The Best of Santa Monica Shorts

Santa Monica has been an artistic center for Southern California for generations, and many important American films were shot in Santa Monica. The city is believed to be the largest artistic concentration in any American city.

Santa Monica Short Film Festival is dedicated to international and American short films of all genres, aiming to find new voices and perspectives to celebrate the power of cinema, independent filmmaking and arts. The festival is committed to short filmmaking. It is with great pleasure for us to announce the winners of the monthly edition of Santa Monica Shorts.

Best U.S. Narrative & Best Directing:


Director: Willi Patton

Honorable Mention Short Directing:

A Curious View

Director: Justin Hughes

Honorable Mention Short Directing:


Director: Nick Snow

Best International Narrative:


Director: Al J. Moran

Best U.S. Documentary:

Into the Mystic

Director: Peter Goetz

Best International Documentary:


Directors: Toby Lord, Tim Elwin

Best Comedy:


Director: Alyssa Kostello

Best Producer:

Bathtub Chronicles

Producers: Robert Sciglimpaglia

Rebecca Ruhm

Mario Garciduenas

Best Cinematography:


Director & DOP: Adrien Servadio

Best Editing:

From Charlie, with Love

Director & Editor: Andres Ramirez

Best Composer:

Echoes of Kerberos

Director: Ross Kolton

Composer: Jeffrey Gold

Best Actor & Best Poster:

Falling Up and Up

Starring: Daniel Dasent

Best Actress:


Starring: Minerva Vier

Best Animation:

Nanakorobi (Seven Falls)

Director: Gaby Breiter

Best Horror:


Director: Oskar Johansson

Best Science Fiction:

The Counterfeit Mind

Director: Malek Haneen

Best Student Film:

One after another

Director: XIE, ZONG-YI

Best Thriller:


Director: Tom Aspy

Best Series-Web-Pilot:

Love Therapy

Director: Lauren E. Banks

Best Independent Short:

the rage

Directors: Aurélien Mathieu, Samir Mokeddem

Best Music Video:

Shots of Light

Director: Christian Scharfenberg



Director: Mika X

Best First Time Filmmaker:


Director: Kate Robertson Pryor and David M. Weiss

Best Female Director:


Director: Helen Alexis Yonov

Best Black and White DOP:

Looking for Love

Director: Patrick Reynolds

Best Musician:

Fadi Awad - Raise My Dust (Extended Live Mix)

Best Unproduced Script:

Out On A Limb

Writer: Antoinette Fernandez

Best Romantic Comedy:

Black Coffee

Director: Vito Lyles

Honorable Mention U.S. Documentary:

Expedition Ayiti

Director: Richard Serrao

Honorable Mention International Documentary:

The Child Murderess of Vesene

Director: Carl Eneroth