By Sahil Patel
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 placeGLARE / April RouveyrolScreenplay 2nd placeTHE OLD MAN AND C SHARP / Alexander GardelsScreenplay 1st placeOPEN ROADS / Mimi JeffriesBest Web SeriesTHE AGE OF INSECURITY: a Clinical Romance / Adriano ValentiniBest Female DirectorNI-NI / Melissa HickeyBest Washington State FilmFROM 1994 / Casey Warren & Danielle KriegerBest EditingON/OFF / Thierry LorenziBest ScoreTODAYS THE DAY / Daniel CamposHonorable MentionTHE HEART, THE WAY I LEFT IT / Jeff PinillaHonorable MentionTHE LEARNING CURVE / Phil McCartySpecial Jury MentionAPP / Alexander BermanBest 3-DTHE CHAPPERONE / Fraser MundenBest ActionPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT OF BEING AN ELITE SPY / Matt WellsBest Sci-FiDISTANCE / Aimee LongBest NarrativeKRISHA / Trey Edward ShultsBest ProducerPLEASE HAND STAMP / Jeff JenkinsBest ActorCHECK PLEASE / Jared WardBest ActressGLINDA / Tovah FeldshuhBest AnimationINTERVIEW /Mikkel OkholmBest Comedy#TWITTER KILLS / Brett SoremBest InternationalKOSMODRONE / Youcef MahmoudiBest ThrillerNO COMPANY / Benjamin MorganBest HorrorDRUDGE / Kheireddine El-HelouBest DocumentaryHERD IN ICELAND/ Lindsay BlattBest DramaQANIS/ Reda MustafaBest StudentSWEET CORN/ Joo Hyun LeePanavision Future FilmmakerGLOW/ Douglas JessupBest Music VideoAS LONG AS YOU WATCH MY HEART/ Jacob Lundgaard AndersenBest CommercialWARRIOR CAT SPEC / Douglas CushnieBest CinematographyTHE LANDING / Josh TannerMethod Studios Best Visual EffectsLOOKING PLANET / Eric Law AndersonBest DirectorTHE CHICKEN / Una GunjakBest Short FilmTOUTES DES CONNES/LIFE’S A BITCH by Francois Jaros