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2019 CineYouth Award Winners

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2019 CineYouth Award Winners

Best Overall Film

Film Still: No Such Sunrise

NO SUCH SUNRISE

by Dana Brandes-Simon, Laura Li & Cella Wright (age 22), Oberlin, OH

Award Partner:
Chicago International Film Festival
Logo: Chicago International Film Festival 211x150

Best Comedy

Film Still : Harls

HARLS

by Kenzie Sutton (Age 21), Longwood, FL

Category Jury:
Ron Falzone, Gary Fox, Julia Sweeney
Award Partner:
Harold Ramis Film School

Best Horror

Film Still: Butterfly

BUTTERFLY

by Ella McKeon (age 11), Los Angeles, CA

Category Jury:
Dan Hudson, Bret Berg, Marie Zeniter
Award Partner:
Charles Droege and Julie Wroblewski

Best Experimental

Film Still: Umbilical Cord to Heaven

UMBILICAL CORD TO HEAVEN

by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (age 22), Philippines

Category Jury:
Sam Flancher, Mina Fitzpatrick
Award Partner:
Dr. Jennifer S. Kim

Chicago Award

Film Still: Our Transition

OUR TRANSITION

by Connor O’Keefe (age 21) of Chicago, IL

Special Mention

PANZóN by Emilio Nieto (age 19), Chicago, IL

Award Partner:
Brenda Robinson

Best Drama

Film Still: Wasteland

WASTELAND

by Gustav Bondeson (age 20), Sweden

Special Mention

LADIES DAY by Abena Taylor-Smith (Age 22), United Kingdom

Category Jury:
John Otterbacher, Emilie Upczak, Patrick Underwood
Award Partner:
Byron and Judy Pollock

Best LGBTQ+

Film Still: Julie

JULIE

by Alexander Bergmann (age 22), Germany

Category Jury:
Nick Davis, Kara Keeling, Sebastien Levy
Award Partner:
Steven H. Kwate

Best Documentary

Film Still: Lost Time

LOST TIME

by Leo Pfeifer (age 20), Seattle, WA

Category Jury:
Mercedes Kane, Chad Freidrichs
Award Partner:
Columbia College
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Women in Cinema Award

Film Still: Wild

WILD

by Morgana McKenzie (age 18), Canada

Special Mention

PARTY OF TWO by Maria Alvarez (age 21), Los Angeles, CA

Category Jury:
Susan Kerns, Gabriela Díaz de Sabaté, Kristin Peterson, Layne Marie Williams
Award Partner:
Flashpoint
Logo: Flashpoint Chicago 340x75

Best Animation

Film Still: Everyflower

EVERYFLOWER

by Cai Yuanqing (age 22), China/France

Special Mention

Pitiguá by Paula Martínez Cirilo (age 22), Puerto Rico

Category Jury:
Killian Heilsberg, Chris Tedin, Michael Galbincea
Award Partner:
Flashpoint
Logo: Flashpoint Chicago 340x75

Best International

Film Still: Look Into My Eyes

LOOK INTO MY EYES

by Students from Rey Pastor High School (ages 16-17), Spain

Special Mention

ONYE NMEFIE (The Trespasser) by William Boyd (age 22), Nigeria/United Kingdom

Category Jury:
Mercedes Kane, Chad Freidrichs
Award Partner:
Pasfarda
Logo: Pasfarda 200x200

Rising Star Award

Film Still: Grey Heart

GREY HEART

Theo Taplitz (age 15), Los Angeles, CA

Special Mention

SOCKS by Callahan Bracken (age 16), Canada

Award Partner:
Chicago International Film Festival Associate Board
Logo: Chicago International Film Festival 211x150

Audience Award

Film Still: Mad Lib Pixie Dream Girl

MAD LIB PIXIE DREAM GIRL

by Kylie Murphy (age 22), Shrewsberry, NJ

Award Partner:
Chicago International Film Festival
Logo: Chicago International Film Festival 211x150