2012 Films

Seattle Shorts 2012 Jury Awards

Grand Jury Prize – Best Film: Curfew
Best Director: Shawn Christensen for Curfew
Best Editing: The Contract
Best Cinematography: Voice Over
Best Art Direction: Voice Over
Best Screenplay: Voice Over
Best Actress: Sarah de La Isla (The Aerial Girl)
Best Actor: Shawn Christensen (Curfew)

2012 Seattle Shorts Audience Choice Awards for Best Film in Each Program

Birth of a White Boy

Director: J. Paul Preseault

Good Karma $1

Directors: Jason Berger, Amy Laslett


Director/Writer/lead actor: Shawn Christensen

Honorable Mention

Harry Grows Up
Director: Mark Nickelsburg


Director: Chris Tomkins
Writer: Chris Tomkins
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: A quick smash and grab. A haul too big to carry. The full Star Wars box set (including those prequels that nobody really liked). What goes in the sack?
Run Time: 6:00
Website: www.octopodfilms.com, http://www.remake-shortfilm.com/
Country: Australia

Director: David Gott
Writer: David Gott
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A young couple isolates themselves in the wake of a viral pandemic. Their relationship deteriorates as paranoia plagues their struggle to survive.

Run Time: 19:27
Website: http://dcgott.com/projects/containment/
Country: USA

Director: Todd Sklar
Screenwriter: Todd Sklar, Alex Rennie
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Jim and Dave, two brothers who don’t like each other very much, are forced to come together when their dad dies in Kansas City. Dave is pretty sure he has an Alonzo Mourning Skybox Series rookie card, but Jim has other ideas.
Run Time: 12:00
Country: USA

Director: Martin Rosete
Genre: Action/Drama
Synopsis: I will not tell you whose voice over leads us through three extreme situaltions that are actually the same. Will you survive?

Run Time: 9:49
Website: http://www.kamelfilms.com/en/
Country: Spain/France

Director: Valerie Landsburg
Writer: Sara Lynne Wright
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: A high school bookworm aims to gain popularity by realizing a fantasy based on Victorian erotica. As she attempts to seduce her SAT tutor, her notions of romance clash with reality.

Run Time: 17:00
Country: USA

Director: J. Paul Preseault
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Haunted by childhood memories, Jonathan is torn by thoughts of revenge or forgiveness as he prepares to give the “best man” toast at his father’s wedding reception.

Run Time: 17:44
Country: USA
Website: http://presalted.com

Director/Producer/Writer: Anthony McLean
Genre: Romantic comedy
Synopsis: In this black-and-white silent film, an unlucky bachelor wins a chance at love when he finds a beautiful girl’s lost cat. In a comedic twist, the girl shows up to collect her beloved pet, and the hapless hipster can’t find the cat!
Run Time: 11:00
Country: Canada

Director: Georg Jungermann
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Synopsis: Tim told his girlfriend Lena that there is something in the wardrobe. Now she is alone and lurks around it all day. Deep in the dark night she can’t stand it any more and opens it…

Run Time: 12:00
Country: Germany

Director: Marcin Janiec
Genre: Animation
Synopsis: Somewhere between life and death a thrilling chess match takes place. The stake is high – a gateway to the world of living. And the judge is someone you would definitely not like to meet…

Run Time: 5:00
Country: Poland
Website: http://www.thegameshort.com/

Director: John Roberts
Writer: Ryan Plato
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy
Synopsis: A whimsical, visually imaginative tale of a dutiful young man, fated to maintain the balance
of the world – and his mischievous sister, determined to test that balance.

Run Time: 14:28
Country: USA
Website: http://www.flexiblefilmsllc.com/

Director/Producer/Writer:  The Carson Brothers – Andrew Abrahamson and Erik Cardona
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: On paper, Grae’s marriage had it all. Five years after exchanging vows, her vacant husband and empty household has left her alone, desperate, and withering within. Grae teeters along infidelity’s razor edge; torn between her commitment to her husband, and her commitment to herself.
Run Time: 11:00
Country: USA
Website: http://www.carsonbros.com
Director: Jason Berger, Amy Laslett
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Good Karma $1 is a short documentary that explores acclaimed ad-guru Alex Bogusky’s fascination with collecting homeless signs. What starts out as a project to understand the world’s simplest form of communication turns into a lesson of generosity.
Run Time: 14:17
Country: USA

Writer/Producer/Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Along his strenuous journey to the North Pole, a chance encounter forces a fearless explorer to make an impossible decision.
Run Time: 15:30
Country: Norway

Director: Mike Lemcke
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: In a classic case of mistaken identity, a blind date gets mixed up with a job interview, leaving everyone at the right place at the right time but with the wrong person.

Run Time: 11:49
Country: USA
Website: http://interviewdatemovie.com/

Director: Sudeep Kanwal
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: After the tragic loss of a child, a husband and wife try to find a way to co-exist.

Run Time: 14:59
Country: USA
Website: www.silentwavemovie.com

Director: Anna Simone Scott
Producer: Peter Sands
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Urban cool teen Taylor’s life is uprooted when her father dies and she moves to her grandfather’s ranch in Wyoming with her mother. There Taylor meets a ranch hand who turns her world upside down.

Run Time: 12:00
Country: USA

Director: Mike Clattenburg
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: An earnest young outdoors-man goes out into the barren desert for some hiking and yoga. But his serenity is brought to a grinding halt when a strange man appears from out of nowhere and tempts him with hookers.
Run Time: 9:00
Country: USA

Director/Writer: Ryan Goldstein
Producer: Kelly Sullivan
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Having promised his wife that he’ll always be there for their son, a young widower confronts a daunting choice when he finds himself a bystander during a convenience store holdup gone wrong.

Run Time: 19:00
Country: USA
Website: http://thecontractshortfilm.com/

Director: Rémi St-Michel
Genre: Dramedy
Synopsis: Marc’s lack of serious brings him on a slippery slope.
Run Time: 14:00
Country: Canada

Director/Writer/Editor: Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell
Synopsis: Simultaneously an exploration of nature and psyche, ‘In The Pines’ documents a young woman’s hunt for extraterrestrial meaning. Part science fiction, part psycho-thriller, part poetry – this film crafts a scene viewers will be eager to revisit.

Run Time: 8:58
Website: http://shepfilms.com/inthepines

Director: Calum Macdiarmid
Producer: Jessica Turner
Writer/Producer: Alexei Slater
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A postman lets us into his dark world in quiet suburbia.
Run Time: 6:05
Country: United Kingdom

Director/Writer/Producer: Danielle Lurie
Genre: Romantic comedy
Synopsis: When Sam decides to show her appreciation for her mailman by leaving him a present in her mailbox, she is delighted when he leaves her a present back and an unexpected romance ensues.
Run Time: 8:00
Country: USA
Website: www.daniellelurie.com

Director: Mark Nickelsburg
Original Screenplay: Mark Nickelsburg, Cindy Chupack
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: New York is a tough place to find love. Especially for an eighteen-month-old living on his own.
Run Time: 11:30
Country: USA

Director/Writer: Shawn Christensen
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

Run Time: 20:00
Country: USA

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