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Audience Award Winners

(Audience Winners will be posted by January 11th)

1st Place

Take It Easy  Dir. Suja Raghuram Manoj

2nd Place

Girls Night In  Dir. Morgan A. Grain

3rd Place (tie)

Adelina  Dir. Fanny Lecendre &

Dear God  Dir. Timneisha Greene Kim


Jury Category Winners

(Category Winners will be presented at the end of the film’s screening block)


Best Feature Film

Free, Dead Or Alive  Dir. Erik Bernard

(Presented at the end of Block 5 on Saturday 1/8/2022)


Best Short Film

40ish... Dir. Traci Hays

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 1/7/2022)



Best Feature Documentary

Survivors Dir. Kay L. Sumner

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 1/7/2022)



Best Short Documentary

Achieving Greatness Dir. Kristina Chatow

(Presented at the end of Block 3 on Friday 1/7/2022)


Best Student Film

The War Within Dir. Marta D’Ocon

(Presented at the end of Block 1 on Friday 1/7/2022)


Best Foreign Film

A Poetess Dir. Sahra Fathi & Saeed Dashti

(Presented at the end of Block 1 on Friday 1/7/2022)


Best Animation

I’m Here Dir. Jennifer Hathaway

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 1/7/2022)


Best Music Video

Alexandra Dir. Sarah Hanner

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 1/7/2022)


Best Experimental Film

Blinded By Sight Dir. Amy Rose D'Allessandro Stolz

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 1/7/2022)


Best Feature Script

Hand Twins by Macee Binns

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Saturday 1/8/2022)


Best Short Script

Miss Lovey’s Perfect Pizza by Lindsay Elston

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Saturday 1/8/2022)

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Feature Script Finalist

Abuse Of Power by Rachel Pauline Cann

Bitter Beans by Lolita Fortuin

Dial It Back by Erin Elizabeth Keefer

Dom And Felix by Bridget Flanery

Here To Stay by Joseph Harrison

I Dream Of Horses by Lynnette Wollery

Lost In Control by Maria Massei-Rosato

Luz by Kieran Shea & David Osorio

Notes From A Best Kept Village by Elizabeth Blandford

Secret Roses by Elan Carlson

You Were Just Here by Dania Denise


Short Script Finalist

A New Leaf by Kieran Shea

Anthony’s Heroes by Melanie Sovran Wolfe

Forked by Sarah Goeke

Little Miss Hit Girl by Emily Hannah Ventimiglia

The Gift Of Life by Manshu Jian

Vigilante Nancy by Denise Hauf Miotke

Wedding March by Deborah Savadge

Who We Are by Kagure Kabue

Yasodhara by Gabriel Constans




Jury Creative Nominees

(Creative Winners will be announced and presented during the opening night party on Friday, July 13th which starts at 10pm)


Best Director

Zara Sengstock - Boyfriend

Lucinda Spurling - Maternal Secrets

Maria Alice Arida - Instinct

Johanna Demetrakas - Feminists: What Were They Thinking

Xiao-xiao Cai - Inadvertently



Best Actress

Susan Gallagher - Picking Back Up

Kate Mansi - Maternal Secrets

Julia Parker - Passage

Laura Grady - Boyfriend

Christine Kellogg-Darrin - Instinct



Best Supporting Actress

Ellen Gerstein - Passage

Jordan Monaghan - Instinct

Kelly Mcgillis - Maternal Secrets

Lillie Richardson - The Conversation

SJ Mendelson - Maw Kitty


Best Actor

Sean Stolzen - Maternal Secrets

Billy Bob Thornton - Stand Down

Joe Klocek - Boyfriend

Justin Deeley - The Get Through

Joe Willand - Because We Can

Jury Creative Winners

(Creative Winners will be announced and presented during the opening night party on Friday, July. 13th which starts at 10pm)


Best Director

Lucinda Spurling - Maternal Secrets


Best Actress

Julia Parker - Passage


Best Supporting Actress

SJ Mendelson - Maw Kitty


Best Actor

Joe Willand - Because We Can


Call For Entries Now Open

Jury Creative Winners

Best Director

Erik Bernard - Free, Dead or Alive

(Presented at the end of Block 5 on Saturday 1/8/2022)

Best Actress

Edy Ganem - Free, Dead or Alive

(Presented at the end of Block 5 on Saturday 1/8/2022)

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Velasquez - Free, Dead or Alive

(Presented at the end of Block 5 on Saturday 1/8/2022)

Best Actor

Seth Michaels - Free, Dead or Alive

(Presented at the end of Block 5 on Saturday 1/8/2022)


CWFF - January 7th - 9th 2022

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