April 2023, Denver Monthly Film Awards

Greetings film enthusiasts! We are thrilled to share the excitement and anticipation of the April 2023 Denver Monthly Film Awards. As the curtain rises on this prestigious event, we are honored to showcase the nominees and winners in the following categories:

Category: Best Super-short Film

First up, we have the super short films category, where filmmakers have pushed the boundaries of storytelling within the confines of 6 minutes or less. From thought-provoking dramas to heartwarming comedies, these films are a testament to the power of brevity in storytelling. Our esteemed panel of judges had the challenging task of selecting the nominees and ultimately, the winner for this category.

RankFilm TitleDirector
WinnerThe BeginnersTing Zhou
FinalistA Study in BodiesElia Lara
FinalistThe 13th hour / La 13ème heureXavier Tesson
FinalistThe Girl in the Green AtticCassidy Nelson
NomineesThe month when my plants moved around me
สีนวล (Sri Nuan)
Shooting Your Own Shadow
The Bunny
Worm Salad
Zsuzsa Debre
Adam Snook
Parisi, Amman
Shane Pergrem
Claire Cutter

Category: Best Short Film

Next, we have the short films category, featuring films ranging from 6 to 45 minutes in length. These films captivate audiences with their unique narratives, compelling characters, and stunning visuals. From gripping thrillers to poignant documentaries, the nominees in this category represent the diverse and dynamic world of cinema.

RankFilm TitleDirectorCountry
WinnerIs God the Same HereJerod WoodUnited States
FinalistDiligitisLuca FinatoItaly
FinalistTransgressingAlessandro Repetti
FinalistIraVarun Shivnani
FinalistGoing Nowhere (Pilot Episode)George WalkerUK
FinalistThe Perfect DayBeddok Breithaupt FreyUnited States
NomineesLast minute
First Time Caller
The Cage
The Lost Voyager
Time Spent
The LloydPergs
The Mirror
14 Days
Just One Voice
Stereo Psychosis
Glitter Girl
Your Lucky Day
The Unique Verses
The Market
The Doll
Joel Junior
Nate Allison
YangMing Wang
Christophe Lenoir
Gavin Lloyd
Rob Daniel Hutt
Lloyd, Pergrem
Honglin Zhou
Angel Contreras
Suden L
Eric Willis
Jake Ames
Matt Sandoval
Alex Fernandez
Ommar Gutierrez
Tantowi Abudzar 
Victor Atkins
Thomas Elliott Griffiths

Category: Best Feature Film

Then, we have the feature films category, showcasing the best of the best in filmmaking. These films have taken audiences on unforgettable journeys, weaving rich stories and showcasing exceptional performances. From epic dramas to heartwarming comedies, the nominees in this category have left an indelible mark on the world of cinema.

RankFilm TitleCountry of origin
WinnerThe Place She Dwells, Maurice MooreUnited States
FinalistMasoom Sawaal, Santosh UpadhyayIndia
FinalistThe Perfect LieChina
FinalistScience Friction, Ray BradyUnited Kingdom
FinalistEskhaleni Sikantombela, Sizwe Fortune ZumaSouth Africa

Category: Best Animation

RankFilm Title, DirectorCountry of origin
WinnerThe Dream God, Eissa AnnamIndia
FinalistThe Ribbon, Polla-Ilariya KozinoUnited States
FinalistBlue, Ruisi DuanAustralia
FinalistOPAL, Alan BidardFrance 
FinalistPost Apocalyptic, Moor McKennaUnited States
NomineesProtocol Z, Alan Loustan
On / Off, Nicolas P. Villarreal
nothing (everything), Ronnie Cheng
OFF THE BOX, Yunge Wen
Dog House, Jeremy Sladdin
Modern medicine, Ting Zhou

Category: Best Documentary

RankFilm TitleCountry of origin
WinnerFight for LIFE, Jeff Ezell, Mark NewtonUnited States
FinalistArt in the Desert, Rick MeghiddoUnited States
FinalistSecrets of the Caribbean: Story of the Nature Isle, DominicaDominica
NomineesRivanna Weavers, Cameron Kashani
Far Horizon, Paul May
Inside Talk II, Parker Brothers
Dysability, Shihyun Wang

Category: Best Music Video

RankFilm TitleDirector
WinnerJen Ash “I’m Dreaming of You”Eddie Reid
FinalistThe Curse of KK Hammond “What’s the Weatherman Done?”Tom Hughes
Finalist‘Over It Again’ by RVBYMaty J, Tamiah Bantum
NomineesJeremy Parsons – Tickin’
Sun King Rising “No. 6 Magnolia Avenue”
I don’t want to live without you
Nick Van Dyk
Dante Ludovici
Oscar Serio

Category: Best Director

RankNameFilm Title
WinnerTina KardanInvidious
FinalistEissa AnnamThe Dream God
FinalistPolla-Ilariya KozinoThe Ribbon
FinalistVictor AtkinsThe Market

Category: Best Actress

RankNameFilm Title
WinnerMuscan KapoorIra
FinalistOrla SaphronJust like me
FinalistLaura Domerick & Susan Macke MillerThe Market
FinalistSarah BelliniLast minute
NomineesTommi Aleman
Elise Fourneau
Is God the Same Here
The 13th hour

Category: Best Actor

RankNameFilm Title
WinnerCast of “The Fate of Cysalion”The Fate of Cysalion
FinalistMathew MolinaIs God the Same Here
FinalistTaylor Lam & Loic FreynetInvidious
FinalistJoel JuniorLast minute