NY Shorts Fest


Grand Prize
Letter to God 

Foreign / Hungary / 30 min. 

Aladár lives in deep poverty with his wife and children on a farm far from the village. The driest summer of their lives endangers everything he has built for his family. Every day, he prays to God with his childlike prayers. And every day, their struggle continues. As his bitterness grows, he asks for rain like the world has never seen. Aladár gets his wish, but God works in mysterious ways... 

Director/Writer: Tamas Yvan Topolanszky 
Producer: Claudia Sumeghy 

Best Foreign Film
Hjónabandssæla (Chum) 

Comedy / Iceland / 15 min. 

Two lifelong friends find their small-town routine thrown into peril when a buxom woman their own age shows up in their hot tub. 

Director: Jörundur Ragnarsson 
Producer: Elizabeth Rose 
Writer: Jörundur Ragnarsson, Elizabeth Rose 
Cast: Sigurður Skúlason, Theodór Júlíusson, Anna Kristín Arngrímsdóttir

Best Drama

Drama / UK / 20 min. 

God has fired every Saint. At the Office of the Saints based in a parallel world Saint Margaret is in crisis over this drastic change. Faced with a number of different and difficult choices, she must think about what she truly wants – for the first time in centuries. 

Director/Writer: Gaëlle Mourre 
Producer: Georg Schleicher
Cast: Tracy Wiles, Mark Edel-Hunt, Joan Walker

Best Comedy

Comedy / Canada / 18 min. 

What if you could undo mistakes in life like you can undo mistakes on a computer, simply by pushing the "UNDO" button? A random online stranger lures Bill to a dating website in an attempt to be flirtatious. However, Bill finds his girlfriend's profile on the same website. She's searching for other men behind his back. Enraged, he creates his own dating profile and wages a vengeful, internet, cold war on his relationship. 

Director/Writer: Daniel Clements 
Producer: Shera Everett Singh, Daniel Clements 
Cast: Stephen Cullen, Julie Kilzer

Best Animation

Animation / UK / 6 min. 

Things of worth are often neglected in favour of that which is more immediately gratifying. Unfortunately, things that are neglected are often lost forever. The life of a misguided and intensely focused man, chronicled through his oral obsessions. 

Directors/Writers: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown 
Producer: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown
Cast: Richard E. Grant

Best Experimental
The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer 

Experimental / Canada / 9 min. 

The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer is a visually haunting animated short film about two brothers who share the scars, though not the memories, of an untold history that has driven them to existential extremes. Combining high-speed camerawork, striking art direction and intricate animation sequences, acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Randall Lloyd Okita crafts a poetic elegy to connectedness and survival. 

Director/Writer: Randall Lloyd Okita 
Producer: Maral Mohammadian, Michael Fukushima

Best of New York

Drama / USA / 14 min. 

In the summer of 1963, fifteen-year-old tomboy Francesca investigates the mysterious comings and goings in the family basement, the off-limits domain of her father. In a bold move, she hides out in the basement. What she witnesses there will change her vision of the world forever. 

Director: Kevin Newbury 
Producer: Matthew Principe, Kevin Newbury, Donna Di Novelli 
Writer: Donna Di Novelli 
Cast: Sarah Steele, Peter Rini, Rachel Jett

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