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BEST NARRATIVE

The Night
Passenger

Josh Bowman

Marty is going through a crisis and is hanging on by a thread. After discovering a man tied up in his trunk things go from bad to worse. Worse being a psychopathic Irishman who joins Marty on a journey through the city of LA.

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BEST ANIMATION

Little Stray

Kieran Latta

A stray dog roams the cold streets longing for a home, when two men capture her. She is taken to a ‘vet’ for a check-up, before being transported into a warm home. First unsure, she learns to settle into the comforting environment. She goes on a car trip, thinking it is for a fun walk, but pulls up to a rocket site. Strapped into a rocket labeled the Sputnik 02, the dog is terrified as she is blasted into space. It is revealed that this is based on the true story of ‘Laika’ which occurred during the space race in 1957.

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BEST EXPERIMENTAL 

NIGHT AND DAY

Marcelese Cooper

In my mixed-media diary, live-action and 2D animation entwine to paint the profound intersection of autoimmune battles and my voyage through gender identity. As a non-binary soul, my poignant monologue unravels the dual challenges of claiming my body for health and identity. Yet amid the tempest of frustrations, there emerges a fierce defiance—a poetic dance in the face of adversity, declaring that no struggle can dim the brilliance of my existence.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY  

Motherhood - Into the grey zone

Josiah Michael Clumont, Sarah Clumont

In the poignant short film "Motherhood," embark on a raw and emotional journey with Sarah, a woman navigating the complex landscape of an unplanned pregnancy. As she grapples with the overwhelming emotions surrounding the decision to terminate, the narrative takes an unexpected turn that challenges societal norms and personal beliefs.

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE 

The Night
Passenger

Josh Bowman

Marty is going through a crisis and is hanging on by a thread. After discovering a man tied up in his trunk things go from bad to worse. Worse being a psychopathic Irishman who joins Marty on a journey through the city of LA.

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SPIRIT OF NEW ZEALAND

Teine

Giselle Ilaoa

A poignant story of a dutiful eldest daughter within a Samoan household and her internal struggle of the weight of her responsibilities and expectations from her family, as well as, trying to maintain a grasp on her own aspirations in life. 

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SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD

THE ISLAND

MAHMUT TAŞ

Ada; She is a little girl living in a dry village where it has not rained for a long time. Ada's family is considering leaving the village if the thirst continues. Ada is very upset about this and wants to tell us about her village with her camera. She goes to a lake that used to be full of water and visits the island named after her. But she sees that the lake is completely dry, the soil is cracked and there is no water left in it.

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BEST DOP

The Therapist

Akwasi Poku
 

In every neighbourhood of every city, there's a safe haven for Black Men.

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BEST EDITOR

NIGHT AND DAY

Marcelese Cooper

In my mixed-media diary, live-action and 2D animation entwine to paint the profound intersection of autoimmune battles and my voyage through gender identity. As a non-binary soul, my poignant monologue unravels the dual challenges of claiming my body for health and identity. Yet amid the tempest of frustrations, there emerges a fierce defiance—a poetic dance in the face of adversity, declaring that no struggle can dim the brilliance of my existence.

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BEST SOUND DESIGN

NIGHT AND DAY

Marcelese Cooper

In my mixed-media diary, live-action and 2D animation entwine to paint the profound intersection of autoimmune battles and my voyage through gender identity. As a non-binary soul, my poignant monologue unravels the dual challenges of claiming my body for health and identity. Yet amid the tempest of frustrations, there emerges a fierce defiance—a poetic dance in the face of adversity, declaring that no struggle can dim the brilliance of my existence.

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BEST MUSIC 

Angels In Disguise Demons On Display

Josiah Michael Clumont

In this emotionally charged musical composition, the deity takes on the role of a benevolent force, akin to a guardian angel, ready to confront the listener's adversaries while they seek solace in the shadows. The lyrical narrative intricately weaves a tale of unwavering divine commitment, with the deity expressing a profound willingness to protect and shield, even under the silent cover of night. Amidst the challenges and solitude of the spiritual journey, the deity remains resolute, questioning the extent of their divine dedication and pondering the uncharted territories they're willing to traverse.

The song beautifully captures the essence of divine love and sacrifice, embracing the uncertainty of the unknown road ahead. The metaphorical exploration of crossing bridges and facing points of no return adds a layer of emotional depth, illustrating the deity's steadfast resolve to endure any hardships for the sake of the listener. Ultimately, the composition emanates a positive and affirming energy, celebrating the enduring power of divine love, loyalty, and the profound journey into unexplored realms.

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BEST ACTION SEQUENCE 

Dauntless and the Demigod

Casey Lloyd

The last sworn protector must face off against a demigod in single combat to prove their valor. 

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

LEVITATE

Luis Velasco

With this fashion film, we were looking for something more timeless, unlike the current concept of fashion associated with the change of 
tastes which quickly go out of style. We wanted it to pause the speed of our time while highlighting the ethereal textile qualities of this clothing through fast movements seen in slow motion. I grew up in a rural area of Spain where the landscape surrounding 
my childhood was simply crop fields, just sky and earth. For some people, it may seem boring, but to me, it conveys peace, and in that environment, I sometimes perceive an almost mystical sense. That's why I thought this could be the perfect scenario to develop the idea. To achieve this goal, we used a trampoline on the outskirts of 
Madrid, where the city abruptly ends and the countryside begins, a huge contrast that you can still find in this big city.

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BEST FILM MADE FOR GAMES 

X-Games Mode

David Combs, Ben Epstein

Power pop band, Dim Wizard, team up and challenge themselves with some retro video game fun. Can they button mash their way to victory and defeat the Rat King? X-Games Mode isn't going to be a breeze!

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BEST MUSIC VIDEO 

Angels In Disguise Demons On Display

Josiah Michael Clumont

In this emotionally charged musical composition, the deity takes on the role of a benevolent force, akin to a guardian angel, ready to confront the listener's adversaries while they seek solace in the shadows. The lyrical narrative intricately weaves a tale of unwavering divine commitment, with the deity expressing a profound willingness to protect and shield, even under the silent cover of night. Amidst the challenges and solitude of the spiritual journey, the deity remains resolute, questioning the extent of their divine dedication and pondering the uncharted territories they're willing to traverse.

The song beautifully captures the essence of divine love and sacrifice, embracing the uncertainty of the unknown road ahead. The metaphorical exploration of crossing bridges and facing points of no return adds a layer of emotional depth, illustrating the deity's steadfast resolve to endure any hardships for the sake of the listener. Ultimately, the composition emanates a positive and affirming energy, celebrating the enduring power of divine love, loyalty, and the profound journey into unexplored realms.

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U25 AWARD

5/3/0

Danilo Stanimirović

During the night, a teenage girl is taking a taxi ride to the neighboring town. After a disturbing ride, and an even worse night at a friends birthday party, she is forced to return home with a menacing taxi driver who insists on her sitting in the front seat next to him.

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OUTLIERS AWARD

Dream Cabal - Ad Break

Luka Tomić, Chai William Ruakere-Forbes

A cyberpunk dystopia set ten minutes into the future

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BEST ACTOR

HENRI ESTEVE

TAKE ME BACK

Born and raised in Miami, Henri Esteve moved to New York City and booked a number of roles including 'Romeo' in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, as well as Don Peterson's Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, Edward Allen Baker's North of Providence and David Auburn's Proof.

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BEST ACTRESS

JEANNE LALOUS

APHYONIDAE

Jeanne Lalou is known for Délit Gourmand (2021) and Aphyonidae (2023).

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BEST ANIMATED CHARACTER 

LAIKA

LITTLE STRAY

Laika was a Soviet space dog who was one of the first animals in space and the first to orbit the Earth. A stray mongrel from the streets of Moscow, she flew aboard the Sputnik 2 spacecraft, launched into low orbit on 3 November 1957.

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BEST DIRECTOR

JOSH BOWEN

THE NIGHT PASSENGER

Josh Bowen, born Joshua Michael Bowen hails from Conyers, Georgia. As a versatile entertainer, Josh has earned recognition as a dedicated stunt performer and actor, showcasing his talents in productions like "The Cleaning Lady" and "Westworld". Having embarked on a journey that led him from Georgia to New Mexico, Josh finished his high school years in Albuquerque before pursuing higher education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. During his time in University, he not only excelled as an award winning football player but also delved into the world of Arts, broadening his creative horizons.

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