Always Coming Back
Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short. Webster Groves rallies around a man with a mental disability to support his greatest passion.
Essy Award for Best Narrative Short. Augustus, a literate carpenter and family man who is living free as a fugitive slave, is faced with a decision to speak or die when denied the wages he's earned.
Best Live Action Short. A new girl at a nunnery has her first period after hearing a late-night ghost story and believes that she has been cursed, requiring her to sacrifice a black goat to avoid further misfortune.
Best Documentary Short. Colette Catherine, now 90, revisits the terrors of her childhood, when she fought the Nazis as a member of the French Resistance.
Best International Short. Emma, who had a C-section, didn’t see her son when he was born, and when she finally meets him, she doesn't recognize her baby.
I Want to Make a Film about Women
Essy Award for Best Documentary Short. A speculative love letter to Russian constructivist women in the 1920s Soviet Union, which championed equality for women and great innovation in the creative arts — until it didn't.
Best of Fest Short. A Black actor auditions for a part in a period television series.
Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Short. When a young girl discovers a mysterious antique mirror in the basement of her ailing grandmother’s house, she opens a window between time that allows her to cross over into Nazi-occupied Poland.
Best Short Short. For months now, a group of five bored young soldiers have been stuck on a mission in the middle of the Afghan mountains, but the routine is finally broken during a support mission.