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

Shorts Jury Awards Program

Three jurors select winners of the Best Animated, Best Documentary, and Best Live Action categories. Winners of these awards will qualify for consideration in the Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards®. The Programmers’ Choice Award is determined by the CIFF Short Films Programming Team.

The winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and be announced during this live program and then available on CIFF Streams April 10-17, 2022 for ticket and passholders.

Shorts Jury Awards Program

Jurors

Jake

Jake Hart – Jake Hart voices everything. He is in constant production for it all, from cartoons and video games to national commercials. As a continuing producer, and development coordinator, he assists filmmakers whenever and wherever he can. Currently, Jake is a SAG-AFTRA Native Americans Committee member, the Indigenous Development Director of Nevada's Cordillera International Film Festival, and Red Eagle Soaring board member. He has multiple animated shows and video games coming soon to screens near you. Prayers up to his family for dealing with him.

Rayka

Rayka Zehtabchi – Rayka Zehtabchi is an Iranian-American director and producer working in both documentary and fiction. Her passion lies in telling human stories that bring awareness and action to little-known social causes. Rayka's Oscar-winning Netflix short documentary, Period. End of Sentence. is about a group of village women in Northern India who start a sanitary pad-making business in an effort to improve feminine hygiene and de-stigmatize menstruation. Rayka has also directed multiple branded documentary shorts, including A Woman's Place, which can be seen on Hulu. Outside of branded work, Rayka's films (SHn(y)o͞of), Just Hold On, and Are You Still There? have all received Vimeo Staff Picks and have screened and won Jury awards at prestigious festivals such as SXSW and AFI Fest. Rayka continues to work in both documentary and fiction, pushing the boundaries of each form with every project she helms.

Scott W.

Scott W. Hallgren – Scott W. Hallgren has an extensive list of works as a composer, producer, and musician for film, television, and games, including multiple Emmy-nominated, Telly, Golden CINE, and film festival award winners. His scores for "Gracie: diary of a coma patient" (2010), ""We Shall Not Be Moved: the Nashville Sit-Ins" (2011 - PBS), "Perfect 36: How Women Won The Vote" (2017 - PBS, and "Frank" (2020) have all won awards for his compositions. His music has also been featured on the soundtracks of Smart People, London Tango, The History Detectives, Paul Williams - Still Alive, and several History Channel shows. Scott has a forthcoming book, PERFORM: Composing for the Screen, about networking and career development due from Routledge in July 2022. He is proudly based in the Cleveland/Akron area, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Production at Kent State University.

Three jurors select winners of the Best Animated, Best Documentary, and Best Live Action categories. Winners of these awards will qualify for consideration in the Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards®. The Programmers’ Choice Award is determined by the CIFF Short Films Programming Team.

The winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and be announced during this live program and then available on CIFF Streams April 10-17, 2022 for ticket and passholders.

Best Animated Short
Sponsored by MP Star Financial
This award winner will qualify for consideration in the Shorts Films Animation category of the annual Academy Awards®.

Best Documentary Short
Sponsored by Jules and Fran Belkin
This award winner will qualify for consideration in the Shorts Films Documentary category of the annual Academy Awards®.

Best Live Action Short
Sponsored by Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris and Jules and Fran Belkin
This award winner will qualify for consideration in the Shorts Films Live-Action category of the annual Academy Awards®.

Programmers' Choice Award: In Celebration of the Life of Toni Oliverio
Sponsored by The Sloop Family
In memory of long-time CIFF shorts programmer, Toni Oliverio

CIFF46 Screenings

Connor Palace

Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 12:10 PM

Scheduled Screening

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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