2018 Winners & Selections

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Best Animation

Wild Woman

directed by Vanessa Sweet

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Best Comedy Short

The Stranger Folk

directed by Wolf Turner and Charles Fuoco

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Best Family Short

The Busker Kid

directed by Kristy Walsh and Kevin Durr

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Best Horror Short

The Thing About Beecher’s Gate

directed by Jeremy Herbert

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Best Drama Short

I’m Sorry

directed by Lovisa Lara

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Best Student Short

Out Loud

directed by Kristin Kinsey

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Best Thriller Short

Young Blood

directed by Richie Starzec


Best Documentary

Last Dance at Johnson’s Barn

directed by Clay Haskell

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Best Local Short

Lost at Sea

directed by Anna Gamarnik

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Best Science Fiction Short

The Last One

directed by Coco Oei


Best Special Effects


directed by Antonio Rotunno

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Best Editing

Woah, I’m Dating a… Monogamous Human

directed by Tim Troemner


Best Micro Short


directed by Sean Richard Budde

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Best Director

Rebekah Fieschi for “Sylphvania Grove”

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Best Cinematography

Blood Runs Down

directed by Zandashé Brown

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Best Score

What’s for Dinner?

directed by Nathan Ludwig, Chad Farmer, and Charles Devin Hill

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Best Performance

Sophia Santi for “Sin Cielo”


Best Writing


directed by Josiah Rachell


Best of the Fest

The Conqueror

directed by Timothy Blackwood


Best Local Director

Gordon Shoemaker for “Lara”

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Best Local Writing

Coming and Going

directed by Shane Emery

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Best Local Actress

Chloe Carroll for “A Night Like This”


Best Local Actor

Pat Hickman for “Thursday”


Pennsylvania Emerging Talent Award

Katie Supplee for “Papercut”


Pennsylvania Emerging Talent Award

Eliza Good for “Drea”