Gabriel, a spy for hire suffers a freak accident during a mission that will send him to a dystopian future where a group of rebels fights to liberate the Earth from the corporation that now owns it.
Enginuity Judges enjoyed the ambitious nature of this project. A science fiction time-travel short film that doesn't disappoint. Corporation Earth has been nominated for Set Design and Visual Effects.
Mike, an easygoing skate guy and martial artist, is thrust into a hidden world of murder and assassination after running into his best friend Ed, 10 years after thinking he was Killed In Action. To keep Mike alive, Ed must now attempt to convince the Hunters Club Mike is an assassin in training, before the truth is revealed and they are both killed.
The Hunters Club is a high-octane film that is simply put, a fun ride. The Hunters Club is nominated for Best Light Design, Best Makeup, Best VFX and Best Stunts.
"Weird" is a short animated film about diversity. It packs a lot of thought into a 2-minute piece.
Weird is nominated for Best Animation, Best Animation Director, and Best Female Voiceover. Enginuity Judges felt that it was a thought-provoking short film that would challenge our audience.
“The Handler” is a trailer for a film that has not yet been produced. Vietnam Vet Special Forces Handler, now Retired K9 Sheriff, and a recovering alcoholic, returns to his hometown after 40 years. He discovers an underground crime ring with a sinister secret and they try to kill him. He hides his recovery until he can save them all. Redemption through revenge for all the right reasons. Directed by regional filmmaker, Lawrence Whitener.
Children dream of what they will be as adults and adults dream about their childhood. But sometimes, when orderly life becomes paralyzed in routine, adults need the inner child to bring about change: "Be my rebel", the first collaboration of the two music legends Nena (99 Luftballons) and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), premiered at Nenas 40th anniversary on stage. The accompanying video by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Virgil Widrich transfers the story into a dreamlike, glass mirror world that is powered by Dave Stewart at the controls of his classic modular synthesizers. At the typewriter: Nena as an annoyed bookkeeper, who threatens to disappear soon with her flower dress in her flower wallpaper. But the inner dialogue works in both directions and soon takes effect: rebellion changes the past – and thus also the future.
Be My Rebel is a fantastic exploration of the music video as an art form and as a storytelling tool. Be My Rebel is nominated for Best VFX, Best New Media and Best New Media Director. It is a visually stunning piece of work.
Once a ruthless warlord who won his land by his sword, Mort-Lieu is now a sick old man. A mysterious knight appears; Mort-Lieu believes the stranger is Death himself coming to get him. Facing his own end, Mort-Lieu has to confront his legacy.
By Blood is a touching story about mortality. Brilliantly filmed and well acted, By Blood is a must-see short film. Director Guillaume Enard and Jonathan Delerue put together a fantastic team. This film jumps off the screen. Nominated for over 10 awards, By Blood is a must see.
Adan & Samuel, twin brothers who dream of success as cinema stuntmen, become entangled with mafia after accepting an obscure assignment. Now, they are in for the fight of their lives. And this time, it's real.
Stunt Games is a high-octane rush. The stunt work in this film stunned every single judge. Stunt Games is a fun film that just puts a smile on your face and puts you on the edge of your seat. Laughter and some fantastic stunts will keep you entertained from start to finish.
An animated whirlwind cinematic tour through Vienna staged with cups, saucers, plates, knives, forks, local specialties, and products interspersed with different dimensions of Vienna’s contemporary urban life. Using stop-motion animation, Virgil Widrich’s team made 55,000 photos over five days to produce 2.7 terabytes of data. We would have had enough material in the end to produce a 38-minute film taking a playing speed of 24 images per second, “ he says. It took weeks of work to compress the message into the film’s present length. You do not need to leave a Viennese coffee table to travel through the whole city!
Vienna Table Trip is a visual feast. From the director of Be My Rebel (playing during the Noon Block). Vienna Table Trip is a film that will leave you in awe of how they made this.
Tremors is a music video created for the Baltimore band Joseph & the Beasts based on the life cycle of a human being, although laid out in a minimalist and abstract design. The video was created on a very small budget that the Director split with the band in order to have their key element, the costumes, created as the Director had envisioned. With everyone donating time and a good amount of location scouting we were able to create an elaborate world within which our title character, 'Tremor', explores and learns about herself and her origins. The song is about life and death and the Director wanted to show that in a cyclical way how we find our connection to everyone else too late in life.
Directed by Carlos Gonzalez-Fernandez, Tremors is a visual beauty. Edited with a deft hand, Tremors is a joy to watch. Nominated for Best Editor, Best New Media, Best New Media Director.
Ever have a little bit of trouble concentrating at work? Travis does. He can’t seem to get much done with his co-worker Adelaide on his mind. This imaginative romantic-comedy is reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood musicals. Things continue to get even more interesting when an old Dixieland band gets involved. That’s just for starters! Carnival Kid is a surreal Technicolor musical short set to the music of Jour Majesty.
Carnival Kid simply put, it just puts a smile on your face. Carnival Kid is a wonderful throwback to Hollywood of yesteryear. Directed by the talented Michael Perry and written by WV Native Joey Fama. Nominated for Best Set Design and Best Stunts. Most people only think of stunts as fight oriented or action films, but complex dances don’t choreograph or perform themselves.
Hope tells the Story of a little boy, who is condemned to spend the time he has left in a prisoners' camp. The memories of his mother are the only thing keeping him alive.
Hope is an incredibly touching animated film. Hope is nominated for Best Original Score, Best Animation and Best Animation Director. Our Judges were moved by this powerful film and we think you will, as well.
M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.
Light Sight is an incredible movie that draws you in and reminds you that we all are a part of the human experience. Nominated for Best Animation, Best Animation Director, Best Original Score this film is a spectacle and truly shows off what can be created on a budget with a small talented crew.
After an assault, Emma finds that even her imagination and fantasies are turning on her.
Face Them explores the mind of an assault victim and how her personal fantasy world becomes tainted by the attacker. It's about the journey one undertakes to regain their personal resolve and personal self-worth. Wonderfully crafted film from first time Director and DMV native, Elizabeth Gmaz.
Face Them has been nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Stunts, Best Male Voice Acting and Best Supporting Actress.
A man fights for survival when he wakes up in the middle of a desolate forest, chained to something far underground.
Aground is a film that puts you, the viewer, right into the situation and makes you feel the struggle. Our judges were impressed with the way this film sucks you into the moment. Nominated for Best New Media, Best New Media Director and Best Sound Design, Aground is a treat that will leave you asking, what would you do in this situation.
Werner Sensbach, a longtime resident of Charlottesville, VA, shares his memories and artwork of his time as a German soldier on the Russian Front.
Brilliantly told, this documentary gives you a peek into a world we don’t often get a chance to experience. Werner Sensbach paints images of his time as a German Soldier fighting the Russians in World War 2. It’s the story of humanity, no matter the side. And a reminder that humans served on both sides of the war. Nominated for Best Documentary, Best Writing in a Documentary, Best Director Documentary, and Best Male Voiceover/Acting, this is a documentary that is a must see.
Charlotte puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from the life she has known. She has never been on her own and doesn't know if she'll make it as her resources are stripped away. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight, and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life.
Falling South is a road trip movie, only this trip has more pressure. Charlotte is trying to discover who she is and to find a strength that she didn’t know existed in her anymore.
Falling South is a wonderful gem of an indie film from Director and Writer Lorraine Portman. Nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.
A gentle giant of man, down on his luck, considers a risky and covert career path. To help him learn the ropes, a grizzled vet in the field takes him under his wing.
Filling In is a wonderful film that will surprise you. A heist film that follows all the rules of the genre and then turns them on its head. Filling In will make you laugh, but it’s nothing personal…just business. Nominated for Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
A man sits alone in a café, locked in his own world of grief and profound loneliness after the loss of his life companion. The first tentative kiss of two young lovers captures his attention and he is fixated. The memories of his own love have become overwhelming - taunted and tortured once more by a mind cut adrift in a raging storm, can he find the strength to carry on?
His search for answers takes him to the very edge of his own mortality before the natural process of grief finally reveals to him the ‘gifts’ of acceptance and a new perspective, found in the recognition of the universal truths in everything touched by life, when we are truly present.
Perplexed Music is an emotional film that is beautiful and important. Loss is universal, and this film just sets out to take you through one man’s journey through grief. Nominated for Best Costumes, Best Lighting, Best Original Score, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, Best Editor, Best Male Voice Acting, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Short Film this is a must see.
Since his wife, Edith’s, death four months ago, Jake has fallen into a life of drinking and isolation. He believes that Edith is haunting him and now she appears in his local pub.
EDITH is a haunting film about loss and reconnecting with the world and letting go of the past. Edith is an emotional journey. Nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Short Edith is an incredible film.
After a twelve-year absence, Jenna, a transgender woman, returns to her family home on Saint Pierre and Miquelon islands for her sister’s funeral. This occasion will allow Jenna to see Armelle, her childhood friend, again, as well as her parents, Manu and Florence. But the reunion doesn’t go quite the way she could have wished.
To quote one of the Judges, “this film was shot so beautifully, the landscape is almost another character.” Jenna is a powerful film about inner strength and acceptance. Wonderfully acted and beautifully filmed Jenna is an important film. Nominated for Best Costumes, Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actress, Best Director and Best Short.
Jason McCarthy and Benson Yau are two ordinary lads. They are both in their mid-twenties and struggling their way through life. When Jason finds himself in desperate need of cash to stay in college, Benson arranges a meeting with some shady drug dealers led by the maniacal Banger. Banger promises the lads a small fortune, but only if they can follow The Three Don'ts. When things don't go according to plan, the two lads are pulled into a criminal underworld they never knew existed complete with feuding families and gun toting assassins. At the head of it all is the shady figure known only as The Man in Black. Jason and Benson will need to stay on their toes if they're to survive this one. Simple job, Simple Job...
Getting a crime story right, is harder than it sounds. Paddy Murphy brilliantly harnesses this script and his actors killed it making this fantastic and gritty film. Nominated for Best Lighting, Best Makeup, Best Original Score, Best Set Design, Best Cinematography, Best Editor, Best Stunts, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Feature.
Desperate to become a priest in the Catholic Church, Alejandra Batista turns to Thomas Reilly, a successful lawyer who files suit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination without justifiable cause.
A thought-provoking film from director Bill Duke. This movie takes exceptional care in not picking sides and just allowing you to decide what the message is. Wonderfully handled by an excellent cast. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Best VFX, Best Editor, Best Stunts, Best Supporting Actor (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Best Feature