Here’s the winners of the 2021 Paris Independent Film Festival, held in May 2021:

No-Budget Feature:
Goslings by Carlos Daniel Flores

Micro-Budget Feature:
6:45 by Craig Singer

Low-budget Feature Film:
Tiger Within by Rafal Zielinski

Documentary Feature:
In the Water; Behind the Lens by Johnny Gonzales

Short Film (Jury Award):
In the Company of Crows by Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid

Short Film (Audience Award):
I Can See You by Lyanka Gryu

Short Film (Festival Director’s Award):
Captive by Seayoon Jeong

Short Documentary:
I Am a Guardian by Bianca Butti & Claire Paparazzo

Horror Short:
The Legend Of Sombrerón by Enrique A. Mendoza

Sci-Fi Short:
Foragers by Mark Milburn

Animated Short:
Ride in the Whirlwind by Shane Bryant

Experimental Short:
An American in Europe by Johnny Vonneumann

Short Short:
Escape Party by Gabe Montero

Music Video:
Alabama Song by Aaron Paz and Maya Sapiro-Taien

Feature Screenplay:
On the Bandstand by Claudia Perry

Comedy Screenplay:
Rolling Stone by Larry Wells

No-Budget Screenplay:
Vacancy by Joshua Anderson

Here’s the schedule for the 2021 Paris Independent Film Festival.

All films are screened on the Eventive online platform.

Panels are free of charge and released one each day of the festival. Feature film tickets cost $10 per feature film, shorts blocks cost $10 per 60 minute block. Films can be watched anytime during the festival run, April 23-29.

SHORTS BLOCK 1 [Tickets here]
2020 by Wilhelm Moser
#wedocare by Sechaba Morojele
Pause by Narelle Benjamin
The Two Missing Hours by Jean Claude Thibaut
Escape Party by Gabe Montero

SHORTS BLOCK 2 [Tickets here]
Pl8o by Allistar Christie
Anthropocene by Michelle Kossler
Bls: Black Liberation Space (WIP-ScoreandCreditsComing) by Trevon Jakaar Coleman
Leah. by Louis Reeves
Earth³ by Antoine Morineau

SHORTS BLOCK 3 [Tickets here]
Saving Grayson by Breck Cuddy
Amy and the Tortoise – How Animals Saved the Planet by John Leben
The Dependents by Jacqueline Christy
Ride in the Whirlwind by Shane Bryant
The System by Ramazan Demir

SHORTS BLOCK 4 [Tickets here]
I Am a Guardian by Bianca Butti & Claire Paparazzo
The Evaluation by Andrew Kuokka
Run(A)Way by Thang Dao
Portrait by Steve Condiotti & Dana Genshaft
Until We Meet Again by Nariman Hamed

SHORTS BLOCK 5 [Tickets here]
The Gesture and the Word by Helen Alexis Yonov
I Was A Stranger by Reiko Aylesworth
#BÓXERS by Dr. Ariel Orama Lopez
Pshycosis by Nicolas Bosc
The Memory of Li Qingzhao by Shi Wuxuan

SHORTS BLOCK 6 [Tickets here]
Foragers by Mark Milburn
Cheyenne by Gerard Corporon
Fugue by Kutay Biberoglu
The Legend Of Sombrerón by Enrique A. Mendoza
Captive by Seayoon Jeong

SHORTS BLOCK 7 [Tickets here]
Ernie by Ray Panthaki
One A Week by Grace Williams
Michelle by Anik Bernstein
I Can See You by Lyanka Gryu
Alabama Song by Aaron Paz and Maya Sapiro-Taien

SHORTS BLOCK 8 [Tickets here]
It’s Lawr-Uh Not Laura by Angela Pedraza
In the Company of Crows by Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid
An American in Europe by Johnny Vonneumann
Be Cool by Taso Papadakis

Feature Film
6:45 by Craig Singer [Tickets here]

THRILLER
A couple arrives for vacation in the quiet island resort called “Bog Grove.” To their bewilderment, the sleepy beach town is curiously deserted and they quickly learn about its deadly history that’s about to repeat itself.

Feature Film:
Battle Bordel by Alexandre Laugier & Sabry Jarod [Tickets here]

COMEDY
10 people, 2 months, 1 winner… No rules.

Feature Film:
Blitto Underground by Henry Horenstein [Tickets here]

DOCUMENTARY
A dive into Buenos Aries Bohemia guided by a struggling club entertainer named Blitto Falcone. It’s about inclusivity, acceptance, and community—the community Blitto has built of his friends, fellow entertainers, and fellow “freaks,” as he calls them.

Feature Film:
Café Mirage by Neilson Black [Tickets here]

COMEDY
A British foreigner moves to Paris to work in a cafe and become a Parisian. But realizes he isn’t welcome when he gets there. So he starts a support group to fight for his right to stay and save the cafe from closing.

Feature Film:
Goslings by Carlos Daniel Flores [Tickets here]

LGBTQ+ DRAMA/COMEDY
When Clement asks Bo to marry him, the answer seems clear. But as the messier truths of life start to emerge, Bo must figure out how to reconcile his sense of self with the heteronormative concept of marriage, and Clement must face his trust issues and biphobia. Meanwhile, the country’s headed in a scary direction, Bo’s dissatisfied with a dead-end job when he should be writing, his friend Manuel seeks comfort from a hostile country in a hostile household, and Fern digs deep into the power of sass to try and keep her best friends from doing anything stupid… and to prevent losing them altogether.

Feature Film:
I Married the War by Betty Rodgers & Ken Rodgers [Tickets here]

DOCUMENTARY
Hear the voices of wives of combat veterans from World War II to the present-day Middle East wars. From every corner of our nation, women have waited and welcomed our warriors back from battle, only to discover that the conflict followed their husbands home.

Feature Film:
In the Water; Behind the Lens by Johnny Gonzales [Tickets here]

DOCUMETARY
A film about water photographers and the dangers and challenges they face to get the shot seen in magazines and covers all over the world.

Feature Film:
Tiger Within by Rafal Zielinski [Tickets here]

DRAMA
An unlikely friendship between a homeless teen and a Holocaust survivor sparks larger questions of fear, forgiveness, healing & world peace, starring multiple Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner.

Here’s the PIFF 2021 Official Selection:

SHORT FILMS
Alabama Song by Aaron Paz and Maya Sapiro-Taien
Captive by Seayoon Jeong
The Memory of Li Qingzhao by Shi Wuxuan
Until We Meet Again by Nariman Hamed
Earth³ by Antoine Morineau
The System by Ramazan Demir
Escape Party by Gabe Montero
The Two Missing Hours by Jean Claude Thibaut
Leah. by Louis Reeves
Ride in the Whirlwind by Shane Bryant
Portrait by Steve Condiotti & Dana Genshaft
Pshycosis by Nicolas Bosc
The Legend Of Sombrerón by Enrique A. Mendoza
I Can See You by Lyanka Gryu
Be Cool by Taso Papadakis
An American in Europe by Johnny Vonneumann
Michelle by Anik Bernstein
Fugue by Kutay Biberoglu
#BÓXERS by Dr. Ariel Orama Lopez
Run(A)Way by Thang Dao
The Dependents by Jacqueline Christy
BlS: Black Liberation Space by Trevon Jakaar Coleman
Pause by Narelle Benjamin
#wedocare by Sechaba Morojele
Anthropocene by Michelle Kossler
Amy and the Tortoise – How Animals Saved the Planet by John Leben
The Evaluation by Andrew Kuokka
I Was A Stranger by Reiko Aylesworth
Cheyenne by Gerard Corporon
One A Week by Grace Williams
In the Company of Crows by Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid
It’s Lawr-Uh Not Laura by Angela Pedraza
Ernie by Ray Panthaki
Foragers by Mark Milburn
The Gesture and the Word by Helen Alexis Yonov
I Am a Guardian by Bianca Butti & Claire Paparazzo
Saving Grayson by Breck Cuddy
Pl8o by Allistar Christie
2020 by Wilhelm Moser

FEATURE FILMS
In the Water; Behind the Lens by Johnny Gonzales
Blitto Underground by Henry Horenstein
Café Mirage by Neilson Black
Battle Bordel by Alexandre Laugier & Sabry Jarod
Goslings by Carlos Daniel Flores
I Married the War by Betty Rodgers & Ken Rodgers
6:45 by Craig Singer
Tiger Within by Rafal Zielinski