“Dumbbells” – Best Feature Film
Hoyt Richards
A buddy comedy set in a struggling fitness club where mayhem ensues when a new owner arrives with the grand scheme to save the gym by turning it into a reality show.

“The Ashes of Brush Flats” – Golden Feature Film
Alphonse PolitoAfter the death of his father, a blue collar veteran, Hank Reynolds, returns to his hometown, Reno, NV, to meet his older brother Luke and spread their father’s ashes. Hank struggles with loss, love and revenge as his moral code is put to the test when the small inheritance is needed to get his brother out of a gambling debt with, Fish, a dangerous and unpredictable bookie. The Ashes of Brush Flats is a modern day western that reminds us of the value of family and how quickly life can be torn apart.


“The Silence” – Best Short Film
Cloe Tellier
Ann, Leslie, Isabelle and Jerome were four out of the two million children who live in foster care all around the world. Before their life in foster care, they were forgotten, abused, unseen and unloved. Today, they decide to break the silence surrounding child abuse, and share their story to the world in a heartbreaking way.

“Seeking Valentina” – Golden Short Film
Kristen West
When a writer in the pangs of mourning takes in a mysterious tenant, eerily reminiscent of his deceased wife, is she a hallucination, a dream, a ghost? Or is she a runaway?


“Under the Heavens” – Best Director
Tyrik Washington
The American dream becomes a nightmare due to the recent killings of several unarmed black American citizens by the police for Rahkeem; a frustrated African- American adolescent from Brooklyn, New York. In his quest for justice, he becomes vulnerable to questionable spiritual guidance.

“Tisure” – Golden Director
Adriana Geyer
A couple who lives in the vastness of the mountains, where all they’ve got is each other. No matter what conflict arises, it has to be solved urgently. The sadness may let them feel there are no options. Seen from a distance, their perspective may be wrong.


“Poverty Inc,” – Best Feature Documentary
Valerie Van Cleve
Examining the influence of corporate globalization and exposing the destructive nature of our modern financial system, Poverty, Inc. offers a sobering look into how the predatory economic policies instituted by America’s new elite class have contributed to the nation’s descent into Third World status. Engrossing in-depth interviews with some of the world’s finest economists, progressive politicians, investigative reporters and philosophers, as well as the voices of America’s downtrodden reveal the terrifying threats posed by unregulated capitalism and corporate power. Poverty, Inc. is a timely wake-up call for those seeking hard-hitting answers on the economic realities facing our country and world today.


“The Last Pyramid” – Best Short Documentary
Trish Barnes
Following her son Kevin’s epilepsy-related death in 2001, Patricia Barnes thought her life was over. Then one day, she awoke with the urge to create a series of stained glass pyramids never having made one before. Thirteen years and twenty pyramids later, Trish has decided to complete the final piece and move forward from her loss. A story of healing through creation, Last Pyramid will chronicle Trish’s journey from tragedy to triumph as she finishes her final tribute to the life of her child.


“#Help” – Best Foreign Film
Peter Engelmann
Virág, a young student has lots of friends and suitors on the internet, but one night she gets into trouble and needs help, in real life. But the most important question is: Have you recorded it?


“Red Thunder” – Best Editing
Alvero Ron
Sarah (Allie Grant, “Weeds”), a nerdy teenager, needs her mom’s brand new car to go on a date with Danny (Miles Heizer “Parenthood”), the boy she is in love with. Her mom, Dr. Thun (Karen Strassman, “Silicon Valley”), an absent minded Podiatrist is concerned about Sarah driving by the dangerous streets of downtown Los Angeles. She tells her daughter she may need her car if one of her patients has an emergency, but Sarah doesn’t buy it. After all Dr. Thun is just a Podiatrist… Sarah receives a message from Danny asking if she is going to pick him up and she decides to disobey her mom and steal the car. Little does she know the vehicle is actually part of a secret Dr. Thun keeps and this discovery will change Sarah’s life forever…

“Something About Silence” – Golden Editing
Patrick Buhr
“You are here, because you are boring. Let the audio-visual experience sink into your subconscious in order to become more exciting and fashionable.” The journey leads through streets, clothing stores, forests and strange abstract worlds. As time goes on the narrator drifts off in thoughts about his wife, pigeons and insecurities.


“Silence” – Best First-Time Filmmaker
Cloe Tellier
Ann, Leslie, Isabelle and Jerome were four out of the two million children who live in foster care all around the world. Before their life in foster care, they were forgotten, abused, unseen and unloved. Today, they decide to break the silence surrounding child abuse, and share their story to the world in a heartbreaking way.

“A Family Story” – Golden First-Time Award
Lino Kafidas
A couple gets a phone call in the middle of the night with the worst news a parent can imagine, their daughter died in an accident; hit by a car. They both have their own way of processing everything and they have their reasons.


“Sakura Kids” – Best Student Film
Ji Li
At the enchanted manor, two lovers meet again after lost contact for 13 years. Johnny travels to U.S for selling ballbearings. He never know that the front desk girl who working in the enchanted manor is his first lover, Mindy. They recall the memory of their childhood. However, it’s too late to hold back each other. Mindy encourages Johnny to remember the time they spent each other. They play like kids at that night. But Johnny realize that the girl who plays with him is just a piece of image which only exist in the manor. He accepted the reality. On Next day, Johnny moves on and engages the new business with full of confidence.


“Underneath” – Best Local Film
Mike Lenzini
A common criminal breaks into a home and gets more than he bargained for.

“To Be Alone” – Golden Local Film
Austin Shaddix
Taunted by guilt, a man seeks out a friend in his hour of dread, only to be seduced by the memory of his violent actions.


“Mr. Dentonn” – Best Cinematography
Ivan Villamel
On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura’s body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.

“Tech Squad” – Golden Cinematography Award
Tl Westgate
When the Department of Homeland Security needed a task force to fight modern day crime, they teamed up one hero cop with one tech savvy cop to form – TechSquad


“The Three E’s” – Most Compelling Story
Jason Aaron Goldberg
The Dunn family struggles to regain their balance and composure after the middle and only male child has been severely injured in Iraq. The fog of war hits home in this touching and often humorous portrait of perseverance.

“Getting Out” – Golden Story Award
Nick Felice
Two friends desperate for money, a crumbling crime figure, a psychotic hitman and a deceitful vixen. When their worlds collide they are met with dire consequences. As plans start to unravel and lives become expendable, each person starts to seek their own fortune whether it’s money, love or vengeance. Who can they trust?


“Cuerdas” – Best Animated Film
Pedro Solis Garcia
María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.

“The Present” – Golden Animation Award
Jacob Frey
Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.