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The 2023 Nominees

Every year the challenge of judging and nominating the projects gets more intense. This year in most categories the difference was in fractions of a point, not points. Congratulations to not only the nominees but to everyone who entered. Be proud, you made a movie. Not everyone can say that!

The Chatham-Kent Award for Best Feature Film

Notre Dame de Moncton     Purgatory Jack     Dark Shades of a Secret


Best Short Film

Sylvie Made It     The 13th Hour     The Forbidden Fruit     Tied


Best Director

Denise Bouchard (Notre Dame de Moncton)   Brett & Jason Butler (Purgatory Jack)   

Afsaneh Aghanezhad & Vali Bagheri (For Child Never Born)


The Riggi Media Award for Best Cinematography

Antony Kwok (12 Minutes)     Daniel Everitt-Lock (Purgatory Jack)

John Barrett Ashmore (Notre Dame de Moncton)     Juyoung Park (Broken Puzzle)


YourTV Award for Best Editing

Nathan Olszewicki (Pirate Treasure)     Hunter Collins (Grandma Martha)

Julie Chalhoub (Flag Act)    Julia Niendorf (Sleep Tight)


Design Sound Productions Award for Best Sound Design

Ghasem Andarzgou (For Child Never Born)     Housseni Sylla (Lanterns Flicker)

Ben Leggett (Purgatory Jack)


Best Music Video

Unravel     Feeling     Through the Night


Best Screenplay - Feature

Rasputin - Joe Maloney     The Pickleball Killer - Jim Carroll

Brahma's Feet - Krystopher Hugo Neto Taulois de Andrade


Best Screenplay - Short

Billy - David Creighton     Hearts in a Sling - Stephanie Gould

Living in the Past - Bernhard Riedhammer


Best Screenplay - Micro

The Notice - Stephanie Gould   The Twin - Majid Farzolahi   Old School - Bernhard Riedhammer


Best Web series

Hurt     GI Joe: Operation Recon     39 Seconds


Best Documentary - Feature

Exploring the Pacific Northwest     Kim's Video

Manufacturing the Threat


Best Documentary - Short

The North Star: Finding Black Mecca     Lanterns Flicker     The Recess Project

Best Actor - Male

Mohamadreza Abangah (The Wall)     Sam Wexler (Grandma Martha)     Tim Rozon (Purgatory Jack)


Best Actor - Female

Mandy Magnan (Athletic Withdrawal)     Jessica Tucker (Alone)

Laurie Gagné (Notre Dame de Moncton)


Most Promising Individual

Miranda Lambert (The Audition Waiting Room)     Adrien Orville (Sylvie Made It)

Iman Sayad Borhani (Brother's Horn)     J. Christian Hamilton (Go On and Bleed)


The Rob Herder Award for Physical Effects

Angelica Avendano (Purgatory Jack)     Hunter Collins (Grandma Martha)

Daniel Baker (War Games: A Christmas Truce)     Cayley Giene (Sleep Tight)


Best Costuming

Kristen Somborac (War Games: A Christmas Truce)     Allie Thompson (Purgatory Jack)

Checking (GI Joe: Operation Recon)     Maryam Shirazi & Shima Valibeigi (Zero Coordinates)


Best Animation

Psychosomatic     Unravel     TesSA     Eureka


The Robert Bertrand Award for Comedic Genius

The Drop of Champagne     War Games: A Christmas Truce     Unfriending     I Can Explain


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