2014 HollyShorts Awards Announces Their Winners

A Clinical Romance: The Age Of Insecurity by Adriano Valentini

Best Web Series winners: A Clinical Romance: The Age Of Insecurity by Adriano Valentini

The 2014 HollyShorts Awards were announcedduring a special standing room-only reception at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, home of the 1st Oscars ceremony. The evening was hosted by Alicia Malone and Amy Paffrath. At the top of the show, festival founders announced the 11th annual HollyShorts will take place August 13-22, 2015 in Hollywood.

The event kicked off with Felicia Day being presented with the inaugural HollyShorts 2014 Digital Icon Award in front of the audience, which consisted of 1,000 filmmakers from the festival, industry professionals and short form content enthusiasts.  Company 3 Awarded $40,000 in production prizes and Method Studios presented a $10,000 VFX prize.  The coveted Best Short Film Award went to Francois Jaros for TOUTES DES CONNES (Life’s A Bitch), with the win Jaros took home a $15,000 production prize from Company 3. Best Director went to Una Gunjak for THE CHICKEN. Gunjak took home a $10,000 prize from Company 3.

The Method Studios Best VFX Award went to LOOKING PLANET by Eric Law Anderson. Best Music Video went to Jacob Lundgaard for AS LONG AS YOU WATCH MY HEART. Best Cinematography went to THE LANDING by Josh Tanner.  Best Animation went to INTERVIEW by Mikkel Okholm. Best Comedy went to #TWITTER KILLS by Brett Sorem. Best International went to KOSMODROME by Youcef Mahmoudi. Best Horror went to DRUDGE by Kheireddine El-Helou. Best Documentary went to HERD IN ICELAND by Lindsay Blatt. The Panavision Future Filmmaker Award went to Douglas Jessup for GLOW. Best Student went to SWEET CORN by Joo Hyun Lee

HollyShorts also presented the winner of it’s first ever screenplay competition. Mimi Jeffries took the top prize for her short script OPEN ROADS. With the win, Seattle-based production company Evil Slave has optioned the project and will shoot the short with the goal to premiere it at next year’s HollyShorts.

The festival runs through Saturday August 23. There is still one additional competition to be awarded, the HollyShorts Vine competition with Eli Roth’s The Crypt App, which challenges filmmakers to create scary vines and tag HSFF14, the Vine contest winners will be announced during the fests closing party on Saturday at Busby’s East.

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 EARTH, THE WAY I LEFT IT / Jeff Pinilla

Honorable Mention

THE LEARNING CURVE / Phil McCarty

Special Jury Mention

APP / Alexander Berman

Best 3-D

THE CHAPERONE / 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

KOSMODROME / 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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