The Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony took place on Monday, September 2nd. Clips were shown from each of three finalists in the categories of Animated Comedy, Animated Fantasy & Science Fiction, Animated Horror, Action, Comedy, Fan Film & Parody, Fantasy, Horror, Horror Comedy, Science Fiction, and Feature. The finalists, as well as the winners, are listed below. Best Animated Short and Best Short Film were chosen from the 1st place winners in the genre shorts categories. An Honorable Mention was given to a film that, due to particularly intense competition, did not place first in its category. This was a juried competition. The Spirit of Dragon Con was awarded to a filmmaker for a film that embodied the overall essence of both the film festival and the convention.
Directed and Written by Terry Ziegelman; Produced by Lia Abbate
In Bob’s dead-end job, the end is only the beginning. Inspired by actual events, 9 to 5 Feet Under satirically explores the humanity–or lack thereof–of the corporate world, when a hapless co-worker unexpectedly dies in his cubicle.
Directed by Timothy Troy; Written by Dan McGuire; Produced by Corey Gilbert
Vincent Forrester’s biological computer prototype could change the world, but when a virus in the system infects his lab assistant, Abi, it could mean his death.
Directed and Written by MK Hill; Produced by MK Hill and Sean O’Brien
Benson is an autonomous algorithm that claims it can predict anyone’s death down to the day. Flaherty is a down-on-his-luck cop with evidence of the secret to Benson’s stunning accuracy: Benson kills its clients.
Directed and Written by Emily Soppe
When a girl works up the courage to ask out the cute guy at the bar, she gets more than she bargained for.
Directed by Raúl Koler and Emiliano Sette; Written by Raúl Koler and Sabrina Pace; Produced by Emiliano Sette, Yashira Jordán, and Francisco Zamudio.
Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil fulfill their destiny by testing humanity’s happiness in a struggle that has each of us as winners and losers.
Directed and Written by Jeremy Garcia; Produced by Julianna Johnston, Stephen Gilliam, Dan Beck, and Eric Miller
A mother and daughter must keep moving across a ravaged world to evade the threat that is constantly pursuing them.
Directed and Written by Tom Botchii; Produced by Erik Bernard and Jerry G. Angelo
A comic book obsessed serial killer’s sinister plan to train his son to be his replacement is interrupted when the young boy threatens to expose their family’s terrifying family secret by luring a well-meaning stranger, Holton, to their secluded farm.
Directed by Fon Davis; Written by Fernando Perez and Suzy Stein; Produced by Arielle Bachfeld and Taylor Bibat; Co-Produced by Renando Perez and Suzy Stein
In an apocalyptic future, a lonely government worker finds solace in a hopeful soldier during the very last World War. But their future together is threatened when the soldier is sent back into battle.
Directed by Jackie Perez; Written by Jackie Perez, based on a work by Stephen King; Produced by Brian Campeau
Federation Officer Shapiro crash-lands on a desert planet with no sign of water, life, or escape. Her crewmate Rand is no help, and resigns to his fate on the hypnotic alien dunes. Locating the ship’s emergency beacon is their only hope, but when a salvage crew answers their distress signal, it’s already too late.
Written, Directed, and Produced by Longyin Zhou and Yujie Chen
In this 3D animated comedy, a baby devil must secure his recent promotion by killing all of humankind. Unfortunately, the furniture in his new house makes it impossible for him to go to work! Will the baby devil complete his big mission?
Directed by Daniel Lafrentz; Written by Chris Grillot and Ezra Herz; Produced by Geoff Faugerolas, Daniel Lafrentz, Jeremy Hill, and Griff Jones
A pair of mismatched U.S. Marshals – a reformed outlaw and a free man of color – is sent to the Kansas frontier to uncover the fate of a Marshal who went missing while escorting a member of a notorious gang to his hanging. But when the Marshals find the condemned man alone and barely alive, the obvious answers don’t hold water. All the evidence points to something much darker and more sinister.
Directed and Written by Rakefet Abergel; Produced by Rakefet Abergel and Marshall Langohr
A traumatic event forces a recovering addict to face her demons without her worried fiancé uncovering the truth. Over the course of one rough night, Devi, seven years sober, must make a difficult choice between who she loves and what she loves.
Directed and Written by Mikko Löppönen; Produced by Bianca Bradley and Mikko Löppönen
After her hunt for a demon goes awry, Brazen tries to sell the incident off as an accident. This annoys her employer to no end.
Directed and Written by Charles Jofre; Produced by Francisco Jiménez Céspedes
Sebastián is a retired superhero who lives alone in a small apartment. He leads a quiet life and it has been years since he last used his superpowers, but an unexpected visit puts his world in danger.
Directed by Larry Ziegelman; Written by Larry Ziegelman and Doug Manley; Produced by Leigh Jones
Introducing your new lady to your parents can be an interesting experience — or it can be awkward, painfully intense, and totally uncalled-for.
Directed and Written by Matt Lincoln; Produced by Matt Lincoln and Christian Leadley
In this pilot episode, gig economy Druids intercede arcane mischief through a Cleanly-style app called “Drūdly” on behalf of NYC’s upper crust in exchange for scant tips and shitty reviews. The Magicians meets High Maintenance.
Directed and Written by Wesley Jamal Fleming; Produced by Sean Carroll
Eagleman, alt-righteous defender of United City, leaps to the rescue when the city is under attack! But what will our hero do when he kills an unarmed black teen during his caped crusade?
Directed by Kevin Patrick Murphy; Written and Produced by Jennifer Trudrung
When her young daughter goes missing, a mother is haunted by nightmares of her daughter in a derelict location. These visions lead to clues as to what happened to her daughter, and also indicate who might have taken her.
Directed by Daniel Garcia; Produced by Kathryn Henderson
El Cuco: the mysterious bogeyman who kidnaps and eats naughty Latino children that don’t obey their parents. In the past, he was Mom and Dad’s best disciplinary ally, but times have changed. Today, El Cuco struggles to stay relevant in a world full of violent games, evolving technology, and a sensitive public.