Shorts Audience Awards Program

These shorts awards each come with a $1,000 cash prize and are determined by audience vote, so make sure to cast your ballots! Winners will be announced during this live shorts program taking place on the last day of the in-person festival.


Audience Choice Award for Best Short
Presented By: Char and Chuck Fowler

Best After Hours Short
Presented By: Friends of Patrick McFadden

Best Black Cinema Short
Presented By: Equius Group LLC

Best Comedy Short
Endowed By: David K. Ream

Best Family Short
Presented By: University School

Best LGBTQ+ Short: Given in Celebration of the Life of Nikki Babbit
Presented By: Jamie Babbit

Best Latinx Short
Presented By: La Familia Watilo Blake

Best Ohio Short
Presented By: Bill and Teri Koeth

Best Student Short
Presented By: MP Star Financial

Best Women's Short
Presented By: Jinny and John Johnson

The Clover and Maggie Award: In Celebration of Life
Presented By: Barbara Hawley & David Goodman

The Ophelia Award: In Celebration of the Life of Dakota Ophelia Berg
Presented By: Jim Brumbaugh & Carolyn Berg

The Spalding and Jackson Award: In Celebration of Joy
Presented By: Marcie Goodman & John C. Williams

The Tom and Ginny Knoll Family Award: In Celebration of Acts of Kindness
Presented By: Tom and Ginny Knoll and The Knoll Family Fund Promoting Civility and Acts of Kindness of Akron Community Foundation