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.
2012 Film Festival Awards
Best Live-Action: ‘Til Death
Best Feature: Strange Frame
Best Animated: The Narrative of Victor Karloch
Finalists: Cedric & Hope
Winner: Opening Day
Winner: The Narrative of Victor Karloch
Finalists: Dark Vessel
The Old Man and the Old Woman
Winner: How to Get to Candybar
Finalists: Imminent Danger!
Finalists: Blood on the Gaming Dice
Winner: When the Zombies Come
Finalists: Devoted to the Dark Side
Winner: A Light in the Darkness
Finalists: To Catch A Predator
Finalists: The Passage
Winner: ‘Til Death
Whom God Helps
Winner: Reverse Parthenogenesis
Finalists: The Post-Lifers
Werewolf in a Girls Sorority
Winner: Old Man Cabbage
Finalists: Giant Mushrooms
Madly in Love
Winner: D.N.E.: Do Not Erase
White Room: 02B3
Winner: No Rest For The Wicked
Finalists: Owen’s Hobby
Honorable Mention: Blood on the Gaming Dice
[Photos by Joe Lombardo]
2011 Film Festival Awards
The Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival awards ceremony took place on Monday, September 4th. Clips were shown from each of three finalists in 13 categories (Animated Comedy, Animated Drama, Animated Fantasy, Animated Surrealism, Comedy, Dark Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Horror Comedy, Music Video, Science Fiction, Thriller) as well as the four features in the festival. The finalists, as well as the winners, are listed below.
Best Animated Short was chosen from the 1st place winners in the four animated categories. Best Short Film was chosen from the 1st place winners in the nine live-action 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.
2010 Film Festival Awards
And the award goes to…
Each film was placed into a judging category. Three films were then chosen by the judges as the finalists in each category, with one going on to be given 1st place. Below is listed the three finalists and the first place films.
|1st Place||The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas|
|The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger|
|Animated Science Fiction|
|1st Place||Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks|
|One Small Step|
|Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey|
|1st Place||The Sacrifice|
|1st Place||Whaling and the Inherent Dangers Therein|
|Chase Thompson, a film by Chase Thompson|
|The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell|
|1st Place||The Pledge|
|1st Place||The Tea Master|
|The Hatter’s Apprentice|
|1st Place||Sunday Punch|
|Desert of the Real|
|1st Place||Alice Jacobs is Dead|
|1st Place||The Necronomicon|
|Night of the Punks|
|1st Place||Mnemosyne Rising|
|The 3rd Letter|
|1st Place||Doctor ‘S’ Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie|
|Born of Hope|
|Pushin’ Up Daisies|
A Best Animated Film was chosen from the 1st place winners in the animated categories, and a Best Short Film was chosen from the winners in the live-action short film categories.
Best Animated Film: Yamasong
Best Short Film: Sunday Punch
Finally, four additional awards were presented for films/filmmakers that deserved additional recognition.
|Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer|
|Spirit of Dragon*Con Comcast Award|
|Mike Salva/Death Row Diet|
2009 Film Festival Awards
| Best Short Film: Hector Corp.
Best Animated Film: Mythic Journeys: The Bone Orchard
Honorable Mentions: Animated American & The Price to Pay & Rosfeld
1st Place: Chroma Chameleon
1st Place: Mythic Journeys: The Bone Orchard
Animated Science Fiction
1st Place: Theosaurology
1st Place: X-Mess Detritus
1st Place: Interpretation
1st Place: The Action Hero’s Guide to Saving Lives
1st Place: Hector Corp.
1st Place: Striking Metal
1st Place: Bathtub to happiness
1st Place: On Edge
1st Place: Death In Charge
1st Place: That’s Magic!
1st Place: Enigma
1st Place: SHADOW.NET
2008 Film Festival Awards
| Best Short Film: Al’s Beef
Best Animated Film: Paper Shepherd
Honorable Mention: Tie: Centigrade & The Procedure
1st Place: Max the Hero
1st Place: The Book Dealers
Animated Fantasy & Science Fiction
1st Place: Paper Shepherd
1st Place: Transrexia
1st Place: Lowenstein’s a Terrorist
1st Place: 3 Stories About Evil
1st Place: The Delivery
1st Place: Winter’s Tale
1st Place: Reflections
1st Place: Harvest Moon
1st Place: The Demise
1st Place: Outsource
1st Place: The Diary of Anne Frank of the Dead
1st Place: By Appointment Only
1st Place: Al’s Beef
1st Place: Verboten
Additionally, we presented one award determined by the attending filmmakers and three determined by the audience.
Filmmaker’s Choice: Al’s Beef
Audience Awards for films containing:
2007 Film Festival Awards
| Best Short Film: Jakob and the Angels
Best Animated Film: Operation: Fish
Honorable Mention: Thanksgiving With the Kranzes
1st Place: Whale
1st Place: When The World Goes Dark
1st Place: Puppet
Animated Fantasy & Science Fiction
1st Place: Operation: Fish
Action & Suspense
1st Place: Forged
1st Place: Lullaby Crossing
1st Place: Monster Job Hunter
1st Place: The Fifth
1st Place: Jakob and the Angels
1st Place: Para-Normal
1st Place: Zombie Love
1st Place: 07
1st Place: Enter the Dragonfly
1st Place: D-I-M, Deus in Machina
1st Place: A Little Night Fright
Additionally, we presented five awards determined by the audience. The Filmmaker’s Choice award was given to the film receiving the most votes from attending filmmakers. The remaining four awards were voted on by the audience in general, and as the processes used for figuring festival audience awards can never stand up to rigorous inspection, we took things light from the start. The voting for these none-too-serious awards had no rules, and yet the results certainly made sense to us.
Filmmaker’s Choice: Zombie Love
Audience Awards for films containing:
2006 Film Festival Awards
Best Short Film: Oculus
Best Animated Film: Dragon
Honorable Mention: The Call of Cthulhu
1st Place: Hazel’s Hips
1st Place: Dragon
1st Place: From Beyond
1st Place: The Wright Stuff
1st Place: Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills and Painted Nightmares
1st Place: The Analyst’s Goodbye
1st Place: The Greatest Story of All Time
1st Place: Oculus
1st Place: Raven Gets a Life
1st Place: Bon Appetit
1st Place: Helix
1st Place: Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Peer Choice: Grace
Peer Choice—For Attending Filmmaker: Tell-Tale Art
2005 Film Festival Awards
Best Short Film: Apartment 206
Best Animated Film: The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
Honorable Mention: Turn
1st Place: Rattus Pistofficus
Animated Fantasy & Science Fiction
1st Place: The Mysterious Geographic
1st Place: Little Dead Girl
1st Place: Final Sale
1st Place: Means To An End
1st Place: Apartment 206
1st Place: Colour Blind
1st Place: Pee Shy
1st Place: Confederate Zombie Massacre!
1st Place: Cost Of Living
1st Place: D
The 2005 D*CIS Film Festival Jury consisted of:
An Emmy-winning filmmaker with over 700 credits, Fran is a founding member of IMAGE and Women in Film-Atlanta, has served on the Governor’s Film and Video Advisory Board, is currently on the Board of NATAS’ Southeast chapter, and has earned more than 100 national and international awards. She is also on the Digital Media faculty at the Art Institute of Atlanta.
A professional writer and editor since 1967 as well as a long-time film festival director, Bob has produced film segments for Jon Ludwig’s Heaven Hell Tour and other projects at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, worked with Jim Henson on The Muppets Take Atlanta, and produced, written, and scored several short films, including the 1988 documentary Bob Smith and Howdy Too.
With a near-encyclopedic knowledge of bad action movies, and a superhuman capacity for cynicism and sarcasm, Doc joined the SDI fold at Needcoffee.com where he has been a contributor for nearly a decade, writing his own weight in DVD Reviews. He has also served as a former contributor to Corona’s Coming Attractions.
Matthew M. Foster
Your not-very-humble Festival Director and Film Critic.
2004 Film Festival Awards
Best Short Film: Natural Selection
Best Animated Film: Rockfish
Screenings & awards for 2004:
Al Roach: Private Insectigator (7 min)
Birdon (3 min)
Don’t Feed the Book (2 min)
Duel (4 min)
1st Place Flyaway (11 min)
Willis Sillim’s Tall Tale (7 min)
1st Place The Devil & Manny Schmeckstein (7 min)
The Ends of the Alphabet (9 min)
Laundry Day (10 min)
Rex & Red (2 min)
The Robot & The Tree (4 min)
1st Place RockFish (9 min)
Welcome To Eden (5 min)
Argent Liquide (12 min)
Big Time (29 min)
1st Place Killing Kevin (16 min)
The Perfect Proposal (4 min)
The Right Hand Man (18 min)
Waiting For Maggio (10 min)
The Accusation (4 min)
The End (2 min)
First Kiss (1 min)
1st Place The Hero (10 min)
Pinkerton’s Hair Club for Scientists (2 min)
The Secret to Happiness (7 min)
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (6 min)
The Arsonist (15 min)
1st Place Mindgame (22 min)
The Rules (29 min)
Seventy-Seven Below (26 min)
1st Place The Absence of Emily (25 min)
The Crimson Hour (21 min)
Wrong Way Up (11 min)
Photograbber (19 min)
1st Place Roadside Attractions (16 min)
Teenage Bikini Vampire (7 min)
1st Place (tie) Conversations (17 min)
1st Place (tie) Timed Call (15 min)
Framed (18 min)
Little Ricky (23 min)
1st Place Thanatos Road (25 min)
There’s Something Out There (17 min)
The Man on the Side of the Road (14 min)
The Ogre’s Wife (10 min)
The Silvergleam Whistle (25 min)
1st Place Repossessed (9 min)
1st Place The Little Shtimmer (11 min)
Simone’s Labyrinth (15 min)
Three Keys (18 min)
Timeless (15 min)
Walter (6 min)
Autopsy Turvy (14 min)
1st Place (tie) The Bar (17 min)
1st Place (tie) Life is a Circus (11 min)
A Can of Paint (25 min)
E:D:E:N (14 min)
Escape (6 min)
My Robot Baby (25 min)
1st Place Natural Selection (17 min)
Zero Prospect (47 min)
Future Shock (9 min)
1st Place The Mazinga Paradox (28 min)
Singularity (16 min)
1st Place Hula (6 min)
2003 Film Festival Awards
Best Short Film: Family Tree
Best Animated Film: Dear, Sweet Emma
Screenings & awards for 2003:
1st Place The Erl-King, 8 min, animation by Hannes Rall. A stark and powerful version of Goethe’s classic tale of a father and his child traveling at night through a haunted forest.
2nd Place Rendezvous with Rama, 4 min, animation by Aaron Ross. An extraordinarily detailed animation sequence, depicting key scenes from Arthur C. Clarke’s classic story.
Dandelion, 11 min, animation by Hal Forsstrom. A soldier’s personal battle to survive in the wasteland of a future war, told in pen-and-ink and watercolor.
Destroy Old Things, 9 min, animation by Jeff King, Jim Fairchild, and Lewis D’Aubin. A rocking anthem from the Consortium of Genius is matched by a vibrant mixture of animation techniques.
1st Place Dear, Sweet Emma, 6 min, 3D-animation by Rebecca Cernak. A sweet, little old lady is puttering around in her lemon-lime kitchen, as the radio announces that the search for her lost husband has been discontinued. Then we learn more about the twinkle in her eye.
2nd Place Puphedz: The Tattle-Tale Heart, 27 min, puppet animation directed by Jurgen Heimann. A Guignolesque re-telling of Poe’s classic tale, as told by a bizarre traveling puppet troupe.
A Pizza for Sprinkles, 2 min, animation by Hillary Clark. Short delight, involving a pizza delivery made at an animal shelter, and the surprising tip given to the reluctant driver.
Project Mars, 15 min, directed and animated by Dug Ward. A farce about the search for water on Mars, mixing silly live action with sillier animation.
Virtual vs. Real, 10 min, directed and animated by Jamie Pilarski. A rivalry develops during a casting call when the auditioning actress finds that her competition is a computer construct.
1st Place Bluefish, 25 min, directed by Lucas Howe. A friendship develops on a remote prison island. Beautifully shot in black and white, this film combines harsh contemporary realities with mystical, other-worldly elements.
2nd Place Keys of Life, 13 min, directed by Jeremy Rall, produced by Rachel Curl. During the worst day of his life, a locksmith learns an important truth. Beautiful images within a harsh, ironic tale.
Anna’s Room, 20 min, directed by Patrick Boyton. A cautionary tale, wherein a 16-year-old girl, with a controlling father, is lured into the world of a dangerous stranger.
Backfire, 23 min, directed by Ron Etemad. Disaster results when a teenage boy attempts to win new friends and join a violent gang.
Eternal, 7 min, directed by Freddie Arnold Jr. Dark, tightly edited images illustrate the tale of a young man trying desperately to help his brother deal with their abusive father.
1st Place Frazetta, Painting with Fire, 60 min, directed by Lance Laspina, produced by Jeremy DiFiore. A richly detailed look at Frank Frazetta’s amazing life: his battles, his triumphs, and his incredible artwork.
2nd Place UnWound, 45 min, directed by Jeff Cioletti. A detailed look at classic toy robots, movie robots, and battling robots.
1st Place String of the Kite, 24 min, directed by Michael Fallavollita. A grandfather teaches kite-flying and other lessons to his grandson. An exquisite performance by John Schuck.
2nd Place Professional Courtesy, 27 min, directed by Mark Price. The codes of conduct affect dealings between medieval thieves. A delicate battle of wits in a lush forest setting.
1st Place Tea Time, 6 min, directed by Jay Bogdanowitsch. A tasty bit of Pythonesque battlefield intrigue, centering on a gooey pastry.
2nd Place Red Wagon, 14 min, directed by Alison Marek. A delusional woman finds a shipwrecked man on the beach, but will her sister let her keep him?
Time Copy, 11 min, directed by Matt Rosen. Farce about an office boy who finds that the photocopier has a very special button, one that resets time.
1st Place Spidermen, 8 min, directed by Harry Kellerman. A young boy adopts the guise of his favorite super-hero as he endeavors to find where his Mom hide his basket of Halloween candy.
2nd Place Getting Out, 21 min, directed by Aaron Fishman. A California trust-fund dude tries everything he can think of to get rid of a stifling girlfriend.
Sticky Fingers, 19 min, directed by Douglas S. Jones. Complications ensue when a bride finds her mate’s collection of porn, and calculates that he spent less on her engagement ring.
1st Place The Patchwork Monkey, 10 min, directed by Susan Bell. A young boy receives a hand-made gift from his babysitter; his sister teases that it’s going to get him. Little does she know.
2nd Place The Visage, 40 min, directed by Kirk Henderson. A man is hired to watch the corpse of a spiritualist for three intense nights.
Endings, 12 min, directed by Danishka Esterhazy. This dark, atmospheric film presents a young man meeting a young woman who can see when and where people are going to die.
1st Place No Witness, 10 min, directed by Michael Valverde, story by Steve Antczak. A crafty politician orders the hiring of a contract killer, with the stipulation that there be no witnesses. Cross-cut storylines and handheld shots reflect the escalating chaos.
2nd Place Fun with Clones, 11 min, directed by Matthew Pristave. In this heady farce, you can use clones to satisfy your desires to take revenge on teasing classmates, evil bosses, and teens blasting music.
Blood Shot, 22 min, directed by Dietrich Johnston, produced by Jacqueline Johnston. The CIA’s top agent is a vampire, sent to wipe out terrorists, but he’s being stalked by a police officer.
Run, 5 min, directed by Katharine Leis, edited by Gary DeJidas. A woman is stalked while jogging at night. Tautly cut, filmed in low light, with a neat kicker.
1st Place Family Tree, 36 min, directed by Vicky Jenson. Inspired by Ovid’s tale of Baucis and Philemon, this film presents a bickering family’s celebration of Thanksgiving. Harland Williams gives us the outsider’s perspective, as a man struggling to understand the quirky family he has married into. Talia Shire and Ethan Phillips play the grandparents, in a uniformly excellent ensemble cast, all creating vivid characters who reveal life-long passions, rivalries, and frustrations in scenes laced with humor and warmth. (Family Tree was Jenson’s first project since co-directing Shrek.)
2nd Place The Mother Tree, 27 min, directed by Shaeri Scholzman Richards, Sedona, Ariz. Mysticism meets domestic abuse, as an orphaned boy encounters an African drum healer.
The Appointment, 16 min, directed by Earl A. Hibbert. A businessman, pre-occupied with success, has to wonder, after an auto accident, if he has been sacrificing too much family time.
1st Place Phoenix , 19 min, directed by Steven Bordelon. Something is dangerously wrong in a school for telekinetic children—three failures lead to elimination. Strong cinematic tale, with minimal dialogue.
2nd Place Circle, 13 min, directed by Whitney Hamilton. An NSA agent discovers that extra-terrestrials are after him. For once the men in black are not in charge, not by a long shot.
Night Cap, 16 min, directed by Brandon Kahn. A beautifully filmed, scored, and paced tale of a perfect future, and one young man who discovers a book of poems and dares to think.
1st Place Untitled: 003 Embryo, 28 min, directed by Mike Goedecke. An agoraphobic man receives a package containing an ultra-hi-tech helmet, that proceeds to capture other people’s dreams and promises to make his own dreams come true. Ethan Phillips has an outrageous cameo.
2nd Place New Verdiform City, 13 min, directed by Brad Abrahams. In glorious retro black-and-white, this film presents a fantastical alternative version of 1952, where obsolete humans fight a robot takeover.
Stranded, 13 min, directed by Don Waters, produced by Franco Calabrese, Don Waters, Phil Mell, and Joel Austin. After crashing on a strange planet, two bounty hunters wonder who’s on top of the food chain.
Mon Star, 10 min, directed by Glenn S. Abbott. An absolutely unique sci-fi monster musical, with a truly bizarre creature and rousing battle songs.
The Mazinga Paradox, 28 min, directed by Joseph Gressis, produced by Michael D. Yates. This film sends up every time travel story as the hero decides to go back in time and snatch his classic sci-fi toys before he could open them on Christmas morning.
1st Place I’ll Save You!!!, 6 min, directed by Damian Beurer. When a purse is stolen in New York City , who comes to the rescue? A veritable plethora of classic, head-knocking, Marvel super-heroes!
2nd Place The Convention, 12 min, directed by Georgia Clark. It’s her son’s birthday, but a woman has to go to work, waitressing at a Superhero Banquet.
King Blade, 16 min, directed by John Stewart. Part camp, part horror—the tale of an abused janitor who turns to the ghost of Elvis for advice, help, and inspiration.
2002 Film Festival Awards
Best Short Film: Dwindling
Best Animated Film: Mechbird
Screenings & awards for 2002:
1st Place Mechbird, 6 min, directed by Ashley Auld. A clockwork baby bird learns to fly.
2nd Place The Day of the Subgenius, 8 min, directed by Chris Hopewell. A British town is invaded by dinosaurs, flying saucers, and bloody big cooties.
Baby-Cue, 14 min, directed by Hazel Grian. A bizarre stop-motion adventure done with toys, action figures, and Barbies.
1st Place Foley Street, 8 min, directed by Tim Clayton and Rob Crowther. The man who puts sound into movies does some experimenting.
2nd Place Jack Pierce–The Man Behind the Monsters, directed by Scott Essman. The life of Universal makeup legend Jack P. Pierce is told through narration, stills, and recreations of scenes from six famous Universal horror films.
1st Place Grasp, 18 min, directed by Brendan Donovan. Two cops follow the trail of a bloody hand found in a laundromat dryer.
2nd Place Daddy’s Little Girl, 17 min, directed by Andrew Landesman. A young woman finds a brutally murdered man.
1st Place Habirth, 13 min, directed by Martin Thorne. After the apocalypse, a wanderer tries to stay alive and sane.
2nd Place Hope, 20 min, directed by Ron Brinkmann. A young woman needs some serious help finding a little girl what has disappeared.
1st Place Only Joking, 17 min, directed by Michael Patrick Kelly. The penultimate male chauvinist gets major payback.
2nd Place Quest for the Holy Porcelain, 8 min, directed by Ari Eisner. A young boy has an urgent problem after 4 hours of monster movies and 4 bottles of lemonade.
C.O.G. vs. The Phantom, 30 min, directed by Lewis D’Aubin and Jim Fairchild. The chronicles of the Consortium of Genius’s disastrous attempt to master the power of the Lost Book of the Dead.
1st Place August, 17 min, directed by Hoku Uchiyama. A young girl wonders what happened to her little brother and who, or what, is crying under the house.
2nd Place SadoMannequin, 14 min, directed by Jim Torres. It’s hell being a night watchman when the moon is full.
Shadowbox, 4 min, directed by Michael Malone. Death stalks a mother and her baby.
1st Place The Boogerman, 10 min, directed by Jeff Eagle. If your finger goes up your nose, he must remove the finger you chose.
2nd Place Timmy’s Wish, 10 min, directed by Patrick Cannon. Little Timmy wishes that his parents were dead. Luckily, Jesus is always there to help.
Quiet, 33 min, directed by Sylvain White. Junior’s ghost suggests how Daddy can avenge what Mommy did.
1st Place Dwindling, 19 min, directed by Arnie Lerner. A young boy deals with some puzzling changes in his family.
2nd Place Fate & Fortune, 16 min, directed by Keith Jefferies. Strange things happen when Fate and Fortune are dealing the cards.
The Reckoning, 12 min, directed by Chris Barfoot and Robert Clother.
1st Place The Machine, 18 min, directed by Michael Craft. A man finds a machine which provides a wide range of experiences.
2nd Place Redemption: Episode I, 26 min, directed by Jay A. Kelley. One disastrous rescue attempt in an asteroid field was enough, but now they have to go back.
Division Trade, 27 min, directed by Christos Chrestatos. Survival is the key when violent industrial espionage drives the future.
Paranoia 3, directed by Cathy Raymond, Saif Ansari, and Nick Nigro. A science fiction thriller about alien conspiracy.
1st Place Nerd Wars, 19 min, directed by Elton Sebastian. A Star Wars fan discovers that Trekkies plan to destroy George Lucas.
2nd Place Dial “A” for Alphaman, 16 min, directed by Mike Jackson. The world’s greatest hero meets his match, Dr. Cerebro
The Human BEEing, directed by Tony Shea. An homage to 1950’s B-horror movies. It’s the story of an evil boss and a mad scientist who plan to get rich by turning all their employees at a typing company into worker bees.
Evilbusters, 6 min, directed by Aaron King. Who are you going to call when you mess up with the Book of the Dead.