Here’s the winners of the 2022 Paris Independent Film Festival, held in April 2022:

No-Budget Feature:
A Story Worth Living by Vanessa Leonard

Micro-Budget Feature:
Adam & the Water by Matthew Appleby

Low-budget Feature Film:
Summer in the Shade by Alice Millar

Documentary Feature:
State of the Unity by Nathaniel Paul Hoff & Jillian Ann Speece

Short Film (Jury Award):
Green Kola by Alexandra Vino

Short Film (Audience Award):
Get Loved by Teresa Lee

Short Film (Festival Director’s Award):
Warren’s Gold by Nick Swezey

Short Documentary:
Wetlands by Andrew Dubber

Sci-Fi / Horror Short:
Fieldtrip by Soren Bendt & Paul Arion

Animated Short:
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture by Charles Kline

Experimental Short:
As You Were by Frederik Valentin

Short Short:
Dollar by Charlton Thorp

Music Video:
Spiel by Mark DeChiazza

Feature Screenplay:
What Kind of Woman by Israela Margalit

Comedy Screenplay:
2nd Date by Jaik Andino

No-Budget Screenplay:
Back Yardies by George Campbell
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Here’s the schedule for the 2022 Paris Independent Film Festival.

All films are screened on the Eventive online platform.

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 22-28.

Shorts Block 1 [Tickets here]
It’s Probably Me by Erik Almas
Breakfast at the Bodega by Marina Barham
As You Were by Frederik Valentin
Dollar by Charlton Thorp

Shorts Block 2 [Tickets here]
Bizzarro e Fantastico by Kris Krainock
Wetlands by Andrew Dubber
10-33 by Teryn Lawson
La Petite Mort by Mariel Gomsrud

Shorts Block 3 [Tickets here]
Fury by Petar Ristovski
Movements by Kevin Andrew Heslop
The Mask Of Love by Sebastiano Rizzo
Get Loved by Teresa Lee

Shorts Block 4 [Tickets here]
27 Steps by Andrea Schramm
Green Kola by Alexandra Vino
The Fireworks Ban by Zi Yang & Yuan Zhang
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture by Charles Kline

Shorts Block 5 [Tickets here]
Fieldtrip by Soren Bendt, Paul Arion
Warren’s Gold by Nick Swezey
Alba by Diego Fuentes
Wake by Martin Klapperbein

Shorts Block 6 [Tickets here]
You can’t show my face by Knutte Wester
Cupcake by Kyle Perritt
Voices from the Void by Theo Burtis
Spiel By Mark Dechiazza

Feature Film:
A Story Worth Living (96m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Vanessa Leonard

DRAMA
https://astoryworthlivingmovie.square.site/
Allison Foster and her childhood best friend, Melissa, find themselves attending the same college. Wanting to end her junior year strong, overachiever Allison receives a class assignment that goes beyond the classroom and encourages her to perceive life in a more positive light. Coming from a family that has a past of dealing with mental illness, Allison strives to obtain a more optimistic view with the help of her new boyfriend, Jacob Russell. However, Allison’s merry shift of focus may be short-lived, as she did not foresee what was about to change everything.


Feature Film:
Adam & the Water (80m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Matthew Appleby

ROMANCE
http://www.adamandthewater.com/
Adam is stuck. Anxious. Alone. Trapped in a nine to five. Lost without purpose, he meets Eva. As she enters Adam’s life, something changes, and a new reality awakens him.


Feature Film:
Frank Bey: All My Dues Are Paid (88m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Tom Dwyer & Lisa Palattella

DOCUMENTARY
https://allmyduesarepaidfilm.com/
In 1977 soul-blues singer Frank Bey quit singing after a deal went terribly wrong with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Forty years later Frank was invited to record a CD in Nashville with Buddy Guy’s record producer, fulfilling the dream of his lifetime.
Posthumously, in 2021 Frank’s final CD, All My Dues Are Paid, was nominated for a Grammy.


Feature Film:
Good Luck with Everything (75m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Chris Riggi

DRAMA
https://www.instagram.com/chrisriggi/?hl=en

Still getting over a breakup, a man house sitting for a friend must deal with his feelings when a charming young woman crashes on the couch.


Feature Film:
The Chimera Effect (91m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Carlos Butler

THRILLER
http://www.cgmcreative.com/
As if studying for the bar exam was not hard enough, Samantha Antrum is also dealing with the recent death of her father. Prior to his passing, he wished to continue to “protect her from what’s to come” but will not be able to. Samantha’s life starts to unravel as a mysterious “Watcher” takes residency deep into Samantha’s psyche. Samantha enters a race against time to discover the identity of this person who has entered her life and their intentions before it is too late.


Feature Film:
State of the Unity (88m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Nathaniel Paul Hoff & Jillian Ann Speece

DOCUMENTARY
https://www.thebergamot.com/documentary-1
Is unity possible? This simple question launched the Brooklyn-based band The Bergamot on a quest to all 50 States to unite people with music, community, and collaboration. What began as a simple idea in the band’s touring vehicle, brought about a profound revelation. How do we reframe the way we perceive and understand unity?


Feature Film:
Summer in the Shade (93m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Alice Millar

COMING-OF-AGE/FANTASY-HORROR
http://www.summerintheshade.com/
Summer, 1997. Grace (12) and Asta (11) have been friends for as long as they can remember. But as the girls enter pre-pubescence their one-year age gap begins to grow. When Grace’s father suddenly abandons his family, Grace turns to religion to pray away the stain her father’s aberration has left upon her. At the end of the school year, Grace is invited to join Asta for a cottage vacation in the Cornish countryside by Kate, Asta’s wild and bohemian single mother. There- in the expanse of a mystifying landscape- the unexplainable and terrifying swirls inside the cottage. Then a stranger enters their midst. Unable to shake the suspicion that she’s haunted, Grace is driven to expel her bloodthirsty demon with a ritual sacrifice.

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Here are the Official Selection for the 2022 Paris Independent Film Festival:

SHORT FILMS
10-33 by Teryn Lawson
27 Steps by Andrea Schramm
Alba by Diego Fuentes
As You Were by Frederik Valentin
Bizzarro e Fantastico by Kris Krainock
Breakfast at the Bodega by Marina Barham
Cupcake by Kyle Perritt
Dollar by Charlton Thorp
Eco by Diego Sepulveda
Fieldtrip by Soren Bendt, Paul Arion
Fury by Petar Ristovski
Get Loved by Teresa Lee
Green Kola by Alexandra Vino
It’s Probably Me by Erik Almas
La Petite Mort by Mariel Gomsrud
movements. by Kevin Andrew Heslop
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture by Charles Kline
Spiel By Mark Dechiazza
The Fireworks Ban by Zi Yang & Yuan Zhang
The Mask Of Love by Sebastiano Rizzo
Voices from the Void by Theo Burtis
Wake by Martin Klapperbein
Warren’s Gold by Nick Swezey
Wetlands by Andrew Dubber
You can’t show my face by Knutte Wester

FEATURE FILMS
A Story Worth Living by Vanessa Leonard
Adam & the Water by Matthew Appleby
Frank Bey: All My Dues Are Paid by Tom Dwyer & Lisa Palattella
Good Luck with Everything by Chris Riggi
State of the Unity by Nathaniel Paul Hoff & Jillian Ann Speece
Summer in the Shade by Alice Millar
The Chimera Effect by Carlos Butler

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

No-Budget Feature:
Dubliner by Linda Rosenfeld

Micro-Budget Feature:
Cecily and Lydia at the Waypoint by Juliette Strangio

Low-budget Feature Film:
They/Them/Us by Jon Sherman

Documentary Feature:
We, the Voyagers: Our Vaka by Marianne “Mimi” George, Heuionalani Wyeth & Jacob Penchansky

Short Film (Jury Award):
The Wheel by Metîn EWR

Short Film (Audience Award):
Fig Jam by Frank J. Avella

Short Film (Festival Director’s Award):
Color Me Jane by Mary Darling

Short Documentary:
Chasing 200 by Alexandra Lier

Horror Short:
Crude Massacre by Ven Scott

Sci-Fi Short:
Automated by Benjamin Brown

Animated Short:
Killing the Parson Bird by Peter McCulley

Experimental Short:
Dark Swan Lake by Renpei Geng

Short Short:
Dinner? by Nick Blair

Music Video:
Leisure Machine by Jim Batt

Feature Screenplay:
Dancing With Plato by Nahyr Galaz Ruiz

Comedy Screenplay:
A Florida Man by Kid Strange

No-Budget Screenplay:
The Dark of Dunham by Quinn Parthagru
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Here’s the schedule for the Autumn 2021 Paris Independent Film Festival.

All films are screened on the Eventive online platform.

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, October 18-24.

Shorts Block 1 [Tickets here]
Tattooed Trucks of Nepal- Horn Please by Ron G Ranson
Soft Rain by Sacha Goedegebure
Help Me by Man Hin Chung

Shorts Block 2 [Tickets here]
Fig Jam by Frank J. Avella
Ten Thousand Camels by Kent Flaagan
Song of the Same Night by Kary H Sarrey, Jason J Sarrey, Jay Y Rho, Ryan Foregger, Yong Duk Jhun, Lai Tsz Alson Yeung
Black Hole by Jamie Parslow
Dark Swan Lake by Renpei Geng

Shorts Block 3 [Tickets here]
The Aspirant by Adam Orton
The Wheel by Metîn EWR
Verzasca in Red by Nadina Miriam Dollie
Salvager by Peter McCully
Are You Hearing Me? by Petra Richterová & Albert “The Ghost” Esquilin

Shorts Block 4 [Tickets here]
Glass Darkly by Dave Penner
Will You Find Me? by William Atkinson
Untwined by Alexandra Fehrman
Nothing You Say Makes Sense by Sam Samore
Chasing 200 by Alexandra Lier & Katharina Lier

Shorts Block 5 [Tickets here]
Automated by Benjamin Brown
Monkey Business by Everon Jackson Hooi
The Last Leaf by Ivan Moshchuk
Color Me Jane by Mary Darling
Dinner? by Nick Blair
Leisure Machine by Jim Batt

Shorts Block 6 [Tickets here]
Us: Is, Was, Are by Olivia Wachsberger
The Unclosed Door by Liang Ce
Spotted by Brandii Champagne
Maid by Melanie V. Mendez Munden
The Newbees – Alright By Me by Jeff Perholtz
Ode to Claire by Faith Leone Howe

Shorts Block 7 [Tickets here]
Killing the Parson Bird by Peter McCulley
Crude Massacre by Ven Scott
I Am the Storm by Jason Turner
Millicent & Me and The Apple Tree by John Beaton Hill
Zikkaron Kristallnacht: A Family Story by Eugene Marlow
Game Night by Alicia Redmond

Feature Film:
Dubliner (63m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Linda Rosenfeld

DOCUMENTARY
http://www.dubliner17.com/
Stephen Keenan had a fatal blackout on the 22nd of July 2017 in the Blue hole, Dahab, Egypt, while providing the safety for Alessia Zecchini, the World champion in freediving and saved her life.


Feature Film:
The Insurer (85m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Antoine Vans

DRAMA
https://www.lachaisecreation.be/
A young women, fraud agent, needs to pair up with an ex-agent to investigate on a possible fraudster. Unintentionally, they will be forced to help the fraudster to save an innocent person.


Feature Film:
They/Them/Us (90m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Jon Sherman

DRAMA
http://theythemusfilm.com/
Two single parents in their 40’s meet on a dating website, move in together way too fast, and have to blend their family of four teenagers.


Feature Film:
We, the Voyagers: Our Vaka (56m) [Tickets here]
Directed by Marianne “Mimi” George, Heuionalani Wyeth, Jacob Penchansky

DOCUMENTARY
https://www.vaka.org/

We are the crew of Lata, the Polynesian culture-hero who built the first voyaging canoe and navigated across the Pacific. We use only ancient designs, materials, and methods, and we invite everyone to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. Come join the crew of the real Moana!

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Here’s the Autumn 2021 Paris Independent Film Festival Official Selection:

SHORT FILMS
Are You Hearing Me? by Petra Richterová & Albert “The Ghost” Esquilin
Automated by Benjamin Brown
Black Hole by Jamie Parslow
Chasing 200 by Alexandra Lier & Katharina Lier
Color Me Jane by Mary Darling
Crude Massacre by Ven Scott
Dark Swan Lake by Renpei Geng
Dinner? by Nick Blair
Fig Jam by Frank J. Avella
Game Night by Alicia Redmond
Glafira by Eric Armando Ibarra
Glass Darkly by Dave Penner
Glory & Injustice by Jamieson Tabb
Help Me by Man Hin Chung
I Am the Storm by Jason Turner
Killing the Parson Bird by Peter McCulley
Leisure Machine by Jim Batt
Maid by Melanie V. Mendez Munden
Millicent & Me and The Apple Tree by John Beaton Hill
Monkey Business by Everon Jackson Hooi
Nothing You Say Makes Sense by Sam Samore
Ode to Claire by Faith Leone Howe
Salvager by Peter McCully
Soft Rain by Sacha Goedegebure
Song of the Same Night by Kary H Sarrey, Jason J Sarrey, Jay Y Rho, Ryan Foregger, Yong Duk Jhun, Lai Tsz Alson Yeung
spotted by Brandii Champagne
Tattooed Trucks of Nepal- Horn Please by Ron G Ranson
Ten Thousand Camels by Kent Flaagan
The Aspirant by Adam Orton
The Last Leaf by Ivan Moshchuk
The Newbees – Alright By Me by Jeff Perholtz
The Unclosed Door by Liang Ce
The Wheel by Metîn EWR
Untwined by Alexandra Fehrman
Us: Is, Was, Are by Olivia Wachsberger
Verzasca in Red by Nadina Miriam Dollie
Will You Find Me? by William Atkinson
Zikkaron Kristallnacht: A Family Story by Eugene Marlow

FEATURE FILMS
Cecily and Lydia at the Waypoint by Juliette Strangio
Dubliner by Linda Rosenfeld
The insurer by Antoine vans
They/Them/Us by Jon Sherman
We, the Voyagers: Our Vaka by Marianne “Mimi” George, Heuionalani Wyeth, Jacob Penchansky

Here’s the winners of the Spring 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