WHERE THE FILMMAKERS ARE THE STARS!

BEST FEATURE

KNOW THE SIGNS

THE UNINVITED GUEST

WHERE HEARTS LIE


BEST DOCUMENTARY

BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE

GENTLE GIANT: THE ANDRE RODGERS STORY

THAT WAS PIDDIE KORN

THE KUNAS OF SAN BLAS


BEST SHORT 

12 SECONDS

GREATER GOODE

HARMONY

JANGLED

MILKSHAKE

SHADOW THEORY


BEST DIRECTOR-FEATURE

Stavroula Toska
BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE

Antonio Cannady
KNOW THE SIGNS

Tony Lindsay
WHERE HEARTS LIE


BEST DIRECTOR-SHORT

​Jordan Wall
GREATER GOODE

Paul Hardway
JANGLED

SangJin Ko
MILKSHAKE

Kristian Hanson
SHADOW THEORY


BEST SCREENPLAY-FEATURE

Sophia Antonini and Stavroula Toska 
BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE

Brian Ruppert
THE UNINVITED GUEST

Tony Lindsay  
WHERE HEARTS LIE


BEST  SCREENPLAY-
SHORT

Michael Chasin
GREATER GOODE

Brent Larson, Elizabeth Schekel
and Tez Brooks 
JANGLED

SangJin Ko
MILKSHAKE

Joseph Forsberg
SHADOW THEORY​

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY-FEATURE

Sophia Antonini
BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE

Ambrose Eng 
WHERE HEARTS LIE 

Alejandro Fuenmayor
KNOW THE SIGNS


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY-
SHORT

Emma Kragen
HARMONY

Mike Pekham
JANGLED

Karlim Charlier
WEDDING GUEST

Cansu Baglusu
WILDFLOWER


BEST EDITING-FEATURE

Lauren Beckett Jackson
BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE

Paul Hansen
THE UNINVITED GUEST


Tony Lindsay and Olaf Woldan
WHERE HEARTS LIE


BEST EDITING-SHORT

Tom Kwiat and Robert Mendoza
12 SECONDS

Phil Bucci
GREATER GOODE

Gayatri Bajpai
HARMONY

Steve Ingerson
JANGLED

John B. Sovie II
SHADOW THEORY


FLORIDA'S FILM GEM AWARD

A WORLD OF PLEASURE

DINOSAUR

GREATER GOODE

JANGLED

THAT WAS PIDDIE KORN

WE BOUGHT A GHOST


BEST ANIMATION

CHINAMA THE ALIEN

HE COMETHE THE SEVEN SEALS

OUT OF ORDER

SLICE AND DICE


BEST PERFORMANCE

Michael Jacques
GREATER GOODE

Nick Schroeder
GREATER GOODE

C.P. Walker
HOP SKOTCH THE FUNK DUMPLING

Clifton Powell
MILKSHAKE

Vin Kridakorn
MILKSHAKE

Jordan Matthew Lewis
SCAPEGOAT

Alexander C. Mulzac
WHERE HEARTS LIE


STUDENT FILM COMPETITION FINALISTS

AMICUS

HOP SKOTCH THE FUNK DUMPLING

MALIBU LIVING

MOUTH SHUT

NOW WE ARE TALLER THAN TREES

SCAPEGOAT

STAY

WEDDING GUEST

WEED

WILDFLOWER




10 Miles to Bisbee (Spain)
Directed by: Oriol Rigata
Short Film Drama
(USA Premiere)

Two itinerant vendors, Dom & Bob, set out in search of a dangerous outlaw. Their friendship and even their lives will be at stake.
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12 Seconds (USA) 
Directed by: Nate Banks
Short Film Drama
(World Premiere)

A man dealing with family lose, goes through a mental breakdown.
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A World of Pleasure (USA)
Directed by: Guisela Moro
Short Film Drama
(World Premiere)

After thirty-three years, Stanley and Emily are finally closing down their mom and pop corner store, which happens to be a porno shop. When a customer drops in to make a purchase, they regale him with stories of the old days and recall the good times as they pack up their singular merchandise.
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Agos, the Manila Dream (Philippines)
Directed by: Ma. Angelica Gonzalez
Experimental/Drama Feature
(USA Premiere)

Set in the rural Philippines, Nina's mother recounts her bygone ambition of moving into the city. She and Nina are faced with pressing concerns about their choices. 'Agos: The Manila Dream' explores the plight of fulfilling fantasies through the surge of diaspora and urban migration.
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Amicus (USA)
Directed by: Benjamin Jones
Short Film Science Fiction/Thriller
(World Premiere)

A young college student spends too much time with his new computer; angers his girlfriend; and lands in the middle of an unlikely love triangle.
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Beneath The Olive Tree (Greece)
Directed by: Stavroula Toska
Feature Documentary
(Florida Premiere)

Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis Narrates the story of a part of modern women's history that has been buried for decades directed, produced and written by women.

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Butterfly Dreams (India)
Directed by: Venkat Krishnan
Short Film Drama
(Treasure Coast Premiere)

A young child laborer in India sees a way to pursue her dream to learn to read and write when an educated man comes to her village.
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Chinama the Alien (USA)
Directed by: Yasumi Cohen 
Short Film Animation
(Florida Premiere)

Chinama, an alien, accidentally crashes her spaceship into her world's government building and is sent to Earth for punishment - and to research why her fellow aliens don't return to their home planet. Meanwhile, a gigantic meteor endangers Earth and oblivious driver Chinama accidentally deflects it away with her bad driving and saves Earth without knowing she's a hero. 
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DRY (Brazil) 
Directed by: Raphael Bittencourt
Short Film Drama
(Florida Premiere)

Peter has no water nor power at home for the fifth day, this will put in danger his marriage with Rose.
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Dinosaur (USA) 
Directed by: Ann Fishman
Short Film Comedy
(World Premiere)

Lou Manning was the biggest talent agent in Hollywood in his day. Now he's as antiquated as a dinosaur until he learns some new tricks.
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Directors on Directing (USA)
Directed by: Damien Patrik
Short Film Comedy
(Florida Premiere)

Pontificating film directors, dancing nuns, sweet little girls and puppy dogs. Who could ask for anything more? 3 successful film directors explain the REAL secrets to success.
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Double Cross (USA) 
Directed by: Josephine Green, Sandy Stenzel
Short Film Suspense
(World Premiere)

After robbing Double-cross Ranch, two local ranch hands drive out to the desert to dig up their stolen loot. Gunner - a selfish, misopedist - betrays his partner, Beto - a father of two - and steals the money for himself. However, Gunner realizes he made a mistake when he discovers Beto's truck is a stick shift, since Gunner can only drive an automatic. Lost in the desert, Gunner finds hope with a group of lost, feral children, only to wonder if this is his only hope or his worst nightmare.
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F.T.E.W - For The Epic Win (USA)
Directed by: Zheng 'Nathan' Nie
Short Film Drama
(World Premiere)

A father and son struggle to maintain control of their own lives through all the wrong ways, discovering that the only salvation from their problems is to face them.
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Gentle Giant: The Andre Rodgers Story (Bahamas) 
Directed by: Gina Sealy
Feature/ Documentary
(Florida Premiere)

He grew up playing cricket in the British colony of the Bahamas. Andre Rodgers had never even seen a game of baseball before he went to tryout for the San Francisco Giants minor league farm system in 1954. He was signed immediately. Rodgers became a minor league superstar before playing eleven seasons in the major leagues with the Giants, the Cubs and the Pirates. Rodgers lived in two worlds, the violent racial struggles of America in the fifty's and sixties and the sleepy laid back British Colony known as the Bahamas. Rodgers led by example as his gentle disposition taught many of his American counterparts how to deal with racism while successfully navigating the baseball fields of America.
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Greater Goode (USA) 
Directed by:Jordan Wall
Short Film Drama
(World Premiere)

After a botched mission resulting in the massacre of his team, Sgt. Goode escapes enemy holding, only to discover the real enemy may be closer to home. Confined in a room with his superior officer, a cat and mouse game ensues with secrets revealed and painful truths rising to the surface.
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Harmony (USA) 
Directed by: Enrique Diaz
Short Film Drama
(World Premiere)

A young female musician with a mental disorder struggles with hallucinations and seeks normal relationships with her friends and family. 
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He Comethe The Seven Seals (USA) 
Directed by: Elana Cooper
Short Film Experimental/Animation
(World Premiere)

This is the story of the Apolcalyse and the four deadly horsemen; seen through the eyes of a child, in the time of famine. Set in the 1800's. 

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Hop Skotch the Funk Dumpling (USA) 
Directed by: Khadif Sanders
Short Film Family Drama
(World Premiere)

A lonely privileged kid and a street hustlin' hobo discover the value of friendship through their shared love of break dancing.
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Hush (USA) 
Directed by: Ryder Page
Short Film Science Fiction
(World Premiere)

After an alien invasion has wiped out most of humanity, a lone man makes his way through a vast desert with the alien threat still looming. After confronting a fellow survivor they're left to decide whether survival is best achieved alone or together.
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In Time (USA) 
Directed by: Gabrielle Giacomo, Mary Grace Henry
Short Film Drama/Romance 
(Treasure Coast Premiere)

In Time is a short narrative film that focuses on an overachieving, high school junior Thalia, and her new found relationship with the cocky Cedric, a boy who thinks he has the ability to stop time. Although skeptical about Cedric's theory, Thalia decides to give the boy a chance, making him the topic for a video assignment. As Thalia learns more about Cedric, she begins to question the things she used to value in her life, learning that sometimes the little things seem to be more important to her. In Time calls its viewers to contemplate what they have placed importance on in their lives, and reminds them that time is an elusive gift, that should not be wasted.
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Jangled (USA)
Directed by: Paul Hardway
Short Film Mystery
(World Premiere)

A young woman's life is turned upside down when she decides to take a mysterious bracelet from a museum.
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Keep It Clean (USA) 
Directed by: Matthew Rivera, Evan Sennett
Short Film Comedy
(World Premiere)

Keep it Clean communicates to the germaphobe that resides in us all. What does an extremely OCD, neurotic clean freak do when a greasy, disgusting, salesman comes into his apartment . . . and dies? 
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Know The Signs (USA)
Directed by: Antonio R. Cannady 
Feature Drama/Thriller
(World Premiere)

the story of a young woman who must quickly decide not only her fate, but the fate of those around her when she decides to reconnect with an abusive ex-boyfriend.

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Little Flower (USA)
Directed by: Robert Kaczmark
Short Film Musical
(USA Premiere)

Musician Danielle Rose traveled with Spirit Juice Studios to China to film the breathtaking music video for her powerful song 'Little Flower.'
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Malibu Living (USA) 
Directed by: Dan Jonathan
Short Film Drama
(World Premiere)

Hayley Scott has hit rock bottom when she enters rehab and makes an unusual friend while on the inside... their paths run parallel until an unexpected turn of events that simultaneously leaves Hayley heartbroken and inspired to conquer her demons. This remarkable film is based on a true story about a courageous young woman whose life was not lived in vain.
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Man vs. Machine (USA) 
Directed by: Benjamin Jones
Short Film Comedy
(Florida Premiere)

Driven by hunger, a man battles a vending machine in an attempt to retrieve his snack.





Mel And Rana (Australia)
Directed by: Jen Farrow
Short Film Comedy
(USA Premiere)

​Mel and Rana are in love, just don't tell their parents​
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Milkshake (South Korea/USA) 
Directed by: SangJin Ko
Short Film Drama
(Treasure Coast Premiere)

After their parents died, an adopted teenage boy struggles to live with his adoptive little sister against harsh reality.
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Mouth Shut (Spain)
Directed by: Anna Farré Añó
Short Film Drama
(Florida Premiere)

Emma is 15 and has a strong personality, which she doesn't know how to manage. Today she got herself in troubles again, but in the principal's office there are two people that she is not expecting: Her parents.
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Nathaniel (USA)
Directed by:Benjamin Jones
Short Film Comedy
(Florida Premiere)

Nathaniel faces a circumstance which pushes his germaphobia to the limits.
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Now We Are Taller 
Than Trees (Malaysia
Directed by: Mehrdad Eghbali
Short Film Drama
(World Premiere)

Nature inspires a girl to paint, but a loud noise changes her mind about what should be on the paper.
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OUT OF ORDER (USA)
Directed by: Nathaniel Shrage
Short Film Animation

A young man has a heart that is like a vending machine. It takes quarters and gives love. Unfortunately, the heart is missing a gear. Thus, the young man must either retrieve the gear from his ex-girlfriend or move on and find a replacement part.

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Samaritan (South Korea/USA)
Directed by: SangJin Ko
Short Film Drama
(Florida Premiere)

A homeless man struggles for survival on the street but no one cares about him.
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Scapegoat (USA) 
Directed by: Khadif Sanders
Short Film Drama
(World Premiere)

An Asian store owner is robbed after arguing with a black customer he racially profiled, and the customer must decide if he will intervene.
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Shadow Theory (USA)
Directed by: Kristian Hanson
Short Film Horror, Crime
(World Premiere)

While battling her own demons, Detective Olson is determined to catch a sadistic killer. The only clues left behind are the victim's bloody remains and the sole survivor, a 17 year old boy. While they try to determine why the boy's family was targeted, the boy begins to question human nature, and the evil that could be lurking deep inside us all. 
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Slice & Dice (USA) 
Directed by: Kathy Jo Ryan
Short Film Family Comedy/Animation
(World Premiere)

A watermelon, an onion, and a carrot wreak havoc in the fridge of the hungry hand.
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Stay (USA) 
Directed by:Gabrielle Giacomo
Short Film Family Drama
(Florida Premiere)

Stay is a dramatic short film that centers on a teenage girl's struggle to cope with the loss of her sister. She finds it almost impossible to let go, keeping the vision of what once was alive in her mind, and only barely grapples with the idea of moving on. Reality and fantasy clashes and her pyschomachia (Battle or Contest for Man's Soul) begin to tear her apart. Stay asks us to question if it is better to live with the grief that allows us to hold on, or to simply forget and let the pain fade.
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TILL DEATH DO US PART (USA)
Directed by: Jose Garofalo
Feature Documentary
(World Premiere)

Tom and Lisa Conway open their doors to their home and business to give us a rare and personal look at the death industry. While Tommy Jr. follows in his fathers footsteps, making him the fifth generation of Conways to do so, Tom and Lisa together with their six children bring a unique and personal touch to their family business while struggling with their own personal issues in their lives. It is through the journey of their struggles that the Conways have come to realize that in their funeral business, life is their most valuable commodity.
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That Was Piddie Korn (USA)
Directed by: Joel Sotolongo
Feature Documentary
(World Premiere)

A documentary feature film about the band, Piddie Korn. It is completely made from Hi-8 video footage recorded in Piddie Korn's heyday, from the fall 0f 1996 to the summer of 1998. It includes shows and shenanigans from their home base in Miami and from their tour of Florida and Georgia.
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The Kunas of San BlaS (Panama)
Directed by: Paul and Anne Hemmers
Feature Documentary
(World Premiere)

A unique film that documents the Kuna Indians in Panama for the last 12 years with rare and intimate footage that not even National Geographic have been able to capture. It is a world exposed by the Kuna Indians to only those whom they really know and trust.
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The Uninvited Guest (USA) 
Directed by: Brian Ruppert
Feature Thriller/Science Fiction
(World Premiere)

A recently jilted millennial's friends throw him a going away party. After his sassy ex-girlfriend shows up, the group of friends find themsleves in a struggle for their very lives.
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The Push (Russian Federation)
Directed by: Alexey Naumov
Short Film Comedy/Fantasy
(North American Premiere)

Travelling through time will continue until the aggressive couple saves the life of a heart broken and his bride, as well as resolve private family issues and start believing into miracle.
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Things That Go Bump
Directed by: R. Michael McWhorter
Short Film Horor
(Treasure Coast Premiere)

After a long day of moving Megan prepares for her first nights sleep in her new apartment; unaware this place houses a dark secret. Now all that stands between her and a living nightmare is a solitary beam of light.

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Those Days (USA)
Directed by: Elias Lumarda, William Beck-Askenaizer
Short Film Comedy
(World Premiere)

A young man has one of those days.
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Treasure (Iran)
Directed by: Hossein Rabiei Dastjerdi
Short Film Family Drama
(World Premiere)

​The film about the forgotten past. 

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Vampire Journal (USA)
Directed by: Annor Doeman
Short Film Horror
(World Premiere)

A simple girl living her everyday life gets bitten...by a vampire. She'll never be the same again.
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WE BOUGHT A GHOST (USA)
Directed by: Ray and Migdalia Etheridge
Short Film Thriller/Mystery
(World Premiere)

John and Kathy Burns buy a new home for a great price. After they move in, they quickly discover the reason why they got the house so cheap...it is haunted by the ghost of a woman. A spiritualist is called to help them communicate with their unwelcome spirit.
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WILDFLOWER (Poland/Turkey) 
Directed by: Cansu Boguslu
Short Film Romance/Fantasy
(North America Premiere)

On a midsummer night, weather starts to change as Aga and Tomek are at a bohemian art gathering. Aga is at the peak of her hidden troubles. She doesn't say what she wants and Tomek has a hard time understanding her need.
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Wedding Guest (USA)
Directed by: Frederick Johnson
Short Film Romantic/Drama
(World Premiere)

A man named Zach internally struggles to write his wedding vows for his soon to be wife. Zach receives an unexpected knock at his front door that ends up being the person who gives him the new found inspiration to continue writing.
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Weed (USA)
Directed by: Stephen Kaiser-Pendergrast
Short Film Science Fiction/ Fantasy
(World Premiere)

While spending the weekend with his estranged son, a man who can sense the thoughts and feelings of plants encounters a menacing, dangerous weed.

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Where Hearts Lie (USA)
Directed by: Tony Lindsay
Feature Dram/Thriller
(World Premiere)

Brave Williams is a 28 year old, successful real estate mogul in the making. His hard work is about to pay off big-time, as a philanthropic deal he’s been working on with his best friend and attorney, Jay, is slated to make millions, and thrust him into notoriety. There’s only one thing missing from Brave’s life; that special someone to share it all with. At the urging of Jay, Brave sets his sights to find 'Ms. Right,' but finds MUCH more than he bargains for.











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