Nominees for the 2020 Annual Awards

See also

All Nominated Films (I): Annual Awards 2020

All Nominated Films (II): Annual Awards 2020

Best Indie Short

Bigger Than Life produced by Guja Quaranta and directed by Marina Rocco (USA)

Butterfly produced by Tim Astor and Chris Abernathy, and directed by Bonnie Foster (USA)

Glitches produced by Mitchell Altieri and directed by Annie Chen (Taiwan)

Best Drama Short

Alina produced by Rachelle Owen, Joshua Owen, Dorota Puzio, Nora Mariana, Rami Kodeih, Rubber Duck Films, and Courtney Prather, and directed by Rami Kodeih (USA)

Hollow Tooth produced by William Sineux, Alexandre Melot, and Gabriel de Azevedo, and directed by Samuel Kaperski (France)

Kneeling Sheep produced by Jervis Li and directed by Hai Rihan (USA)

Best Documentary Short

City of Widows produced by Matt Ogens and directed by Lacey Uhlemeyer (USA)

Far From Home produced and directed by Felicia Taylor (USA)

Sockeye Salmon, Red Fish produced by Dmitriy Shpilenok, Petr Shpilenok, and Anna Sukhova, and directed by Dmitriy Shpilenok and Vladislav Grishin (Russia)

Best Romantic Short

Explorers produced by Borja Escribano, Fidel Yubero, Carola Rodríguez, and Gonzalo Bodas, and directed by Borja Escribano (Spain)

Planet Earth Calling Ana produced by Francisco Benjumea, Santiago de la Rica, and Miguel Ángel Larraya, and directed by Fernando Bonelli (Spain)

They Won’t Last produced by Richard Bailey and directed by Portlynn Tagavi (USA)

Best Comedy Short

Atlas produced by Ewa Jastrzebska and directed by Maciej Kawalski (Poland)

Campy Spy produced by Mirian Perez Colindres and Madison Webster, and directed by Sabrina Robinson (USA)

Killing Irma produced and directed by Sarah Clark (USA)

Best Dark Comedy Short

The Box produced by Maria Danilova, Gezilda Lima, and Yury Babakhanov, and directed by Gezilda Lima (Russia)

The Improv Guru produced by Scott Goldstein, Gus Murray, Mia Reggi, and Dave Yakir, and directed by Max Barbakow (USA)

Thumb Runner produced and directed by Dylan Bruno and Kasper Vejlø Kristensen (USA)

Best Action Short

One Last Last Heist produced by Courtney Hicks, Darrin Rose, and Cameron Macdonald, and directed by Darrin Rose (Canada)

Scars produced by Tim Frazier, Jackson Rathbone, and Davey Johnson, and directed by Jonny Zeller (USA)

Violet Rain produced by Nicholas Givanio, Shaun Lupton, McKinley J. Pearce, Mikey Rare, and Garrett Van Vleck, and directed by Shaun Lupton (USA)

Best Thriller Short

A Normal Life produced by Casper Molin, Luca Izarin, and Sébastian Martens, and directed by Leon de Levita (Netherlands)

Eugene vs Humanity produced by Michael David Charles Hicks, Colin James O’Gorman, and Peter Oberth, and directed by Michael David Charles Hicks (USA)

The Attaché produced by Dennis Beier and André Stringer, and directed by André Stringer (USA)

Best Horror Short

3 Karmas produced by Ana Castaño and directed by Andres Roa (Colombia)

Dead Winter produced by Allison Hogue and directed by Jason Winn (USA)

Deep Shock produced by Luca Vannella, Alexis Continente, Vincenzo Mastrantonio, Bobby Holland Hanton, Ferdinando Merolla, and Roberto Paglialunga, and directed by Davide Melini (UK)

Best Mystery Short

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away produced and directed by Thad Lee (USA)

Doodle produced by A.F. Madison and Virginia Newcomb, and directed by A.F. Madison (USA)

Little Brother produced by Ashley Hillis and Dikega Hadnot, and directed by Dikega Hadnot (USA)

Best Film Noir Short

Dead Man’s Bluff produced by Doug Wirth, Calvin Green, Sandra McCurdy, and Eric Williford, and directed by Franklin Guerrero, Jr (USA)

Soul of Steel produced and directed by Alexandre Bilardo (Switzerland)

Trains produced by East End Cinema and directed by Robert Priel (USA)

Best Crime Short

Fashion Alibi produced and directed by Burt Raynal (France)

One Last Last Heist produced by Courtney Hicks, Darrin Rose, and Cameron Macdonald, and directed by Darrin Rose (Canada)

Valentine Jacobs produced and directed by Jason Julien-Connage (UK)

Best Fantasy Short

Daffodil produced by Patty Keung, M21, and Richie Fowler, and directed by Nicola Fan (Hong Kong)

Dance of the Porcelain Demons produced by Neil Clements and directed by Cat Watson (UK)

Sif produced and directed by Arnar Freyr Tómasson and Stefán Mekkinósson (Iceland)

Best Sci-Fi Short

Simulation produced by Khaled Abdallah and Hashem Al-Ghaili, and directed by Hashem Al-Ghaili (Germany)

Tender is the Kiss produced by Elaine Wong, Jessica Q Yang, and Cindy Wu, and directed by Longwei Deng (USA)

The Last Man on Earth produced by Godiva Productions and directed by April Phillips (New Zealand)

Best Western Short

Courage produced by Elizabeth Narayan and Brandon Knight-Warren, and directed by Eric Wann (USA)

If Video Games Heroes Were Real produced by Sergio Valencia, Austin Bremer, Alan Bagh, and Jordyn Batchman, and directed by Sergio Valencia (USA)

Spindletop: The Beginning produced by Jason Leal, Doug Underwood, and Joe Lee, and produced by Jason Leal (USA)

Best Experimental Short

Lion Panther She-Wolf produced and directed by Veras Fawaz (Netherlands)

Play produced by Film Fiction Adrian Pawłowski, and directed by Piotr Sulkowski (Poland)

Whispers produced and directed by Bruno Dayan (USA)

Best Student Short

Alnajma produced by Hiba Louis and directed by Gilbert Karam (Lebanon)

God’s Gracie produced by Mehmet Gungoren and Cindy Wu, and directed by Chateau Bezerra (USA)

Vincent produced by Disi Guo and directed by Gabriele Di Sazio (USA)

Best Animation Short

Don’t Feed These Animals produced by Nebula Studios and directed by Guilherme Afonso and Miguel Madaíl de Freitas (Portugal)

Master Moley By Royal Invitation produced by Tony Nottage and directed by Leon Joosen (UK)

Umbrella produced by Helena Hilario and directed by Helena Hilario and Mario Pece (Brazil)

Best Children Short

Circus Sam produced by Georgina Pope and Roy Finch, and directed by Rayner Wang (Japan)

From Another World produced by Image Hunters and directed by Lorenzo Di Nola (Italy)

Sixth Grade produced by Siyue Wu and Ruitong Wu, and directed by Yuzhuo Wang (China)

Best Women Short

Alia produced by Sreehari Purimetla, Aditya Joshi, Akshay Thaker, and Colorify Productions, and directed by Sreehari Purimetla and Aditya Joshi (India)

Tattoo produced by Dena Rassam and directed by Farhad Delaram (Iran)

Untitled Marfa Project produced by Anthony Pedone, Bianca Butti, Tina Rivera, and Laura Gordon, and directed by Emily E Thomas (USA)

Best LGBTQ Short

Alia produced by Sreehari Purimetla, Aditya Joshi, Akshay Thaker, and Colorify Productions, and directed by Sreehari Purimetla and Aditya Joshi (India)

Innocent Boy produced by Deiadra Armstrong and Brock Cravy, and directed by Brock Cravy (USA)

Jack and Anna produced by Eva Herndon and Mika Santiaguel, and directed by Ksenia Ivanova (USA)

Best Microfilm

1814 Frost Fair produced and directed by Julia Fullerton-Batten (UK)

294 Notes produced by Selina Oczko and Jan Czmok, and directed by Julie Gaston (Germany)

Amara produced and directed by Ethan Chance (USA)

Best Music Video

Linoleum – Alain Chamfort produced by Compagnie Niki Noves and Pias, and directed by Niki Noves (France)

Nice Shoes produced by Tommy Mack and directed by Jonathan Lawrence (USA)

The Enigma Men – Marquis Of Vaudeville produced and directed by Toby Lawhon and Geneva Arena (USA)

Best Director (Female)

Annie Chen for Glitches (Taiwan)

Bonnie Foster for Butterfly (USA)

Emily E Thomas for Untitled Marfa Project (USA)

Best Director (Male)

Brock Cravy for Innocent Boy (USA)

Samuel Kaperski for Hollow Tooth (France)

Sreehari Purimetla and Aditya Joshi for Alia (India)

Best Student Director (Female)

Cat Watson for Dance of the Porcelain Demons (UK)

Hai Rihan for Kneeling Sheep (USA)

Ksenia Ivanova for Jack and Anna (USA)

Best Student Director (Male)

Gabriele Di Sazio for Vincent (USA)

Gilbert Karam for Alnajma (Lebanon)

Piotr Sulkowski for Play (Poland)

Best Actress

Sanya Bansal for Alia (India)

Behdokht Vallian for Tattoo (Iran)

Aida Sabra for Alnajma (Lebanon)

Best Actor

Colin James O’Gorman for Eugene vs Humanity (USA)

Etienne Baret for Hollow Tooth (France)

Gary Lydon for Moth (Ireland)

Best Child/Young Actress

Angelina Capozzoli for God’s Gracie (USA)

Indigo Hubbard-Salk for Broken Bird (USA)

Miriam Fease for Melody (USA)

Best Child/Young Actor

Barsam Naemi for Little Philip’s Birthday (Canada)

Keegan Bouton for Spindletop: The Beginning (USA)

Marik Knight for Mermaid (USA)

Best Acting Ensemble

Doug Barron, Drew Schrum, and Freya Lund for Boozy Mickey (USA)

Lyna Dubarry, Lou Stassen, Oisin Nolan, Elliot Janks, Amelia Parillon, Hana Hrzic, and Anne Hayward for Métèque (UK)

Vivian Davidson, Barsam Naemi, Maia Rose Michaels, Derrick van Wyk, and Dan Vaida for Little Philip’s Birthday (Canada)

Best Cinematography

Arnar Freyr Tómasson and Stefán Mekkinósson for Sif (Iceland)

Karissa Leicht for Innocent Boy (USA)

Matthew Plaxco for Alina (USA)

Best Editing

Aleksandra Gowin for Play (Poland)

Jonathan Lawrence for Carnival of Wonders (USA)

Matias Bender and Vincent Assmann for Simulation (Germany)

Best Visual FX

Danielle Leigh, Hoops Kwok, and Monky Chong for Daffodil (Hong Kong)

Miguel Ángel Sánchez Arévalo, Darío G Reina, and Alejandro Carretón for Explorers (Spain)

Moritz Bock, Pietro Coco, Monika Gross, Michael Grund, David Henning, Felix Knoche, Robert Masula, Delfina Mayer, Tobias Moenninger, Stefan Müller, Cong Nguyen, Jan Piccart, Daniel Rath, Tom Schirdewahn, Lennart Stenzel, Benjamin Sugar, Pál Tauszig, and Christoph Zippel for Simulation (Germany)

Best Original Score

Alvand Jalali for Little Philip’s Birthday (Canada)

Matteo Pagamici for Simulation (Germany)

Ryan Krause for Jack and Anna (USA)

Best Original Story

Dena Rassam for Tattoo (Iran)

Michael David Charles Hicks for Eugene vs Humanity (USA)

Sreehari Purimetla for Alia (India)

See also

All Nominated Films (I): Annual Awards 2020

All Nominated Films (II): Annual Awards 2020

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