2020 Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners!  Our gratitude to all the filmmakers who submitted their work, our hard-working panel of judges, and thanks to everyone who came out to the 2020 Festival!


Tally Short Favorite Award

Kama’aina (Child of the Land)
Directed by Kimi Howl Lee | USA | Drama

After suffering abuse from her stepfather, Mahina must navigate life on the streets, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae––Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.

First Runner up
Moderately Satisfied
Directed by Hind Anabtawi | United Arab Emirates | Drama

An estranged daughter finds new answers about her relationship with her terminally ill mother. For the first time, the two finally meet halfway

Second Runner up
How to Say I Love You at Night
Directed by: Andree Ljutica | USA | Drama

Dealing with notions of male-on-male intimacy, violence and socioeconomic differences, Benny and Paul navigate the expectations of a first date.

Florida Favorite Award

A Colourful Red
Directed by: Costa Karalis & Jack Owen | USA | Documentary

Accepting a job for a high-profile client, a young photographer travels to Indonesia and unwittingly becomes a victim of a scam affecting hundreds of freelance photographers

First Runner up
In Lieu of Honor
Directed by: Coco Bermudez | USA | Drama

Sometimes the battle is within ourselves.

Second Runner up
Directed by: Ashley James | USA | Drama

A young woman navigates the complexities of her abusive relationship, juggling her growing fears with her lingering feelings of desire.

Audience Favorite Award

And The Brave Shall Rise
Directed by Adam Schlachter | USA | Drama

In the wake of the high school shootings in Parkland, Florida, concerned citizens travel by bus to the state capital to debate legislators about an urgent issue: gun reform.

First Runner up
I Will Not Say His Name
Directed by John Taylor Timmons | USA | Drama

After committing a mass shooting, a young man anxiously waits to hear his name announced on the news, only to hear that he will be the first mass shooter to remain unnamed.

Second Runner up
Directed by: Rick Darge | USA | Comedy

A brother and sister decide to sell their family farm, but things go awry when a bag of money shows up on the front doorstep.