The Dragon Con Independent Film Festival awards ceremony took place on Monday, September 1st. Clips were shown from each of three finalists in the categories of Action, Animated Comedy, Animated Fantasy, Animated Science Fiction, Animated Surrealism, Comedy, Dark Comedy, Documentary, Fan Film, Fantasy, Horror, Horror Comedy, Science Fiction, Thrillers, as well as 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. The Spirit of Dragon Con was awarded to a film that embodied the overall essence of both the film festival and the convention. This was a juried competition.
Directed by Kibwe Tavares; Produced by Ivana MacKinnon; Written by Jack Thorne
Zanzibarian beach boy Mbwana, hungry for the future, creates a myth that transforms his small town into a tourist hot spot.
Directed by Michael Carreno; Produced by Michael Carreno; Written by Michael Carreno
A family on their way home from an outing pick up a hitchhiker with surprising results.
Directed by Benjamin Lancaster; Produced by Naomi Addison; Written by Benjamin Lancaster
When new residents move into his house, a lonely ghost finds a canine friend.
Directed by Anthony McHie; Produced by Sue-Ellen Chitunya, John Prew; Written by John Prew
Tasha’s struggles to fit in become the least of her worries when she realizes she must figure out who she can trust before the chaos that she’s destined to awaken engulfs the world.
Directed by Hisonni Johnson; Produced by Stephen McCain; Written by Hisonni Johnson
The origin story of Nightwing, with a twist: Richard Grayson never had the good fortune of being adopted as a child by Bruce Wayne.
Directed, Produced, Written by Mike Fisher
“The Uncanny Valley” tells the tale of robot E6 who has fallen in love with Mistress Celina, a beautiful woman from the stars. But when his affection is spurned, E6 resolves to improve himself until she cannot refuse his love!
“It’s important that Earth people realize that beautiful women from outer space that look just like retro-futuristic go-go dancers from the 1960s are probably a reality. I just wanted to show that in my animation,” says lead and only animator Mike Fisher.
Directed by Arthur Metcalf; Produced by Arthur Metcalf; Written by Arthur Metcalf
There can be no doubt that a little girl had a hand in the Creation.
Directed by Paul Fontaine; Produced by Paul Fontaine; Written by Paul Fontaine
Addicted to the social media website Frenzbook, Chance meets two strangers and interacts with each using Frenzbook as common ground to break the ice.
Directed by Gandois Eric; Produced by Nathanael la Combe; Written by Gandois Eric
The last moments of humanity on earth before nature resumes its duties.
Directed by Lukas Hassel; Produced by Lukas Hassel, Henry B. Lee; Written by Lukas Hassel
Two men, strapped in back to back, on a journey from the Moon to Earth.
Directed by Kaichi Sato; Produced by Kaichi Sato; Written by Kaichi Sato
A mysterious superheroine lives as a housewife who is the target of violence from her husband every day.
Directed by Christopher Romano; Produced by Alex Czetwertynski; Written by Christopher Romano
A scientific expedition travels down the dark Amazon, searching for a mythic creature.
Writer/Director/Producer: Thierry Lorenzi; Producer: Julien Renaud
Obsessed by a mysterious voice message, astronaut Meredith will face its paradoxical condition in order to stay connected to his humanity.
Directed by Erin Li; Produced by Kaz Kipp, Gregory Chou; Written by Erin Li, Allison Lee
A woman volunteers to live in a human zoo exhibit on an alien planet but soon realizes that life is not what she expected.
Directed by Blake Brewer; Produced by Blake Brewer, Hannah Stoddard; Written by Blake Brewer, Hannah Stoddard
Six months after the invasion, Meredith and Hayley take shelter in a cluttered junkyard, but their tranquility is interrupted when a fleeing man discovers their location and begs for help.
Directed by Nick Stentzel; Produced by Mike Woodward; Written by Mike Woodward
Three sisters conduct a Japanese ritual of Hitori Kakurenbo or “One Man Tag” with their beloved doll but soon realize that one should never play a game with the Devil.
Directed by Jonathan Williams; Produced by Andrew Nicholas, McCann Smith, Laura Perlmutter; Written by Jonathan Williams
A dimension-traveling wizard gets stuck in the 21st century because cell-phone radiation interferes with his magic.
Directed by Michael Van Ostade, Andrew Van Ostade; Produced by Emanuel van der Jeugd, Jasper Moeyaert; Written by Michael Van Ostade, Andrew Van Ostade
A mysterious sphere crash-lands in the garden of a financially troubled entrepreneur, who soon finds that the object sings a most beautiful yet haunting melody.
Directed by Elizabeth Fletcher; Produced by Randy Lee; Written by Elizabeth Fletcher
In a dystopian future, a shoemaker, grieving the death of his son, is under suspicion for making a pair of shoes outside the government uniform.