The Best Animated Short Film Award winner and the Best Live Action Short Film Award winner will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®.

For past winners, see the CIFF archive.

Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film

Becoming Bulletproof

Becoming Bulletproof

USA
Directed by Michael Barnett

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition

The Fool

The Fool

RUSSIA
Directed by Yury Bykov

Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition

Stray Dog

Stray Dog

USA, MEXICO
Directed by Debra Granik

Honorable Mentions

Don't Leave Me

Don't Leave Me

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
Directed by Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Limited Partnership

Limited Partnership

USA
Directed by Thomas G. Miller

Global Health Competition

Becoming Bulletproof

Becoming Bulletproof

USA
Directed by Michael Barnett

American Independents Competition

The Young Kieslowski

The Young Kieslowski

USA
Directed by Kerem Sanga

Local Heroes Competition

Forced Perspective

Forced Perspective

USA
Directed by Nick Cavalier

Music Movies Competition

Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River

USA
Directed by Martin Shore

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Frame By Frame

Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli for Frame By Frame

AFGHANISTAN

Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film

Till Then

Till Then

GERMANY, USA
Directed by Benjamin Wolff

Programmers' Choice Award for Best Short Film

Rúbaí (Ruby)

Rúbaí (Ruby)

IRELAND
Directed by Louise Ní Fhiannachta

Best Animated Short Film Award

Bear Story

Bear Story

CHILE
Directed by Pato Escala

Honorable Mentions

Me + Her

Me + Her

USA
Directed by Joseph Oxford

Rabbit and Deer

Rabbit and Deer

HUNGARY
Directed by Péter Vácz

Best Comedy Short Film Award

Le Refuge

Le Refuge

USA
Directed by Elliot Thomson

Honorable Mentions

Dad in Mum

Dad in Mum

FRANCE
Directed by Fabrice Bracq

The Hyperglot

The Hyperglot

USA
Directed by Michael Urie

Best Documentary Short Film Award

On Beauty

On Beauty

USA
Directed by Joanna Rudnick

Honorable Mentions

I Married My Family's Killer

I Married My Family's Killer

CANADA
Directed by Emily Kassie

Stella Walsh

Stella Walsh

USA
Directed by Rob Lucas

Best International Short Film Award

Albertine

Albertine

FRANCE
Directed by Alexis Van Stratum

Honorable Mentions

The Loyalist

The Loyalist

USA, SOUTH KOREA
Directed by Minji Kang

Best LGBT Short Film
In Celebration of the Life of Nikki Babbit

Aban + Khorshid

Aban + Khorshid

USA
Directed by Darwin Serink

Honorable Mentions

Safe Word

Safe Word

USA
Directed by Todd Lillethun

Tom in America

Tom in America

USA, BRAZIL
Directed by Flavio Alves

Best Live Action Short Film Award

Till Then

Till Then

GERMANY, USA
Directed by Benjamin Wolff

Honorable Mentions

Birthday

Birthday

USA
Directed by Chris King

Simon Says

Simon Says

USA
Directed by Jamie Sterba

Best Ohio Short Film Award

Animator vs. Animation IV

Animator vs. Animation IV

USA
Directed by Alan Becker

Honorable Mentions

Bridge

Bridge

USA
Directed by Danny Dwyer

Forever Professor

Forever Professor

USA
Directed by Mika Johnson

Best Student Short Film Award

Stealth

Stealth

USA
Directed by Bennett Lasseter

Honorable Mentions

Ni-Ni

Ni-Ni

USA
Directed by Melissa Hickey

Best Women's Short Film Award

Broken Branches

Broken Branches

ISRAEL
Directed by Ayala Sharot

Honorable Mentions

Can't Hide Me

Can't Hide Me

INDIA
Directed by Madhuri Mohindar

Joanna

Joanna

POLAND
Directed by Aneta Kopacz

The Clover and Maggie Award
In Celebration of Life

In the Clouds

In the Clouds

ARGENTINA
Directed by Marcelo Mitnik

Honorable Mentions

Entrain

Entrain

CANADA
Directed by Elaine Poon, Adrien Benson

The Spalding and Jackson Award
In Celebration of Joy

Welcome (Bienvenidos)

Welcome (Bienvenidos)

SPAIN
Directed by Javier Fesser

Honorable Mentions

Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle

Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle

USA
Directed by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson

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