2014 Official Selections


history of chance film Grand Prize Award
The History of Chance - Max Blustin
Following the sudden loss of his wife, a man becomes consumed by depression. In his loneliness he makes a strange discovery that brings about an unexpected chain of events.






healing heather garden still Special Jury Prize
The Healing of Heather Garden - Judith Morrow
The 'Healing of Heather Garden' documents a compelling journey from permanent disability to full health. Diagnosed with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Heather was informed there was no cure. She must prepare for a future of steady deterioration. Friendship from a surprising direction leads to a path of Heather's own creation. One step at a time, Heather finds her way to full health. Today more than a decade later she runs, works and lives a vibrant life.



katya-the-scarlet-sails still Special Jury Prize
Katya & The Scarlet Sails - Vika Evdokimenko
After years of bad luck in love Katya realizes the source of her problems may be her favourite Soviet film.


 

 

taking flight stillBest Canadian Film 
Taking Flight - Theresa Wynnyk
A small community-based ballet company in Edmonton takes a giant risk and goes professional. They now employ professional dancers and need to find new money and new audiences.






seven lucky gods stillBest Feature Film 
Seven Lucky Gods - Jamil Dehlavi
An illegal immigrant from Albania infiltrates the lives of a group of Londoners with devastating consequences.







confusion through sand stillBest Animation Film 
Confusion Through Sand - Danny Madden
A nineteen year old finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.






trampoline-film-stillBest Coming of Age 
Trampoline - Tom Ryan
Angie Corbett returns to her hometown in Tipperary after getting a teaching job at her old secondary school. While at home, Angie struggles to readjust to the life she thought she had left behind and at the same time, try to figure out what the next step in her life should be.





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Silence is Golden - Katharine Rogers
Louise goes on a series of increasingly awkward internet dates.







soul stealer stillBest Director 
Soul Stealer - Shawn Spitler
Based loosely on Shawn's own experiences as a combat photographer, 'Soul Stealer' follows Samantha Ortiz, a female Marine photographer as she documents a Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan.




The-Enigma-of-Nic-Jones stillBest Documentary 
The Enigma of Nic Jones - Michael Proudfoot
Nic Jones is a legend of British folk music. Though poised for international stardom after his 1980 album penguin eggs was widely acknowledged as a classic, a near-fatal car crash in 1982 changed his life forever, almost every bone in his body was broken. The Enigma of Nic Jones tells the story of Nic’s determination to sing again and his return to the stage 30 years later.



Ricochet stillBest Drama 
Ricochet - David Forster
On an isolated country farm, Peter has spent years protecting his daughter Ginny from the secrets of their past. But when his estranged brother unexpectedly arrives, a secret long kept will be unearthed.





lothar film stillBest Experimental Film 
Lothar - Luca Zuberbühler
Whenever Lothar sneezes, nearby objects explode. Therefore he isolates himself from the outer world. One day, when Lothar breaks his beloved toaster, he faces a dilemma.





love you so much stillBest Foreign Film 
I Loved You So Much - Orhan Tekeoglu
A heart breaking love story was launched in a gala opening on 26th September in Istanbul. Olga is grand daughter of Mustafa who went to Yalta from Santa in the year 1906 as a stonemason. When the Soviet Union fell apart Olga, unemployed, comes to work in Trabzon when the Sarp Border Gate opens up. Olga meets Cemal during a time when everyone from former Soviet Union is perceived as Natasha. The movie presents the viewers themes like migration for economic reasons, disintegration of families and prejudices they encounter.


magic ferret film stillBest Short Film 
The Magic Ferret - Alison Parker
Sam is a six-year-old orphan with a pet ferret named Booger. Sam is as cute as a button, but he just can't seem to find a family who wants him. When the newest prospective parents come to visit, Sam decides to impress them with a few magic tricks.




coconut elevator webBest Music Video 
Coco de Elevador (Coconut Elevator) - Paulo Passaro
The music video tells the story of an office worker who is struggling to attract the girl of his dreams, a coworker. The question posed is this. Are his colleagues and his daily office tasks the obstacle in fulfilling his dream or rather, the dream itself?



chambrenoire stillBest Screenplay
La Chambre Noire (The Dark Room) - Maxime Pistorio
A photographer’s young assistant is secretly in love with the model. One night, under the red light of the darkroom, he discovers that between his hands the pictures take life, and he penetrates them. On the morning, the photos are magnificent and nobody knows their secret.



savetheworld stillBest Family Film 
Save the World - Sylvain Renou
In a world devastated by war where violence is the only law! Brian, Joff, Mike and Sandy have only three minutes! A nuclear holocaust threatens mankind! Are these four kids pass their mission before mealtime?





departure michelle ku stillBest Student Film 
Departure - Michelle Ku
A beautifully animated short film about the friendship between a young girl and her dying Grandmother.





reflections stillBest First Time Director
Reflections - Ashley Pegg
When Mark’s son is badly attacked on the bus, he wants to go and sort them out. But when he discovers it is a girl, he is stopped in his tracks. Instead of a prosecution, the family is persuaded by the police to deal with the incident through a truth and reconciliation process, where the offender apologizes to the victim. Trouble is, Mark is prone to a spot of bullying himself, and by meeting his son’s attacker he has to see some difficult truths – and it doesn’t look good.


billyinmotion stillBest Sports Film 
Billy in Motion - Maury Shessel
High school track and field star, Billy Matthews, has the biggest race of his life in less than a week. But after one dramatic finish too many, he finds that he can only run in slow-motion.






thestormwithin stillBest Thriller 
Rouge Sang (The Storm Within) - Martin Doepner
A young mother is forced to shelter five soldiers for a night in her isolated house.








2014 Write Brothers Screenplay Competition Winners 

Grand Prize Winners 

1st Place: Bitter Beans written by Grietje Lolita Fortuin
2nd Place: The Lost Boy written by Andrew Crane
3rd Place: Grace written by Jeffrey Russel & Lynda Lemberg
 

Official Finalists 

“Bitumen Blues” written by Nattalia Lea & Bill Cody
“The Color Of The Puck” written by Mark Golik
“Hooligan” written by Tony Cammarata
“Danturu The Lost Birds” written by Lorena Escalante
“The Gaze” written by Martine Allard
“The Prime Meridian” written by Ben Guyatt
“Donuts With Jerry” written by Ron Peer and Mitzi Lynton
“Home Run” written by Olivia Loccisano
“Have You Ever” written by Emily Barker
“We'll Miss Her Terribly” written by Tito Buffulini

Honorable Mentions 

“Vision Quest” written by Brian Erwin
“Thrown” written by Jessi Seguin
“The Mary Project” written by Kylie Garcelon
“Staycation” written by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
“Shimia To Delhi” written by Sam Adams
“Idea Man” written by Christopher Webster
“Hit Straight” written by Yvon Justin Cote
“Hard Times: The Golden Years” written by Ginetter Roach
“Drive Thru” written by Michael Zamanis
“D-Day (Dide)” written by Tamika R. Guishard
“The Fix” written by Robert D. Rice
“A Sleepless Night” written by Venkata Muni
“Forgive Not Their Trespasses” written by John J. Maffucci
“10 Minutes From Paradise” written by Janyce Lapore
“Playing Dirty” written by Dale Whisman

2014 Rising Star Award Winners 

Feature Competition 

In Your Name directed by Marco Van Geffen
A quiet place directed by Liliane de Kermadec
Trouble With Women directed by Alan Ginsberg
Bread Thieves directed by Bryce Schlamp
Pied Piper directed by Vivek Budakoti
Imagine I'm Beautiful directed by Meredith Edwards
The Frontier directed by Matt Rabinowitz
Sat Naa Gat directed by Raju Parsekar
Damn Foreigners directed by Saeed Khoze

Animation Competition 

Burka Avenger directed by Aaron Haroon Rashid
Cereal Mascots: Trix Rabbit directed by Grey Wears
Tears of Inge directed by Alisi Telengut
Second Chance directed by Chris Busuttil
River mud directed by Kurt Jurgen Stuermer Junior
Dents De Lait (Milk Teeth) directed by Julie Charette
The Rose of Turadia directed by Ryan Grobins

Foreign Film Competition 

When America was Russian directed by Tatiana Tihonova
The Dragonphoenix Chronicles: Indomitable directed by Thanos Kermitsis
The Liberation of James Joyce directed by Ryan Alexander
Ladybug (Bocek) directed by Bora Tekay
Z Joke directed by Aleksey Zalevskiy
The Attic directed by Minos Nikolakakis
The Emigrant directed by Amaya Izquierdo
Fugue directed by John Michael Huang
Nicola Morris directed by Nicola Morris
Crisis directed by Grey Ellis
 

Canadian Film Competition 

They Dream directed by Gord Stanfield
I'm a Good Person directed by David LeBrun
William's Lullaby directed by Nicholas Arnold
The Basement directed by Martin-Andre Young 
 

Documentary Feature Competition 

Lighter Than Orange directed by Matthias Leupold
Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle directed by John Ferry
Shiites and Sunnis: The Secret War directed by Kamal Redouani
Hope Is Not A Plan directed by Colin Ford
Tom's Restaurant directed by Gian Franco Morini
Healing Magdalene directed by Donna L. Valverde
Iriria - Niña Tierra directed by Carmelo Camilli
Compassionate Compass directed by Jamie Moorhouse and Steve Mason

Documentary Short Competition 

Eternal Hologram directed by Julia Svadi Hatra
The Underground Railroad Southern Rute to Freedom directed by Derek Boyd Hankerson
The Koren Dream directed by Ashok Thapa
Stories from Cambodia directed by Cindy Chan
The Spirit of Sport directed by Chris Hsiung
Burying the Past directed by Dean Arnett
Scent of Juniper directed by Tashi Wangchuk
Gordie directed by Traolach O’ Murchu
 

Music Video Competition 

Two directed by Mokhtar Talaat
Black Sea of Trees directed by Marc Forand
Wild Again directed by Bob Ennis

Screenplay Competition 

“Seeing Red“ written by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
“Crow Nest“ written by Darrell Racine
“Circles“ written by Sharlin Quest
“Afterlife“ written by Ward Ferguson
“Unlimited Positions“ written by John M. Broderick
“One and All“ written by Carmit Levité
“Grim Game“ written by Dmitry Torgovitsky
“The Last Exodus“ written by Michael Baley
“Lost Cause“ written by David J. Schroeder
“Diggin' It“ written by Bradley Vermunt and Malek Pacha
Serendipity Strikes Again written by Olaf Baumann
"The Forest" written by Frederic Morin

Short Film Competition 

The Last Dance directed by Robert Ronning
Tsintty directed by Rui Pedro Sousa
An Honest Arrangement directed by Mitchell Kase
La Bonite Noir directed by Alix EliAS
In the Spring directed by Kyle Dunlevy
Erasermen directed by Jeff Garneau
Woods Baseball directed by Ben Kujawski
In Autumn directed by Rosanna Scarcella
Bush Sweepers directed by Bob Johnson
My Fiancé directed by Domenica M. Hoyes

Student Film Competition 

Blood stains directed by Ricardo Emanuel Cordova Rios
Plan B directed by Sarah Rose Meredith
Adelante directed by Noam Osband
We Weren't Given Anything for Free directed by Eric Esser
Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis directed by Kortney Scroger
Blessed Cédric directed by Thierry Dubuc
The Unforgettable Mistake directed by Sean Robinson
The Night Shift directed by Mike Chu
Nuclear Kitty directed by Sharon Lin
Where the Mangos Grow directed by Adam Nelson

  

2014 Royal Reel Winners 

Feature Competition 

Tara: The Journey of Love of Passion directed by Kumar Raj
Everything Went down directed by Dustin Marrow
War Dance directed by Ngwa Colin Suh
Amen directed by Lijo Jose Pelliserry
All I need directed by Rebecca Carrigan
Suddenly Southpaw directed by Jeff Pickett
The Rehersals directed by Oksana Karas
Life-the Missing Manual directed by Alexander Smirnov
Yvy Maraey - Land Without Evil directed by Juan Carlos Valdivia

Animation Competition 

I Carus Falls directed by Jesse O'Brien
Double Occupancy directed by Fabian Giessler
Cosmic Flower Unfolding directed by Ben Ridgway
The Book of The Dead directed by Alain Escalle
Laundry Day directed by Jeremy Stewart
From Earth and Ink directed by Jonathan Laskar
Lile Noire directed by Nino Christen
Foreign Bodies directed by Nicolas Brault

Canadian Film Competition 

Blind directed by Evan Hoyle
Survivre directed by Alexandere Richard
Payoff directed by Tristan A.D. Smith
Smart Work directed by Kelly Marie Murtha
Steven Myerschmidt Bites the Big One directed by Gregory Breen

Foreign Film Competition 

Gulabee directed by Tushar Tyagi
The Real Zombie Housewives directed by Kathy Luu
Agri and the Mountain directed by Hasan Serin
Marie et les Gargouilles directed by Nicolas Trame
Merchants Of Quietus directed by Dulani Wilson
Negeri Di Bawah Awan directed by Ipong Wijaya
Separation Sonnet directed by Andressa Furletti
Samurai Zombie: Fragile directed by Kentaro Yamagishi
Mantis directed by Andre Soupart
Squad directed by Roman Romanovsky

Documentary Feature Competition 

Linar directed by Nastia Tarasova
Flight 1103 directed by Ammar Tamimi
A Praga directed by Hecker Alexandre
Katia directed by Anna Shishova
Zack and Addie directed by Rob Florence
L’aventure set un Secret directed by Linguanotto Pierre
Learn with attitude! directed by Tedy Necula
The Crossing directed by Julian Harvey

Documentary Short Competition 

Group Therapy directed by Rennie Brown
Rhythms of Resistance directed by Jason O'Hara
Legends of Magdalen directed by Sharif Mirshak
Heard from Herders directed by Apaar Tuli
Catch The Dream Bios: Adam Beach directed by Shannon Kaplun
Brother's Day directed by Jennifer Treuting
A Very Short Filming Trip directed by Matt Ma
The Healing Power of Art directed by Mariah Dunn
 

Music Video Competition 

Strong Arm Of The Law directed by Paul Vernon
Better Than Me directed by Paul Snider
Delica-m: Mean Something directed by Herman Wang
 

Screenplay Competition 

“D. T.“ written by Ken Comer
“Chronicles of Ali“ written by S.R. Shuja
“Standing on Tiptoe“ written by Tracey Rombough
“Confession“ written by Sean Corrigan
“Watching Art“ written by Kevin Harries
“Loveband“ written by Nicola Pedrozzi
“Losing Secrets“ written by Clint Pearson and Patricia Benzon
“The Stroid“ written by David Ganton Wells
“Angels Night“ written by Shahid A. Muhammed
“Machina“ written by Tom Radovich
 

Short Film Competition 

Worth directed by Nic Barker
The Count’s Mabel directed by Dale Wolfe
Limbo directed by Eric Harper
Charismata directed by Joni Adahl
The Storm at Yellow Creek Farm directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer
Hosanna directed by Katarzyna Gondek
Deafening directed by Eric Choi
The Secret Keeper directed by Bears Fonté
Great Expectations directed by Katherine Taylor
Lustre directed by Jordan Kennington
Seep directed by Sonata Film Studios Inc.   

Student Film Competition 

The Story of M directed by Anna Arlanova
Boundaries directed by Ali Sultani
Maple Syrup directed by Yoshino Aoki
Take It to Go directed by Matt Rubio
Rats directed by Jonathan Degousée
Torontopia directed by Sam Alex Kay
Mère directed by Amar Sokhen
The Chosen Ones directed by Jesse Ilg
Snowstorm directed by Julia Weibenberg
The Stowaway directed by Maria Brendle

 

2014 Award of Excellence Winners 

Feature Competition 

Reflections of Maya Rose by Alexandra Wedenig
Know How directed by Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza
Quest - A Tall Tale directed by Thomas G. Murphy
L'homme de main directed by Tudal Saunier
Girl's Gun directed by Giancarlo (Janka) Scrofani
Sustainable Deception directed by Michelle Moore
Rescue Fee directed by Georgy Soldatov
Clubhouse directed by Yuriy Shapochka
Another One Opens directed by Nicolas Neuhold
Wendy and Wanda directed by Gary Fontaine
 

Animation Competition 

The Path of Wind directed by Joo Im Kim
i! directed by Mark Cheung
MITE directed by Walter Volbers
An Adventurous Afternoon directed by Ines Christine Geisser
Little Vulvah & Her Clitoral Awareness directed by Sara Koppel
Humanexus directed by Ying-Fang Shen 
 

Canadian Film Competition 

Canadian Immigrant Experience directed by Alissa DeGrazia
Byblos directed by Joanne Geha
Catch The Westbound Train directed by Sean Patrick Shaul
Down Here directed by Teach Grant
The Walk directed by Paul Snider
Cover directed by Tito Guillen
 

Foreign Film Competition 

10 Seconds directed by Ako Azizmira
Hood Brothers directed by Lee Wesley & Brett Carlson
Pecado Fatal directed by Luis Diogo
Bonsai directed by Roberto Aznar
The Biography of Siddhartha directed by Dick Lee Kwok Fai
Queen of The Desert directed by Alex Kelly
Hot Shot Boyz directed by Anthony Shaw
The Road directed by Laura Marie Wayne
Frangipani directed by Visakesa Chandrasekaram
Karma Cartel directed by Vinod Bharathan 
 

Documentary Feature Competition 

Eisbein sweet and sour directed by Sabrina Jäger
The Magic of India directed by Holger Klussmann
My Father's Lives: Yvan Ducharme directed by Nathalie Ducharme
Blood Sweat & Oars directed by Colin Gardiner
The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert directed by Lisa Scafuro
Water - The Sacred Relationship directed by Greg Miller
Project: Ice directed by William Kleinert
The Promoter The Tony Condello Story directed by Terry Goring 
 

Documentary Short Competition 

Wasted - A Film on Syria directed by Denning Isles
The Ibogaine Safari directed by Pierre le Roux
Circus song directed by Thiago Mendonça
I Exist directed by Ahmed Abdelnaser
When The Last Tree Dies directed by Ying HAN
Man With a Coffee Can directed by Ilya Litvinov
While I'm Singing directed by Julián Montero Ciancio
I'm Back Home in Jojoville directed by Jorge Kiesow 

Music Video Competition 

MeTube: August sings Carmen 'Habanera' directed by Daniel Moshel
Talking to You directed by Miguel Moreda
 

Screenplay Competition 

"Cadillac Dreams" written by David Lewis
"Lone Star Angels" written by Matthew Paris
"Buscone" written by Jeffery Storms
"Zebra Man" written by Suzanne Hambrick
"Schooled" written by Timothy Clarke
"The Tunnel" written by Francis Jay
"The Dream Catcher" written by Michelle J. Brezinski
"The Last Story" written by Catherine Cyran
"You Can’t Play the Game If You Don’t Know the Rules" written by Burleigh Smith
"Twelves' Steps to Liberty" written by Charles Laulette

Short Film Competition   

Rojita directed by Anthony Baez
Elegy for a Revolutionary directed by Paul van Zyl
El Tiempo del Agua directed by Shahriar Adham El Kosht
Wrong Decision? directed by Felix Carlyle
The Trouble I Got directed by Callen Diederichs
Lao directed by Gabriele Sabatino Nardis
The Mary Contest directed by Teresa McGee
Southern Belles directed by Rolando Rodriguez
Home directed by Rose Sody
Conclave directed by Justin Foster

Student Film Competition 

When Luck Gets Tired directed by Stefan Hoppe
Boundary of Melancholy directed by Raya Kim
Parking Love directed by Peter Meister
Je T'aime directed by Joel Rahkonen
Isac Is Still Sleeping directed by Alexandru Ponoran
Zinneke directed by Rémi Allier
Chaduvu Kovali (needs to study) directed by Maddali Uenkatesward Rao
The Book directed by Demet Adıgüzel
CUT directed by Riccardo Romboli
Kaleidoscope directed by Dania Bdeir