CMG Short Film Festival 2017
Our jurors, MICHELLE EHLEN, ROY LIEBMAN, and GLENN GAYLORD, have returned their picks for this year's awards. While they enjoyed the process, "there were many close calls and what was so wonderful was we had so many films from which to choose…so many favorites. It would be easy to put together a large list of Honorable Mentions..."
Many thanks to all three for a great job! And the winners are:
Best Drama: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS directed by FABIAN GORGEART
Best Musical or Comedy: MEN DON'T WHISPER directed by JORDAN FIRSTMAN
Best Documentary: CREATING GENDER INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS directed by JONATHAN SKURNIK
Best Performance, Drama: Alice Butand, THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
Best Performance, Musical or Comedy: Keaton Nigel Cooke, ALEX AND THE HANDYMAN
Best Director: FRANCY FABRITZ, for ETAGE X
Best Ensemble Cast: MEN DON'T WHISPER directed by JORDAN FIRSTMAN
Emerging Talent (Director): EYAL RESH, for BOYS
As always, the audience balloting gave rise to a few very close calls, but we do have the winners:
For AUDIENCE FAVORITE DRAMA, the winner was THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS, directed by FABIAN GORGEART, with an average score of 4.342 (out of possible 5.0). Runner up was THE REAL THING, directed by BRANDON KELLEY, with a score of 4.195.
AUDIENCE FAVORITE COMEDY (we had no musical films this year) was DANNY deVITO's film CURMUDGEONS, scoring a very impressive 4.69. SOMETHING NEW, directed by TJ Marchbank, was runner up with 4.662. And ETAGE X, directed by Francy Fabritz, scored 4.318 to become second runner-up.
AUDIENCE FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY was LITTLE POTATO, directed by Wes Hurley, with a score of 4.225. First runner up was CREATING GENDER INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS, directed by Jonathan Skurnik, with 4.048.
Congratulations to all our winners and runners up! We hope to see more of your work in the future.
Call for Entries 2018
will open in the Spring
to be notified, visit our 2018 page and submit the form.
CMG Short Film Festival 2018
Our jurors, MICHELLE EHLEN, NAT SEGALOFF, and ALVIN ING, have returned their picks for this year's awards. Many thanks to all three for a great job! And the winners are:
Best Drama: I'M JUST HERE directed by LARA ASLANIAN
Best Musical or Comedy: MRS. McCUTCHEON directed by JOHN SHEEDY
Best Documentary: THE PHANTASMAGORIA OF OFFENSE directed by JESS IRISH
Best Performance, Drama: Frederick Ellis Frazer AND Elijah Rock in LUNCH WITH JEREMIAH
Best Performance, Musical or Comedy: Dominic Burgess, SAM DID IT
Best Screenplay: Jesse LaVercombe for THE THINGS YOU THINK I'M THINKING
Best Political Film: HALF A LIFE directed by TAMARA SHOGAOLU
Best Historical Reflection: PAUL, directed by ALEX MEADER and CONNOR HAIR
AUDIENCE AWARDS ARE NOW COUNTED. And there were some close votes.
For BEST DRAMA, the winner was the unique and stylish THE DARE PROJECT, shot as two films 14 years apart and now doing the festival circuit as one story. DARE scored an average of 4.51 (out of a possible 5.0) followed by SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX, memorable for a surprise twist, and our audience gave it a score of 4.32. Several other films scored over 4.0 in this category.
For BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY, the runaway winner was MRS. McCUTCHEON, scoring a phenomenal 4.86. Nothing else was even close, but second place went to LUBER, with a very respectable score of 4.36.
BEST DOCUMENTARY was taken by THE PREP PROJECT, which was popular with our audience to the tune of a 4.11 score, followed by THE SECRET STORY, about the long campaign to legalize medical marijuana, with a score of 3.83. Congratulations to ALL our winners, and thanks again for participating in the CMG Short Film Festival!
Call for Entries 2019
will open in the Spring
to be notified, visit our 2019 page and submit the form.