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April 16th, 2021

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2020 Awards Presentation

2020 AWARD WINNERS

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2020 Award Nominees!

BEST FILM
AS IS
THE BALLAD OF THE BARKEEP
DONNY AND CLIVE
SPECIAL DELIVERY
SUBS

BEST DIRECTOR
REID ESTREICHER AND MICHAEL BARNARD - THANK YOU 5
MADOLYN RUSEN - FIGURE DRAWING
CHRIS MCKEE AND LOWER MCKEE - DONNY AND CLIVE
VENK POTULA - SUBS
BROCK SPADY - AS IS

BEST WRITER
ERIC LANG AND WES TODBY - SPECIAL DELIVERY
JASON K. ALLEN - MAC ISN'T GAY
ALAN MOUTAL AND ELI BESSUDO - A SLIGHT INCONVENIENCE
LELAND FRANKEL - SUBS
DYLAN COOPER - DONNY AND CLIVE

BEST ACTOR
JOSHUA JORDAN - MAC ISN'T GAY
MATT RIKER - THE BALLAD OF THE BARKEEP
MICHAEL MCCALLUM - THE PEWTER BROS.
DARREN MANGLER - AS IS
DYLAN COOPER - DONNY AND CLIVE

BEST ACTRESS
NICOLE STARRETT - AS IS
NANCY NAVE - REMATCH
CLAIRE COE - EMERGENCY FIRST AID HACKS WITH RACH
DANA JOELI - SUBS
MAYE HARRIS - RIBBONS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE BALLAD OF THE BARKEEP
AS IS
FIGURE DRAWING
DONNY AND CLIVE
SPECIAL DELIVERY

BEST EDITING
RIBBONS
A SLIGHT INCONVENIENCE
FIGURE DRAWING
AS IS
DEATH AT DINNER

BEST MUSIC
DONNY AND CLIVE
A SLIGHT INCONVENIENCE
DANCE DITCHERS
AS IS
THE BALLAD OF THE BARKEEP

BEST SOUND
PHASMOPHILIA
THE BALLAD OF THE BARKEEP
AS IS
SUBS
A SLIGHT INCONVENIENCE

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
THE GREAT WHITE NOISE BY WILLIAM L. KIENITZ
THE RIVETER BY LEANNA ADAMS
MENSA BALL BY DAVID RASCH
PLAYGROUND TALES: CHILDREN OF WAR BY ERIC WHITE
RED SHIRT BY MARY C. FERRARA

2020 FILM SELECTIONS!

Check out the awesome 2020 Film Selections!

MAC ISN'T GAY

Mac has been experiencing intimacy issues with women and decides to visit his shrink, who suggests he might be gay. The offended patient then spends his entire session trying to prove to his doctor that he isn't gay.

LITTLE LAMBS

The new student of a catholic school is taught the sin's of peer pressure.

THE BALLAD OF THE BARKEEP

In a tale of the old West, a barkeep, bullied by a gang of dirty ne'er do wells, is forced to defend his saloon, and clean up.

U UP?

Three people discuss the extreme measures taken to understand the confusing text messages from a woman.

THANK YOU 5

A theater production struggles to survive to opening night, enduring the eccentric personalities of the director, cast members & crew.

PHASMOPHILIA

Sebastian tries to convince his sister, Felicity, that the his relationship with his ghost boyfriend, Ollie, is more than just a phase.

AS IS

Freddie, a telegram delivery messenger, has no problem telling it like it is, unless it's about himself. When his self-embellishments get him in over his head with his dream girl, he's got to come clean and present himself 'as is'.

REMATCH

An emotionally damaged man challenges the female former schoolyard bully to a rematch of the tetherball game that ruined his life 25 years ago.

SIDEPIECE

Dating is hard. Especially when you’re married. Nothing is what appears to be in this short romantic-comedy about two people who find each other on a very special dating app. You just can’t trust what you read anymore.

DANCE DITCHERS

Three students decide to ditch their school dance and have their own “party” in the halls of the school, but encounter trouble when they run into a no-nonsense teacher who wants to keep the halls quiet and the ex-girlfriend of one of the students.

NOT AGAIN

After Marvin feels like he will be single forever, he decides to give love another chance by reconnecting with someone from the past.

BECOMING SUPER

A look inside one woman's quest to become a Super.

THE FILM MAJOR

A mockumentary about what it is like to live with a film student.

INTOLERANT: THE SHORT

Thirty is approaching fast for Gavin, Maxwell and Cody, but not as fast as the Jeep they just used to accidentally run over that naked Indian guy. WTF are they going to do?! Take him back to their place and trick him into believing he has amnesia???........ Obvi.

NOT AGAIN

After Marvin feels like he will be single forever, he decides to give love another chance by reconnecting with someone from the past.

SO, YOU'RE THE GUY?

Two men meet in a men's room to discover the shocking secret that keeps them together.

THE PEWTER BROS.

Two brothers are in search of a missing treasure if they can get past being around each other long enough to find it.

A SLIGHT INCONVENIENCE

Four strangers experience a slight inconvenience.

DONNY AND CLIVE

Two dimwitted criminals decide to rob a house.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

When Corey opens a package addressed to his girlfriend, he finds himself in a situation that must be handled with care.

LOVE STINKS

Love Stinks, but boyfriends don't have to. Cindy must flee her boyfriend Norman's apartment after an embarrassing mishap. Norman is left to confront Windy and his own judgmental outlook.

RIBBONS

Lucy is a studious high school junior who dreams of attending the Sadie Hawkins dance with Tomás, a classmate who keeps to himself and sits behind her in Spanish class. After devising a way to get his attention, the two strike up a flirtatious friendship, setting off a chain of events that inspire Lucy to finally take the leap -- but just when she thinks the hardest part is over, things take an unexpected, and rather mortifying, turn.

NANNA & THE ICE DOG

The Ice Dog is an aspiring rap star. His grandmother Nanna interrupts his web show. Nanna gives viewers a show they won't forget.

DEATH AT DINNER

Meeting your future in-laws is never easy. For Maggie, it's downright deadly! When the visit turns into an extravagant dinner party crawling with thespians, dripping in old Hollywood icons, and sprinkled with a little bit of murder, Maggie must discover her inner sleuth to survive the night.

FIGURE DRAWING

Figure Drawing is a short comedic film about an awkward art student named Maya, who struggles to complete her sketches in a community figure drawing class. During the session, she comes across a passionate art instructor, a snooty rival, and a nude model from the gods.

VIRGINITY

A young couple has decided they are ready for their first time. They just don't exactly know what they're doing.

THE HAM SANDWICH

Set in the early 60's, a young boy damns his soul when he accidentally eats a ham sandwich on Good Friday.

SUBS

Two rival substitute teachers are forced into a brutal game of one-upsmanship as they compete for a job at an elite elementary school.

EMERGENCY FIRST AID HACKS WITH RACH

An upbeat food blogger attempts to make a first aid video - accidentally sparking a year-long journey of grief, self-discovery and reality-bending twists.

GOOD BAD ADVICE

A father overcomes his greatest fear as he dishes out good bad advice.


2020 Screenplay Contest Finalists

Learn about our 2020 Laugh or Die Screenplay Finalists below and see who wins best screenplay at the festival!

THE GREAT WHITE NOISE

By William L. Klenitz

Two camp counselors, relatively low on the IQ totem pole, have twenty-four hours to impart as much wisdom as they can to three rather resistant campers.

the riveter

By Leanna Adams

On the run from two dangerous men during a storm, a woman finds an unexpected savior in an abandoned WWII factory - Rosie the Riveter.

mensa ball

By David Rasch

A dentist and his receptionist are both unpleasantly surprised at the Mensa Ball.

playground tales: children of war

By Eric White

When a sleazy businessman plans the demolition of the town's beloved youth center, eleven-year-old Briana must take matters into her own hands.

red shirt

By Mary C. Ferrara

A woman goes on a blind date and runs into an old high school friend in the bathroom; chaos ensues!

2020 Screenplay Contest SEMI-Finalists

Learn about our 2020 Laugh or Die Screenplay Semi-Finalists below!

insignificant

By Wendy Wilkins

In a desperate move, a middle-aged Filipino-American man kidnaps a rich, middle-aged white lady thinking she’s his only option to thwarting his mother’s deportation but quickly regrets his actions when she proves to be no helpless victim.

weekend warriors

By Brian McDevitt Jr.

A documentary camera crew records the misadventures of reservist aircraft maintainers in this workplace comedy.

chartered

By Joseph Kelly

The principal of a new charter school is interviewed about his controversial corporal punishment policies for students.

saving robin williams

By Lawrence Whitener

Brilliant but eccentric mathematician breaks Einstein's theory of time travel into the past...but only for 15 minutes, and only once. Who would you save...and why?

Holiday Hostage

By Matthew Delia

Three millennials, in order to get rich quick, hold Santa hostage to gain access to his workshop.

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