Director: Sebastian Siegel
BEST ACTRESS - Mena Suvari
GRACE AND GRIT tells the true story of iconic philosopher Ken Wilber and his wife Treya. Based on the acclaimed book chronicling Treya’s journals, they fall madly in love in 1980s California and are immediately faced with challenges that tear them apart. They overcome by discovering connection beyond this world and love beyond life. Starring Mena Suvari, Stuart Townsend, with Frances Fisher, Rebekah Graf, Nick Stahl, Mariel Hemingway, and written and directed by Sebastian Siegel.
Pre-Selected For IFS L.A. Film Festival
Created, produced and starring Kyle Cadman
BEST WEB PROJECT
Trailer Park Boys meets Dog Whisperer in this dark comedy about a middle aged conman named Johhny who reinvents himself after beefing kicked out of his parents garage. Johhny must find a way to make money quickly if he is to avoid eviction. Will he successfully convince wealthy suburbanites that he can cure their pets ailments or will Johhny's alcoholism and crippling gambling addiction prove too much to overcome.
Director: Vasco Diogo
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Filmed during several walks in Lisbon as an aesthetic practice, using image processing and time-lapse techniques. An experience on the visualization of improvised music as free as the music itself. Music by WELCOME TO SILKEBORG. Monsieur Trinité: several objects, Tiago Varela: electric piano
IFS L.A. Film Festival Premiere
Director: Ella May Sahlman
BEST LGBTQ SHORT
A day in the life of a teenage girl
Director: Jenna Simmons
Adulting is about an unlikely duo, Katie and Charlie, who take their first stab at the real world together and attempt to be adults. (Key word: attempt.)