Awards

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge recognizes the talent and hard work that goes into producing a short film in a single weekend by presenting four awards to film challenge participants: Best Film, Best Filmmaker, Best Actor and Best Promotional Campaign. Learn more about each award, the accompanying prizes and last year’s winners below.

Award

Best Film

The Best Film award is presented to the leading producer based on the film’s incorporation of the required elements (theme, props and locations), production quality and plotline. Judges evaluate the film on its creative storytelling and performances from all onscreen talent.

Prize

The award recipient will receive a mentorship opportunity with Speechless creator Scott Silveri, one Dell mobile workstation and a spot to screen their film at the HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres.

2017 Winner – “Best Friend” (6:00)

Cory Reeder | Family Comedy | www.coryreeder.com

Award

Best Filmmaker

The Best Filmmaker award is presented to the director of the film with the most outstanding direction of acting, cinematography and storytelling. Dependent upon the genre/theme, judges base their decision on the director’s ability to evoke emotions in specific scenes as well as surrounding the overall film as appropriate.

Prize

The award recipient will receive a mentorship opportunity with actor, writer, and director Randall Park, one Dell 2-in-1 computer and a spot to screen their film at the HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres

2017 Winner – “Sibings Liebencrantz” (5:15)

Jonathan Johnson | Family Comedy

Award

Best Actor

The Best Actor award is presented to the actor with the most memorable performance. Judges consider the complexity of the character and the actor’s ability to take on this challenging role.

Prize

The award recipient will receive a mentorship opportunity with actress, writer, producer, and activist Amy Brenneman one Dell 2-in-1 computer and a spot to screen their film at the HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres.

2017 Winner – “Whitney’s Wedding” (6:00)

Jamie Brewer | Family Comedy | @MsJamieBrewer

Award

Best Awareness Campaign

The Best Awareness Campaign award is presented to the leading producer for the team that raises the most awareness for their film through marketing strategies. Judges will review the YouTube videos for number of overall views, shares, likes, and press coverage.

Prize

The award recipient will receive a mentorship opportunity with the Executive Vice President of Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion and Communications at CBS Entertainment, Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i.

2017 Winner – “Best Friend” (6:00)

Cory Reeder | Family Comedy | www.coryreeder.com