The 2016 occurred from 20-22 October at the The Elks Lodge in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
We presented 47 Official Selections from five categories (drama, comedy, animation, documentary and horror, 30 mins or less.)
Mike Lombardo of Reel Splatter Productions hosted the presentation of the Official Selections for Horror.
The 2016 Official Selections
2016 GRAND PRIZE & Best Horror
by Conscian Morgan
20m, Horror, United Kingdom
A horrifying thriller set in present day London that exploits the imperfect home life of Eugene; a blood donor by profession whose attempts to keep his sick mother alive isolate him from his work and the outside world.
The Death of Rasputin by Adam Hall
A modern, comedic retelling of the true story of the horribly executed assassination of Grigori Rasputin in Russia in 1916. (20m, USA)
The Telegram Man by James Francis Khehtie
The impact of World War II on a close-knit Australian farming community. (14m, Australia)
Sisters by David Chontos
Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. (4m, USA)
Unbreakable by Rebecca Kirwan
Unbreakable is a short documentary portrait focusing on a charismatic young lady Jodie Owen, born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Unbreakable is a story that will stay with you well after the credits have ceased. (15m, Australia)
Best Home Grown
Carry Me Home by Joshua Henry
The true story of Maria Ennals and her family. Maria is a young mother trapped in slavery who seizes the opportunity to escape when she encounters Harriet Tubman in the woods. Is freedom worth the price they must pay to obtain it? (23m, Drama)
Best Actor - Austin Pendleton
Starring Austin Pendleton by Gene Gallerano
'The most famous actor you've never heard of.' We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A-list peers discuss his vast influence and dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today's celebrity obsessed world. (18m, USA)
A barber started cutting a boy’s hair while watching a soccer game on television.
86 - 32 is the story of 19 year old boxing Olympian Roy Jones Jr and the harrowing lesson that all that glitters ain't gold.
A small girl tries to get onto a roller coaster with a height requirement.
The story of three men from West Michigan who sacrificed personal dreams to fight a common enemy in WWII. A Salute to Honor shares how the war in Europe permanently altered the course of their lives.
Adaptation: 1. Structural or functional evolution of an organism towards higher survivability. 2. Process of an individual becoming better suited to environment and more resistant to outer stress. 3. The ability of eyesight to adjust to seeing in the dark.
When Jeff’s girlfriend Kate breaks up with him because he’s tooimmature to “understand” her strange and terminal illness, hepurchases a coffin and keeps it in the living room of the apartmenthe shares with his mother to prove he can master the lessons of mortality.
A black comedy in the style of the Czech New Wave. Two workers of an old factory face the transition from socialism to capitalism. Friendship and cooking but also about a generation of workers who have to deal with the change.
Bernie and Rebecca's first date is about to end but somehow aconnection is made. Over a glass of wine, they imagine a life of dating, marriage, children, parenthood, infidelity and divorce. It's an imperfect life that just may turn out to be perfect.
BLACK IN RED OUT is a commentary on the pressures of hook up culture among young people. Sometimes we are so worried about meeting expected social standards that we lose sight of what our real priorities should be.
Nathan finished working on the most important project of his lifeand he is trying to upload the file, but the neighbor's child is stealinghis Wifi connection and prevents him from doing so.
November 5th, 2025. Western metropolis. Young inspector Abel is grappling with the umpteenth disappearance: Angela, a 9-year-old girl, of whom there has been no news for two days.
Produced to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the LancasterCentral Market structure that houses this famous farmers market chartered by King George and in operation since 1730.
A single woman has procured a rare book under strange circumstances. Little does she know that the book has a life of it's own - drawing out the fears of those who possess it. Hope struggles to figure out the meaning of the book before it's too late.
Annie throws her foreign exchange student an unwanted birthday party. A chance encounter supercharges the party.
At 15, Kevin risks it all for a shot at greatness.
A freshly divorced mom and her daughter foil a dimwitted burglar'splans by using subterfuge and prescription drugs.
A true friend will help you hide a body. But what happens to thatfriendship when things don't go quite as planned?
John "JW" Walker serves a tour in Vietnam, forging what will belifelong bonds with fellow US soldier, Billy Preston. He discoversboth love and tragedy. Years later, their lives take them to an epicbattle of fate’s connections.
Bree, a dishonest 9-year-old receives a terrifying visitor after aparenting lesson goes horribly wrong.
After risking their lives to escape injustice and pursue a better life inEurope, several dozen migrants from West Africa have foundthemselves trapped in a web of Italian bureaucracy.
It all begins as a marvelous fairy tale. Silent mechanical monstersconverge toward a military base. A strange orbital spaceflight isbeing prepared.
When the moon gets stuck in a tree and leaves the town in eternalnight, a Squirrel of the Moon and a young boy of the forest embarkon a journey to help free the moon.
On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runsLaura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.
Carolers out to spread Christmas cheer get more than theybargained for at Mabel's house.
Jenny Hill unleashes her imagination on Lancaster with some hula hoops and a little bit of creativity. This documentary tells the story of Jenny Hill, a circus-style, multi-hoop performer, as we follow her life for 6 months
A Parade for 3 managers & 4 performers. Mixing quotes fromFrench composer Erik Satie’s essays with the music Parade, this is an animated re-creation of realist ballet images going beyondreality.
Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country housewhere its residents have an extraordinary way of brewing tea.
Emily encounters 'Murphy's Law' while on the way to a potentiallycareer-making audition. Filmed on location in Los Angeles, RollerCoaster pays homage to the wild-eyed adventures of those crazyenough to pursue their dreams in a city designed to filter out thefaint of heart.
'SIGN' is a short film that tells, through vignettes, music, and signlanguage, the story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf.
While searching for a missing object, a man reminisces aboutsentimental items from his past that are no longer with him. TheLast Place I Saw It is a meditation on loss and our attachment tothe material world.
Based on a true story about a young Cessna pilot and an aging air traffic controller whose lives collide one fateful night in and over Roswell, New Mexico.
Three brothers who are changing their future by studying and at thesame time selling garbage in Lahore, Pakistan. The LearningAlliance is a portrait of children with dreams and their struggletowards achieving it.
A documentary about LifeCycles, a ministry dedicated to buildingyoung men of character. Lifecycles allows teen boys a chance to achieve goals beyond what they thought possible. In 2015, the boys were challenged to ride from Pennsylvania to Niagara Falls, NY, almost 300 miles away.
Three teens explore an abandoned tunnel looking for historical treasures but instead find a dark secret.
When Simon returns home from school, he finds the pieces of apuzzle that will unravel the mystery of his parents murder.
An experimental fairy-tale about a young girl who is transported intoa dreamworld after finding a magic mask.
Liam is a retired soldier who can't sleep through the night. Cara, hisfiance, tries to use her passion and care to create a connection that could begin a new chapter in their life and relationship.
Living alone in Tokyo, a woman struggles to fights the stress of her monotonous job and the loneliness of the city each day. One day, her toy pig awakens to send her into a magical world.
The adventures of Blue a cat-like creature in search of hidden riches. Along his way Blue discovers a bird-like creature named Peanut who he reluctantly brings along in hopes that she will be the key to unlocking the treasure.
Veronica is a young witch with a curse, at any moment she couldturn into a huge monster. Valerie has no