Martin Rosete's fantasy short "Voice Over," Kahlil Joseph's L.A.-based "Until the Quiet Comes" and Will Anderson's animation documentary "The Making of Longbird" are among the 12 finalists competing in the second annual "ShortList" Online Film Festival.
The films are available to viewed and voted for until Thursday, when the winners of the Industry and Audience Awards will be announced during a ceremony at Santa Monica Airport.
Rosete's "Voice Over" — a live-action dramatic fantasy from Spain following not one but four tales all tied together by one voice actor's narration — was named Best of the Fest at the New York City Short Film Festival, and won the Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Anderson's "Longbird" — a 16-minute short from the U.K. — combines documentary-style filmmaking with narrative animation to tell the tale of an artist giving new life to the decades-old creation of a fictional Russian filmmaker. The unique film won best Short Animation at the 2013 BAFTAs, as well as the British Academy Scotland Awards.
Joseph's "Until the Quiet Comes" was shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in L.A.'s Watts community. The visually captivating live-action narrative blends music, movement and stunning imagery to tackle violence, spirituality and camaraderie in just four short minutes. The American short film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
The Industry Award — which earns the filmmaker a first-look deal with independent movie studio Cinedigm — will be decided by a jury of judges including UTA agent Bec Smith, "Short Term 12" director Destin Cretton, Super Crispy Entertainment president Jonathan Schwartz, "The Lifeguard" director Liz Garcia, Relativity Media exec Richard Potter, "ShortList" director of programming Mike Plante and San Francisco Film Society executive director Ted Hope.
Remember, you can only vote once. Watch all 12 finalists and make your vote count!