Director: Heather Edwards
BEST SHORT DRAMA
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SHORT - Vivienne Rutherford
8 year-old Annie Abbott Bridges has no doubt that her dad is still on a business trip, even though he’s been gone for 3 years. While attending a school field trip to the local bowling alley, she runs into her long absent father. This true story was brought to life with incredible performances from Matt Jones (Breaking Bad) Martha MacIsaac (Superbad) with original music recorded in 1973. Also, Introducing Vivienne Rutherford as Annie and featuring Emma Fuhrmann (Avengers: Endgame).
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Gabriel Saint
BEST DRAMA FILM
Joseph (Will Rothhaar) has the kind of violent past and that is often questioned by local detectives. He mirrors the identity of the last individual he has spoken to. His current victim is Virginia, an actor. Joseph rents a haunted theatre and hires a cast and crew in order to win her over and convince her of his con. When the stage manager and Virginia’s roommate try to warn her that they sense something is wrong, the phantom of the theatre advances its own plan and the horror begins.
Director: Christine Papalexis
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Amaterasu is based on a traditional Japanese story of the sun goddess and her volatile relationship with her brother, Susanowo. The film was shot entirely with marionettes and sets made of found objects, and takes the viewer into an unknown world of strangely beautiful landscapes and horses made of baubles and bells.
IFS L.A. Film Festival Premiere
Director: Lauren Rothman
BEST STUDENT SHORT
When she discovers a way to contact her long-lost biological mother, Sarah must decide if she’s willing to risk destroying the mother-daughter relationship that she already has.