2022 Film & Music Competitions
We received a record number of entries in multiple categories. It is a difficult task reviewing all these projects and selecting two winners from each category but that is what competition is all about. Here are this year’s winners and runners-up.
US NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
Directed by Drew Harwood
Directed by Joe Eddy
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
Directed by Ana Lazarevic
Shadow of the Night
Directed by Radhakrishnan Parthiban
US DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Directed by Richard Lui
The Life We Make
Directed by Dylan Stryznski and Padrick Ritch
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Phoenix: David’s Dream
Directed by Vinicius Donola, Roberta Salomone and João Rocha
Wilde Zeiten - No Mask No Party
Directed by Patrick Protz and Dennis Groß
US NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The Trial of Ben Barry
Directed by Shea E. Butler
Directed by Dan Sellers
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Directed by Soren Bendt and Paul Arion
Directed by Peter T. Clarke
US DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Directed by Fahim Hamid
The 3 Cricketeers
Directed by Sue Williams
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Shadow of the Night - The Documentary
Directed by Radhakrishnan Parthiban
Directed by Cheryl Allison
STUDENT NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Directed by Andrew D. Bourne
Goodbye Tallahassee, I Hope You Understand
Directed by Bretton A. Miller
STUDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Tide To Table: The Remarkable Journey of Oysters
Directed by Maria Luskay and Lou Guarneri
Directed by Raed Truett Gilliam
ANIMATED FILM COMPETITION
Directed by Yulia Ruditskaya
Directed by Dan Mecca
MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION - ENGLISH
Garden of Eden (Remix)
Directed by Michelle Rose and POEM KING
All Your Words
Directed by James Xander
MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION - INTERNATIONAL
VOIZΞ - Degen
Directed by Jonni Tsai
MeTube: August sings 'Una furtiva lagrima'
Directed by Daniel Moshel
TV/WEB EPISODE COMPETITION
Girl Unscripted - S01E01 - At-Risk Girl
Directed by Tara Veneruso
Directed by Jorge Suarez
FILM/TV/WEB TRAILER COMPETITION
Directed by Antonia Tong
Directed by Laura Poindexter
Directed by Brice Blanloeil
Directed by Arthur Moore
Across the Ocean
by Michael Choi
The Sisters Kardos
by Stefan Kristinkov
ORIGINAL SONG COMPETITION
What Can Break This Echo
by George Breadman and Christos Danakas
I See The Light
by Aashish Rego
Judging the works of so many talented writers is truly hard. In the end our judges have to assign numeric scores in multiple categories to each screenplay and these scores are tallied up. So you may miss being included in the list of winners below by very few points but this is how competitions work.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
Douglas Walter Fisher
An unwitting bystander at the Dakota Building saves John Lennon's life on the night of December 8, 1980, forcing Lennon to reexamine his life and his new friend to forge his own path in an unfamiliar world.
Episode 1: Mystery of Sex in the File Room & Episode 2: A Morning Brew. Set in a car dealership’s service department, most scenes take place in an open office area with three stand-up desks/work stations where three service writers are stationed. Hilarious interactions between this lively service write-up staff are punctuated by insane customers with quirky car problems. Every episode includes a mystery needing to be solved that sometimes weaves through several episodes. The actions of the service manager as he sets about trying to solve these mysteries weaves not only a humorous tale but also includes moments of serious drama.
A House that God Hates
It is Aeschylus’ world of Agamemnon—forty stories up in modern Manhattan. This story/play has hatred, dishonor, infidelity, crimes, cheating, lying, deception — and a chorus.
(in alphabetical order by title)
Amy and Angel
Julia Verdin & Deedee Benkovich
Shy 16-year old Amy just wants to dance, but her deafness causes her dreams to be shattered when she is bullied out of dance class. Finding the most unbelievable new dance partner, her neighbors neglected dog, they perform a spectacular routine that lands them on a national TV talent show where they compete against her former dance crew.
Joey Learns to Fly
Tamara L. Jensen
A young boy, on the cusp of adolescence, has his boxed-in world opened up by an optimistic newfound friend.
Little Things Mean a Lot
The truly unique story of "pretty" Kitty Kallen, including her rise from humble origins to most popular U.S. singer, is revealed in flashback amid news of her untimely death.
After 25 years of marriage, Antonietta Pirandello (Portulano) was committed to an asylum. Her crime “gelosia suprema,” excessive jealousy. We know his story. And hers? That of a marginalized woman.
As members of the 137th New York Volunteer Regiment, brothers Burt and Henry Bayless fight in many of the brutal and defining campaigns of the US Civil War.
Transport - Pilot Script
Shea E. Butler
The show follows newly promoted, but disgraced, CAPTAIN AN-DREA HALE who’s been assigned to command a deep space, three-person, semi-automated prison transport ship. In route, Captain Hale is ordered to interrogate and identify which of her prisoners is also a rebel terrorist before they arrive at the prison asteroid. If she doesn’t, all the prisoners will be put to death. Mired in moral and ethical dilemmas, in each episode Captain Hale will face a prisoner in a mano-a-mano confrontation to uncover the terrorist while maneuvering through the political and moral minefields amidst a hostile crew and hostile prisoners. When she discovers the Military has plans to destroy her ship and everyone on board if she fails, Captain Hale races against time to ensure the survival of her ship, her crew, her prisoners, and herself. While mirroring the isolation of our current pandemic world and the social dilemmas we are facing today, TRANSPORT is, ultimately, about hope and the way forward.
(in alphabetical order by title)
Tony Germinario & Greg McLaughlin
An emotionally damaged man with a string of failed relationships confronts his fears and his past with the help of a mysterious artist.
Robert D. Tolz
A 68-year old man becomes a contestant in a TV singing contest, revealing his life of love gained, love lost and self found.
Christmas on Mavis Street
A comic and nostalgic movie about Catholic school, childhood and family in the 1950s — following poor little Ray Bellini as he pines after the most beautiful girl in the sixth grade, determined to kiss her by Christmas.
After some violent racial profiled incidents with police, a counselor enters an interracial relationship and become a cop where she endures everyday issues from insecurity, greed, homophobia, and racism from fellow police officers, as well as from her own daughter.
Shea E. Butler
When a group of rich, entitled teens pull a practical joke on one of their own and it goes awry, the teen goes on a transitional journey of life and reality on the streets of L.A. In an on-going game of “Dare,” a Beverly Hills rich kid finds himself on the mean streets of LA with no i.d., no money and no memory. His lifeline - a homeless teenage girl masquerading as a boy for her own safety, her eight-year-old brother, and a transgender former Marine Medic, now a hooker. Highlighting teen homelessness, “Dare” is a first love, coming of age story about accepting responsibility and the meaning of family, friendship, love, and tolerance.
Fire and Brimstone
Chad T. Ashworth
When a local Sheriff is murdered by four outlaw brothers, a former lawman turned Preacher seeks justice. When the Preacher’s wife becomes a victim, he seeks “eye for an eye” revenge.
Dealing with trauma stemming from his Mother’s murder, a Brooklyn teenager uses an Ouija board to connect with her, only to unleash an eminent demon that threatens to destroy everything he loves.
Rascal is a true story mirroring many of today's controversies, told from the perspective of a 7-year-old child.
The Passion of Pauli Murray
Sean Gregory Slater
The Way I Danced with You
Vinyl Taped Mary Jane
Feeling like an outsider, a nine-year-old girl navigates the pitfalls of her posh private school and the worrisome absence of her deployed father.
When Pigs Fly
Terry Luke Podnar & Ed Charles Learner
The story follows Gordon, a lazy, unemployed young man who lives with his parents. His life is upended when his is forced to work due to a new revolutionary government program that replaces farm subsidies with the unemployed as farm workers, which produces disastrous results in a three-way struggle among the unemployed, the government and the farmers. Can Gordon finally get his life back on track?