ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The CMU International Film Festival’s Short Film Competition (SFC) is an annual competition that aims to gather cinematic perspectives from around the world on a current social issue or idea. The SFC invites and encourages independent filmmakers from both the local Pittsburgh and greater international spheres to submit a short film of their making that presents a unique vision, creates poignant conversation, and passionately and creatively captures the festival’s particular Faces theme. The 2019 festival theme was “FACES OF WO/MEN”.
SCREENING & NETWORKING EVENT
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Regent Square Theater, the 2019 Short Film Competition’s Screening & Networking Event screened competition finalists and announced the Top Three award winners.
After the screening, there was a networking reception for filmmakers and audience members to eat and drink, meet new people, make connections in the Pittsburgh film industry, and celebrate the hard work of all SFC filmmakers.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER ($1,000)
“Shoestring Bridges” by Stephen Kraus and Dean Bog
SECOND PRIZE WINNER ($500)
“American Love” by Calyx Deroche
THIRD PRIZE WINNER ($250)
“A Visible Truth” by Ash Warren
“Parallels” by Heather Conroy
“Luna” by Zoe Alexandra
“The Break” by Aidan McGarvey
“Sentimental Bondage” from Point Park University
“Why Would You Want to Move to Pittsburgh” by Currier Wolfe
“Rescuing Abundance” by Greg Latshaw
“Well-Managed” by Brenna Power
Noel Schermaier, independent filmmaker and visiting teaching artist at Point Park University
Len Caric, Producer at AmericanArk Films and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Timothy Papciak, Freelance Development Executive at Scripttsburgh
Jeffrey Hinkelman, professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Laura Stamm, professor for Pitt’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s studies program