2019 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 Competition

WINNER

Broke

Directed by Luke Bond

RUNNER-UP

Love in Kilnerry

Directed by Daniel Keith and Snorri Sturluson
Produced by Courtney Bissenette and Mary Dougherty

International Narrative Feature Film Competition

WINNER

Olma Djon

Directed by Victoria Yakubov
Produced by Ariel Assenova and Herve Schneid

RUNNER-UP

Antofagasta, NY

Directed by Stjepan Ostoic Papic
Produced by Sebastián Bazzani

US DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

WINNER

Celebrity Entrepreneur

Directed by Spencer Thornton
Produced by Alison Savitch

RUNNER-UP

New York Scherzo

Directed by Shaan Couture
Produced by Shaan Couture and Mathieu Dunoyer

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

WINNER

La Loche

Directed by Les Stroud

RUNNER-UP

Like Butter on Toast

Directed by Dominik Junker, Norman Krüger and Christian Hyla

US NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

WINNER

Little Fig

Directed and Produced by Dave Patten and Britt Robertson

RUNNER-UP

A Missing Piece

Directed by Grace Chang
Produced by Anthony Argento

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

WINNER

The Body

Directed by Oleg Basov

RUNNER-UP

Elsewhere

Directed by Andy Berriman
Produced by Maria Caruana Galizia

US DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM COMPETITION

WINNER

Nashville Long Island

Produced and Directed by Bryan Downey

RUNNER-UP

Depicting the Invisible

Directed by Roberto Rizzo
Produced by R. Couri Hay

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM COMPETITION

WINNER

The Happiness Tour

Produced and Directed by Janalee Budge

RUNNER-UP

Only Voice Remains

Directed by Makez Rikweda
Produced by Sol Rikweda & Mahsa Aminelahi

STUDENT NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

WINNER

The Motions

Directed by Frank Donnangelo
Produced by Luca Miano

RUNNER-UP

House Rules

Produced and Directed by Girard Tecson

STUDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM COMPETITION

WINNER

Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise

Directed by Lou Guarneri & Maria T. Luskay

RUNNER-UP

Harvardstein, U.S.A.

Directed by Adrian Meyer

ANIMATED FILM COMPETITION

WINNER

When the Light Comes

Directed by Siqi Cai & Hang Xu

RUNNER-UP

Cupid is Not a Terrorist

Directed by bellopropello

US Music Video Competition

WINNER

Disobey

Artist: ODDKO
Directed by Giovanni Bucci
Produced by Giovanni Bucci & Paola Rocchetti

RUNNER-UP

In a Better Place

Directed by E. D. Mead and Kimmie King

INTERNATIONAL Music Video Competition

WINNER

17 Shots

Artist: Christia Visser
Directed by Uga Carlini
Produced by Uga Carlini & Adolf Vorster

RUNNER-UP

I Won't Give Up

Artist: MILENA
Directed by Dejan Senic
Produced by Milena Lainovic

TV/WEB EPISODE COMPETITION

WINNER

Cecilia the Celibate, Episode 1

Directed by Crystal Roman & Danielle Earle

RUNNER-UP

The Musicianer

Produced and Directed by Beth Harrington

FILM/TV/WEB TRAILER COMPETITION

WINNER

The Sound Catcher

Produced and Directed by Martin-Philippe Tremblay

RUNNER-UP

Flying on the Wings of Time

Produced and Directed by Teresa Mular

COMMERCIAL COMPETITION

WINNER

The Openers

Produced and Directed by Artur Czerwiński

RUNNER-UP

Autotorino. A history of passion.

Directed by Carlo De Agostini
Produced by Barbara Bongetta

SOUNDTRACK COMPETITION

WINNER

Time on the Bridge

Artist: Artak Parsian

RUNNER-UP

Mistral Song

Artists: Carmine Pisano & Francesco Farro

ORIGINAL SONG COMPETITION

WINNER

Lover and a Giver

Artist: Jordan Siwek

RUNNER-UP

Coming Back Around

Artist: Leo Salom

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

First Place
Innocent One
Christopher Buonopane
The story of a girl who was raised by progressive parents in Afghanistan, and how she manages to overcome all odds during the United States invasion of 2001-02.
Second Place
Bringing Down the Cartel
Chris Feistl
A determined DEA agent and a desperate Cartel operative form an unlikely alliance and devise a dangerous plan to bring down Colombia’s brutal Cali drug Cartel.
Third Place
Patient
M. Rowan Meyer
Adrian Irons - a razor-witted, bisexual, self destructive standardized patient at a NYC teaching hospital - uses his ability to recreate the symptoms of any disease to help train medical students. Things get messy, however, when the symptoms start to stick.
Honorable Mentions
(in alphabetical order by title)
I Love You Kristi Miller
Scott Martin
Scott and Kristi are best friends who move to London in 2005 after George W. Bush was reelected. Their tale of adventure, friendship and love unfortunately turns to tragedy when Kristi becomes the subject of international headlines.
Jersey Fellini
Fiore Derosa
Bob is finally given his big break to direct a movie. Only thing is the financing comes from one of the most notorious gangsters on the East Coast. With the mob investing, Bob's movie better kill at the box office, or else.
Louna's Beginning
Julia Fusco
Being a teenager is hard enough but when you have special powers everything is harder. Join Louna as she finds out who she is and what she is capable of.
Love, Friendship, and Synchronicity
Anthony Marinelli
Sometimes what you think is an end, is really a middle. The lives of seven people intertwine in a story about how it's never too late to make a fresh start and to never lose sight of the possibility that things do happen for a reason.
Still Ian
Thomas Pace
A young software developer returns home to care for his ailing mother after many years away and is confronted with the issues of his unresolved past.
Talk Therapy
Thomas Moore
In the episodic series TALK THERAPY, you don't have to be perfect to help people: This funny/serious series is about a psychotherapist who is really great at helping his patients, but now has to save himself as his problems, including his addiction to pain meds, and the problems of his patients, are set to collide.
The Back End
Daniel Gessner & Kyle Campbell
A New Jersey used car dealership pads its profits by smuggling contraband for organized crime. Business is good until a dangerous new partnership puts the employees at odds with their morals, their coworkers and possibly their country.
The Optimist House
Matt Pinard
An aging blues musician in inner city Detroit takes on an orphan dead set on learning the secrets to Son House and the blues only to find himself getting more than he bargained for in the new friendship.

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