The SoCal Film Awards, originally called the SoCal Independent Film Festival, has been celebrating movies and creators since 2005.

It’s latest edition has a variety of independent movies and screenplays to celebrate from all around the world, with an animated short film from Singapore taking top honors and claiming Best in Show at the 16th edition of the SoCal Film Awards.

A complete list of winners, finalists and honorable mentions is below.

Diamond Winners


Best Feature Film: Sword and Sorrow, Dir. Emad Rahmani, Mehrdad Mehrabi
Best Short: Personalized Futures, Dir. Max Delfino
Best Documentary Feature: Hometown Legends, Dir. Kolby Akamu Moser, Nainoa Langer
Best Documentary Short: GOAL: Same Game. New Players., Dir. Karen Arango
Best Screenplay (Long-Form): Moksha, Written by Saurin Lakhia
Best Screenplay (Short-Form): The 22, Written by Amanda Gecewicz


Awards of Excellence


Best Feature: Kanne Kalaimaane (Apple of Mye Eye, My Dearest), Dir. Seenu Ramasamy Ramakrishnan
Best Short: Five Questions, Dir. David Arrow
Best Documentary Feature: 
Becoming Tigers – A Water Polo Journey, Dir. Tony Melanson
Best Documentary Short: Mountains, Dir. Alex Knopf
Best Screenplay (Long-Form): Familiar Realm, Written by Jose Montalvo
Best Screenplay (Short-Form): Off the Path, Written by Richard Redlo


Awards of Achievement


Best Feature: Troubleshooter, Dir. King Jeff
Best Short: Family Gone, Brian Stamper
Best Documentary Feature: Great White Encounters, Dir. Jason Perryman
Best Documentary Short: Aris Demetrios: Sculpture From The Heart, Dir. Josh Aronson
Best Screenplay (Long-Form): As Scared of You, Written by Jesse Dorian
Best Screenplay (Short-Form): My Dad F*cks, Written by Julia Linger


Additional Awards


Actor in a Lead Role:
Sana, Sana; Andrew Galindo

Actress in a Lead Role:
Five Questions, Amber Paul

Animated Short:
In Love, Dir. Damien Bastelica

Pete’s Peak, Dir. Trevor James

Credit Sequence:
KAD (Korean Adoptee), Katharin Mraz

Cultural Impact:
Ukraine, Ukraine (Half the World Away); Dir. Christine E. Whitten

The Last Target, Matthew Kui

Vax, Dir. Barak Shpiez

Healthy Hero, Dir. Satchin Panda

Ensemble Cast:
What Found Me In The Woods On a Night Like Tonight, Dir. Kelton Walsh White

Experimental Movie:
Mallard Ballet, Dir. Mary Piller

Faith Based Movie:
Decamp, Dir. Faye Viviana

Family Film:
The Note, Dir. Daniel Vidal Perez

First-Time Filmmaker:
Bare Luxuries, Dir. Armando Smith

International Film:
Forgotten Neighbours – A History Lesson, Dir. Andrzej Dudziński

Micro Short:
Bird’s Eye View, Dir. Yue Yang

Music Video:
Synthetic Me, Dir. Susan Lim, Christina Teenz Tan, Samudra Kajal Saikia

Omnitask, Dir. Mark Renken

Produced Screenplay:
Three A.M., Dir. Karen Trachtenberg

Sound Design: 
Folsom, Dir. Marlonino Banut

Deforestation, Dir. Kyle Zanika

Web Series: 
Inland Empire, Dir. Renee J. Vaca

Youth Movie:
Bee the Solution, Dir. Charlotte Quintanar

YouTube Creation:
Decode the Mystery – A YouTuber Turned Filmmaker, Dir. Shihyun Wang


Screenplay Finalists

Screenplay (Long-Form) Finalists:

  • Bounce, Written by Chris Manydeeds
  • Dead Tooth, Written by Mitchell Jay Sulkess
  • Flight Risk, Written by J.D. Brookshire
  • Hazel the Viking, Written by Jim Norman
  • Heroes, Just for One Day (Breaking Thick Ice), Written by Salvatore Riggio
  • Hope and Faith – An Obsession of the Heart Part Two, Written by Adam Poulos
  • Love, Beer, and Children; Written by James Bock
  • Morituriosis, Written by Jesse Dorian
  • On That Beach, Written by Felicity Fair Thompson
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights, Written by Steven Howard
  • The Pickleball Killer, Written by Jim Carroll

Screenplay (Short-Form) Finalists:

  • A New Believer / Refound Faith, Written by Ellie Mae Louise Smith
  • Applause, Written by Kat Sparks
  • Asherah’s Colors II, Written by Gary Mazeffa
  • Dinner with Dante, Written by Katherine Diane Schimmel
  • Do Unto Others, Written by Joseph Michael Leone
  • In Between, Written by Ryan Chong-Chun Huang
  • The Leading Star, Written by Sophia Chou, Todd Lien

Honorable Mentions

Short Honorable Mention:

  • American Dream, Dir. Wayne Knight
  • Big Momma Earth, Dir. Santiago Calogero
  • Crickets, Dir. Macie Rose O’Neil
  • Deserted, Dir. Gabrielle Thomas
  • HoneyPill, Dir. Christopher Saucedo-Sandoval
  • Rare Land, Dir. Ethimis Hatzis
  • Talk Back, Dir. Alec Cohen
  • Tattoo, Dir. Liam Andrew Karp
  • The Sacred Bees, Dir. Kay Qiao
  • Use Your Intuition, Dir. Orlando A. Joubert A., Jr.
  • Who Knows, Dir. Brandon Rozo
  • Wolves, Dir. Elias Garza

Documentary Feature Honorable Mention:

  • Don’t Turn Your Back on Friday Night, Dir. Mike Schmiedeler, Michael O’Brien
  • Hollywood’s Pastor: The H.K. Rasbach Story, Dir. Darryl M. Haase
  • Invisible Corps, Dir. Chris Schueler
  • Julian: A Jiu Jitsu Story, Dir. Max A. Bloom
  • Palm Springs Air Museum “Women in Aviation,” Dir. Phillip Large
  • The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music, Dir. Julya Jara

Documentary Short Honorable Mention:

  • Bruce’s Beach: A Catalyst for Reparations? Dir. Swika Sampat
  • Chistina Zenato and the Reef Shark Connection, Dir. Jason Perryman
  • Dysability, Shihyun Wang