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Monthly Winners

Winners for various genres and categories are selected by our screening committee each month. Winners for each month are announced on the first day of the proceeding month and posted on our website and social media outlets. To view the winners of a specific month, choose the corresponding accordion link below. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck!

Artem Grebenshchikov
Best Original Score
The Making of: Loving Arms

Maurice Paramore
Best New Jersey Short
Regrets

Oswaldo Salas
Best Actor in a Short
Holestepper

Rey Coloma
Best High School Short
Farm

January 2021
FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Best Feature Film
Yellow Scare

 

Best Documentary Feature
Leave Nothing Behind

 

Best Director of a Feature
Jean-Philippe Tranvouez (Guilty Prejudices)

 

Best Actor in a Feature
Sam Platizky (Yellow Scare)

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Feature
Alexandre Triaca (Guilty Prejudices)

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Feature
Laura Folger-Lopez (Yellow Scare)

 

SHORT FILM AWARDS

Best Short Film
Matty Groves

 

Best Drama Short
Fathers and Sons

 

Best Comedy Short

MarriageFit

 

Best Horror Short

The Acquisition

 

Best Sci-Fi Short

The Assassin’s Apprentice

 

Best LGBT Short

Becoming Me

 

Best Animation Short

Deck the Halls

 

Best Documentary Short

The States of Emergency New York & New Jersey

 

Best Web Series/TV Pilot

The Honey Trapper (Season 2)

 

Best Music Video

Knocking on Your Door

 

Best New Jersey Short

Regrets

 

Best College Short

Not Your Doll

 

Best High School Short

Farm

 

Best Director of a Short

Justin Morfin (Looking Through the Trees)

 

Best Actor in a Short
Justin Helm (Matty Groves)
Isaac Platizky (Last Rehearsal of the Dangerous Kitten)
Laird James Reghenas (The Gallery)
Michael Broderick (Fathers and Sons)
Oswaldo Salas (Holestepper) – WINNER

 

Best Actress in a Short
Sasha Alexdottir (Not Your Doll)
Loarina Gonzalez (Karmen)
Jabriah Anderson (Regrets) – WINNER
Tarah Paige (The Assassin’s Apprentice)
Sheryl Faye (MarriageFit)

 

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Best Cinematography
Carlos Serna and Colin Silver (Matty Groves)
Alan J. Carmona (Yellow Scare)
Naomi Gonzalez (The Gallery) – WINNER

 

Best Editing
Sebastian Heinath (Black and Nothingness) – WINNER
Krishna Menon (Watch the Birdie)
Alejandro Small (Holestepper)

 

Best Original Score
Dan Granda (Yellow Scare)
Vasilis Milesis (Collar)
Artem Grebenshchikov (The Making of: LOVING ARMS) – WINNER

 

SCREENPLAY AWARDS

Best Feature Screenplay
Sweet Cuisine by Danté Orange – WINNER
The Shakespeare Plays by Martin Keady – HONORABLE MENTION

 

Best Short Screenplay
The Lesson by Vincent Scuro – WINNER
At Dawns Early Light
by Tommy Anderson & Susie Schafer – HONORABLE MENTION

Febuary 2021
FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Best Feature Film
Fair Haven

 

Best Documentary Feature
Workout Around the World

 

Best Director of a Feature
Aaron Parpart (Neon)

 

Best Actor in a Feature
Isaac Platizky (Cabin of Errors)

 

Best Actress in a Feature

Alexa Morden (The Colour of Spring)

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Feature

Dan Gregory (Cabin of Errors)

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Feature

Amanda Carroll Ellis (Fair Haven)

 

SHORT FILM AWARDS

Best Short Film
The Blue Cave

 

Best Drama Short
Bluebell

 

Best Comedy Short

I’ve Got You Beat

 

Best Horror Short

Deep Shock

 

Best Thriller

Black Heart, Red Hands

 

Best LGBT Short

Suburb Able to Love

 

Best Animation Short

BEATRICE

 

Best Experimental Short
Escape From a Good Prison

 

Best Documentary Short

The Child Murderess of Vesene

 

Best International Short

Flicker (UK)

 

Best Web Series/TV Pilot

A Frantic Love 3

 

Best Music Video

Wonderful

 

Best Microshort

The Game Just Got Real

 

Best New Jersey Short

Dear Black Man

 

Best College Short

Yellow Rose

 

Best High School Short

Spoke Too Soon

 

Best Trailer

The Flower People

 

Best Movie Poster

El Reloj

 

Best Actor in a Short

Graeme Coughlan (Bluebell)

Cuete Yeska (The Turnaround) – WINNER

Sebastián Ramos (Matching Hearts)

Giorgio Besc (Suburb Able to Love)

Robert Barnes Jr (The Blue Cave)

 

Best Actress in a Short

Molly Ester Wilson (Air B & D)

Chelsea Debo (Bluebell)

Brandi Botkin (Judge) – WINNER

Karlejandra Lenor (Dear Black Men)

Tanisha Ray (Yellow Rose)

 

Best Ensemble

A Date With Shillelagh

 

Best Young Actor

Lavinia Vaka (Unhinged)

 

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Best Director of a Short

Alireza Biglari (Angels Do Not Die)

 

Best First-Time Director

Estefano Rodriguez (Matching Hearts)

 

Best Female Filmmaker

Jayleen S. Perez (Air B & D)

 

Best Cinematography

Xuezi Zhang (Iguana Death in the American Suburbs)

 

Best Editing

Jose Restrepo (Fly Myself Home)

 

Best Visual Effects

Lance J. Reha (Still)

 

Best Sound Design

The Rooftop

 

Best Original Score

Morgan De Carvalho (Loop: A Strangelove)

 

SCREENPLAY AWARDS

Best Feature Screenplay

A Son’s Gift by Michele Bell – WINNER
The Caregivers by Mikeal Burgin – HONORABLE MENTION

 

Best Short Screenplay

Apologies for Any Inconvenience by Jennifer Milne – WINNER
Home by Adam Lucas – HONORABLE MENTION

March 2021
FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Best Feature Film
The Andy Baker Tape

 

Best Documentary Feature
The Romans

 

SHORT FILM AWARDS

Best Short Film
Disarray Days

 

Best Drama Short
The Color of Hate

 

Best Comedy Short

Smitten

 

Best Horror Short

A Serious Predicament

 

Best Thriller

Methodical

 

Best Sci-Fi Short

Rogue Seven: A Star Wars Fan Film

 

Best Animation Short

Daddydelphia

 

Best Experimental Short

The Hyperzoo

 

Best Documentary Short

Snapper: The Man-Eating Turtle Movie That Never Got Made

 

Best International Short

As the Wave Broke

 

Best Microshort

Be Cool

 

Best New Jersey Short

Nothing Left

 

Best College Short

They Loved You Yesterday

 

Best High School Short

Package for Riverview Ave

 

Best Web Series/TV Pilot

Verified

 

Best Music Video

Let Them Eat Cake

 

Best Trailer

Demon in the Mirror

 

Best Movie Poster

Cheatty Love

 

ACTING AWARDS

Best Actor
Frank Albanese (A Dance With Andrea) – WINNER
Bret Lada (The Andy Baker Tape)
Merritt Reid (Disarray Days)
Kai Zemaal Smith (Methodical)
Keanu Sousa Mendes (The Color of Hate)

 

Best Actress
DeLove Akra (Methodical) – WINNER
Ashley Douglas (mama)
Katerina Giannakopoulou (As the Wave Broke)
Lauren Moran (Verified)
Natalie Yost (Dear Hannah)

 

Best Supporting Actor
Jacques Colin (Alone)
Dustin Fontaine (The Andy Baker Tape) – WINNER
Michael Jacobson
(Disarray Days)
Thomas J. O’Brien (The Confined)
Thos Shipley (Nothing Left)

 

Best Supporting Actress
Chanell Bell (Moving-In-Law)
Alix Benezech (Alone)
Kim Hopkins (Animals) – WINNER

Cinnamon Jay Aldridge (Last Call)
Jill Mesaros (A Serpent by the Nest)

 

Best Ensemble
As the Wave Broke
Cheatty Love
Daddydelphia
Redemption on Gun Hill Road – WINNER
Rogue Seven: A Star Wars Fan Film

 

Best Young Actor
Madison Coates (mama) – WINNER

 

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Best Director
Karl Ryan Erikson (Disarray Days)
Delores M. Flynn (mama)
Brandon Lazenko (A Serpent by the Nest) – WINNER

 

Best First-Time Filmmaker
Alice Faria (Reasons) – WINNER
Bret Lada (The Andy Baker Tape)
Christopher Picone (The Confined)

 

Best Female Filmmaker
Daryn Davidson (Verified)
Kim Hopkins (Animals)
Veronica Tullo (Dear Hannah) – WINNER

 

Best Cinematography
Kristian Quino (The Revolver) – WINNER
Matthew Petrunak (A Serpent by the Nest)
Joshua Idusohan (Methodical)

 

Best Editing
The Addiction – WINNER
Methodical
The Romans

 

Best Visual Effects
As the Wave Broke
The Hyperzoo
Rogue Seven: A Star Wars Fan Film – WINNER

 

Best Sound Design
Rogue Seven: A Star Wars Fan Film
The Romans
Wonderland: The Series – WINNER

 

Best Original Score
As the Wave Broke
A Dance With Andrea
A Serpent by the Nest – WINNER

 

SCREENPLAY AWARDS

Best Feature Screenplay
“Lockridge” by Mikeal Burgin – WINNER
“Holiday Help” by Karl Erikson – HONORABLE MENTION

 

Best Short Screenplay

“A Lasting First Impression” by Kayla RomanowskiWINNER
“Blood’s Thicker” by Debra Marie Mawdsley – HONORABLE MENTION

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April 2021
FILM AWARDS

Best Feature Film
Blank Canvas

Best Short Film
Madrid, Drawings… and Foreign Girls

 

Best Drama Short
Sonata for A Calendar

 

Best Comedy Short

Cupid’s First Day

 

Best Horror Short

Transfer

 

Best Thriller

The Grey Town

 

Best Animation Short

dystopia

 

Best Experimental Short

Shoe Horn/Office

 

Best International Short

Morella, My Wife

 

Best Microshort

Smoking Kills

 

Best New Jersey Short

The Confined

 

Best High School Short

Unique

 

Best Web Series/TV Pilot

Hard to Leave

 

Best Trailer

Escape

 

Best Movie Poster

Against My Will

 

ACTING AWARDS

Best Actor
Oswaldo Salas (Sonata for A Calendar)
Scott Major (The Undatable George Gibbs) – WINNER
Hytham Sempa (Hard to Leave)
Vincent De Paul (Matty Boy)
Alessandro C. Masella (Morella, My Wife)

 

Best Actress
Paige Sciarrino (The Blue Light Stays On)
Elisa Bertato (Tell Me Who I Am)
Emma Galliano (Matty Boy)
Lydie Misiek (Against My Will) – WINNER
Chiara Della Rossa (Morella, My Wife)

 

Best Supporting Actor
Barry Newton (Matty Boy)
Robert Resnick (Tippy Toes) – WINNER
Daniel Chinsman (Hard to Leave)
Jeff Naviello (Scarlet Circle)
Isaac Platizky (Cupid’s First Day)

 

Best Supporting Actress
Elena Barone (The Blue Light Stays On) – WINNER
Cora Velasco (Madrid, Drawings… and Foreign Girls)
Kym Valentine (The Grand Scheme)

Sophie Karl (Matty Boy)
Shanisa Dixon (The Grey Town)

 

Best Ensemble
Madrid, Drawings… and Foreign Girls
The Grey Town
My Brother’s Keeper
Matty Boy – WINNER
The Grand Scheme

 

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Best Director
Luca Caserta (Tell Me Who I Am)

 

Best Female Filmmaker
Allison Andresini (The Blue Light Stays On)

 

Best Cinematography
Filip Laureys (The Grand Scheme)

 

Best Editing
Redemption On Gun Hill Road

 

Best Visual Effects
Scarlet Circle

 

Best Original Score
Matty Boy

 

SCREENPLAY AWARDS

Best Feature Screenplay
“A Chanukah Story” by Isaac Platisky – WINNER
“The Tragedy of Gelimp” by Kaden Gelber – HONORABLE MENTION

 

Best Short Screenplay

“Shadows of the Unknown” by Justin MoodieWINNER
“Severed Ties” by Frank Mancuso – HONORABLE MENTION

May 2021
FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Best Feature Film
Cheraathukal

 

SHORT FILM AWARDS

Best Short Film
The Sweetest Girl

 

Best Drama Short
Floppy Toast with Drippy Butter

 

Best Comedy Short

Closeted

 

Best Horror Short

The Confined

 

Best Thriller

LIT

 

Best LGBT Short

Veyil Vizhave

 

Best Animation Short

Stick Wars:The Legend of Two Masters

 

Best Experimental Short

Recuperation

 

Best Inspirational Short

Us Against Them

 

Best Documentary Short

Responding to the Pentagon

 

Best International Short

Mime

 

Best Microshort

Expectations

 

Best New Jersey Short

Day One

 

Best College Short

Danger Close

 

Best Web Series/TV Pilot

Odd Man Out: The Series

 

Best Trailer

Ignite Your Love

 

Best Movie Poster

Closeted

 

ACTING AWARDS

Best Actor

Troy Parham (Us Against Them)
Dan Gregory (Crazy Mike)
Genji Jacques (The Sweetest Girl)
Mathew Mampra (Veyil Vizhave) – WINNER
Drew Maniscalco (Addicted)

 

Best Actress

Ellie Bindman (Floppy Toast with Drippy Butter) – WINNER
Mareena Michael Kurisingal (Veyil Vizhave)
Ayomi Russell (The Sweetest Girl)
Romane Lachat (Closeted)
Devaki Rajendran (Cheraathukal)

 

Best Supporting Actor

Ronnel Ricardo Parham (Us Against Them)
Graham Hudson (Floppy Toast with Drippy Butter)
Mitchell Kummen (LIT) – WINNER
Mario Faini (The Man and the Crossroad)
Frank Albanese (Divided)

 

Best Supporting Actress

Rhiannon Jones (Floppy Toast with Drippy Butter) – WINNER
Sandra Justice (The Sweetest Girl)
Alexis Jayde Burnett (LIT)
Sneha C. Thomas (Cheraathukal)
Eden McCoy (LIT)

 

Best Ensemble

Floppy Toast with Drippy Butter
Us Against Them – WINNER
The Sweetest Girl
Closeted
LIT

 

Best Young Actor
Phoenix (The Sweetest Girl)

 

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Best Director
Shanoob Karuvath (Veyil Vizhave)

 

Best First-Time Director
Steve Alleva (Don Garbaggio)

 

Best Female Filmmaker
Magali Perra (Closeted)

 

Best Cinematography
Dominic Easter (The Sweetest Girl)

 

Best Editing
Michael Papavero (LIT)

 

Best Sound Design
Marco Belloni (Floppy Toast with Drippy Butter)

 

Best Original Score
Mister Ambience (Mime)

 

SCREENPLAY AWARDS

Best Feature Screenplay

“Still Waters” by James Everett – WINNER
“It Laughs Like Us” by Nicole Sell – HONORABLE MENTION

 

Best Short Screenplay

“Non Scordarti Di Me” by Frank Mancuso – WINNER
“Lump of Coal” by A. Cornatzer, F. Mendez, & G. Morales – HONORABLE MENTION