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Winter Fest of Venice Shorts


Every year, the annual program of Venice Shorts screens its finalists of the year at the Fine Arts Theatre of Beverly Hills while the seasonal festival offers digital promotion and screening of films throughout the year. The Venice Shorts of LA is an international festival and a competition which is devoted to short filmmaking and indie cinema. Venice Shorts has also featured some of the most well-known names in the film industry together with emerging U.S. and international talents. The festival alumni include Oscar winners and nominees such as Gus Van Sant, Jeremy Irons, Eric Roberts, Ross Kauffman and Jessica Chastain.



Here are the winners of the Winter/2024 Seasonal competition:


Best Narrative Film

Complexity

Director: Brandon Leake, Cleve Brown


Best Documentary

Bubjan

Director: Nicholas Mihm


Honorable Mention Documentary:

109 BELOW

Director: Nick Martini


Best Indie Short

Abrazo

Director: Paola Baldion



Best Director

The Snow Leopard

Director: Taylor Joshua Rankin



Best First-Time Filmmaker

Love, Hate, Hate, Love

Director: Alex Froom


Best Actress

Catarina Kim

UNDER


Best Actor

Michael Fedele

Addiction


Best Experimental

Anthem of the Lamb

Director: Xincheng Song


Best Animation

Lucky Brave's Sunshine

Director: Joseph Game, Andres Aguilar


Best Web/TV Pilot-Series

Topanga

Director: Mark Kohl


Best LGBTQ

The Fishing Net

Director: Anna Palinkas


Best Thriller

Pay Back

Director: Steve Ramsden


Best Science Fiction

THE STAIRWELL

Director: Brian Yurans


Honorable Mention Science Fiction & Best Youth Actors

Slinkers

Ben Manninen & Luke Manninen

Director: Vesa Manninen


Best Music Video

Nothin 4 Something

Director: Cody Critcheloe


Best Horror

BAIT

Director: Alexander Pappas


Honorable Mention Horror

You're On Your Own, Kid

Director: Michael Matsui


Best Comedy

Hope Dealer

Director: Jay Larson


Honorable Mention Comedy

Feet Cute

Director: Dylan Lanham


Best Producer

Jimmy Wu

Dead forest


Best Cinematographer

Angela Herr

Olan, TX



Honorable Mention Cinematographer

Sean Kawamoto

The Beginning of The End


Best Editor

UNDER

Maedeh Moayyednia


Best Composer

Taylor Joshua Rankin

The Snow Leopard


Honorable Mention Composer

Jeff Pifher & Harlan Hodges

Somewhere


Best Student Film

The Future is Bright and Unbearable

Director: Milena Grujić


Best Female Director

Sasha's Game

Director: Lexee Paige Gordoun


Best Screenplay (Produced)

The Devil's Playground

Director: A.J. Ciccotelli


Best Screenplay (Unproduced)

Karma Is Her Name

Writer: Shanton D Smith



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