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Venice Shorts Reveals its Latest Winners

Venice Shorts of California has been growing in popularity by independent filmmakers and artists from all over the world.

Venice Shorts team received a record number of submissions in its latest monthly edition. The festival is about recognizing talented short filmmakers and various artists working in media in short film projects. It is important to recognize the power of short filmmaking.

The members of the jury and the programmers of the festival have announced the latest winners of the monthly Venice Shorts on February 1st, 2021.

All the award winners and the honorable mentions can be further selected and nominated for the weekly annual event and screenings of hundreds of international and U.S. productions.

It is our pleasure to announce the latest winners and the honorable mentions of Venice Shorts in LA Indies magazine.

Best International Narrative Film & Best Script

The Widow Director: Brendan Young

Best U.S. Narrative Film

The Way That I Am With You Director: Marc Cleary

Best International Indie Short

The Poem Director: Matt Handy

Best U.S. Indie Short

Unhinged Director: Jahmal Holland

Best International Director

Diana Director: Maysoon Khaled

Best U.S. Director

Latent Director: Roxy Moskowitz

Best International Producer

SC 4 Producers: Desirée Popper Kateryna Korchynska Fran Kirchmair Eros D'Antona

Best U.S. Producer

Calf Rope

Producer: Bradley Hawkins

Best International Horror & Cinematography


Director: Neil Corbould

Best U.S. Horror

Night Shifters Director Sonny P. Louis

Best U.S. Cinematography

Cold Moon by the Sea

DOP: John Carrington III

Best International Edit & Honorable Mention Director

Driven Editor: Josef Switak

Best U.S. Edit

Kill Them With Kindness Editor: Steven Demmler

Best International Actress

Shakwa Director: Farah Shaer Starring: Vanessa Mghames

Best U.S. Actress

Kill Them With Kindness Starring: Jordan Monaghan

Best International Actor

Die Like A Shark

Starring: Shane Rangi

Best U.S. Actor

Unhinged Starring: Eric Roberts

Best International Science Fiction

Refuge Director Sina Sultani​

Best U.S. Science Fiction

Director: Johnny Yong Bosch

Best International Animation

The Abandoned Block Director: James Bourne

Best U.S. Animation

Best International Experimental

Sign Night Director Cathy Mager

Best U.S. Experimental

The Mechanics of Intimacy Director: Benjamin Filinson

Best International Documentary

What remains of me Director Nisreen Alsbeihi

Best U.S. Documentary

Waterproof Director: Ross Kauffman

Best International Comedy

The New Normal

Director Vince Buda

Best U.S. Comedy

Achan and Ezra Director Yan Fisher

Best International Composer

In Orbit

Composer: Emer Kinsella

Best U.S. Composer

Beating Heart

Composer: Yoon An

Best International Music video

Best U.S. Music video

Heatwave Director: Andy Harry

Best International Thriller

Good Fengshui Director Yurong Xu

Best U.S. Thriller

The Tell Tale Heart Director: McClain Lindquist

Best International Web Series/TV Pilot-Series

Together-Alone (A series of four cinematic portraits)

Director: Dorith Mous​

Best U.S. Web Series/TV Pilot

Mommy Mafia Director: Jeremiah Kipp

Best International Student Film

Nurse Director Charlie Harris

Best U.S. Student Film & Best Script

Nightmare Directors: Shyam Madhav, Jaden Patterson

Best Interntional First Time Filmmaker

Director: Suryadoy Ghosh

Best U.S. First Time Filmmaker

& Best Trailer

Director: Isaac Joel

Best International LGBTQ

Neo Gender

Director: Emmanuelle Soffé



Director: Nikita Khripach

Best Youth Actor

Not Quite Lost

Starring: Kristian Repshus

Best Youth Actress


Best Female Director

Crossroad Happiness Director: Emna Najjar

Honorable Mention Documentary

After The LockDown: Episode 6/Black Hollywood​

Director: Charles Burnett

Honorable Mention Poetic Cinema

Unfinished Dreams Director: Manuela Tempesta

Honorable Mention Poetic Cinema

The Story Of Life

Director: Ashley Nicole

Honorable Mention Experimental

Dancing my Hero

Director: Jadi Carboni

Honorable Mention in Short Directing

A Circle Line Train

Director: Martin Venier​

Honorable Mention in Short Directing

Legacy Director: Jeno Hodi

Best Unproduced Script

The Short Film Club Writers: Darren Stokes

Matthew Bancroft


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