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April 26 – 29, 2018

BEST FEATURE ACTION – VIRGIN CHEERLEADERS IN CHAINS

A group of friends sets out to make a no-budget horror movie in an abandoned orphanage, only to find a family of sadistic killers wants to rewrite their script. Ezekiel Z. Swinford; Kelsey Pribilski; Elizabeth Maxwell; Gary Warner Kent; Don Daro; Evan Glover; Michael T. Morford; Dominique Davalos; Lindsey Lemke; Ammie Leonards; Paulo Biscaia Filho, director. Graphic comic violence. USA

BEST DOCUMENTARY ACTION – BEAUTY BITES BEAST

Often humorous always dynamic documentary which flips ideas of women’s self-defense upside-down. Dolores Huerta; Gavin de Becker; Riane Eisler; Ellen Snortland; Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk; Ellen Snortland, director. Adult themes. USA

BEST FEATURE PRO-ACTION – STUCK

A down on her luck woman decides to win her ex-boyfriend back by moving in with him and his fiancé. Heather Matarazzo; Joel McHale; Felicia Day; Christina Moore; Kirsten Vangsness; Jillian Armenante, director. Adult situations. USA

BEST DOCUMENTARY PRO-ACTION – MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED

Women are changing the face of today’s fastest growing industry – cannabis. Join filmmaker Windy Borman as she discovers how they’re also changing the world. Windy Borman; Melissa Etheridge; Betty Aldworth; Kaylene Alvarez; Sara Batterby; Windy Borman, director. Drug themes. USA

ENVIRONMENTAL VANGUARD – LIVING IN THE FUTURE’S PAST

Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face, providing original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, what to do about our fossil slaves, and how our fundamental animal nature influences our future as Humankind. Country of origin USA; Filmed in Italy, Iceland, the United Kingdom, U.S.A, Germany, France and Canada.

VANGUARD – PERFUME WAR

Using the corporate world, a single mom creates an unlikely weapon in the fight for world peace after her best friend, a soldier, is almost killed by a terrorist. Barb Stegemann; Capt. Trevor Greene; Michael Melski, director. Adult war themes. Canada

BEST FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY – MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

A woman is beaten to death in the streets which motivates women reporters to dedicate and risk their lives to stop such condoned violence. Roberta Staley, director. Adult themes, violence. Canada

BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE – JILLIAN ARMENANTE, STUCK

A down on her luck woman decides to win her ex-boyfriend back by moving in with him and his fiancé. Heather Matarazzo; Joel McHale; Felicia Day; Christina Moore; Kirsten Vangsness; Jillian Armenante, director. Adult situations. USA

SPECIAL RECOGNITION FEATURE – THE SUNRISE STORYTELLER

A 17 year old girl sets about the world for six months to find positive stories about people trying to change the world. Kasha Sequoia Slavner, Actor, Cinematographer, Director, Producer. Family. Canada

BEST ACTRESS FEATURE – GEORGINA PHILIPPS, DEVIL SITS ON BOTH SHOULDERS

Evelyn Black is a pickpocket who stole the wrong wallet. The wallet she lifted, was actually being tracked down by a hit woman named Georgina Vitis. Georgina Philipps; Kelley VosBurgh; Cornelia Hanes; Drew Allen; J Gulinello; Jake Cullens; Joshua Price; Jonathan Shatoff, director. Adult themes, violence. USA

BEST ACTOR FEATURE – AMIR TALAI, STUCK

A down on her luck woman decides to win her ex-boyfriend back by moving in with him and his fiancé. Heather Matarazzo; Joel McHale; Felicia Day; Christina Moore; Kirsten Vangsness; Jillian Armenante, director. Adult situations. USA

BEST SHORT NARRATIVE ACTION – WHEN KIDS GROW UP

A defenseless woman is savagely attacked by a group of vicious men, only to reveal her own brutal intent against them. Marrisa Labog; Luke Cook; Everette Wallin; Siaka Massaquo; Shahoub Roudbari, director. Adult themes. Graphic fight violence. USA

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY ACTION – FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

Yoon Young learns jiu jitsu to discover her own inner spirit and break the thinking of limitations. Yoon Young Lee; Hee Jin Lee; Hee Jin Ha; Seong Ryeong Kim; Jung Woo Lee; Yoon Young Lee, director. Family. Subtitles. Korea

BEST SHORT PRO-ACTION – REKINDLED

Kate gets the chance via a magical Groupon to rekindle romance with the love of her life. Kelly Vrooman; Dylan Riley Snyder; Aaron Schwartz; Asher Grodman; Teri Reeves; Erin Thomas Brown, director. Adult. USA

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY PRO-ACTION – PERPETURAPED

Chronicles how the media and general perceptions lead to rape itself, plus lack of convictions and the stigma women can carry. Lillian Constantine; Charlie Brook, Director/Producer. Adult / sexual violence themes. USA

BEST COMEDY – COMBAT NUNS: ALL OR NOTHING

A nun confesses her sins to a priest, including beating up bad guys. Dot Marie Jones; Steve Apostolina; Gary Kasper; Rick Williamson, director. Adult themes. USA

BEST DIRECTOR SHORT – KIRK CAOUETTE, INNER DEMON

An internal battle takes physical form as a female MMA fighter faces her inner demons. Heidi Ford; Lori O’Connell; Kirk Caouette, director. Adult themes, fight action. Canada

SPECIAL RECOGNITION SHORT – CLANDESTINY

When a covert asset is activated, she receives an unexpected visit from her estranged half-sister. Rocío Mendez; Zeniba Britt; Lowell Byers; Nicholas Applegate; Dylan Rogers, Director. Adult. USA

BEST ACTRESS SHORT – FRANCESCA L. WHITE, DEAD MEET

Cleo is an assassin and has been for years. But it’s a lonely job- although you get to travel and meet people, you’re usually putting bullets in them- so she turns to internet dating. Ryan is a nice, normal guy. Francesca L. White; Reuben Williams; Dean Williams; Richard Usher; Daniel J. Brant, director. Adult themes, fight action. UK

BEST ACTOR SHORT – RICK FOX, GAME

A new kid shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will her talent and drive be enough to make the team? Nicole Williams; Rick Fox; Tye White; Charles Parnell; Dominique Columbus; Jamie McShane; Jeannie Donohoe, director. Family. USA

BEST STUNTS – CHANGE

A FBI Agent cannot change her Partner/Lover’s destiny of being killed even with her loving him. Cherry Xu; Johnny Gao; Cuiji Wu; Efka Kvaraciejus; Samantha Stewart; Shidan Yu, director. Fight action, violence. Subtitles. USA

BEST FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY – TSUYOSHI ABE, KALI DIARIES #3

Two women fight furiously with knives in a tunnel. Lauren Mary Kim; Amy Johnston; Lauren Mary Kim, director. Adult violence. USA

BEST FIGHT HAND TO HAND – PIMPKILLAH

When a ruthless killer searches for her estranged sister she’s propelled into LA’s underbelly of prostitution and human trafficking leading her down the dark path of retribution. Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez; Terrence Julien; Bryan Royal; Angelica Amor; Christie Insley; Sarah Bitely; Sarah Bitely, director. Adult themes, violence-fight action. USA

BEST FIGHT WEAPONS – FIRST SAMURAI IN NEW YORK

In the late 1800’s, a Japanese samurai family, who recently immigrated to New York, clash with local Irish gangsters out for blood. Adult themes. Maho Honda; Kyo Kasumi; Gabe Fazio; Mike Houston; Justin Ambrosino, director. Sword violence. Fight action. F-lang. Subtitles. USA

BEST STUDENT SHORT ACTION – 88′ SEOUL

A double agent and the director of the ANSP battle ruthless spies in a warehouse. Taesik Lee; Song Choi; Seongho Heo, director. Fight action, violence. South Korea

BEST STUDENT SHORT PRO-ACTION – AMERICAN QUEEN

A young, veiled woman endeavors to overcome society’s preconceptions by competing in a beauty pageant. Sharmita Bhattacharya; Yasmine Vega; Nina Nayebi; Natalie Nasr, Hind Metwalli, director. Family. USA

BEST SCREENPLAY ACTION – REBEL

Written by SUSAN CAMERON

BEST SCREENPLAY PRO-ACTION – PEACHY KEENE

Written by DEBORAH BLANDINO

FINALIST 1ST PLACE – BALL OF FIRE

Written by SEAN COLEMAN

FINALIST 2ND PLACE – EMANCIPATING MARYLAND

Written by BRIDGET BELL McMAHON

FINALIST 3RD PLACE – STUDY IN SHERLOCK

Written by JOHN ROBERT CHRISTOPHER

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