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1st Place: 1-800-Give-Us-Your-Kidney — Samantha Smith, Director
Runner Up: Our Voices Are Rarely Heard — Cali Bondad, Director
Special Mention: Day 39 — Jesse Gustafson, Director
Special Mention: The Telegram Man — James Francis Khehtie, Director
Audience Award: 1-800-Give-Us-Your-Kidney — Samantha Smith, Director
And a special thanks to all our finalists who use the power of filmmaking to build awareness and community for humanitarian issues.
Watch all the nominated films below and read about the winners here!
Directed by Samantha Smith (USA) This short documentary recounts one man's decision to donate one of his kidneys to a complete stranger.
US Premiere — Directed by Cali Bondad (USA) This short documentary offers a visceral snapshot at how inmates survive solitary confinement.
Directed by Jesse Gustafson (USA) A young soldier on his first deployment to Afghanistan is asked to assist a seasoned ranger medic.
Directed by James Francis Khehtie (AUS) A close-knit Australian farming community confronts the human cost of war on the homefront during World War II.
Directed by Gabriel Diamond (USA) This short film follows the story of a man raised in the Indian slums where families are forced to live in squalid conditions without support or hope for a better future.
Directed by Shanshan Chen (China) This short film follows the journeys of refugees and migrants seeking safety in Britain.
Directed by Liz Mermin (UK) This short film follows the "Be a Man" club, which brings young men and women together to fight stereotypes and become role models for their peers.
Directed by Shanshan Chen (China) Stigmatized for his bipolar disorder and unable to find help, Chen Wei created China’s first depression support group.
US Premiere — Directed by Brian Redondo (USA) "The Lookout" examines the treacherous boat ride across the Aegean Sea, just one of many hardships, endured by Syrian refugees through the eyes of an altruistic volunteer hoping to do what he can to ease their suffering.
Directed by Leanne Welham (UK) The story of three male nurses who survived Ebola celebrate the end of the epidemic.
Directed by Ryan Chapman (UK) This short film follows a warm-hearted Athenian who believes ‘no victims are necessary’ while a humanitarian crisis unfolds in Europe.
Directed by Lara Everly (USA) A comedy workshop featuring improvisation, performance and stand up comedy is given to women recently released from prison.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our panel of judges who #ShareHumanity:
Michael Franti, Rebecca Dreyfus, Kỳ N. Nguyễn, Salam Darwaza, Paola Di Florio, Scott McDonald, Noam Dromi, Andi Gitow, and Noelle Wolf.
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