Director: Michelle Gomez
Ready To Wear by first time writer and director, Michelle Gomez(Doctor Who, Gotham) is a celebration of what we can achieve when we refuse to believe some of the restraints placed upon us by society. The essence of this story is, whatever you think of me is none of my business, thus allowing one to be exactly how and who they are regardless of judgment. Now that’s liberating.
Director: Matthew Newman
This is the official video for the song Dream Weapon by the band Genghis Tron. Someone finds their lucky potential ladder, constructs it and says goodbye to this place. A psychedelic psy-fi music video.
2022 BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Director: Anthony L. Gilardi
"Life Is Beautiful" is a short film and music video by the band Black Oxygen.
Starring David Lyle, Nick Lyle, Danny Trejo, Sid Mallya, Tasha Reign, and STRETCH. It was written by Anthony L. Gilardi and produced by Tip-Top Productions.
The film follows two brothers who had a dream that was lost along with the passing of their father. He had always encouraged them that they could do anything that they put their mind to but it was different now. Feeling tired, out of place, and wanting more from life, this dream is reignited.
They go on a wild journey to realize that "Life Is Beautiful!" Featuring HRIFF 2021's Best Supporting Actor Award Winner - Danny Trejo.
Director: Iker Bilbao
The Last Wolves is a crude, dark and violent science fiction drama series, that is a criticism toward all humans.
The narrator tells us a children’s tale, which speaks of human ambition and its consequences. The title of the project is inspired by Thomas Hobbes quote "Man is a Wolf to Man".
The story is set at a certain time in the future, when technology confronts nature, creation and destruction in equal parts, and where the abuse of power consumes us.
After all, we’re the creators of our own destruction. Awarded Best Trailer at the 2021 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest.
Director: Emma Jordan
In this animated film from the UK, a doll faces her fears when a spider invades her dollhouse. However, something far more terrifying lies beneath the surface. Tension is built as the doll realizes she is progressively not alone. Once it's realized acceptance is the only way the doll can progress forward, she overcomes her fears.
A stop-motion body horror film inspired by animation geniuses like Jan Svankmajer, the Quay Brothers, and Jiri Trnka, that uses different grotesque textures to unsettle the audience.
Director: Kateryna Kurganska Gorbanov
“Dominate” is a five-and-a-half-minute dark comedy about an abused woman who finds empowerment through a very unlikely and strange occurrence at a hair salon. The feminist movement and support are dominant themes here. Inspired by one of my favorite Directors, Pedro Almodóvar, and His ‘Cinema of Women.’ My goal was to show how vibrant and full of life the female world is, no matter what we, strong women, face. In this short film, you can see how beautiful life is — no matter what. With its color palette and weirdness and dark sense of humor are. My characters are locked in the sweet bitterness of life.
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: Iris Almaraz
“Born to Be Queen” is a vision of the amazingly talented Aunduh (the goddess of love and light). She has a divinely inspired testimony to share with the world. The possibilities of changing hate through the power of love and laughter is in all our hands. The first step is the empowerment of self love despite all the world’s prejudice. With that we can all elevate our energy to a magical level!
2022 BEST LGBTQ FILM