HollyShorts Announces 2014 Short-Film Winners, Fêtes Felicia Day

/ Aug 22, 2014

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HollyShorts, an organization that supports, promotes, and celebrates excellence in short films, announced the winners of its 10th annual film festival tonight at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

Francois Jaros took home the Best Short Film Award for “Toutes Des Connes (Life’s a Bitch”), while Una Gunjak was awarded Best Director for “The Chicken.” As part of their wins, the filmmakers took home a production prize from event sponsor Company 3, which awarded Jaros with $15,000 and Gunjak with $10,000.

Other notable winners included Brett Sorrem for “#Twitter Kills” (Best Comedy), Kheireddine El-Helou for “Drudge” (Best Horror), Lindsey Blatt for “Herd in Iceland” (Best Documentary), Mikkel Okholm for “Interview” (Best Animation), Jacob Lundgaard for “As Long As You Watch My Heart” (Best Music Video), and Josh Tanner for “The Landing” (Best Cinematography).

HollyShorts also presented the winner of its first screenplay competition, which went to Mimi Jeffries for her short script “Open Roads.” With the win, Jeffries’ script will be produced by Seattle-based Evil Slave, and will screen for the first time at next year’s HollyShorts Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from August 13 to 22.

As part of the event, HollyShorts also fêted Felicia Day, actress, filmmaker, and founder of Geek & Sundry, with its inaugural HollyShorts Digital Icon Award.

The event, which was hosted by Alicia Malone and Amy Paffrath, took place at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood — the home of the first-ever Oscars.

Full list of winners and honorable mentions are below:

Screenplay 3rd place GLARE / April Rouveyrol
Screenplay 2nd place THE OLD MAN AND C SHARP / Alexander Gardels
Screenplay 1st place OPEN ROADS / Mimi Jeffries
Best Web Series THE AGE OF INSECURITY: a Clinical Romance / Adriano Valentini
Best Female Director NI-NI / Melissa Hickey
Best Washington State Film FROM 1994 / Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger
Best Editing ON/OFF / Thierry Lorenzi
Best Score TODAYS THE DAY / Daniel Campos
Honorable Mention THE HEART, THE WAY I LEFT IT / Jeff Pinilla
Honorable Mention THE LEARNING CURVE / Phil McCarty
Special Jury Mention APP / Alexander Berman
Best 3-D THE CHAPPERONE / Fraser Munden
Best Action PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT OF BEING AN ELITE SPY / Matt Wells
Best Sci-Fi DISTANCE / Aimee Long
Best Narrative KRISHA / Trey Edward Shults
Best Producer PLEASE HAND STAMP / Jeff Jenkins
Best Actor CHECK PLEASE / Jared Ward
Best Actress GLINDA / Tovah Feldshuh
Best Animation INTERVIEW /Mikkel Okholm
Best Comedy #TWITTER KILLS / Brett Sorem
Best International KOSMODRONE / Youcef Mahmoudi
Best Thriller NO COMPANY / Benjamin Morgan
Best Horror DRUDGE / Kheireddine El-Helou
Best Documentary HERD IN ICELAND/ Lindsay Blatt
Best Drama QANIS/ Reda Mustafa
Best Student SWEET CORN/ Joo Hyun Lee
Panavision Future Filmmaker GLOW/ Douglas Jessup
Best Music Video AS LONG AS YOU WATCH MY HEART/ Jacob Lundgaard Andersen
Best Commercial WARRIOR CAT SPEC / Douglas Cushnie
Best Cinematography THE LANDING / Josh Tanner
Method Studios Best Visual Effects LOOKING PLANET / Eric Law Anderson
Best Director THE CHICKEN / Una Gunjak
Best Short Film TOUTES DES CONNES/LIFE’S A BITCH by Francois Jaros
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