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Gold Award



Prestige Gold Award

"Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand"
Daniel Huertas, Director
Aquavision TV Productions - SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Award for Feature Film - 2015

The incredible journey of Africa’s most notorious pride, a deadly group of six male lions. For the past 16 years, the lions have been filmed continuously by both professionals and amateurs who have witnessed the five brothers and one half-brother stand strong in the brutal wilderness.

"Shark Alley"
Craig Gardner, Director
Aquavision TV Productions - SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Award for Documentary Short - 2015

Shark AlleyHundreds of sharks follow and feed upon millions upon millions of sardines as the fish migrate up the south-eastern coast of Africa

It’s ambush after ambush in a relentless series of attacks that climaxes with a humongous feeding frenzy. It’s the largest predation of its kind on earth.

Intersection"Intersection"
Tim French, Director - USA
Gold Award for Feature Film - 2015

Fifty year old Cobb Mills revisits every year the small California town of Dusty Springs where he crashed his car seven years earlier and killed his passenger, daughter, Tess. He blames himself for not insisting Tess wear her seat belt. An alcoholic burdened by guilt, he can never seem to shed, Cobb usually leaves a wreath of flowers at the crash site and drives back to Los Angeles. However, on this year’s visit, his car breaks down.

"Synapse" (trailer)
Kenlon Clark, Director - USA
Gold Award for Movie Trailer- 2015

"One Small Hitch" - by John Burgess - USA
Gold Award for Feature Film - 2015

In this hilarious romantic comedy, childhood friends Josh and Molly innocently agree to fake a wedding engagement to make Josh's dying father happy. Things quickly get out of hand with their two boisterous families, and a series of events causes them to pretend to be a couple and start planning a phony wedding.

"Aloha Hohe" - by Kevin Temmer - USA
Gold Award for Student Animation - 2015

Today is the day Hohe finally becomes a true member of the tiki tribe and can impress the girl of his dreams, but he soon discovers that his position in the tribe is not exactly what he had in mind. This film was made for my senior thesis project at Ringling College of Art and Design.

"Point Society" - by Beth Brown - USA
Gold Award for Short Film - 2015
Point SocietyGold Award for Webisode - 2015
Gold Award for Woman Filmmaker - 2015

The two main "families" of the secret and elite Point Society, struggle against powerful foes for authority over the path of Humanity. A sexy, dark study on power and control. The dark drama Point Society is a visually stunning mystery that explores the crooked and veiled world we live in today.

Here we are allowed to peek around the corner into the clandestine realm of those that hold sway over conspiracy, control, and the very reality we accept. We are taken by force and suggestion into the breast of the societies that broker this mass control over every nation... every human... everything...

"The Wolf Who Came to Dinner" - by Jem Garrard - CANADA
Gold Award for Short Film - 2015

The Wolf Who Came To DinnerBeatrice Barkley is an eight-year-old horror fanatic with a serious problem: her mom’s brought her new boyfriend home to meet the family, and no one but Bea seems to notice he’s a werewolf. Over the course of the evening, Bea uses her expert knowledge of werewolf weaknesses in an attempt to expose the seemingly innocuous French teacher as a dangerous monster - with unexpected results.

"On Flying Water" - by Dominique Monfery / Julia Pajot, Producer - FRANCE
Gold Award for Animation - 2015

On Flying Water"Au fil de l' eau" (original title) is an original metaphor of life visualized by the short life time of water droplets, surviving as long as they can, until they are exposed by their toughest natural enemy. In a little park. At dawn, the sun heats a lake. The dew awakens and dozens of water drops gather together at the heart of a spider web. The water's weight stretches out toward a public bin. One of the drops falls in the bin and disintegrates in a vessel liquid. That's the panic, among the drops, they all try to climb up on the the spider web. A little drop cuts one of the web's threads, and as a trampoline, the drops are propelled on an electric cable. The suncontinues to rise, heats them, until they boil...

"Goshen" - by Dana Richardson - USA
GoshenGold Award for Woman Filmmaker - 2015

Goshen is a powerful award winning documentary depicting the diet and active lifestyle of the indigenous Tarahumara, a light-footed running tribe, who are striving to maintain their ancient culture against all odds.

Goshen takes you on a journey in the huarache-clad footsteps of these endurance athletes, highlighting the health benefits of safeguarding their way of life.

Engaging and entertaining, Goshen will inspire you to take part in preserving the native seeds and running traditions of the Tarahumara.

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"Oklahoma City: The Boom, the Bust, and the Bomb" - byMick Cornett - USA
Gold Award for Feature Documentary - 2015

Oklahoma City MovieWhen it seemed like things couldn’t get worse, things got worse. From the oil boom of the 1970s to the failure of Penn Square Bank in 1982 to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995, this inspiring, feature-length documentary sheds light on the darkest years of Oklahoma City… and the people who refused to give up.

Produced, written and directed by Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City: The Boom, the Bust and the Bomb is a story like no other. It’s a tale of resilience, exploring how Oklahoma City’s turbulent past helped shape its bright, flourishing future.

"Fantom Works - Size Does Matter" - Nicolas Valcour, Producer
New Dominion Pictures, LLC - USA
Gold Award for Reality Programming
- 2015

FantomWorks

"Irreversible" - by Fi Dieter - USA
Gold Award for Woman Filmmaker - 2015
Fi Dieter

Fi Dieter is an award-winning Austrian filmmaker. She began acting in theater and commercials from an early age, eventually finding her way into directing and editing. She lives with her two cats, studies and continues to grow artistically in Los Angeles, always seeking to empower women through film.

"A Haunting- Curse of the Mummy" - Nicolas Valcour, Producer
New Dominion Pictures, LLC - USA
Gold Award for Documentary Program/Series (TDP) - 2015

"Tom Rises" - Sean McCarthy - Writer/Director
Guerilla Wanderers Films - USA
Gold Award for Concept - 2015

At Guerilla Wanderers, the project at hand emerges from something organic, and comes together only after a long and passionate journey in which we lose ourselves in the idea.

"Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer" - By Matthias Mushinski
The Vladar Company - USA
Gold Award for Documentary Program/Series (TDP) - 2015

Jeremy Scott: The People's DesignerAn intimate look into the life and world of iconic fashion designer Jeremy Scott, who has become notorious for his provocative designs and the fervent controversy they have spawned.

The film illustrates this predicament with an array of interviews featuring the likes of trendsetters, industry leaders, and celebrities such as A$AP Rocky, Katy Perry, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora. Viewers are offered a glimpse of Jeremy’s worldview beyond clothing – his goals for the future, inspirations, fears and opinions on contemporary culture are central to the film’s makeup.

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Country Mouse & City Mouse"The Country Mouse and the City Mouse"
- Joey Garza, Producer
Advance Publishing - USA
Gold Award for Children/Family Programming (TFP) - 2015

To many children, and a few adults, the idea of more toys and endless treats and goodies seems like the ultimate existence. This spirited rendition of Aesop's classic fable illustrates that this is not always the case.

When it comes to personal contentment, bigger does not always mean better.

The Emperor's New Clothes"The Emperor's New Clothes"
- Joey Garza, Producer
Advance Publishing - USA
Gold Award for Children/Family Programming (TFP) - 2015

Sometimes people are willingly dishonest rather than risking embarrassment. Such is the case in this whimsical rendition of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale.

The conclusion of this tale extends beyond that of the original, shedding light on the benefits that come from always telling the truth.

"She Rocks the Planet!™ Profiles of WiMN in Music" - by Meredythe Winter - USA
Gold Award for Reality Programming - 2015
Gold Award for Special Purpose Productions - 2015
Gold Award for Webisode/Internet Programming - 2015
Gold Award for Woman Filmmaker - 2015

"She Rocks The Planet!ª features music education, a variety of musical instruments and the creativity of making music; we go behind the scenes for exclusive concerts & performances of every genre, style and type of music. Girls & women of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest award winning musicians, and some really cool guys, too!

"To Be Or Not to Be?" - by Darya Belkina - KAZAKHSTAN
Gold Award for Social Justice - 2015

To Be or Not to BeLike Hamlet, 21 year old Kazakhstani man, Tahir Umarov, has faced many challenges in his life. Living with cerebral palsy, Umarov is wheelchair bound and has a heavy speech impediment. But despite his disability, Umarov had a dream. He approached Kazakhstani filmmakers Azizzhana Zairova and Mohamed Mamyrbekova.

To Be or Not to Be

These two filmmakers set out on a journey to help make Umarov’s journey come true: they raised money and utilized personal sources in order to transform Umarov from a Kazakhstani guy to the Prince of Denmark.

KA"Krusing America" - by Linda Kruse
Atticus Productions - USA
Gold Award for Tourism/Travel - 2015
Gold Award for Webisode- 2015

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"September Sketch Book" - by Ronnie Cramer - USA
Gold Award for Animation - 2015

An experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.

"Poverty, Inc." - Written and Directed by Gary Null, PhD
Co-Director Valerie Van Cleve / Produced by Valerie Van Cleve & Richard Gale
Gary Null & Associates - USA
Gold Award for Documentary Feature - 2015

Poverty, Inc.The Great Recession of 2008 proved that Wall Street and Washington's promises of rising wages, upward mobility and job security were little more than empty rhetoric that paved the way to broken dreams, soup kitchens and homelessness for millions of American citizens. Six years later, the ranks of economically disenfranchised Americans continue to swell.

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.

"Change My Race" - by Zoe Cox, Prospero Productions - AUSTRALIA
Gold Award for Short Documentary - 2015

Change My RaceAustralian-Chinese actress, TV presenter and new Mum, Anna Choy, takes a personal and highly confronting journey uncovering the growing trend of de-racialisation cosmetic surgery in Australia. This is no simple case of nip and tuck; procedures include, extreme facial contouring, double eyelid surgery, nose jobs, skin whitening and calf reductions. But as Anna digs deeper into what drives people to change their race, she comes face to face with her own demons.

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"Australia - Life on the Edge" - by Zoe Cox, Prospero Productions - AUSTRALIA
Gold Award for Short Documentary - 2015


Life on the Edge Poster

Landmark series exploring the true story of Australia... From the majesty of our vast natural environment to the wonders of our manmade world, this is Australia like you’ve never seen it before. Join a team of passionate experts on a spectacular quest along the edge of Australia.

 

 

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"Commotion" - by Gyllian Raby and Caitlin English
Brock University - CANADA
Gold Award for Educational / Instructional - 2015
Silver Award for Reasearch - 2015

Commotion LogoCommotion is a tri-generational program that trains emerging Brock Graduates to create theatre and work with high school students in the surrounding community. The program is run by Gyllian Raby, a Brock professor and Pablo Felices Luna, the artistic director for Carousel Players youth theatre in St Catharines.

In reaching out to the local youth, this program is a vital resource to identifying and teaching the relationship between the creative process and group dynamics for Brock's emerging artists.

"Utopia" - by Hassan Nazer
World Film Productions - SCOTLAND
Gold Award for Advertising - 2015

Utopia PosterThree intersecting stories of loneliness and isolation that centers around Janan, a woman from Afghanistan who travels to the UK for artificial insemination. Complications arise when William, a medical sciences student working at the clinic switches the donors semen for his own.

Six months later, William contacts Janan on the pretence of an official check up, he arranges to meet her in India as Afghanistan is too dangerous. In the hope of being a father to the child, William confesses all to Janan in their meeting where she learns not only who the father is but that the baby she will give birth to comes from a family with long standing connections to the military and were part of the forces on the ground in her homeland.

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Azemi"Azemi" - by Rrahman Fetahu - ALBANIA
Gold Award for Advertising - 2015

Rrahman Fetahu and his two brothers in arms survive during the Yugoslavia war between Serbia and Kosovo.

 

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"Sam's Box" - by Felipe Gon - USA
Gold Award for Short Film - 2015

Sam's BoxTwo friends trying to end it all... Because of things you'll see that happened in their lives.

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"Madness" - by Michelle Brezinski
Brezinski Films, Inc. - CANADA
MadnessGold Award for Woman Filmmaker - 2015

A medieval woman snatches her seemingly alive husband from his unjust grave only to be plagued by something far worse than death itself.

Inspired by the writer's own experience with PTSD, this story of MADNESS plunges into the depths of loss, devastating enough to blur the lines of reality.

"Cinder Pumpkin" - by Fi Dieter
Prince of Arabia Entertainment / Stedica Film - USACinder Pumpkin
Gold Award for Woman Filmmaker - 2015

Fed up of being stepped on and treated like less at school, Cinder Ellen James takes a chance to become a part of the social world to which the gorgeous, unreachable Max belongs, surrendering to a night of fun, passion and wild twists that will either destroy her or raise her to the highest level of teenage greatness.

Will becoming a "princess" be worth it?
Or will Cinder discover she is better off as a "pumpkin" ?

"One Heart / The Last Generation" - by Russell Lake
Eterne Films - USA
Gold Award for Nonprofit/Fundraising - 2014
Gold Award for Viewer Impact:Content/Message Delivery - 2014

Based on the real-life events surrounding a 2008 high school football game, "One Heart" is the amazing story of the players and coaches from Gainesville State School and Grapevine Faith - two groups from diverse backgrounds whose paths cross to create life-changing hope and inspiration for both teams. Two Teams. Two Cultures. One Heart.

"The Last Generation" follows five young men and how their lives have been radically impacted by the One Heart Project.

         

The One Heart Project is an activation campaign, attached to the theatrical release of the "One Heart" movie, with the purpose of mobilizing individuals and organizations across America to participate in a movement to impact incarcerated and at-risk youth ages 13-19, in public schools, after school outlets and juvenile justice facilities through two initiatives: 1) a standardized redirection initiative and 2) a standardized reentry initiative.

"Fait Accompli (Irreversible)" - by Fi Dieter
Prince of Arabia Entertainment / Stedica Film - USA
Gold Award for Woman Filmmaker - 2015

Fait AccompliA young, troubled mother confides in her charming son about an irreversible, life-changing decision.

"Every Child" - by Tanya Marinyak
HOPE International Development Agency - Laurie Case
, Producer
Satoria Media - CANADA
      2014 Humanitarian Award
Gold Award for Nonprofit/Fundraising - 2014
Gold Award for Direction - 2014
Gold Award for Original Score - 2014

 

 

"Invisible Scars" - by Johnna Janis & Sergio Myers
Fearless, LLC - USA
Gold Award for Contemporary Issues/Awareness Raising - 2014
Gold Award for Feature Documentary - 2014
Gold Award for Direction - 2014

Every child deserves to be loved, and the opportunity to lead a happy, healthy and successful life. Unfortunately, statistics continue to demonstrate that childhood sexual abuse is rampant in our society. Those children who are innocently victimized by the actions of others carry "invisible scars" and adverse childhood experiences throughout their adult lives. Admittedly, child sexual abuse is difficult for people to talk about. It causes fear, shame, and anxiety, all of which promote silence. Predators rely on that silence to remain undetected and perpetrate their abuse, while imposing a lifetime of suffering on their innocent victims.

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"Life Line for a City" - by Dr. Ing Chris Micallef
Fearless, LLC - MALTA
Gold Award for History/Biographical - 2014
Gold Award for Short Documentary - 2014
Gold Award for Script Writer - 2014
Gold Award for Special Effects-Animation - 2014

Silver Award



Prestige Silver Award

"Daughter of the King" - by Matthew Marshall - CANADA
Daughter of the KingSilver Award for Religion - 2015

A dramatic independent film that follows Ashley Miller as she tries to rebuild herself and return to a normal life after a drug filled episode in her life that landed her in jail. An outstanding debt gets her sucked back into the underworld that is ruled by Haydar, a ruthless man that forces her into slavery. She becomes his property. Ashley is forced to prostitute and deal drugs hoping to regain her freedom.

The abuse that comes from all sides and in all forms crushes her to the ground making her believe she's worthless. In the darkest moments Nadia, her close friend, descends in her life like an angel bringing her back to the light and setting her free.

"Moments of Clarity" - by Ebrahim Ghaeini - USA
Silver Award for Short Film - 2015

Moments of ClarityA short film that follows Jason, a young man who struggles to maintain a relationship with Claire, his psychological creation.

 

 

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"Centurion Resurrection" - by Richard Bazley - UK
Silver Award for Short Film - 2015

Centurion ResurrectionA Roman Centurion soldier is resurrected in modern times at the Roman Baths, witnessed by a magnificent Golden Eagle (The Spirit of Rome).

As he enters the streets of modern day Bath he is mistaken for a street performer.

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"Ball of Hope" - by Mayar Nouri - SYRIA
Ball of HopeSilver Award for Short Film - 2015

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Bronze Award

Prestige Bronze Award

Cassandra"Cassandra" - by Guy-Roger Duvert - FRANCE
Bronze Award for Short Film - 2015

In a medieval world, two thieves infiltrate a besieged city, in order to retrieve an artifact. But when they are saved by a priest who mistakes them for mercenaries come to help the town, choices have to be made. What you do defines who you are, but the consequences define who you will become…

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"120741" by Chris & Maurice Micallef
CMM Productions - MALTA
Bronze Award for Special Effects/Animation - 2015
Bronze Award for Editing
- 2015

"Hour of Code" - by Chris Turner
Ballistic Film Productions - CANADA
Bronze Award for Educational / Instructional / Training - 2015

"Kandiyohi" - by Nicholas Engan, Point Lake Pictures - USA
Bronze Award for Feature Film - 2015

KandiyohiKandiyohi is an action packed modern-day western that brings the sleepy backdrop of rural Minnesota alive with violence and suspense. This breakout debut from writer and director Nicholas Engan tells the story of three down-on-their-luck friends drifting through life in their late-20s.

After reconnecting during a visit to their hometown, a rapid spiral of drugs, shame, and betrayal will leave them with only one unbelievable option -- to rob the town's corrupt sheriff. When their plan goes fatally wrong, this group of friends will be pushed to the limit trying to outrun the law and its harsh brand of vengeance. It's all on the line in a cinematically stunning finale that will blow audiences away.

"Twenty" - by Ginnard Archibald - USA
Bronze Award for Short Film - 2015

TwentyOne simple moral decision will affect the destiny of a man and his family.

"Duality" - by Daniel Ruczko - GERMANY
Bronze Award for Short Film - 2015

DualityA young woman wakes up and finds a photo of herself sleeping on her phone... she lives alone.

Prestige Award of Merit

 


 

 

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