Award Winners

United Film Festival – Award Winners

We’re very proud to announce our 2014 Los Angeles Award Winners!

Los Angeles 2014
Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Burnout
Feature Length Documentary – Chasing Notes
Short Film – Penance

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Nowhere Girl
Feature Length Documentary – Ride With Larry
Short Film – Dick Hopper: Private Eye

United Film Festival – 2013 Award Winners

Tulsa 2013
Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – The Jogger
Feature Length Documentary – Little Hope Was Arson
Short Film – Sherman & Pacifico
Student Short Film – The Color of Moonlight

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Self-Delusion and Other Obstacles
Feature Length Documentary – Mud and Guts: The Search For Water In La Gonave, Haiti
Short Film – This Is My Home

Chicago 2013
Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Park City
Feature Length Documentary – Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy
Short Film – Lonely Hearts
Student Short Film – Portraiture

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Park City
Feature Length Documentary – Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy
Short Film – Bicycle Hooker

San Francisco 2013
Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Be Good
Feature Length Documentary – Bible Quiz
Short Film – Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection
Student Short Film – Move Mountain

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Park City
Feature Length Documentary – The Devil and the Death Penalty
Short Film – Hiding Your Issues

London 2013
Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Free Samples
Feature Length Documentary – The Promoter
Short Film – The Blind Photographer
Student Short Film – Grey Matter

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – The Days In Between
Feature Length Documentary – The Promoter
Short Film – Stringed Roots

New York 2013
Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Be Good
Feature Length Documentary – The Institute
Short Film – Goose Family
Student Short Film – Into Noise

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Americano
Feature Length Documentary – Play Until Your Fingers Bleed: The Story of Kleen Kut
Short Film – Memory Descent

Los Angeles 2013
Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Congratulations
Feature Length Documentary – If You Build It
Short Film – Brainiac
Student Short Film – Resight

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Born & Raised
Feature Length Documentary – Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy
Short Film – The Troll

2013 Screenwriting Contest Winners: 

Feature Comedy
Winner:
Pearl by Lyvia A Martinez
Synopsis: ‘Now that you’re growing up, you will find out who you truly are.’ When Pearl starts the 7th grade and receives those words of wisdom, she panics, thinking they mean she hasn’t been anybody all along. So she decides she has to find out who she is and what she’s meant to do. And she will do it in one semester. She drags her friends and family into an adventure of exploration into identity, misconceptions and, ultimately, what it means to be one’s self.

Finalists:
How I Became A Chick With Average Breast Size by Dongwon Kang
Synopsis: Mary, an average looking high school girl, who wants to be part of the in-crowd, finds out that Roy, the popular football heartthrob, is secretly gay. They agree to fake being in a relationship together to keep his secret and boost her high school status.

Larry’s Best Friend by David Hill
Synopsis: Ginger was a Golden Retriever magically transformed into a beautiful, intelligent woman, who strives to adapt to the human world, much to the chagrin of her master. Adapted from the award winning stage play.

Feature Drama
Winner:
What Becomes for the Little Boys by Robert Molund
Synopsis: An older brothers attempt to reconcile with his younger brother and their struggle to get beyond the past of an abusing father – leading them up the Alps of Tour the France in a cycle race that started just as any other but in the end is about ever coming home at all.

Finalists:
The Song by David Kauffman
Synopsis: Ben Cantor, a 40-something composer enters a Songwriting Reality Show Contest called THE SONG, against the wishes of his wife, boss, and banker. After handily winning the first two rounds, he is unfairly disqualified by the show’s producer, who has already picked his winner! Ben must face the producer and his own ‘am-I-worthy?’ demons in order to have a shot at winning the Finale.

Postcards in the Attic by Lindsey Foulkes
Synopsis: A bi-racial young man seeks acceptance by traveling the world, only to finally find it in his hometown. Tim seeks to leave the abusive racism of his grandparents and joins the Merchant Marines to take him as far away as he can dream and away from Noel, the girl he loves. He promises Noel he will write her postcards for the next five years. During his leave, Noel moves and a new girl, Agnes, moves in. She reads the postcards left behind and falls in love with their writer. When Tim returns, he doesn’t find what he left but finds exactly what he needs.

Feature Horror/Thriller
Winner:
11 by Troy Taylor
Synopsis: Stranded in an abandoned subway carriage, eleven strangers must work together to escape the evil that awaits them in the dark tunnels of the New York City underground.

Finalists:
Seeing Red by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
Synopsis: DEXTER meets BASIC INSTINCT… When a lonely, guilt-ridden werewolf falls hard for one of his beautiful redheaded victims, he must conquer his own murderous instincts to win her love. But a second mysterious killer with his same m.o. may literally kill his only chance at happiness.

Touching Dark by Chris Webb
Synopsis: Touching Dark is a taut psychological thriller, laced with deadly romance. A man who can travel into the past, accidentally changes history, now he must stop the person who killed the woman he loves, he must stop the infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper.

Short Comedy
Winner:
The White Room by Daniel Burn
Synopsis: A young man awakes to find himself in an unfamiliar place, with no idea how he got there, and only one way out.

Finalists:
Irishry by Jackson Williams
Synopsis: What do some of Ireland’s greatest literary minds spend their time doing now they are resting among the clouds? Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and W.B Yeats await the arrival of the forth member of their party and while doing so, discuss among other topics, the Platypus, Jackie Kennedy and Whiskey.

Death Drives an Import by David Eyman
Synopsis: A man stuck in the morning commute must stop Death from getting to the scene of an accident.

Short Drama
Winner:
Blackberry Blossom by Sydney Armstrong
Synopsis: A young girl learns the old time music of the Appalachians from an old mountain woman. As she grows older, she learns the value of those musical traditions and how to pass them on in turn to a new generation.

Finalists:
Tiger Lily by Brandi Alyssa Young
Synopsis: Tiger Lili is a coming of age story of a young girl who decides she is no longer going to suffer the abuse she endures and decides to fight for her life and become better than the cards the hand of fate have dealt.

Nurse Roberts and the Five Cent Song by Eileen-Rita Folwell
Synopsis: A family is torn apart during the Christchurch earthquake and need love, music and a touch of magic to bring them back together again.

Short Horror/Thriller
Winner:
This Vehicle Has Been Checked for Sleeping Children by John Burdeaux
Synopsis: A school bus driver is toyed with by a menacing presence in the last row of his vehicle.

Finalists:
Wiked by Lior Lederman
Synopsis: one man discovers the truth about Wikipedia. Either that or he’s gone completely insane…

Killing Time by Douglas Mattingly
Synopsis: A wannabe-anything decides to seek quick fame as a serial killer, but when faced with the reality of actually carrying it through, decides too late that it’s not his thing.

United Film Festival – 2012 Award Winners

Tulsa 2012

Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Just Crazy Enough
Feature Length Documentary – Fight Life
Short Film – Heads Up
Student Short Film – One Punch At A Time

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – LoveTown
Feature Length Documentary – A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995
Short Film – Walk Tall

Chicago 2012

Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Best Laid Plans
Feature Length Documentary – Sadermania
Short Film – Other
Student Short Film – Love, Dad

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Supporting Characters
Feature Length Documentary – Sadermania
Short Film – Stitches

San Francisco 2012

Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Free Samples
Feature Length Documentary – Crocodile in the Yangtze
Short Film – Office Romance 2.0
Student Short Film – Exit Wound

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Act Naturally
Feature Length Documentary – Crocodile in the Yangtze
Short Film – Glue Man

London 2012 

Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative - Leila
Feature Length Documentary - Bed Stuy: Do or Die
Short Film - Walk Tall

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative - Leila
Feature Length Documentary - GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Student Short Film - Corner Shop

New York 2012

Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – It’s in the Blood
Feature Length Documentary – More Than Me
Short Film – Love After Sunrise
Student Short Film – Police Tape

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Eagles in the Chicken Coop
Feature Length Documentary – GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Short Film – One Punch at a Time

Los Angeles 2012

Jury Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Supporting Characters
Feature Length Documentary – Of Two Minds
Short Film – The Vacuum Kid
Student Short Film – Entanglement

Audience Awards
Feature Length Narrative – Act Naturally
Feature Length Documentary – Of Two Minds
Short Film – Maid of Dishonor

Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund
Best Score Award – It’s In The Blood

United Film Festival – Los Angeles Lifetime Achievement Award Winners 2012

We were happy to honor Mark Rydell & Dabney Coleman by placing their handprints in front of the historic Vista Theatre prior to a celebratory screening of On Golden Pond.

2012 United Film Festival Winners

Thank you to our finalists and congratulations to the winners!

Screenwriting Contest Winners: 

Feature Comedy
Winner: Waking The Dead by Michele Schultz
Synopsis: A deadbeat dad reunites his dysfunctional high school garage band to keep from losing his estranged, rock-obsessed teenage daughter.

Feature Drama
Winner: Bare Knuckle Days by Neil Chase
Synopsis: After saving the life of an aging mob boss, a bullied boy forms an unlikely friendship with the reluctant enforcer ordered to protect him.

Feature Horror/Thriller
Winner: The Feeding Cycle by RC Speck and Daniel Maidman
Synopsis: Is the latest zombie menace caused by a long-dormant microbe that returned Christ from the dead? Or is it truly an act of the Devil?

Short Comedy
Winner: Close Call by Shane McCabe
Synopsis: A week before his wedding, Mike confesses to his two friends that his future sister-in-law tried to seduce him. Mikes friends are anxious to hear the full story but are shocked at how things played out.

Short Drama
Winner: The Dan Dedman Song Factory by Jeremy Burgess
Synopsis: When Wallace gets an unexpected phone call from one of his favorite musicians, he thinks it’s the coolest birthday present he’s ever received. But by the end of their conversation, he realizes that it might’ve been more like a wake up call.

Short Horror/Thriller
Winner: The Invitation by April Wolak
Synopsis: A woman attempting to reignite her marriage through experimental methods, encounters a dire outcome.

Mark Rydell and Dabney Coleman accept their Lifetime Achievement Awards.