BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd
by Uwe Schwarzwalder
A businessman and a young woman find each other and discuss a dangerous plan which soon becomes reality.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
We are Columbine by Laura Farber
“We Are Columbine” highlights the stories of four freshmen students who experienced one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history at Columbine High School in 1999. Director Laura Farber, who was also a freshman during the shootings, sensitively captures her classmates’ deeply personal and unique perspectives during an unprecedented walk-through of the school itself, shedding light on the complexity of life impacted by violence and loss at a young age nearly 20 years after the tragedy.
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
Melody by Bernard Kordieh
When disillusioned Leah is roped into Melody’s raucous midnight adventure, the bond in their cosmic friendship is tested.
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
All That We Carry by Erin Kokdil
A Guatemalan woman tries to make a new home in Oakland. But can a new beginning erase a painful past?
Fox Boy by Do-Yeon TAK
A child gets lost to a world ruled by fox boys and has to struggle for his survival.
Oil Lake by Jonas Karasek
P. I. Tchaikovski’s ballet masterpiece in contemporary adaptation reflects the eco-disasters happening in the world’s lakes and seas.
BEST STUDENT FILM
Ophelia by Celina Mae Medina
A depressed college student wants to seek psychiatric help from her parents but they have other plans in mind.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Franc Moody – Super Star Struck by Akinola Davies Jr.
This animated music video is a collaboration with director Akinola Davies Jr. and the London band Franc Moody. It features “a working black mother, performing socialist miracles for the people of London while carrying her child on her back”, inspired by Davies Jr.’s mother and sister.
BEST MICRO FILM
Penelope by Patick Lewtschanyn
Hunter K-009 embarks on a contract that may be too much to chew.
BEST WEB SERIES
Climate Countdown by Kaia Rose
Climate Countdown is a web-series that maps out the ecology of climate solutions. While Season 1 focused on what people were doing to make the Paris Agreement a success, Season 2 explores what strategies are needed to keep climate action moving forward despite a US government that has decided to exit the Paris Agreement. From taking it to the courts to taking it to the cities to taking on partisanship, people are working hard in strategic ways to take on the climate challenge.