Best Feature Film. Best Actor: Igor Van Dessel
Fires In The Dark
Director Dominique Lienhard (France)
In a small 17th century village nestled between the sea and the mountains, fifteen year-old Alan is suddenly forced to begin supporting his mother and siblings after his father sells himself for two years of indentured servitude in an attempt to keep the family from starving.
Best Documentary. Best Documentary Original Concept
Director Jill Campbell (US)
When Suse Lowenstein’s son was murdered in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, she leaned on her art, sculpting herself and 75 fellow mothers “stripped” and in the position they fell upon hearing the news. The resultant sculpture garden “Dark Elegy” now resides in the garden of Suse’s Montauk, New York home
Director JP Thompson (UK)
11PM is the average time when adults go to sleep. It is also the time, according to missing persons data, that most disappearances occur. It is at this hour, when we freely turn off our senses to welcome the nightly rest ahead, that we become our most vulnerable.
Feature Film: Best Original Concept
Love Is Not Love
Director Stephen Keep Mills (US)
Early December, New York City, and everyone is on the hunt for love. Why? Because they haven’t found it and because they haven’t found it, they make it into a myth and chase the myth instead. That is not love in this romantic drama of fantasy, fate, and yearning.
Feature Film: best Story
Director Ryan M. Moore (US)
Emily is a struggling screenwriter who works in an ice cream shop. Emma, the lead character in Emily's screenplay, is a struggling screenwriter who is also secretly “Emmageddon” - a superheroine with the impeccable social graces of a Jane Austen protagonist. Now, Emmageddon must confront Darius, gelato shop owner and art-destroying supervillain, to save all struggling artists everywhere in the universe.
Short Experimental Film: Best Director
Director Julian Olariu (France)
When life on earth is slowly dying out, a child named Ëra sets off to look for another planet to live on. After being stuck in a cryogenic sleep throughout the long journey and failing to discover another possible life in space, he remains a prisoner in his dreamlike universe.
Dreams From The Edge
Director Nicole Malone (UK)
A film about a young girl auditioning in Hollywood and trying to be in different productions. She’s rising and falling yet has a mother who used to be an actress. She’s negative towards her daughter and doesn’t want her to actually dream because she doesn’t think that it is worth it because it didn’t work for her.