Golden Earth Film Award Nominees of September 2020.

First Edition of Golden Earth Film Award's held in September 2020, 69 films get nominated in seventeen different categories. one film out of all in each category was awarded as Best film of the category.


Nominee Best Short Film

  • STUCK Directed by Tim J. Lim is 12 minutes 15 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about When a pastor is forced to make a statement to either accept or reject the LGBTQIA+ community, a spirit who delivers a message while she experiences sleep paralysis visits her each night.


  • Bailey Directed by David Chavez is 5 minutes 28 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about The story deals with Khaleesi having powers to travel through time and Arya is envious of her older sister because she would love to see Bailey one more time.


  • The Good of Evil Directed by Dion Voss is 11 minutes 39 seconds short film filmed in Australia, the story of the film about An aging mother fights the local authorities to continue to look after her mentally ill adult child. But not all is what it seems.


  • Murder Has Joined the Meeting Directed by Josh Minnie is 13 minutes 11 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about ...


  • FRAGMENTED Directed by André Rodrigues is 10 minutes 54 seconds short film filmed in Portugal, the story of the film about A young woman recently lost her mother. In order to find herself she has to fight for her life.


  • Lavender Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw is 23 minutes 59 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about Emotional drama short film looking at how the lives of mother and daughter are affected by the mother's declining health, as a person living with dementia.


  • 1:100 Directed by Joseph Hagan, Georgie Cubin is 15 minutes 3 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about Graham is a autistic man who is happy with his life and the routine he keeps on a daily basis, but this will all change when he is forced to go on a work retreat to House Autismus. For three days, Graham will have to learn to survive or suffer, as each activity he has to take part in becomes more and more frustrating to him? How can Graham survive the retreat without his safety nets of a routine with some many unknowns and obstacles?


  • Lizzy's Plan Directed by Joshua Lang is 8 minutes 5 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about In an old fashion battle of the sexes, Lizzy and her friends band together against their cigar smoking husbands.


  • For Sale Directed by Jan Bartels is 32 minutes 21 seconds short film filmed in Germany, the story of the film about Two sister inherts an old house and going to inspected it. After a disastrously robbery to other gang members, three criminals forced their way into the house. They must be taking all their loot (500 000 $ ) and a heavy wounded gang member to a safe place. After a while, jealousy, hatred, competitiveness, and greed took turns controlling all persons in the house.


  • Als die Welle brach ... / As the wave broke ... Directed by Alexandra Bekiou is 22 minutes 11 seconds short film filmed in Netherlands, the story of the film about As the wave broke…The odyssey of a woman (40 years old) on the almost hopeless search for a life that does not seem like hell, after suffering the most terrible abuse and loss of her only consolation. She finds the answer for a life-affirming path beyond all clichés, until the wave breaks. Her key of success: unconditional love and freedom. A violin lies in the sand, washed by leaking ocean waves. We hear a male voice. Following sceneries: PAIN Julia runs along the beach and we hear her thoughts. LOSS Julia runs into the forest as she remembers something. The cry of despair seems to break through time and space. A person approaches Julia and seems to calm her with his hand without actually touching her. A male voice tells her something. The figure moves away. MYTH OR TRUTH Julia is sitting in her light-flooded living room at her laptop, where she is working on her book. You can hear her thoughts. Julia is torn from her thoughts by doorbells. As she continues writing, someone is knocking on her outside window. She lets him in more or less. Both are talking to each other, but Julia is feeling disturbed be Ricky. A flashback shows both of them fooling around the beach. At last Ricky wants to kiss Julia but she backs off. We see her again on the laptop, the argument escalates and she quickly throws Ricky out of her place. WISE WORDS Julia is walking towards the sea. We can hear her thoughts. She looks different now. ODYSSEY A man walks towards a bench with a book in his hand. It is the same one whose shoes and legs had appeared in Julia's forest. He sits down and begins to read. Something in the book made him look after the lighthouse in the background next to the bank. We can hear how he is reading out oft he book. Something seams to bother him. At the end we can see deepest pain, longing and tornness in his eyes. ONE Julia and the man stand side by side on the beach. Their faces are facing the sea. His hand tries to take hers, but she runs towards the sea. He is looking after her. You can see him smiling. She turns to him and extends her open hand towards him. We see the black and white photo of a man from the past sitting at a typewriter and hear the same text as at the beginning oft he movie. The End


  • KIKAN - THE HOMECOMING Directed by Kerwin Berk is 38 minutes 51 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about A wartime promise takes Japanese-American soldier Jimmy Ibata on a life-changing journey from the battlefields of Europe to San Francisco to complete his final mission of WWII.


  • MAN Directed by Ron Clemons is 14 minutes 27 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about When a book smart teen loses his parents, he becomes a street hustler to provide for his one year old brother while eluding the biggest marijuana dealer in the city.


  • A Minor Malfunction_Script Directed by Cheng Yang is short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about After breaking his mental control shackle, an office worker tries to leave the office.


  • Forget Me Not Directed by Andreas John is 8 minutes 50 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ceremonial and natural sounds meet creative movement. An exploration of connection without words in a time of social distancing.


  • R. J. Fighting To Live Directed by Dr. Constance McIntyre is 6 minutes 58 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Voicing the injustice through an experimental narrative dance short, an age old but current dilemma, echoes the past, which mirrors our present landscape. “Because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


  • ANGELS ARE AMONG US Directed by Gerry Manus is 17 minutes 47 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about INSPIRATIONAL


  • Yellow Dress: a short film Directed by Kristen Johnson is 10 minutes 5 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about LOGLINE: An ambitious Asian adopted mother attempts to balance her rising pre-pregnancy theatre career and raising a toddler. However, she continuously compares his youth to hers, which invites eager ghosts that torment her. Riss Goodwin is mother, wife, and a reinvented actress who resumes her dreams to get to Hollywood and become a famous actress. She is therefore excited to audition for Medea the Musical in Chinatown, an avant garde iteration with music. However with in-laws coming in five hours with a two hour audition process, counting traffic, she is severely pressed for time. As she jumps into her work she hears “the wheels on the bus go round and round” and her world alters and she grows younger and younger. In this undesired memory, Riss becomes the child version of herself, Rachel. Rachel and her brother Sang Duk were paid off to be owned by an orphanage. The children screamed for their father and the musicality of the screams push Riss back to reality she is surreal. Her eyes land on on the “wheels on the bus.” Riss fiercely turns the program off. She knows she must stay on task. She looks around the house and grows sick by the mess a toddler can create. But with love for both her husband and son, she does her best to tidy up. Once she enters into Hosu’s (meaning lake in Korean) playroom, she grows envious by the abundance of his toys, books, and play items. She locates a book given to her at her baby shower, titled: BiBimBop - a Korean rice dish and takes a moment to read. She wants to wean away her ghosts. However as she moves through the pages, she is jerked inside another memory. This time a ghastly series of events leave her naked with black and blue eyes. She is crying and in severe pain. Riss remembers this moment vividly. A friendly outcast brings Rachel clothes and carries her out. We see Rachel shortly afterwards, staring in a mirror looking at herself in a ripped, tattered and stained yellow dress. She utters yellow dress, growing happier with each utterance. She smiles. Rachel sees herself for the very first time.


  • PEACOCK Directed by LI YUNRUI is 19 minutes 4 seconds short film filmed in China, the story of the film about This is a story about courage and love. Shaojie who wants to go to Shanghai to perform and his father who will get married again, are falling into a situation of incomprehension with each other, at the same time grandpa sees everything in his eyes.


Nominee Best Student Film

  • Squirrel Hacker Directed by Felix Hass is 1 minute 4 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about A high-tech squirrel runs surveillance on neighborhood bird feeders.


  • Earth Defence Force Directed by Nick Sherman is 10 minutes 4 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about A group of kids go on an adventure after one of their friends goes missing and they need to bring him back


  • Out with the Old Directed by George Summers is 7 minutes 26 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about A wooden doll is left behind when a family moves house and treks through the world to get back to his dollhouse - but trails a clingy stuffed elephant.


Nominee Best LGBT Film

  • I lived a life with you Directed by Elena Martínez Santos is 15 minutes short film filmed in Spain, the story of the film about Chloe begins to work in a new plant of his hospital, hematological oncology. She is a nurse and at first she is overcome by the situation until she meets Laura, a patient who will leave her mark.


  • Vanilla Milkshake Directed by Dany Flores is 10 minutes short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Olivia, a hopeless romantic, searches for her soulmate with the help of a "true love" token. In the diner she recurs, she meets Aria, a skeptical waitress, who will have Olivia question her faith in the device and make her realize she has been looking in all the wrong places.


  • The Parlor with Jeff + Cosgrove Directed by Daniel Maggio is 5 minutes 53 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about "The Parlor" is an oral storytelling project featuring Jeff + Cosgrove (stars of the HUMP! Fest short film "The Glory Hole"). After 26 years of partnership, these elderly gay men have dozens of intimate, raw, hilarious and touching stories from their lives. As Cosgrove says, "When making life decisions, we always choose the more interesting story." Residing in Cathedral City, Jeff and Cosgrove have turned their living room into the parlor: part cozy hangout spot, part living museum. Hundreds of photos cover the walls, representing different chapters of their relationship. They cover topics ranging from commitment, celebrity run-ins, living with HIV, pride, and what it means to be an aging queer today. This is the first episode of the series, telling the story of their historic wedding day at San Francisco City Hall on June 28th, 2013.


  • Investigative Pizza Directed by Kazek Israni-Winger is 18 minutes 37 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about A young journalist searches for that big story while trying to do right by her girlfriend.


Nominee Best Music Video

  • Delightful Directed by Anna Haas is 4 minutes 44 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Singer/Songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s “Delightful” music video celebrates self-empowerment and independence, and considers that happiness is a choice.


  • Love Don't Live Here Directed by David Chavez is 3 minutes 50 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about The official music video for "Love Don't Live Here" from 33 Years.


  • Apathy Directed by Daniel Mercatali is 5 minutes short film filmed in Italy, the story of the film about Today's apathy is strongly linked to the way in which we use our mobile phones. We’ve turned into zombies, checking our phones constantly whilst walking, eating, going out, playing, loving, studying. This terrible disease makes us behave like zombies. According to the ancient philosophers, apathy was a virtue, as it kept us away from the excesses of passion and was a synonym for balance and wisdom. The apathetic, free of all emotion, could exercise their reasoning to the highest expression. Today, however, the conditions are very different. Indeed, after two millennia spent avoiding feelings in favour of pure rationality, we realise we’re equally unhappy. Consequently, we’re forced to change course and get back on the path to true happiness, and this can't be achieved if one hand is busy chatting on our phone whilst we’re talking to the person in front of us. Phone to hand we feel we’re elsewhere, disinterested in our surroundings, other people and our real needs. It’s almost as if we've been disconnected from reality, and are passive spectators of other people's lives. This is exactly when we need motivation, passion and change - the three main characters in the film - to intervene.


  • There Are Heroes (Stay Put Blues) Directed by Paul Helou is 5 minutes 15 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about A musical "thank you" to frontliners and a humorous look at my "stay put" experience (yes, I really do have three plants called Larry, Curly & Moe!)


  • Don't Die Directed by Greg Doble is 3 minutes 26 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about Montreal based doom pop band, NOBRO do for a stroll through a haunted graveyard. What could go wrong?


  • MARIBOR & SAXOPHONE Directed by FRANC KOPIC is 3 minutes 4 seconds short film filmed in Slovenia, the story of the film about My hometown and Oto Vrhovnik, saxophonist


  • If You Can Walk, You Can Dance Directed by Moira Rowan is 4 minutes 11 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about Elsa Perez, a brilliant choreographer, teacher and dancer aged 85, returns to the country of her birth, with all it's memories of oppression and denied opportunities for her, but it's a journey of self discovery - This music video shows Elsa dancing with the teenage Riel Dancers who although very impoverished, show that dancing can transcend all age groups - The catchy tune 'If you can walk you can dance' composed and written by the award winning musical team, Alan and Charlie Rose with their equally talented son Josh Rose on percussion, encapsulates the beauty of Clanwilliam with its rock art , abundance of wild flowers, and shows off the ancient tradition of The Riel Dance.


Nominee Best Web Series

  • Brazzy Jazzy Directed by Steve Becker is 4 minutes 35 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about When a Brazilian Girl takes on the NYC fashion world, the her adventures are sometimes sexy, often funny, but always Caffeinated! It's Jane the Virgin meets Girls, only an outsider immigrant version - more like Girls of the 3rd World.


  • The Snake Pit - Episode 1: "Tesla's AC Induction Motor" Directed by Brett Jubinville is 4 minutes 2 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about Nikola Tesla's latest invention is put to the test as it goes before a panel of judges. Learn about the induction motor as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan and George Westinghouse debate its value and decide if they're going to fund it on ... the Snake Pit!


  • The Snake Pit - Episode 2: "The Tesla Coil" Directed by Brett Jubinville is 4 minutes 10 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about Learn about the Tesla Coil as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan and George Westinghouse debate its value and decide if they're going to fund it on ... the Snake Pit!


  • The Snake Pit - Episode 3: "Tesla Invents the Radio" Directed by Brett Jubinville is 4 minutes 32 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about Did Nikola Tesla invent the radio before Guglielmo Marconi took all the credit? Find out on this episode of ... The Snake Pit!


  • The Snake Pit - Episode 4: "Nikola Tesla's Excellent Adventure" Directed by Caitlin Major is 13 minutes 44 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about Nikola Tesla is about to encounter ... Who? The conclusion of Tesla's appearances on The Snake Pit is a Doctor Who parody like no other!


Nominee Best Animation Film

  • The game just got real Directed by bellopropello is 60 seconds short film filmed in Switzerland, the story of the film about dogs and humans want to play. or not?


  • Ninja Strike Force: Ninja Ties Directed by Jeffrey Pope is 3 minutes 10 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Webster University Senior Overview/Thesis: This is a short about a group of crime fighting ninjas who have no mission alerts on a Sunday morning. With the absence of crime, the TV is up for grabs. Xeno (X), the leader of the ninjas, tries to be the first to get the remote but his teammate, Yayla (Y), ends up taking it right before him. In order to settle who gets the remote, the two have a competition of rock, paper, scissors.


Nominee Best Feature Film

  • TARA-The Journey of Love & Passion Directed by Kumar Raj is 1 hour 15 minutes short film filmed in India, the story of the film about Merely a few hundred kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of the fanatically fast paced Mumbai city lies the deceptively sleepy village of Tanda. A village girl Tara seems to be content with her confined life, very much in love with her liquor maker husband. But, when the beautiful protagonist’s seemingly mundane existence parts ways to reveal the unspoken realities of exploitation and darkness enveloping the village, she leads the villagers in their quest for survival, only to realise that she is up against something she may not be prepared to fight against prejudice. The young woman who bravely stood up for the whole community finds herself cruelly alienated in her most vulnerable moment. Ultimately, after a series of gut wrenching experiences, she has to make a choice... Based on disturbingly common realities of Indian villages, this powerful story of self-discovery transcends the original theme of tribal strife to raise a universal question—can you always choose freedom & self-respect over social acceptance? The journey of the extraordinary woman Tara in very difficult situations reveals the story of love and passion and how she deals with same.


  • Lawrence: After Arabia Directed by Mark J.T. Griffin is 2 hours 1 minute 30 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about The story of the last years of the life of T.E. Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia - a scholar, writer, soldier and reluctant hero. Retiring to his cottage in Dorset he hopes to escape his past but is pulled into political intrigue. While he has powerful friends, with his uncompromising manner he has made dangerous enemies. As they plot against him he dies in a tragic motorcycle accident. However, with such enemies was his untimely death an assassination and cover up by the British Secret Service?“ Lawrence: After Arabia” is the final act in the TE Lawrence story which chronologically follows David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) which starred Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence and “Lawrence: A Dangerous Man” (1996) with Ralph Fiennes.


  • Twiceborn Directed by Hiroshi Akabane is 2 hours 15 minutes short film filmed in Japan, the story of the film about In July 1991, Satoru Ichijo is about to give a lecture in Tokyo Dome. The media pays attention to him as a “Great Charisma.” People who know Satoru recall him. Time goes back to a spring day right before the college graduation, Satoru receives a message from the spiritual world and realizes he has a mission to lead humankind to happiness. While he has constant contact with the spiritual world, Satoru becomes a successful businessman who everyone envies as an elite employee. He publishes “Spiritual Message” books one after another with his family's support and to enlighten the world. One day, spirits tell him an overwhelming mission. “Your mission as the Buddha reborn, is to save all people by spreading the Truth.” Satoru tries to rise up to fulfill his mission, but his decision is shaken by the devil’s temptation. In solitude, Satoru chooses to live his mission as “Savior”, leaves everything behind including his loved one, and steps out onto the stage of Tokyo dome…


Nominee Best Documentary Film

  • Bamboo Ballads Directed by Sajeed Naduthody is 29 minutes 49 seconds short film filmed in India, the story of the film about Bamboo Ballads is a documentary that tells the story of a school student, Naina Febin, who is using music to conserve her favourite plant, bamboo. She plants bamboo saplings in every available space—school campuses, public areas, private compounds, and so on. She distributes bamboo saplings to the residents in her neighbourhood. Naina is even writing a book on bamboo. She has formed a bamboo music band that uses only instruments made of bamboo. She is the lead vocalist and the band has only one goal—spread awareness on bamboo conservation. The band performs folk songs from a bygone era when bamboo was the main building material and the mainstay of the rural economy. Naina wants to retrieve that bamboo culture, which is a route to sustainable development. Bamboo Ballads takes the viewer through a journey that covers the philosophy, myth and the heritage of bamboo and its importance in conserving the environment.


  • The road of the weather Directed by Afroditi Tavri is 11 minutes 11 seconds short film filmed in China, the story of the film about Between the mountains of Xunhua, there is a very beautiful lake, Mengda Tianchi. This lake is magical. But, if someone wants to find it, it has to do a difficult and long way. Salar people know this road well. They are moving back and forth to the lake all day with their mules and horses. In their way they cross other people, and help them to find the magic lake. When finally arrive, all get stunned by the scenery.


  • Magna Graecia: the Greko of Calabria Directed by Billy Cotsis, Basil Genimahaliotis is 53 minutes short film filmed in Italy, the story of the film about A fast paced look at the people in Calabria who are Griko, an ancient Greek language and culture. The beautiful backdrop of Calabria along with the older and younger Griko, allow the viewer to feel as though they too are in Calabria. Shot by a Greek from Lesvos and Asia Minor and a Greek from London and Australia, the magic of the region and people shine though as the filmmakers travel across the south looking for the Griko.


  • The Harvest Directed by Yakima Waner is 2 hours 13 minutes short film filmed in South Africa, the story of the film about The Harvest opens with a dedication to humanity, frankly, knowing what humanity is like, especially right at this moment in time, that could be a really bad sign. Thankfully what follows is a film that does not ignore the ills of this world (far from it) but one which stands defiant in the face of a cold, merciless and prejudicial authority and opts instead to take the spotlight from those in power (none of whom - tellingly - agreed to be interviewed) and shed it on those who are our future but who need help in the present. Starting with archival footage of a growing/harvesting programme for children in Jewish ghettos of Nazi Germany, which would prepare them for the future, we then move forward to 2018 South Africa. Our story picks up in an area known as Plastic City in Brakpan, outside of the Weltevreden landfill. This community is made up of families of recycling workers, many of whom have children reliant on their labour. These children are the very beating heart of The Harvest. This film captures a beautiful, timely and indeed harsh document of a modern day issue that most will have never even heard of. The film is almost a tribute to the spirit of community and goodness, and it’s a story built around two ladies and the little souls they care for. Jessie Nkosi and Hlengiwe “Twinky” Nkosi (and their family) are two sisters who took it upon themselves to build a creche in Plastic City, so the children would have somewhere to go while their parents were at work. What started as Teletubbies Day Care, later became Blessings Eco Preparatory School and has changed the community and in many ways some of the country. This film by Yakima Waner is far more than just a project, it is a passion, an experience and something near and dear to her heart. Starting as a curiosity, as Waner drove past the community and wondered what went on within, it grew and grew, as she was warned off by civilians, told of a criminal infested culture of “foreigners”, what she found (thanks to her social activist pal Sandy Ngwenya) was a struggling community that exemplified the human spirit. Especially within the hand built walls of Teletubbies Day Care. This documentary feature is filled with information, collated from hands on experience, and it reminded me very much of the Lucy Walker film Waste Land in how it harnesses hope from a dangerous life/setting and tells the story onscreen of wonderful real people, striving to help make this rough world that bit better. Throughout the over 2 hour duration we meet a selection of young children with stories to tell, including young Gonsalves Jose Mutsenga, as he battles with Hydrocephalus syndrome and my heart swelled at the story of young Lam and Hazira and their family, who save and show love to the abandoned dogs and animals of Plastic City (one of which, Karti, has found a new lease on life). This film is a joyful celebration of what it is to achieve goals and to help others but it is also a damning inditement of institutional powers, who intentionally make the struggle greater and who perpetuate a culture of xenophobia and fear. Some sequences in the film chill with their presentation of the uncaring government, worst of all though is the fact that this is not a surprising development. In fact this links back to the film’s opening historical focus on the Jewish people of Nazi Germany, as the film uncomfortably correlates their history with the wrongful hateful perceptions of Plastic City and its people today. This modern day South African community, where people are cast aside due to their identity and where hate crime is still a raging fire, links to such horrible history and without change we are doomed to repeat it. At one point Holocaust survivor Irene Klass tells her story and it chimes very much with the one Waner is relaying to us here. With a diverse soundtrack and some incredibly captured imagery, this is a documentary experience that is highlighting a real cause (The harvest Project) and shows how reconnecting the most abused and in need children with nature, with an education and with happiness is vital to ensuring they and South Africa has a worthwhile future. I was caught off guard early on by a use of the iconic Star Wars Darth Vader breathing audio, but its use is to powerful effect, as the film raises health concerns, environmental issues and recurring problems of humanity and asks us to watch and help make a difference. So that the next breath can be a long refreshing one, instead of a despite gasp. This is cinema of change, of hope and of a better future. Remarkable viewing.


  • BELLE-ILE IN ACADIE Directed by Phil Comeau is 26 minutes short film filmed in Canada, France, the story of the film about Acadians from Belle-Ile-en-Mer, France, visit eastern Canada to meet their cousins with whom they share a common history. Descendants of the deported Acadians by the British from their Nova Scotia homeland, they attend the international World Acadian Congress. This film is about exile, the power of memory and finding your roots.


  • Pandemic: The People|The Conspiracy|The Journey Directed by Stephen Presley is 51 minutes short film filmed in France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United States, the story of the film about ...


  • Stolen Babies of Spain Directed by Greg Rabidoux is 2 hours 12 minutes 3 seconds short film filmed in Puerto Rico, Spain, United States, the story of the film about Tells the story of babies (now adults) stolen between 1939-1992 in Spain and their search for truth, justice and reconciliation in a system determined to keep the truth dead and buried. This feature length documentary film is based in part on over 300 victim interviews and 4 years of research and combines intimate, personal interviews with live action footage of victim rallies in Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga and Sevilla , public protests, and behind-the-scenes coverage of victim strategy sessions, meetings and an inside the courtroom look at the notorious Dr. Vela trial (accused of stealing hundreds, even thousands of babies over decades) to provide the audience with a complete look at this horrific human rights violation and struggle. The filmmakers were also granted exclusive rights to film victim exhumations which revealed more lies and questions unanswered. The film also presents on-camera interviews with Spain's leading journalists, advocates, lawyers, historians, historical memory officials, elected political leaders, stolen baby association presidents, and of course, victims currently searching for their biological family-babies (now adults) and surviving mothers and fathers to tell the full, unfiltered story. This documentary also includes an exclusive interview with a current Member of the European Parliament who has investigated this issue in Spain on behalf of her committee as chairwoman. She shares her upcoming plans, hopes and frustrations moving forward from an international perspective on this issue. This documentary was filmed on location in Spain, USA and Puerto Rico. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles and the narration is in English. While telling the story of dozens of actual victims and their search for truth, justice and reconciliation, the film also introduces and follows a handful of main characters to better understand the contours of this broad issue; Ines Madrigal, a stolen baby and adult accuser of Dr. Eduardo Vela, and so far, the only victim to ever have her (or his) day in court. Enrique Vila, a lawyer, author and victim himself, who recently lobbied the Pope to take action on behalf of stolen babies in Spain and who is arguing a case before the UN as of the summer of 2019. Ascension Lopez, a victim who finds herself facing possible jail time for stating the facts as she knows them in her case which implicate a powerful and influential Nun, who is also a relative of Ascension. Clara Alfonsa Reinosa, a victim who claims that the current Minister of Defense for Spain played a key role in taking away her baby as a young adult whom she (Clara) has recently been reunited with and continues to press for her parental rights. Raquel Clark, an American who resides in Florida and Magaly Davila, a resident of Puerto Rico, both of whom were stolen and taken from Spain as infants, and whom both continue to search for their true biological family through investigations and DNA testing. Truth. Justice. Reconciliation. The struggle continues for thousands of victims and their loved ones and this film is proud to chronicle this struggle.


Nominee Best Trailer of the Film

  • R. J. Fighting To Live: Trailer Directed by Constance McIntyre is 1 minute 42 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Voicing the injustice through an experimental narrative dance short, an age old but current dilemma, echoes the past, which mirrors our present landscape. “Because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Nominee Best Director

  • Lavender Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw is 23 minutes 59 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about Emotional drama short film looking at how the lives of mother and daughter are affected by the mother's declining health, as a person living with dementia.


  • Twiceborn Directed by Hiroshi Akabane is 2 hours 15 minutes short film filmed in Japan, the story of the film about In July 1991, Satoru Ichijo is about to give a lecture in Tokyo Dome. The media pays attention to him as a “Great Charisma.” People who know Satoru recall him. Time goes back to a spring day right before the college graduation, Satoru receives a message from the spiritual world and realizes he has a mission to lead humankind to happiness. While he has constant contact with the spiritual world, Satoru becomes a successful businessman who everyone envies as an elite employee. He publishes “Spiritual Message” books one after another with his family's support and to enlighten the world. One day, spirits tell him an overwhelming mission. “Your mission as the Buddha reborn, is to save all people by spreading the Truth.” Satoru tries to rise up to fulfill his mission, but his decision is shaken by the devil’s temptation. In solitude, Satoru chooses to live his mission as “Savior”, leaves everything behind including his loved one, and steps out onto the stage of Tokyo dome…


  • APSARA KONDA Directed by Dr Ramesh Kamath is 1 hour 27 minutes 35 seconds short film filmed in India, the story of the film about "Apsara Konda " ( Fairy Pond ) is a story of a poor boy called RAMA. Rama’s Father SIDDA wants his son ,should become Educated person. But after seeing the atrocities of society RAMA thinks MONEY is everything Rama’s Father dies because of lack of money for medical treatment. Now story turns into a FAIRY TALE. He makes lot of money by the grace of a FAIRY . Richness brings him lot of troubles too, Finally Fairy make him to realise that EDUCATION is more important than MONEY .


  • S'ids Lake Directed by Kevin Ruiz is 1 hour 31 minutes short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Sid, a scared-up boy from birth, accidentally kills a girl in his sleep. He first invents an alter-ego to cope with his misfortune accident. But once his father, his bully, and his teacher start to suspect he is guilty, Sid travels inside his brain to look for answers. There, he meets a hand full of characters, who give him an idea of how to fix everything.


Nominee Best Female Director

  • A Tax Dollar More Directed by Danielle Bain is 19 minutes 13 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about The voices of LPPACS students bring the impact of charter law to light by showing our experiences.


  • The Snake Pit - Episode 4: "Nikola Tesla's Excellent Adventure" Directed by Caitlin Major is 13 minutes 44 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about Nikola Tesla is about to encounter ... Who? The conclusion of Tesla's appearances on The Snake Pit is a Doctor Who parody like no other!


Nominee Best First Time Director

  • Als die Welle brach ... / As the wave broke ... Directed by Alexandra Bekiou is 22 minutes 11 seconds short film filmed in Netherlands, the story of the film about As the wave broke…The odyssey of a woman (40 years old) on the almost hopeless search for a life that does not seem like hell, after suffering the most terrible abuse and loss of her only consolation. She finds the answer for a life-affirming path beyond all clichés, until the wave breaks. Her key of success: unconditional love and freedom. A violin lies in the sand, washed by leaking ocean waves. We hear a male voice. Following sceneries: PAIN Julia runs along the beach and we hear her thoughts. LOSS Julia runs into the forest as she remembers something. The cry of despair seems to break through time and space. A person approaches Julia and seems to calm her with his hand without actually touching her. A male voice tells her something. The figure moves away. MYTH OR TRUTH Julia is sitting in her light-flooded living room at her laptop, where she is working on her book. You can hear her thoughts. Julia is torn from her thoughts by doorbells. As she continues writing, someone is knocking on her outside window. She lets him in more or less. Both are talking to each other, but Julia is feeling disturbed be Ricky. A flashback shows both of them fooling around the beach. At last Ricky wants to kiss Julia but she backs off. We see her again on the laptop, the argument escalates and she quickly throws Ricky out of her place. WISE WORDS Julia is walking towards the sea. We can hear her thoughts. She looks different now. ODYSSEY A man walks towards a bench with a book in his hand. It is the same one whose shoes and legs had appeared in Julia's forest. He sits down and begins to read. Something in the book made him look after the lighthouse in the background next to the bank. We can hear how he is reading out oft he book. Something seams to bother him. At the end we can see deepest pain, longing and tornness in his eyes. ONE Julia and the man stand side by side on the beach. Their faces are facing the sea. His hand tries to take hers, but she runs towards the sea. He is looking after her. You can see him smiling. She turns to him and extends her open hand towards him. We see the black and white photo of a man from the past sitting at a typewriter and hear the same text as at the beginning oft he movie. The End


  • PEACOCK Directed by LI YUNRUI is 19 minutes 4 seconds short film filmed in China, the story of the film about This is a story about courage and love. Shaojie who wants to go to Shanghai to perform and his father who will get married again, are falling into a situation of incomprehension with each other, at the same time grandpa sees everything in his eyes.


  • Lawrence: After Arabia Directed by Mark J.T. Griffin is 2 hours 1 minute 30 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about The story of the last years of the life of T.E. Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia - a scholar, writer, soldier and reluctant hero. Retiring to his cottage in Dorset he hopes to escape his past but is pulled into political intrigue. While he has powerful friends, with his uncompromising manner he has made dangerous enemies. As they plot against him he dies in a tragic motorcycle accident. However, with such enemies was his untimely death an assassination and cover up by the British Secret Service?“ Lawrence: After Arabia” is the final act in the TE Lawrence story which chronologically follows David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) which starred Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence and “Lawrence: A Dangerous Man” (1996) with Ralph Fiennes.


  • Earth Defence Force Directed by Nick Sherman is 10 minutes 4 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about A group of kids go on an adventure after one of their friends goes missing and they need to bring him back


  • 2037: Under artificial justice Directed by Benjamin NLOMNGAN is 8 minutes 43 seconds short film filmed in France, the story of the film about In 2037, William, a 14-year-old black adolescent, lives in a world free from police violence.


  • Duggi Directed by Sagnik Chatterjee is 24 minutes 48 seconds short film filmed in India, the story of the film about Uma, a 28-year-old corporate employee lives with her husband somewhere near Bagmari bazar (Kolkata). Having a huge professional pressure with several overtimes, night shifts and office tours, she couldn't manage to meet her father since last 1.5 years, even though her father also lives in the same city. Finally, Uma plans to meet her father on the last day of Durga Puja (Bengali festival). But on that day, suddenly her father disappears. Uma spends a whole day in her father's place eagerly waiting for him to come back safe and thus, she discovers some unknown facts about her father's life which leave her shocked.


  • Alabaster Directed by Dan Ramm is 9 minutes 14 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Adopted from the published poetry of Will Reyes, this project was created to maximize mental health awareness and decimate the associated stigmas on an international level. The script is an adaptation of poems from "Lost In Life's Ocean" by Will Reyes, woven into a four intersecting storylines. It is 8 minutes and 20 seconds--because we wanted experiencing the film to correspond directly, in real-time, to the 500-second journey of fresh sunlight escaping the surface of the sun and making its way millions of miles across the universe to us. So that by the end of the film, the audience will have been provided with a brand new generation of light to guide their way out of darkness and ignite a flame in their hearts.


  • MUSHI 虫 Directed by Odin Jurray is 12 minutes short film filmed in Australia, the story of the film about As a nested parasite rapidly grows inside the skull of a young woman, she has one night to determine her fate.


  • AX Directed by Christopher Reichert is 1 hour 5 minutes 55 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about ...


Nominee Best Director of Photography

  • Lavender Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw is 23 minutes 59 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about Emotional drama short film looking at how the lives of mother and daughter are affected by the mother's declining health, as a person living with dementia.


  • ANGELS ARE AMONG US Directed by Gerry Manus is 17 minutes 47 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about INSPIRATIONAL


  • The Garden Directed by Kristina Grand is 8 minutes 27 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about An angel named Astra clashes into the lives of two strange brothers, Daniel and Connor. Quickly learning of Daniel's affliction, she resolves to help them find a cure, but finds love along the way instead. When the time comes to return to heaven, she must choose between her old life and the one she has found on earth.


Nominee Best Editor

  • Lavender Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw is 23 minutes 59 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about Emotional drama short film looking at how the lives of mother and daughter are affected by the mother's declining health, as a person living with dementia.


  • The Margins Directed by Leia Christ is 8 minutes 30 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Kathryn and her parents move into her grandparents old farm home after her grandfather's recent death. As they get settled into this historic home, Kathryn starts to discover the haunted past of her aunt Mary that digs up toxic family history that craves a resolution.


Nominee Best Screenwriter

  • A Minor Malfunction_Script Directed by Cheng Yang is short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about After breaking his mental control shackle, an office worker tries to leave the office.


  • Twiceborn Directed by Hiroshi Akabane is 2 hours 15 minutes short film filmed in Japan, the story of the film about In July 1991, Satoru Ichijo is about to give a lecture in Tokyo Dome. The media pays attention to him as a “Great Charisma.” People who know Satoru recall him. Time goes back to a spring day right before the college graduation, Satoru receives a message from the spiritual world and realizes he has a mission to lead humankind to happiness. While he has constant contact with the spiritual world, Satoru becomes a successful businessman who everyone envies as an elite employee. He publishes “Spiritual Message” books one after another with his family's support and to enlighten the world. One day, spirits tell him an overwhelming mission. “Your mission as the Buddha reborn, is to save all people by spreading the Truth.” Satoru tries to rise up to fulfill his mission, but his decision is shaken by the devil’s temptation. In solitude, Satoru chooses to live his mission as “Savior”, leaves everything behind including his loved one, and steps out onto the stage of Tokyo dome…


  • SCRIPT Directed by Piero Cannata is 8 minutes 12 seconds short film filmed in Italy, the story of the film about Two screenwriters, a ghost story, the night that goes on. Who will put an end to this?


  • Fouled Nest Directed by Tania Kamal-Eldin is short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about Animals discuss the end of mankind in the wake of a zoonotic pandemic.


  • Seraphim's Miracle Directed by Jeremy Storey is best screenplay filmed in United States, the story of the film about A jaded journalist is forced to confront his tragic past, as he cynically investigates an alleged 'miracle' that might just be true.


  • Review Directed by Jonathan Zarantonello is best screenplay filmed in United States, the story of the film about In a video message, a girl invites other women to have sex with her boyfriend, but only if they leave her a review after.


  • The Seedling Directed by Kevin J. Howard is best screenplay filmed in United States, the story of the film about Found adrift at sea, sold into slavery and raised without knowledge of who he truly is, a young man looks up to meet the gaze of a handmaiden, discovering a love so intense it leads to the downfall of a kingdom.


  • Faithful Shadow Directed by Kevin J. Howard is best screenplay filmed in United States, the story of the film about When an unknown creature takes up residence in the Old Faithful Inn during Yellowstone Park's largest forest fire, a group of rangers and firemen fake an evacuation to close the Inn and hunt the creature.


  • THE REBEL SON (Mini Series/Pilot - Part1) Based on the Novel by Guy Quigley Directed by Guy Quigley is best screenplay filmed in United States, the story of the film about Ex Vietnam vets Jake Fallon and Brian Wilson born from wealthy Philadelphia families. In the summer of 1978 they embark on a hunting trip into Rhodesia, a country locked in a bloody liberation war. After a fishing trip on Lake Kariba, they catch a commercial flight to Salisbury. On the ascent out of the airport, the plane is shot down by Freedom Fighters. A few passengers escape and make it back to Kariba Airport; others are slaughtered by ZIPRA guerillas. Jake is injured, but with the help of Sarah, a colored girl from the doomed aircraft, they escape and hide in the bush. Brain is tortured and strung up to a tree to witness the rape of another female passenger. Jake and Sarah make it to the lake and with the help of an old African, steal a boat. Jake gets shot defending the African and his family and loses his memory. Sarah takes control of the boat and escapes with Jake across the lake and illegally enters Zambia. With no identification and the help of a mission doctor and a Priest, they hid out while trying to find out about Jake's background and unravel the hidden story behind his mysterious rescuer Sarah Malumbo.


Nominee Best Male Actor (Lead)

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Nominee Best Female Actor (Lead)

  • STUCK Directed by Tim J. Lim is 12 minutes 15 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about When a pastor is forced to make a statement to either accept or reject the LGBTQIA+ community, a spirit who delivers a message while she experiences sleep paralysis visits her each night.


  • Lavender Directed by Andrew Ball-Shaw is 23 minutes 59 seconds short film filmed in United Kingdom, the story of the film about Emotional drama short film looking at how the lives of mother and daughter are affected by the mother's declining health, as a person living with dementia.


Nominee Best Child Actor (Lead/supporting character)

  • MAN Directed by Ron Clemons is 14 minutes 27 seconds short film filmed in United States, the story of the film about When a book smart teen loses his parents, he becomes a street hustler to provide for his one year old brother while eluding the biggest marijuana dealer in the city.


  • 2037: Under artificial justice Directed by Benjamin NLOMNGAN is 8 minutes 43 seconds short film filmed in France, the story of the film about In 2037, William, a 14-year-old black adolescent, lives in a world free from police violence.


  • Finny the Shark - Episode 1 - Ready Set Play Directed by Alina Tysoe is 11 minutes 36 seconds short film filmed in Canada, the story of the film about Follow Finny and friends as they explore stories of friendship, family, and everyday life through the (fish-eye) lens of a preschooler. Whether it’s traversing the first day of school, a trip to the dentist, or trying to be brave at a first sleepover, Finny’s wild imagination turns everyday experiences into over the top adventures! Mama Shark, Papa Shark, the pet jellyfish Sparky, and Finny’s best friends Myrtle the Turtle, Chloe the Crab, and Sammy the Seahorse are all happy to be along for the ride.

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