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The winners of this month's Venice Shorts competition have finally been revealed. Take a peek at the top talent in the competition.

Check out this year’s Venice Shorts of California winners

The Venice Shorts competition has been one of the best places to find fresh indie talent across all genres of filmmaking. As an IMDB-qualifying festival, so many filmmakers, from pros to newbies, bring their fresh work to the festival for competition. Just as diverse as Hollywood’s history with Venice Beach, the Venice Shorts competition brings out the best from all over the globe. 

As a monthly festival, winners will get their work screened through the LA Independent Film Channel, and are up to win 24 different prizes in the annual Venice Shorts competition. This month’s winners were just announced, so you can see the full list below. If you want to see your name on this list in the future, submit your work to the Venice Shorts’s FilmFreeway page. 

June 2021 Venice Short Winners

Best Narrative Short:

The Body of Levi

Director Freddy Cheung

Best U.S. Documentary:


Director: Mark Gould

Honorable Mention Documentary:

Atomic Cover-up

Director Greg Mitchell

Honorable Mention Documentary:


Director: Giovanni

Best Experimental Documentary:


Director: Данила Гулин

Best U.S. Indie Short:


Director: Erick Geovanny Balderas Ortiz

Best International Indie Short:

Close To The Edge

Director: Arne Duppler

Best Female Director:

I Walk On

Director: Dorota Fórmanowska

Best Youth Directors:

Just One Day

Directors: Ethan Daniels, Peyton J Evans

Best First Time Filmmaker:

Welcome Home

Director: Dana Crypto

Best Experimental:


Director: Susanne Deeken

Best Experimental Animation:

Transit Line

Director: Juliane Ebner

Best LGBTQ :


Director: Mia Krys

Best Animation:

Forget Me Not

Directors: Courtney LeBlanc, Saige Guevara

Honorable Mention Animation:

E=MC ³

Director: Victor Stabin

Honorable Mention Animation:

Testimony: 52nd St. and the Invisible Violence of UPenn

Director: Amelia Carter

Best Web/Series/Pilot:

The Reminder

Director: Shahriar El Kosht

Best Sitcom:

Recipes For Love – Episode 1 “Brownie Points”

Director: Danny Donnelly

Best Thriller:


Director: Christian Koch

Best Music Video:


Director: Ben Hess

Honorable Mention Music Video:

“Drinking Again”

Director: Clint Mouriño

Best Horror:

The Abandoned- Short

Director: Leigha Kingsley

Best Sci-Fi:

The Aspirant

Director: Adam Orton

Honorable Mention Sci-Fi:


Director: Mehdi Hadi

Best Student Film:

Love Letter

Director: Veronica Badell

Honorable Mention Student Film:

Three Clicks

Directors: Bryan Auman, Kayla Moore

Best Student Director:


Director: Parish Sharma

Honorable Mention Student Director:

Meant For You

Director: Sasha Rangel Garcia

Best Student Animation:

Final Deathtination

Director: Marika Tamura

Best Comedy:

The Check

Director: Paul Santoli

Honorable Mention Comedy:

Door Salesman Dave

Director: Ross Henson

Best Unproduced Screenplay:


Writers: Faye Brenner, Detra Hicks

Honorable Mention Short & Best Trailer:

Sila ( The Adventures of )

Director: Jeff Brownell

Best Short Film Director:

Reduction in Force

Director: Joey Fingers

Best Short Film Producer:

All Blood Runs Red

Director: Paul Mignot

Best Actress:

KateLynn Newberry for Reduction in Force

Best Actor:

Josef Säterhagen for The Breath

Best Cinematography:

The Body of Levi

DOP: Will Park

Best Edit:

All Blood Runs Red

Editor: Tao Delport

Honorable Mention Indie Short:


Director: Dylan Hoang

Best Composer:

The Breath

Composer: Andreu Jacob

Honorable Mention Animation & Music:

The Sky Grey (Boredom) as a part of Alphabet Book on Human Conditions

Directors: Yelena Makarczyk, Maria Kurachova

Composer: Sergey Chipenko

Best Poster:

The Dark Valley

Director: T.J. Morehouse

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