The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) announced the award winners for this year’s festival last night. In keeping with my interest in highlighting short films, here are the winners in the short film categories:
Best Live Action Short Film: Curfew (Shawn Christensen)
Best Animated Short Film: Dripped (Leo Verrier)
Audience Award for Best Short Film: Dik (Christopher Stollery)
Best International Short Film: The 54 (Philip Hering)
Best Documentary Short Film: Sun City Picture House (David Darg)
Best LGBT Short Film: Tsuyako (Mitsuyo Miyazaki)
Best Student Short Film: Nothing Can Touch Me (Milad Alami)
Best Women’s Short Film Award: UMOJA: No Men Allowed (Elizabeth Tadic)
The Rice Herskey Memorial Award for Originality: Dik (Christopher Stollery)
The Clover and Maggie Award (In Celebration of Life): Free Kick (Bernabe Rico)
The Spalding and Jackson Award (In Celebration of Joy): It Is Miracul’ House (Stephane Freiss)
Best Ohio Short Film Award: Motherland (Shariq Siddiqui)
If you read my previous post about the best short films at CIFF, it will come as no surprise that I am thrilled about Curfew. In addition to a $1,000 cash prize for the filmmakers, CIFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival, which means the film is now one step closer to an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film at next year’s Academy Awards. As a matter of fact, last year’s CIFF winner, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
The complete list of award winners can be found here.