Director: Scott Slone
A team of paranormal investigators search a sacred Native American cave for clues in the unsolved disappearance of four local teens.
Starring: Dylan Sprayberry, Robert Bailey Jr., Valentina de Angelis, Rebecca Forsythe, and Troy James
2022 BEST HORROR FILM
Director: Sion Sono
Red Post on Escher Street" is the best argument for Sono's vital body of work since 2015's "The Whispering Star," and a perfect opportunity for newcomers to get their toes wet." - David Ehrlich Yahoo.com
"Sion Sono's ode to movie extras is his best film..., a wonderful reminder of what makes his work special. ...an exhilarating postmodern comedy. " - Indiewire.com
Tadashi Kobayashi, a genius film director, holds an audition for his new film project. Several unique actors and actresses apply for the roles but most of them do not pass. They decide to participate as extras on his project.
Can the film come to a completion without accident?
Written & Directed by Sion Sono. Starring Morgan Maara, Tomoko Fujita, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Matsuri Kohira
Director: Samantha Long
Played by singer, REI AMI & real-life boyfriend Christian Blu (the song’s own producer), ‘REI AMI’ sees the dominating escape and newfound freedom of REI.
Director: Joey Medina
One of the Original Latin Kings of Comedy Joey Medina, brings a powerful drama short film about two individuals from opposite ends of society who come together violently to learn they have more in common than meets the eye.
Director: Joey Medina
Pinned is a half-hour single camera comedy series chronicling the misadventures of Adam Hunter as he tries to keep his struggling comedy career alive while coaching his hometown’s middle school wrestling team. Success in either endeavor seems wildly improbable, but Adam has more heart than he has common sense and isn’t going to fail for lack of trying. Think of PINNED as “Eastbound and Down” meets “The Bad News Bears” with a bit of “Cobra Kai” stirred in. It’s an edgy, decidedly non-PC show about rivalry, romance and redemption; about striving for one’s dreams and seeking one’s place in the world. It’s about friendship and family and finding ways of turning failure into teachable moments. It’s about leadership, teamwork, overcoming adversity and learning self respect. But let’s be serious: This show is really about being funny as hell.
BEST EPISODIC SERIES 2021
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
Director: Zayn Alexander
Tragedy strikes when the Zayyad family loses its patriarch under mysterious circumstances, leaving the surviving members to fend for themselves within a judgemental community in southern Lebanon in this dramatic film that won BEST SHORT FILM at HRIFF 2021.
BEST SHORT FILM 2021
PG - 13
Director: Venita Ozols-Graham
'Who Wants Dessert?' is a thriller short starring Sean Young and Brigitte Graham. Annie is a young wife and mother with the perfect life. When an unexpected tragedy turns her reality upside down, help arrives in the form of a therapist assigned to her case. But nothing prepares the therapist for exactly how far Annie will go to protect her family. Sean Young (Blade Runner, No Way Out) is brilliant as the therapist, keeping the audience guessing until the very end and Brigitte Graham digs deep as her patient, with a determination to save her family at any cost.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 2021 - Sean Young
WEST COAST PREMIERE
Director: Nathan Xia
Jack Carnegie seems to have his life figured out but an unexpected conversation reveals otherwise. In Nathan Xia's film "Oh, Mighty Ocean!".
Peyton List and Jacob Bertrand (both currently starring in Netflix's hit series Cobra Kai), and HRIFF Award Winner Jack Griffo all star in this beautiful film that explores, in a nuanced and impactful way, what mental health looks like in the modern age.
BEST ACTOR 2021 - Jack Griffo
Director: Patrick Tiberius Gehlen
Requiem for a Crab is a dark comedy about family, love, loss...and a crab.
Charlie struggles to cope with the death of his adopted father, Pops. But Pops doesn't make it easy, coming back to haunt Charlie as a vengeful crab until he agrees to destroy the man who stole his beloved career as a mascot.
BEST COMEDY SHORT 2021