs teams dedicated to managing talent and developing products for top digital talent including Rhett & Link, Epic Meal Time, and FRED. Previous to CDS, he was the VP of Network at Fullscreen, Inc. where he helped grow the network to over 5 billion monthly views. Phil is a proud University of Michigan graduate with a B.S. in Film and Video Studies. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Best Web Series Superstar Panel: Emmy Winner Jenni Powell, Producer

Jenni has been deeply involved in innovative online communities, dating back to the cult internet series Nobody’s Watching and lonelygirl15. She has since worked on many popular web series such as The Guild, Streamy Award-nominated With the Angels, Poor Paul, The Crew, and The Legend of Neil. Recently, she produced bothThe Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Welcome to Sanditon. She is currently Director of Content and Social Media for VidCon, the world’s largest online video conference, and a producer at Felicia Day’s YouTube Premium Channel Geek & Sundry.

Best Web Series Superstar Panel: Jason Horton Web Series Creator

Jason is a writer/comedian seen in over a billion total online views. He has been featured on Tosh.0, Conan, Spike TV & Jimmy Kimmel & the feature film Smiley. Jason has hosted and produced for both the Game Show Network & America's Funniest videos. He is currently in production for his web series, Yes, Vacancy.

Best Web Series Superstar Panel: George T. Kimmel IV, Producer Maker Studios

George is a preeminent producer at Maker Studios, the worlds leading provider of short form content. Producing for YouTubes biggest stars for the past 4 years, George has acquired an intimate knowledge of digital media and it's impact on todays culture.

Best Technology Panel: PANEL 2 Bridging Commerce and Engagement for Entertainment

Industry experts are sharing how people can create content, monetize it and have people engage. Whether filming on mobile or storytelling in web series format, this is the team that will share how your content can monetize in multi platform.

Best Technology Panel: Sanjiv Goyal CEO and President of Droisys (Moderator)

Sanjiv is a successful serial entrepreneur and pioneer of emerging new territories and verticals. With 25+ years of business acumen from several Fortune 500 companies, most notably from IBM, Autonation, Mastech, GMS, and RMS. Fortune 1000 organizations like Kelloggs, Caesars and many more trust him for Innovation. As Angel Investor, he is looking for startups leveraging mobile in Digital marketing, Retail, Healthcare, Gaming, and Hospitality. He has invested in Vriti, Fanminder, Admaxim, Appgravity, Gameloot, Raffity, Ebsavvy, Pregame, Mobifusion, Edseva, Demars Group, Mobiglue, Pyxa, SampleUP, iShopthrifty, Contest Anywhere, Mobiglue and more.

Best Technology Panel: Brian Dunphy, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Partner Relations

Brian spent 14 years at Qualcomm, holding a number of business development leadership positions across the company's diverse mobile technologies portfolio, including being involved with Gimbal since its inception in Qualcomm Labs. Brian led business development teams for a variety of mobile application based businesses including building the BREW ecosystem. Brian held leadership positions in Qualcomm's Global Market Development and Global Business Development groups, as well as Qualcomm Wireless Systems where he led strategic finance for Globalstar satellite communications business. Prior to Qualcomm, Brian spent more than five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Best Technology Panel: Steven G. Kaplan, The Rainstorm family of companies includes Rainstorm Music, Rainstorm TV, Rainstorm Management and Launchpad Releasing.

To date, Steve has developed, produced and financed a number of other pictures, both narrative and documentary, including The Big Empty, Red White Black & Blue, Big Bad Wolf, The Lost Colony, Billy Bates, State of Control, John Henry: The Steel Driving Racehorse and Sunset Strip among others. Steve is in production on Blunt Force and in post-production on Duff McKagan's It's So Easy and other lies, based on the best selling autobiography, The Lowlands to be directed by noted filmmaker Alfredo de Villa and Magnet by Darren Mann.

Best Technology Panel: Kenny Rudolph CEO of Gigging & Grubbing

Kenny is Founder / CEO of Gigging & Grubbing, the first show that guides viewers to where the tour bus stops to eat and creates new connections between musicians and their fans. His media and entertainment background includes Newsweek / Washington Post, Motor Trend, and a variety of private equity and venture funded companies.

Best : Merry Xmas - Pilot

Director: Boman Modine
Country: US
Running time: 7:00
premiere!

MERRY XMAS tells the story of a mischievous father (Dick Van Dyke) who calls his very busy kids (Matthew Modine and Glenne Headly) to tell them that, after 55 years of marriage, he and their mom (Valerie Harper) are getting divorced. Horrified by the news, the children prepare to fly home to stop the divorce and save their parents’ marriage.

Best Pilots: Miss Beverly Hills Ghost

Director: Kemmy Moran
Country: US
Running time: 5:27
premiere!

A nerd with the ability to see ghosts must solve a fashionista's murder by getting in with the rich and famous of Beverly Hills...

Best Scripts: El Vigilante

Written by: Francisco Bello, Matthew Toder
Country: US
premiere!

65 year old livery cab driver Arturo Gonzalez thinks he may have unwittingly acted as a getaway driver to a cop killer.

Best Scripts: Tanks a Love Story

Written by: Duke Mulligan
Country: US
premiere!

The (largely) true story of the Englishman man whose revolutionary new weapon almost won World War I, and of the love of his life, an elusive woman whose heart he finally does win.

Best Scripts: Together

Written by: Sonibel Rae
Country: England
premiere!

Jovena is maid of honour at her old college friend, Carly’s, wedding. She’s perfect in her role, except for one thing: she has a thing for the groom, Flynn. But that couldn’t cause any turmoil on the special day, right?

Best Scripts: The Key For Hope

Written by: Federico Ferrero and Chance Miller
Country: US

Michael Hope, an intelligent and well-read homeless drunk, becomes obsessed with a key that leads him to embark on a life-transforming odyssey while crusading for his own holy grail.

Best Scripts: Grace

Written by: Lynda Lemberg and Jeffrey Allen Russel
Country: Canada

In 1830, a wealthy Scottish woman who possesses tremendous empathy and courage risks everything when she joins the struggle to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Gaelic people.

Best Shorts: The Leaf

Director: Alex Barrera
Country: Spain
Running time: 6:00
premiere!

The leaf is essentially a small part of a whole like human existence in the cosmos. Poetic images of places music and evocative phrases encourage the viewer toward an inner journey that will lead him to find his own leaf.

Best Shorts: Dissonance

Director: Bryan Fox
Country: US
Running time: 19:00

Dissonance explores the harsh challenges of a young man's stale relationship and stalled career. As everything seems to be going nowhere, he must decide whether he will hold onto love, or face the fear that moving forward may mean letting go. In a moment, everything changes forever.

Best Shorts: Bootleggers Picnic

Director: Will Cart
Country: US
Running time: 3:32

In 1920, the Volstead Act made the sale and purchase of alcohol illegal in the United States, spurring the growth of a violent underground industry. Bootlegger's Picnic follows a young man on an adventure with his older brother when he comes face to face with the darker side of the family business.

Best Shorts: Popping The Question

Director: Kenneth Mader, Gehan Cooray
Country: US
Running time: 6:11

Mark and Ted have been best friends since childhood, but can their friendship withstand Ted's misgivings about Mark getting engaged?

Best Shorts: Trouble & The Shadowy Death Blow - Short

Director: Emmy Winner Stephanie Laing
Country: US
Running time: 21:40
premiere!

No man is an island, but there are always exceptions. Meet Jim Funkle, played by (Emmy Winner Tony Hale). A once promising food scientist, his career came to an end with a catastrophic failed experiment involving spray-on cheese. Ostracized, unemployed, and middle aged, Jim Funkle was American mediocrity at its best until he one night he was given the chance to become omnipotent. Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow follows one mans fight against being a mediocre man.

Best Shorts: Gear

Director: Joe Ksander, Kevin Adams
Country: US
Running time: 8:00

Mazzy, a young girl fighting for survival in the back alleys of the city, has made some dangerous people angry and needs a way out. She turns to her only ally -- an old broken down construction robot named Three.

Best : Decay - Shot on RED

Director: Mike Stern Sterzynski
Running time: 15:00

Sophie’s child died in a tragic accident. Her husband, not coping with the feeling of guilt, left home and never came back. Many years later Sophie receives a strange phone call from a Man with an eastern accent. The man informs her, that he knows where her husband is and how to find him. This takes her on a journey from LA to Poznan

Best SRC: Worst Shark Attack Ever

Director: Veronica Grey
Country: USA, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Japan
Running time: 19:00
premiere!

An expose' on how humans will not survive on this planet if we continue slaughtering sharks at the current alarming rate of 100,000,000 sharks a year or 190 sharks a minute or 3 sharks per second. Introduction by Leonardo DiCaprio with cameos by The Cure, MGMT, and superstar surfer John John Florence. The 1st 300 people entering this screening receive a shark toy (not safe for small children)

Best SRC: A life with Asperger’s

Director: Jaime Ekkens
Country: US
Running time: 4:00

An animated documentary that explores the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome, it demonstrates that Asperger’s is not simply being a little awkward, rather it is about adapting.

Best SRC: Rise

Director: Ali F Mostafa
Country: Canada
Running time: 14:36
premiere!

RISE is a musical film based around Yassin ' Narcy ' Alsalmans' new message of a World Free of War.

Best SRC: Chicken Factory Farmer Speaks Out

Director: Raegan Hodge
Country: US
Running time: 4:59

After 22 years of raising chickens for Perdue, one brave factory farmer Craig Watts reached his breaking point and did something no one has done before. He invited farm animal welfare advocates from Compassion in World Farming to his farm to tell his story.

Best SRC: Mister Rogers For Adults

Director: Paul Zelevansky
Country: US
Running time: 5:33
premiere!

A series of One-minute videos centered on Fred Rogers’ philosophical and educational thinking. Built around footage from the many Mister Rogers Neighborhood episodes, Rogers’ many public appearances, his extensive music and writing, and additional text and music, these spots engage social life and personal responsibility, work, creativity, love, and loss.

Best SRC: Hollygrove - The True Life Story of Monserrat

Director: Carlos A Hurtado
Country: US
Running time: 8:00

Hollygrove, which was founded in 1880 as the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society and was home to Marilyn Monroe is where the true life story of Monserrat, a former child in crisis who shares how she learned to trust and love herself again after experiencing trauma and despair.

Best SRC: Bumblebees

Director: Jenna Kanell
Country: US
Running time: 4:00
premiere!

Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.

Best S.T.E.A.M: Patient 39

Director: Dan Clifton
Country: UK
Running time: 14:29
premiere!

When a soldier known only as Patient 39 awakes from a coma with no memory, the search begins for his identity and past. Based on a short story by bestselling British author William Boyd (author of RESTLESS, ANY HUMAN HEART).

Best S.T.E.A.M: The Emotional Dimensions of the James River

Director: Michelle Marquez
Country: US
Running time: 3:20
premiere!

Musically and visually designed by a fifteen-year-old artist, filmmaker and scientist, this experimental film is based on a neuroscience research project that breaks down the barrier between science and art in a unique emotional roller coaster experience.

Best Student: Rice Wine

Director: Tian Ye
Country: China
Running time: 20:00
premiere!

An impoverished Chinese street peddler on his last leg takes a stand against the City Peacekeepers whose job it is to rid the city of unlicensed vendors.

Best Student: Four Broken Hearts

Director: Muhammad Babar Suleman
Country: Pakistan/USA
Running time: 3:17
premiere!

Tragedy engenders new beginnings and love becomes political in ‘Four Broken Hearts’, a Pakistani-American transmedia storyworld encompassing film, live performances, social media and location-based experiences.

Best 3D: The 3D Machine - 3D

Director: Joost van den Bosch, Erik Verkerk
Country: Netherlands
Running time: 5:00
premiere!

Igor and the professor are a monster hunting duo in this action-packed stereoscopic 3D adventure.

Best 3D: Squid Run - 3D

Director: Bob Cranston and Mary Lynn Price
Country: US
Running time: 4:32
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Every year, opalescent squid gather by the thousands off the coast of Southern California to mate, lay their eggs, and die--all within the course of a day or two. This 3D film immerses us in the life, sex, and death drama of these fascinating animals.

Best 3D: Cosplay - 3D

Director: Gulliver Parascandolo
Country: US
Running time: 5:00
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The first 3D documentary about the reality and fantasy of “Costume Play” features a diverse cast of characters who share their stories and dreams as they join hundreds of passionate Cosplayers at the most famous comic conventions and fantastical gatherings in the United States. A fun and inspiring film for all ages that will immerse you in this pop-culture phenomenon, and the thousands of artists brave enough to follow their dreams.

Best 3D: Deep Dance - 3D

Director: Marco Erbrich
Country: Germany
Running time: 6:11
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A world without light, a world dominated by darkness and threatening silence. The deep sea. Driven by their instincts, we pursue two contradictory characters and witness a struggle for life and death. We become victims of the illusion of light.

Best 3D: After Ever After Ep 2 - Web Series

Director: Joe Pickard
Country: US
Running time: 4:33
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A web series that imagines your favorite fairy tale couples in modern times and in therapy. Starring Dan Amboyer (Grand Theft Auto V, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Best 3D: What Lives Inside Ep 2 Web Series

Director: Academy Award-winning VFX artist/AD/director Robert Stromberg (Maleficent)
Country: US
Running time: 9:00
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An emotional tale of creative self-discovery is set in a richly surreal world inhabited by fantastical creatures The web series is directed by and stars Colin Hanks, Catherine O'Hara and Oscar winner JK Simmons ("Whiplash") in a tale about a lost son played by Mr. Hanks, Taylor, and his departed father (Mr. Simmons), a famous puppeteer beloved for his creativity. Taylor discovers a lot more about his father -- and his supposed fictitious creations -- only after his dad's death. A call for auditions in the form of creature sketches went out at the time of the series announcement. Of over 6,000 sketches submitted, 144 were selected and featured in the film.

Best 3D: School Nurse - Pilot

Director: John Stewart Muller
Country: US
Running time: 6:54
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A family-friendly sitcom following Nurse Patty Patterson and the hilarious faculty and students of Millard Fillmore Elementary School.

Best 3D: One & Done - Pilot

Director: Matt Letscher
Country: US
Running time: 15:57
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A warm-hearted comedy about the misadventures of four men on the precipice of middle age who decide to re-form their high school basketball team. Follow Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Juan (aka The Gospel) as they seek to challenge the considerable limits of their aging bodies and minds.

Best Trailers: A Hitch at the Fairmont

Director: Craig Lew
Country: US
Running time: 2:14
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A funny play on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is utilized in this book trailer. The book has an Augmented Reality cover where readers can view the trailer using a smartphone or tablet.

Best Trailers: Flip and Glib…and the Theory of Everything

Director: Mark L. Taylor
Country: US
Running time: 1:56

A quirky, off-beat sisterhood is born after cynical Flip and wide-eyed Glib meet by chance and find they have much to learn from each other in matters of sex, love, and UFOs.

Best Trailers: Counter Histories: Rock Hill

Director: Frederick Taylor
Country: US
Running time: 2:53
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Meet the men who stood up for their rights at the counter of the Rock Hill, South Carolina Five and Dime. They asked for a cup of coffee and were instead met with violence, police brutality and unjust imprisonment. The courage of these nine college students ignited a passion and furor that rose into the famed Freedom Rides, and brought the United States closer to major Civil Rights reform

Best Trailers: Attack Of The Devil

Director: Lon Strickland
Country: US
Running time: 1:23
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The Devil awakens from an ancient slumber to wreak havoc on Earth. Who will save us? Search

Best Trailers: What Lives Inside

Director: Academy Award-winning VFX artist/AD/director Robert Stromberg (Maleficent)
Country: US
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An emotional tale of creative self-discovery is set in a richly surreal world inhabited by fantastical creatures The web series is directed by and stars Colin Hanks, Catherine O'Hara and Oscar winner JK Simmons ("Whiplash") in a tale about a lost son played by Mr. Hanks, Taylor, and his departed father (Mr. Simmons), a famous puppeteer beloved for his creativity. Taylor discovers a lot more about his father -- and his supposed fictitious creations -- only after his dad's death.

Best Web Series: Courtside Ep. 6

Director: Jaffar Mahmood
Country: US
Running time: 3:08
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Two best friends counsel each other during their weekly tennis match. It's cheaper than therapy. Shot on the Red Scarlet Featuring: Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids-Machete Kills), Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush).

Best Web Series: Above Ground The Series Ep 2.1

Director: Eric Smith-Gunn
Country: US
Running time: 5:35
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Singer-Songwriter Faith Logan is trying to pull the pieces together as to why she doesn't want to leave her home after a recent traumatic occurrence.

Best Web Series: Entrepreneurs Ep 1

Director: Laura Cunningham, Chris Wendzicki, Jr.
Country: US
Running time: 1:53
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In hopes to encourage others to "make the jump," we have searched Nantucket Island for its most inspiring entrepreneurs.

Best Web Series: Project Frog Sonia

Director: Sarah Backhouse
Country: US
Running time: 2:46

As told through the eyes of remarkable fourteen year old, Sonia Atluru. Sonia speaks eloquently about sustainability and the impact it that it has on education, while effortlessly cart-wheeling through one of the bright and breezy classrooms.

Best Web Series: Growing Alice Ep 6

Director: Lisa Barber
Country: US
Running time: 2:40

About two parents raising their child the best way they can, which is to say, the worst way, a how-to on how-not-to.

Best Web Series: The Golden Age of Piracy Ep 1

Director: Tim Stone
Country: Australia
Running time: 4:24

An exploration of the evolution, motivation and attitudes behind Australia’s high rates of piracy and the slow demise of the cultural institution that is the local video store.

Best Web Series: Hipsters Anonymous Ep 5.5

Director: Rocco Ambrosio
Country: US
Running time: 4:42
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Five hipsters seek recovery from the relentless irony and judgment of hipsterism. In this episode, we witness a rock-bottom irony binge that comes after a traumatic experience.

Best Web Series: Girls 24 Ep 1

Director: Keita Kawahara
Country: Japan and USA
Running time: 1:00

Girls 24 is a web series about 24 hours of a share house in NY that five girls live together. There are 24 episodes, and a minute per episode.

Best Web Series: The Reveal Ep 1

Director: John Lacy
Country: US
Running time: 5:32

A man finds his soul in peril and sets out to redeem himself by saving the lives of those who wronged him.

Best Web Series: Greetings! From Prison Ep 1

Director: Matthew Byori Mann, Creator: Tommy Beardmore
Country: US
Running time: 4:13

A dark-comedy series set entirely in a prison visitation room starring Rusty Schwimmer (The Perfect Storm) and Bruce Jarchow (Seinfeld), follow a group of inmates, staff, and visitors as they make the best of a truly absurd environment.

Best Web Series: Kittens in a Cage Ep 1

Director: Jillian Armenante
Running time: 19:03
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Ukulele-playing bad girl Junie Butler gets muscled into prison by her ratfink friends. Abandoned by all, she turns to the warm embrace of her pyromaniac cellmate as they plot to escape from a power hungry prison matron and an axe-murdering beauty queen.

Best Web Series: Beacon Hill The Series Ep 7

Director: Albert Alarr
Country: US
Running time: 6:38
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Set in the political epicenter of Beacon Hill is a new scripted drama that boasts a dream of cast of some of daytime’s favorite award-winning actors. In Ep 7 Encounters exes Katherine (Sarah Brown) and Sara (Alicia Minshew) run into each other for the first time since Sara left six years before.

Best Web Series: Manic Pixie Dream Wife Ep 1

Director: M. Elizabeth Eller
Country: US
Running time: 4:30
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A software programmer strives for a simple marriage, but his bride is a free spirit who is determined to turn his life upside down. Desperate, Chance turns to the internet for advice - but as his story unfolds, we start to see things from a whole new perspective: the manic pixie’s.

Best Web Series: Street Cuts Ep 1

Director: Michelle Nash, Miguel Endara
Country: US
Running time: 3:06
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Street Cuts is a web series that follows Mark Bustos, New York City hair stylist to the stars, as he hits the streets of South Beach to meet, explore the lives of, and give a free hair cut to the homeless. In Episode 1, Mark meets Apache, a Native American originally from Alaska, who has been homeless for more than 11 years and has never let anyone cut his hair. During an emotional haircut, Apache addresses the pain of losing friends and loved ones from the streets.

Best Web Series: Dating Pains Ep 1

Director: Marc Cartwright
Country: US
Running time: 1:10
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Follow Lucy & Alex as they navigate through the impossible world of dating. In this episode, we see the two getting ready for a first date.

Best Web Series: Vegetti Ep 1

Director: Alice Corsi, Edoardo Bellanti
Country: Italy
Running time: 3:19
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Two old Italian men, Beppe and Gino, commenting on the world around them, by comparing it with that of their time.

Best Web Series: Uh, Hey Dude Ep 2

Director: Howie Kremer, Maureen Bharoocha, Paul Bartunek
Country: US
Running time: 3:32
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A slice of life, female centric comedy series about three friends, Betty, Totsy and Joey.

Best Web Series: Sunday The Series Ep 2

Director: Briana Price, Q Burdette, Ira Madison III
Country: US
Running time: 3:32
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High School Senior Kennedy navigates family, life and love.

Best Web Series: New Heights Ep 1

Director: Steven Mosley
Country: US
Running time: 4:30
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NEW HEIGHTS sets out to explore Brooklyn Gentrification through the lens of a young mixed race actress named Elle. Through the various characters she meets, Elle finds herself confronting the uncomfortable social constructs that underlie our world.

Best Web Series: BE Bettina & Elaine Ep 1

Director: Lizzi Albert
Country: US
Running time: 3:45
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A comedic series about friends, phones, and the moments that keep us glued together. Elaine is on a bad date (thanks Tinder) but Bettina comes to the rescue.

Best : The Dawning Of A New Age - a conversation with legends in the Alternative Energy Space

Harvey Wasserman is an American journalist, author, democracy activist, and advocate for renewable energy. He has been a strategist and organizer in the anti-nuclear movement in the United States for over 30 years. He has been a featured speaker on Today, Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight and other major media outlets. Wasserman is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, an investigative reporter, and senior editor of The Columbus Free Press where his coverage, with Bob Fitrakis, has prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to call them

Best : Emmy & WGA Winner Lila Garrett

Emmy & WGA Winner Lila Garrett is a television screenwriter and a radio host. She wrote for the sitcoms The Second Hundred Years (co-wrote episodes 10 and 13 with Bernie Kahn), My Favorite Martian, All in the Family, and Bewitched. She co-wrote, with Joseph L. McEveety, Bernie Kahn and Stu Billett, the 1971 Disney TV movie The Barefoot Executive.[5] She hosts Connect the Dots on Pacifica Radio.

Best : Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally, a few years out of Harvard, left Boston and teaching for Los Angeles and the entertainment industry. He wanted to reach larger audiences. After twenty years as an actor, director, screenwriter (Earth Girls Are Easy — starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, and Jim Carrey), songwriter and record producer (classic novelty songs and Julie Brown’s Goddess in Progress, #4 EP in the Village Voice 1985 Critics Poll), he realized he wasn’t fulfilling his vision. Now it all comes together in his media and consulting work, as he seeks, spreads, and encourages stories of a world that just might work. On his weekly radio show in Los Angeles (KPFK 90.7fm) and New York (WBAI 99.5fm), McNally engages the most visionary thinkers, writers, and doers he can find to make sense of the current moment and shed light on the path ahead.

Best : Mimi Kennedy

Mimi Kennedy is an American actress, author, and activist, best known for her roles in Dharma & Greg, Erin Brockovich, Midnight in Paris.

Best : Alan Minsky

Alan Minsky is the interim Program Director at KPFK Pacifica Radio Los Angeles.

Best : Nuclear Empire - Feature

Director: Patrícia Neves
Country: Macau SAR (China)
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The only country in the world attacked with atomic bombs is facing again the fear of radiation after experiencing the first nuclear accident of the 21st century. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate after the explosions in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, trigerred by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever and tsunami waves of up to 40 meters high, and they don’t know yet when and if they will be able to return home. The energy that made Japan’s dream come true has become the country’s worst nightmare and the arrogance of the political and economic powers generated an unprecedented unrest and crisis of confidence.

Best : Leonardo DiCaprio Socially Responsible Conservationist Award

Hollywood With Students & David Valentino alongside New Media Film Festival are proud and honored to present Leonardo DiCaprio with the Socially Responsible Conservationist Award for his Conservation dedication and efforts via Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation - Dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions that create a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. This recognition stems from Leonardo DiCaprio's opening scenes in Worst Shark Attack Ever which was programmed in the SRC - Socially Responsible Content Category this year. So, it is fitting that the Director of this film and International Surfing Champion, Veronica Grey accepts the award on behalf of Leonardo DiCaprio.