RedWood Film Festival team glad to announce the list of Winner of December 2020 Edition. 

BEST CATEGORIES AWARDS

BEST SHORT FILM

Film: THE CHOICE

Directed by: Manuel Juri Vitali


Synopsis: A seemingly simple choice, like that of a dress to wear on a date, can sometimes turn out to be actually very difficult to make.

After falling prey to her own many doubts and thoughts, the protagonist will find a solution by relying on her instinct.












BEST ONE MINUTE SHORT FILM

Film: Nude Landscapes

Directed by: Luís Damas


Synopsis: Pictures of living landscapes

where the Flame burns

in the veins

of Dream made flesh.






BEST LGBT FILM

"Not Enough Entries"


BEST STUDENT FILM

Film: Barren Bride

Directed by: Shreeya Tiwari


Synopsis: Barren Bride is a story of a young married woman desolated from her household due to her inability to bear a child. As she spends her life alone raising cattle, she meets someone who enchants her life with real happiness and leaves her content.










BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Film: Spider Rockets - Rip Your Heart Out

Directed by: Roman Fernandez


Synopsis: Crazy bitch meets dumb-ass guy. Dumb-ass guy does not know crazy bitch has a secret. Dumb-ass guy pisses off crazy bitch. Crazy bitch gets even.
















BEST WEB SERIES

Film: "Facetime With The Rickenbakker Family"

Directed by: Thomas Connelly


Synopsis: A Mother is determined to rally her dysfunctional family into having their own comic reality tv show!













BEST GENRE CATEGORIES AWARDS

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Film: Spilling Salt

Directed by: Natalia Armienta


Synopsis: Bolivia holds a sea of salt, the heart of the spirit of the earth "Pachamama" called Salar de Uyuni, the world largest reserve of lithium, at the time that protects us from UV rays. On the eve of a change of energy, the entire planet will share their future and destiny again.














BEST ANIMATION FILM

Film: By Rocket to Oblivion

Directed by: Matt Bissett-Johnson


Synopsis: A brave spaceman goes on a journey.

















BEST DRAMA FILM

Film: Ashes to Ashes

Directed by: Ashley Landrieu


Synopsis: Three adopted siblings meet for the first time in years to spread their mothers ashes.







BEST EXPERIMENT FILM

Film: AX

Directed by: Christopher Reichert


Synopsis:









BEST THRILLER FILM

Film: SCRIPT

Directed by: Piero Cannata


Synopsis: Two screenwriters, a ghost story, the night that goes on. Who will put an end to this?















BEST ROMANTIC FILM

Film: Stardust Memory

Directed by: Cindy Kemp


Synopsis: A woman hits the road to find the mystery lover she sees in her dreams every night.




BEST JURY AWARD

Film: re/cycle

Directed by: Rene Smaal


Synopsis: A forest, a bicycle, a man. Where did they come from? Where do they go? And in what order? A film in the true surrealist tradition, in the sense that only 'found' elements were used, and that it defies interpretation based on ordinary cause-and-effect time sequence.












BEST AWARDS TO PEOPLES

BEST DIRECTOR

Award goes to: Dustin Mills

Film: Paying Up

Directed by: Dustin Mills


Synopsis: A desperate heroin addict owes money to his violent dealer and decides to sell his very manhood to a cult to get the money. Horror is not always being chased by monsters , but sometimes the decision we make ourselves


BEST D.O.P

Award goes to: Enrico Banson & Sean Totanes

Film: Welcome to the Conspiracy!

Directed by: Sean Totanes


Synopsis: Art, an agoraphobic loser in a downward spiral, thinks the world is out to get him; that is until he meets the girl of his dreams. She offers a proposition - to be part of a project that will "cure his disease". Will she be able to help him overcome his "syndrome", or is Mika, part of the conspiracy?










BEST SCREENWRITER

Award goes to: Joe Lam

Film: Fugitive Zero

Directed by: Joe Lam


Synopsis: An escaped convict discovers he's taking part in a live simulation where every moral decision determines his eligibility for parole.

Frankie and Derek are two men trapped in a warehouse who fight over a gun. In the struggle, the gun fires several times and leads to... Frankie waking up from the nightmare. He finds himself tied in a barn with fellow inmate, Casper, who plans to rape a young woman and use Frankie as the scapegoat. Unbeknownst to Frankie is the fact that Casper is acting within a live simulation designed to test a prisoner's moral behavior. He's under surveillance by a man named Baker, who runs the experimental parole to test if Frankie is reformed and eligible for parole. He's joined by Derek's mother, Victoria, who must approve of the parole if Frankie passes all of the moral tests. The story explores the choices Frankie makes that will lead to his redemption or imprisonment.


BEST EDITOR

Award goes to: Sean Totanes

Film: Welcome to the Conspiracy!

Directed by: Sean Totanes


Synopsis: Art, an agoraphobic loser in a downward spiral, thinks the world is out to get him; that is until he meets the girl of his dreams. She offers a proposition - to be part of a project that will "cure his disease". Will she be able to help him overcome his "syndrome", or is Mika, part of the conspiracy?


Redwood Film Festival December 2020 Official Selection Films

RedWood Film Festival announces the list of Official Selected films of December 2020.

  • Redwood Film Festival is an Online Film Festival. 

  • Our Jury screens the selections Privately and from there we select the winners. Only the winning films will get a chance to participate in a second selection at the end of the year. If they pass the second selection, we'll screen them at our annual live online screening. Where one film from each category will be awarded. 

Short Films

  • The Lonely Boy | Julian Morales


  • Oh Shohagi | Jahangir Mohammad & Golam Mostafa


  • Virvel | Angelica Andersson & Rene Smaal


  • Michiko A3 | 賀川良


  • The Last Shot | Martin Doležal


  • Rhythm Adjustment | Adam Sturman


  • Paying Up | Dustin Mills


  • Call Workshop | Jason Ledford


  • On The Edge Of Yesterday | Kirk Knapp


  • Rationale | C. Blake Evernden


  • Kaishaku, the Honor of Samurai | Toshi Asaka


  • Covid Rockin' | Magnus Christoffersen


  • Dark Night | Ira Farmer


  • Vengeance Saloon | James E Blackburn


  • Never Mime | Joe Griffenberg


  • We came to see the river | Takaaki Watanabe


  • Fragments | Andrea Ratti


  • Disruption | Anagha Komalankutty


  • THE CHOICE | Manuel Juri Vitali


  • Matres | Blood Lines | Luca Di Bartolo


  • Long Distance | Ashna Sharan


  • Once You Pop | Jared Cliff LaReau


Student Short Films

  • The Wolfsbane Case | Mohamed Hammad


  • Malfunction | Ilgın Saçan


  • Barren Bride | Shreeya Tiwari


LGBT Films

  • "Not Enough Entries"


Web Series

  • CollectEd | David Mullins


  • Another Que' Rashad Moment | Levi A Otis


  • "Facetime With The Rickenbakker Family" | Thomas Connelly


  • Maxime Boudreault: Road to the 2020 World's Strongest Man - EPISODE 1 | Chris Borgo


Music Video

  • Spider Rockets - Rip Your Heart Out (OFFICIAL VIDEO) | Roman Fernandez


1- Minute Short Films

  • re/cycle | Rene Smaal


  • CRP NEWS | Brian T Shirley


  • QUARANTINE (I keep you company) | Massimiliano Nocco


  • Life or Death | Ashley Landrieu


  • Disruption | Anagha Komalankutty


  • Nude Landscapes | Luís Damas


  • Star Park | Andrea Malandra


Animation Films

  • By Rocket to Oblivion | Matt Bissett-Johnson


  • Reflection | M. A. Ristvedt


Drama Films

  • Michiko A3 | 賀川良


  • Ashes to Ashes | Ashley Landrieu


Documentary Films

  • South-East Express | Jens Nagels


  • Rigors (Rigi) | Yannis Bletas


  • BEAUTIFUL LIFE OF WOMEN | Tim Bragaw


  • Today is Not The Day | Nieves Garcia Perchin


  • Can't Stop the Sun from Shining | Dr. Teresa Mular


  • Spilling Salt | Natalia Armienta


  • Courageous | Corey Jay Johnson


  • The Wetland | Dušan Davidov


Experiment Films

  • Glaucon | TABATABAY Cambyse


  • AX | Christopher Reichert


Romantic Films

  • Michiko A3 | 賀川良


  • The Saints of the Rue Scribe | Angel Katherine Taormina


  • Stardust Memory | Cindy Kemp


  • Welcome to the Conspiracy! | Sean Totanes


Thriller Films

  • The Wolfsbane Case | Mohamed Hammad


  • Fugitive Zero | Joe Lam


  • PKD9000 | Brandon Boudreaux


  • The Dance | Ira Farmer & Chuck Null


  • SCRIPT | Piero Cannata



RedWood Film Festival team glad to announce the list of Winner of September 2020 Edition. 

BEST CATEGORIES AWARDS

BEST SHORT FILM

Film: The College Life

Directed by: Andretti Dante


Synopsis: 3 college buddies Vince the star quarterback a pure ladies man, Briggs the class clown Vince's main buddy and Nate just your average college kid trying to get through school. While being Vince's dorm roommate. The 3 are always up to something that usually leads to Nate being the victim of a joke. But on this night Vince finds himself on the other end of a unusual situation.









BEST ONE MINUTE SHORT FILM

Film: Seeking a space called Peace

Directed by: Maaz Kazmi


Synopsis: It's a telling tale of today's geo-political scenario. In turbulent times, a helpless but resilient mother seeks a space called 'peace' for her unborn child.






BEST LGBT FILM

Film: The Parlor with Jeff + Cosgrove

Directed by: Daniel Maggio


Synopsis: "The Parlor" is an oral storytelling project featuring Jeff + Cosgrove (stars of the HUMP! Fest short film "The Glory Hole"). After 26 years of partnership, these elderly gay men have dozens of intimate, raw, hilarious and touching stories from their lives. As Cosgrove says, "When making life decisions, we always choose the more interesting story."

Residing in Cathedral City, Jeff and Cosgrove have turned their living room into the parlor: part cozy hangout spot, part living museum. Hundreds of photos cover the walls, representing different chapters of their relationship. They cover topics ranging from commitment, celebrity run-ins, living with HIV, pride, and what it means to be an aging queer today.

This is the first episode of the series, telling the story of their historic wedding day at San Francisco City Hall on June 28th, 2013.


BEST STUDENT FILM

Film: Coach

Directed by: Alexander Baskakov


Synopsis: The old coach receives an invitation for her girl pupil to the national fencing team. But on this day, she goes to jail for armed robbery.
















BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Film: Apathy

Directed by: Daniel Mercatali


Synopsis: Today's apathy is strongly linked to the way in which we use our mobile phones. We’ve turned into zombies, checking our phones constantly whilst walking, eating, going out, playing, loving, studying. This terrible disease makes us behave like zombies.

According to the ancient philosophers, apathy was a virtue, as it kept us away from the excesses of passion and was a synonym for balance and wisdom. The apathetic, free of all emotion, could exercise their reasoning to the highest expression. Today, however, the conditions are very different. Indeed, after two millennia spent avoiding feelings in favour of pure rationality, we realise we’re equally unhappy. Consequently, we’re forced to change course and get back on the path to true happiness, and this can't be achieved if one hand is busy chatting on our phone whilst we’re talking to the person in front of us. Phone to hand we feel we’re elsewhere, disinterested in our surroundings, other people and our real needs. It’s almost as if we've been disconnected from reality, and are passive spectators of other people's lives. This is exactly when we need motivation, passion and change - the three main characters in the film - to intervene.


BEST WEB SERIES

Film: PT: Pain & Torture

Directed by: Ashley Winters


Synopsis: This NEW, offbeat and charmingly inappropriate comedy follows Ben Matthews, an optimistic physical therapist, whose whole world gets turned upside down when he meets the love of his life. Hilarity ensues when his crazy co-workers and willful patients create quite the detour on his road to love. PT is based on a true story full of workplace shenanigans, unlikely friendships and a love story for the ages!






BEST GENRE CATEGORIES AWARDS

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Film: Built lands

Directed by: Arturo Dueñas Herrero


Synopsis: In the late 60s a group of artists decides to settle in a village in the ‘darkest-deepest’ Spain. Today only Felix Cuadrado Lomas still remains there, determined to reflect the landscape which surrounds him: the lands built by those who work on them.












BEST ANIMATION FILM

Film: BEATRICE

Directed by: Vincenzo De Sio


Synopsis: BEATRICE is a tribute short film to one of the greatest Cinema figures, Beatrice Vitoldi, protagonist of the "Odessa Stairs" in "The Battleship Potemkin". She was a great Italian actress and a Great Woman committed in society and politics. A Girl and a SteamBot guide us discovering a Great woman who paid with her life her commitment.










BEST DRAMA FILM

Film: The Anniversary

Directed by: Davide Serra


Synopsis: A widow pays tribute to her dead husband on the day of their wedding anniversary.















BEST EXPERIMENT FILM

Film: Forget Me Not

Directed by: Andreas John


Synopsis: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ceremonial and natural sounds meet creative movement. An exploration of connection without words in a time of social distancing.















BEST THRILLER FILM

Film: Karmen

Directed by: Jayleen S Perez


Synopsis: A strong Latina woman plots revenge against her abusive husband.















BEST ROMANTIC FILM

Film: Black Coffee

Directed by: Vito Lyles


Synopsis: A woman and a man sitting in a coffee shop toy around with the idea of a simple kiss between strangers.






BEST JURY AWARD

Film: NOBODIES

Directed by: Zach Rineer


Synopsis: Two boys attempt to survive in a post-apocalyptic Pennsylvania where resources have become scarce.















BEST AWARDS TO PEOPLES

BEST DIRECTOR

Award goes to: Davide Serra

Film: The Anniversary

Directed by: Davide Serra


Synopsis: A widow pays tribute to her dead husband on the day of their wedding anniversary.














BEST D.O.P

Award goes to: Nick Sherman

Film: Black Coffee

Directed by: Vito Lyles


Synopsis: A woman and a man sitting in a coffee shop toy around with the idea of a simple kiss between strangers.





BEST SCREENWRITER

Award goes to: Zineb TAMOURT

Film: Riad of my dreams

Directed by: Zineb TAMOURT


Synopsis: Hiba, a 12-year-old, has an innate passion for the arts (music, image and light, reading, ...). This place called "cinema" of her new district fascinates her while her mother forbids her to approach her. She transgresses, enters and ...











BEST EDITOR

Award goes to: Thorsten Schade

Film: The Invitation (Die Einladung)

Directed by: Thorsten Schade


Synopsis: The world-renowned Adam Birkenholz AG invites the young project developer Thomas Renner to an interview. The meeting in a noble property is developing promisingly. Renner imagines the goal of his dreams. But nothing is as it seems to be. And the hope of a little glamor and glory will become Renner's nightmare ...









BEST ACTOR (MALE)

Award goes to: Orestes Fiedler

Film: The Invitation (Die Einladung)

Directed by: Thorsten Schade


Synopsis: The world-renowned Adam Birkenholz AG invites the young project developer Thomas Renner to an interview. The meeting in a noble property is developing promisingly. Renner imagines the goal of his dreams. But nothing is as it seems to be. And the hope of a little glamor and glory will become Renner's nightmare ...









BEST ACTRESS (FEMALE)

Award goes to: Charlotte Williams

Film: Black Coffee

Directed by: Vito Lyles


Synopsis: A woman and a man sitting in a coffee shop toy around with the idea of a simple kiss between strangers.

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