2018 Films

Narrative Shorts Competition


Night Call

Directed by Amanda Renee Knox
Produced by Miriam Anwari & Phabillia Afflack-Borja



Directed by Mikaela Bruce

Documentary Shorts Competition


People of the Forest: Orang Rimba

Directed by Isaac Kerlow
Produced by EOS, the Earth Observatory of Singapore



Directed by Ida Theresa Myklebost
Produced by Jasmine El-Gamal & Ida Theresa Myklebost

Animated Films Competition


The Modern Lives

Directed by Bill Plympton
Animated by Bill Plympton
Produced by Joe Poletto & Wendy Cong Zhao
Original Music by Jackie Greene



Directed by Andrew Zimbelman
Animated by Tom Brown & Andrew Zimbelman
Produced by Nathan Jew & Andrew Zimbelman
Story by Billy Collins

Music Videos Competition


Shut Up, I’m on a Roll!

Artist: Jes F. A. Falcon
Directed by Oscar Martin
Produced by Elena Muñoz


Sting of The Cactus

Artist: Ori Dagan
Directed by Bekky O’Neil
Produced by Leonardo Dell’Anno
Animator: Keith del Principe

Alter Ego

written by

Linda Gentry

When a couple struggles to recapture their intimate relationship, they turn to a sex therapist that recommends role playing. This works at first, until the wife’s alter ego threatens to take over their lives and ruin their marriage. Once the diagnosis is made, it’s a race against time before one personality crushes the other. It becomes a game of cat and mouse where only the strong survive. Can this young marriage survive the turmoil and come out whole on the other side?


written by

Laura Puccia Valtorta

Mildred, a large, athletic, very bad poet, believes she deserves a trip to Bermuda. She kidnaps her son to steal his VA disability benefits.

Chasing Nightmares

written by

Chris McGowan

Laura Sanders has been plagued with nightmares since she was a young child. After discovering a photograph of the same house from her dreams, she begins asking questions. Not satisfied with her parents’ vague answers and frantic for the truth, she uncharacteristically tricks her friends to join her on this forbidden trip.

Upon arriving at a secluded lake house, Laura shares her true intent of solving this mysterious crime that she believes is associated with her family. Her friends, with disbelief and uncertainty, ultimately comply with Laura’s plea to stay by her side.

Piece by piece, the twisted nightmares begin to take shape, but at a grave price. The sadistic masked man from her dreams is very real and terrorizes them. With several friends already perished and her family now involved, she needs to make the decision to continue seeking justice or submit that dangerous pasts are best left alone and surrender.

Four Glorious Years

written by

Anthony Marinelli

A fictionalized life of Preston Sturges who, from 1940 to 1944, made seven classic all-time great comedies and paved the way for others who dreamed of writing and directing their own movies.

Gone Wild

written by

Kenneth Guidry

A mother and her teenage son travel to New Orleans to tour a college campus right in the middle of Mardi Gras, then find themselves getting caught up in the debauchery as soon as they visit Bourbon Street.


(stage play)

written by

David Earle

Postnuptials is a ménage à trois of love, secrets and drag, set in present day San Diego that begins shortly after newlyweds Kevin and Lillian cross that threshold of matrimony only to have their first night of wedded bliss degenerated into a nightmare of chaos and confusion when a female impersonator from the Las Vegas strip named Joey (a.k.a. Amber Star) arrives at their apartment with the intent of bringing closure with his husband who jilted him the morning after their impromptu wedding in The Little Chapel on the Strip. When the news that Kevin is a homosexual bigamist married to a drag queen reaches the wedding party still at the reception at the Hotel del Coronado; in-laws, a sibling maid of honor, a drunken best man, and a dim-witted ex-fiance join the fray that culminates into a surprise ending while it explores thematic concerns of gay marriage, heterosexual infidelity, the extent of unconditional love, and an individual’s quest to challenge parental conditioning, laid down in childhood that at times may inhibit an adult’s own choices in life, and perhaps the meeting of true minds and hearts in a search for love.


written by

Lisanne Sartor

After her minister husband suffers financial problems, Allyson Flynn is forced to take a regional health center job notifying people that they’ve been exposed to STDs. Though her first case starts out as straightforward gonorrhea notifications at a retirement community, she soon discovers that the case has spread like wildfire and the flames are burning down her front door.

The Date Rape Club

written by

Christine Clayburg

Four highly unstable sexual assault victims set off on a road trip to warn an unsuspecting potential victim, but they aren’t quite done with their therapy yet.

The Strip

written by

Cherie Song

Jessica will do anything for her family with her husband in prison and bills mounting, she needs cold hard cash now. Her prayers are answered one night when she wins a thousand dollars at an amateur striptease contest at the local gentleman’s club. Emboldened by her newly discovered talent, Jessica plunges headfirst into the racy, intriguing and dangerous world of exotic dancing, but at what price?

The Phoenician

written by

L.W. Thomas

When a Phoenician slave wins his freedom from the gladiator games, he returns to his homeland in search of his enslaved family members.

Last of the Burly Girls

written by

John Pisano-Thomsen

Confronted by curious granddaughters who discover “questionable” items in a trunk, 95-year-old Letty Kowalski Baxter recounts her life as a runaway circus orphan turned burlesque soubrette in 1935 New York, her tragic romances, and the backstage rivalry with another showgirl that brought “family” back into her life. “Last of the Burly Girls” is a celebration of late 1930’s New York burlesque at it’s finest (before Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia shut it down) and the indomitable spirit of those fearless, independent women who graced the burlesque stage while surviving the Depression and a sexist world.

2018 Film Trailer Competition

Congratulations to our 2018 Trailer Competition winner

This is the inaugural year of our Film Trailer Competition and selecting a winner from the many excellent submissions we received was a very difficult task.


Daniel Keith

Founder of Archway Pictures and winner of over twenty-three international film and writing awards, Daniel is a writer, producer, and actor. He studied film and music at the University of North Texas, and later enrolled in Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Circle in the Square Theater School, Atlantic Theater Company, Magnet Theater, and was just accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Daniel has worked in various roles from Producer to PA on studio films, television shows, and independent films and has a thorough knowledge of filmmaking.

WINNER – Love In Kilnerry

The elderly residents of a small remote town panic as the EPA announces that changes in their chemical plant could create a bi-product dramatically increasing their sexual libido. The Sheriff tries to maintain order and decency as mayhem ensues.


Snorri Sturluson

Snorri is an Icelandic director who made several music videos before moving to NYC where he studied Multi Media Production at SAE. After working as a Producer, Art Director and Creative Director in advertising for years, Snorri has directed over 100 television commercials over the last 10 years. His commercial work has won industry awards and been featured at the highest level including the Super Bowl and the Oscars. This is Snorri’s debut feature film.

2018 TV/Web Episode Competition

Congratulations to our 2018 Episode Competition winner

This is the inaugural year of our TV/Web Episode Competition and selecting the winner from the many excellent submissions we received was a difficult task.


Amanda Cowper

Amanda Cowper is currently the Associate Producer on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Cowper previously worked at Peacock Productions.


Sami Kriegstein

Sami Kriegstein is a creative EP who made her mark at Maker Studios, Fullscreen Media, Caviar Content, Astronauts Wanted, and most recently, Refinery29. In 2010 she founded the Los Angeles Music Video Festival and in 2016 produced her first feature length documentary, Figures of Speech.

WINNER – Woman of a Certain Age

When Kate confronts the daily challenges of being an adult, she is spontaneously visited by versions of herself at different ages – each offering their “best” advice. Like “A Christmas Carol” but without the pesky morals, Woman of a Certain Age explores what happens when we actually listen to the voices in our head.


Kate Dearing

Kate Dearing is an actor/writer who has worked on numerous digital series, including High Maintenance and The Outs. Recently, she won Best Actress at LA Comedy Fest for, Starting Out. Dearing is also the co-creator of Doin’ Everythin’ a sketch series that has been featured on JASH, CollegeHumor, and Huffington Post Comedy.

2018 Soundtrack Competition

Congratulations to our 2018 Soundtrack Competition winners

This is the 5th year of our Soundtrack Competition and as in past years, picking the top winners from the many excellent submissions we received was a difficult task.

Delerian’s Midnight Rider

score by

Nancy Stafford


Nancy Stafford has been composing music for piano and keyboard since the age of fifteen. For over thirty-five years people have enjoyed listening to Nancy’s music. Since college she has written music for plays and showcases. In 1995 she was video recorded by Marin Channel 31.

Nancy has won a number of other awards and nominations from different festivals. Nancy has four albums out on the internet and internet radio stations and plans to do a fifth album for 2020.

Nancy works full time at Guide Dogs for the Blind located in San Rafael, CA. She has been working there for over 33 years. Her music is performed for the student graduations. She also plays for special events at her workplace. Nancy enjoys writing and performing her music.

Friends For Life

music by

The Atomik Age Project


The Atomik Age Project originated in Brooklyn, New York, and has been making music since the 1960’s.

All songs are written and produced by band member and lead guitarist Philip Curcuru. The other band members are: James Ceribello, lead vocals; Lou Di Natale, keyboards; Roger Fiorentino, bass; Christina Dempsey, vocals. Musical contributors are: Stu Seiderman, sax; Bob Aniano, guitar; Eddie Valvo, keyboards; Dan Giangiobbi, vocals and the late Joe Curcuru, drums, until his passing in 2009.

2018 Commercial Competition

Congratulations to our 2018 Commercial Competition winner

This is the 5th year of our Commercial Competition and selecting the winners from the many excellent submissions we received was truly a difficult task.


Michael Barnett

Mike Barnett has worked on many feature films, television series, and commercials. Barnett has additionally written, directed, and produced numerous music videos, short films, and web series; in 2017 he won an Indie Series Award for his comedy series “The Shades.” Alongside Jon Conklin he created Novelty Hat Productions in 2015. Initially a hub for their creative work, Novelty Hat has since expanded into a full service production company with a roster of commercial video clients.

WINNER – Feel the Difference

Client: GripRX

A promotional spot starring Kyle Harrison promoting the GripRX, a lacrosse grip scientifically proven to increase power & accuracy.


Jon Conklin

Jon Conklin is a New York-based filmmaker, visual effects artist, and Co-owner of Novelty Hat Productions.

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