Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

CIFF46 Winners

The Best Animated Short Award winner, the Best Documentary Short Award winner, and the Best Live Action Short 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

From the Hood to the Holler

From the Hood to the Holler

USA
Directed by Pat McGee

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

The Janes

The Janes

USA
Directed by Emma Pildes, Tia Lessin

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Gentle

Gentle

HUNGARY
Directed by László Csuja, Anna Nemes

Honorable Mention

Celts

Celts

SERBIA
Directed by Milica Tomović

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition

Navalny

Navalny

USA
Directed by Daniel Roher

Honorable Mention

The Exiles

The Exiles

USA
Directed by Ben Klein, Violet Columbus

New Direction Competition

Nudo Mixteco

Nudo Mixteco

MEXICO
Directed by Ángeles Cruz

Honorable Mention

Clara Sola

Clara Sola

USA
Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Refuge

Refuge

USA
Directed by Erin Bernhardt, Din Blankenship

Ad Hoc Docs Competition

Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

USA
Directed by Louie Psihoyos

American Independents Competition

892

892

USA
Directed by Abi Damaris Corbin

Global Health Competition

The Erie Situation

The Erie Situation

USA
Directed by David J. Ruck

International Narrative Competition

Beautiful Minds

Beautiful Minds

FRANCE, SWITZERLAND
Directed by Bernard Campan, Alexandre Jollien

Local Heroes Competition

Mama Bears

Mama Bears

USA
Directed by Daresha Kyi

Audience Choice Award for Best Short

The Treatment

The Treatment

Spain
Directed by Álvaro Carmona

Programmers' Choice Award - In Celebration of the life of Toni Oliverio

North Star

North Star

USA
Directed by P.J. Palmer

Best Animated Short

Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat

Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat

UK
Directed by William Joyce

Honorable Mentions

Death and the Lady

Death and the Lady

United States
Directed by Geoff Bailey, Lucy Struever

She Dreams at Sunrise

She Dreams at Sunrise

USA
Directed by Camrus Johnson

Best Comedy Short

Brief Survey

Brief Survey

United States
Directed by Dava Whisenant

Best Documentary Short

More Than I Remember

More Than I Remember

USA
Directed by Amy Bench

Honorable Mentions

A Peculiar Silence

A Peculiar Silence

United States
Directed by Cinque Northern

The Box

The Box

United States
Directed by Shal Gerard Ngo, James Burns

Best Family Short

Father, Son, and the Beach

Father, Son, and the Beach

Taiwan
Directed by Chieh-Huei HSU

Best LGBTQIA+ Short
In Celebration of the Life of Nikki Babbit

Coming Out With the Help of a Time Machine

Coming Out With the Help of a Time Machine

USA
Directed by NAMAN GUPTA

Best Live Action Short

Nakam

Nakam

Germany
Directed by Andreas Kessler

Honorable Mentions

Georgia

Georgia

South Korea
Directed by Jayil Pak

The Wake

The Wake

Puerto Rico, Canada
Directed by Luis Gerard

Best Ohio Short

In the Event of My Death

In the Event of My Death

United States
Directed by Brian Scott Steele

Best Student Short

Refrigerate After Opening

Refrigerate After Opening

USA
Directed by Kevin Ung

Best Women's Short

Powers

Powers

USA
Directed by Paige Morrow Kimball

The Clover and Maggie Award
In Celebration of Life

She Dreams at Sunrise

She Dreams at Sunrise

USA
Directed by Camrus Johnson

The Spalding and Jackson Award
In Celebration of Joy

Freebird

Freebird

Canada
Directed by Joe Bluhm, Michael Joseph McDonald, Nicholas Herd (Creative Director)

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Feature

Messwood

Messwood

USA
Directed by Emily Kuester, Brad Lichtenstein

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Short

Candidato 34

Candidato 34

Canada
Directed by Ryan Marley

Best After Hours Short

Sprite Fright

Sprite Fright

Netherlands
Directed by Matthew Luhn, Hjalti Hjalmarsson

The Sammy and Jules Award for the Short Film with the Biggest Heart

Breaking Trail

Breaking Trail

USA
Directed by Jesse Roesler

The Tom and Ginny Knoll Family Award
In Celebration of Acts of Kindness

100th and Cedar

100th and Cedar

United States
Directed by Carl Kriss

The Ophelia Award
In Celebration of the Life of Dakota Ophelia Berg

Conducting Life

Conducting Life

USA
Directed by Diane Moore

Best Black Cinema Short

A Peculiar Silence

A Peculiar Silence

United States
Directed by Cinque Northern

Best Latinx Short

Chemistry

Chemistry

USA
Directed by Isaac Garza

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