2019 SHORT FILM COMPETITION




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.


AWARDEES


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


OTHER SELECTIONS


“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


JUDGES


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


SPONSORS