AT&T Film Awards Past Winners

Winners of the AT&T Film Awards, Sixth Edition Announced

 

The winners of the 6th Edition of the AT&T Film Awards were announced at AT&T Shape—with over 1,000 filmmakers from across the U.S. submitting their short film or VR/AR/MR experience for a chance at cash awards and a mentoring session with Cathy Yan.

Tonya Kay

Tonya Kay

Winner
Shot on Mobile Category

Ascension of Ava Delaine

Tonya Kay
Los Angeles

Drone follows woman through life stages in amazing single shot.

Ramon Faria

Ramon Faria

Winner
New forms of Storytelling Category

Fragile

Ramon Faria
Orlando

An elderly man gets a robot that has a major impact.

Hao Zheng

Hao Zheng

Winner
Futuristic Category

Chef

Hao Zheng
Los Angeles

A chef trains a robot who may replace him.

Lauren Hoekstra

Lauren Hoekstra

Winner
Social Good Category

Shoot for the Moon

Lauren Hoekstra
Valley Ventre, CA

A girl at summer camp launches a rocket.

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis

Winner
Underrepresented Category

Sojourn

Jonathan Lewis
Los Angeles, CA

Challenges of being a young black man

Winners of the AT&T Film Awards, Fifth Edition Announced

 

The 5th Edition of the AT&T Film Awards was held during the fall of 2018—with 1,000 filmmakers from across the U.S. submitting their short film or VR/AR/MR experience for a chance at $60,000 in prizes including cash awards, a summer film program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and all-expense paid trips to the opening weekend of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Manolo Celi

Manolo Celi

Winner
Emerging Filmmaker Award

($10,000 prize)

SELF

Manolo Celi
Brooklyn, NY

A man's enthralling adventure through his cliched, humdrum existence.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

2nd Place
Emerging Filmmaker Award

($3,000 prize)

TWO BALLOONS

Mark Smith
Ketchum, ID

Seeking a life of love and exploration, two adventurous lemurs take to the skies.

Milena Lorch

Milena Lorch

Nicole Pase

Nicole Pase

3rd Place
Emerging Filmmaker Award

($2,000 prize)

SON TO SON

Milena Lorch & Nicole Pase
North Hollywood, CA

A late-night meeting between a father and son reveals an insidious secret lurking beneath the surface. What began as an innocent habit has led to the most deadly—and unexpected—epidemic in modern history. One conversation could mean the difference between life or death.

Antonio Chavez Trejo

Antonio Chavez Trejo

Best Short: Shot on Mobile
($5,000 prize)

RÉSILIENCE

Antonio Chavez Trejo
Burbank, CA

Eris, a young tormented woman goes into an introspective path about her life as her depression grows, forcing to question herself the reasons of her existence. As her suffering gains territory, so does the darkness within her, tempting her to put an end to the pain once and for all.

Derek Ham

Derek Ham

Best VR/AR/MR Project:
($5,000 prize)

I Am A Man VR Experience

Derek Ham
Cary, NC

“I Am A Man” VR Experience is an interactive virtual reality experience set to the historic events of the African- American Civil Rights Movement. Users witness the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Worker’s Strike and the events leading to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. using the Oculus Rift VR headset.

I Am a Man movie poster
Rachel Handler

Rachel Handler

Winner
Underrepresented Filmmaker Award

($5,000 prize)

COMMITTED

Rachel Handler
Jersey City, NJ

When Calvin announces that he's proposing to Leesa...and then they're moving to the suburbs, Rebecca enlists Dennis's help to sabotage the proposal and keep their friends around for good.

Martha Rodriguez

Martha Rodriguez

Winner
Best Spanish Language Short – Student

Prize: This winner will receive a scholarship to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Summer 2019 program, including a meeting with a CAA agent. Their short will also air on DIRECTV in Latin America.

CHIPS AND SALSA

Martha Rodriguez
San Diego, CA

A young Mexican queer man comes out to his parents over a Christmas event.

Youth Filmmakers Awards

Prize: These 3 finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the first weekend of the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as training from Fresh Films to coach them on how to best document their Tribeca experience.

Ben Summa

Ben Summa

Youth Finalist
Care for the Environment:

WE NEED TO PROTECT THIS

Ben Summa
Salt Lake City, UT

This short film displays the beauty in our environment, as well as its current problems. It educates people about this issue, shows people how they can help and showcases stunning visuals emphasizing the importance of protecting our environment.

Maia Vota

Maia Vota

Youth Finalist
Distracted Driving:

A REALISTIC LOOK AT DISTRACTED DRIVING

Maia Vota
Burlington, VT

A variety of students honestly explain whether or not they have ever driven distracted.

Alondra Vega

Alondra Vega

Maya Estremadoyro

Maya Estremadoyro

Winner
Youth Finalist
Anti-Bullying:

HELLO, MY NAME IS...

Alondra Vega & Maya Estremadoyro
Pembroke Pines, FL

Five high school girls come together to create a piece that highlights the importance of positivity and kindness in a world where many youth face bullying.

Winners of the AT&T Film Awards, Fourth Edition—Awarded June 2018

 

The 4th Edition of the AT&T Film Awards was held in the spring and summer of 2018—with 1,500 filmmakers submitting their short film for a chance at over $60,000 in cash prizes, and a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Finals at Warner Bros. Studios as part of the AT&T SHAPE conference. The finalists also were surprised with a mentoring session with Ava DuVernay, acclaimed writer, producer and director.

EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD (TIE)

ARE WE GOOD PARENTS?

Bola Ogun, Director

MOOSE

Jonah Ansell, Director

REAL ARTISTS

Cameo Wood, Director

Winners of the AT&T Film Awards, Third Edition—Awarded January 2018

 

The 3rd Edition of the AT&T Film Awards (formerly known as the AT&T Entertainment Project) was held in the fall and winter of 2017—with 664 filmmakers submitting their short film for a chance at cash awards, including camera equipment kits, and a summer film program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Young Gul Cho, Director
Best Short Film College Student - AT&T Film Awards 2017

 

Winner:

E-DELIVERY

Young Gul Cho, Director
School of Visual Arts, NY

Young Gul Cho, Director

2nd Place—Best Short Film: College Student

BABY I’M YOURS

Hadley Hillel, Director
Chapman University, Orange, CA

Young Gul Cho, Director

3rd Place—Best Short Film: College Student

GINA

Leah Chen Baker, Director
NYU Tisch School of the Arts, NY

Miguel J. Soliman, Director
Best Spanish Language Short - College Student - AT&T Film Awards 2017

 

Winner:

DESDE EL PRINCIPIO

Miguel J. Soliman, Director
School of Visual Arts, NY

Young Gul Cho, Director
Best Short Film Shot on Mobile - AT&T Film Awards 2017

 

Winner:

ONE MAN JOB

Ryan Riffle, Director
Tucson, AZ

Young Gul Cho, Director

2nd Place—Best Short Film: Shot on Mobile

THIS MOMENT

Sven Dreesbach, Director
Marina Del Rey, CA

Young Gul Cho, Director

3rd Place—Best Short Film: Shot on Mobile

HER NAME WAS

Keegan Gogerty & Francisco Infante, Co-Directors
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Young Gul Cho, Director
Best Short Film - Youth - AT&T Film Awards 2017

 

Winner:

LEAVE A MESSAGE

David Mansour, Director
High Tech High School, Bayonne, NJ

Young Gul Cho, Director

2nd Place—Best Short Film: Youth 13-18

CYBERBULLYING ENDS WHEN GOOD DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP BEGINS

Sophie Salazar & Meaghan Leahy
Gunston Middle School, Arlington, VA

Young Gul Cho, Director

3rd Place—Best Short Film: Youth 13-18

REWIND

Lucas Smith, Director
Trenton High School, Trenton, MI

Winners of the AT&T Film Awards, Second Edition—Awarded July 2017

 

The 2nd Edition of the AT&T Film Awards (formerly known as the AT&T Entertainment Project) was held in the spring and summer of 2017—with 1,000 filmmakers submitting their short film for a chance at over $48,000 in cash prizes, and a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Finals at Warner Bros. Studios as part of the AT&T SHAPE conference. The finalists also were surprised with a mentoring session with Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman.

Best Film – Professional Category

COIN OPERATED

Nicholas Arioli, Director

Best Film – Student Category

THE SHOCHET

Michelle Nahmad, Director

Best Film – Underrepresented Filmmaker

D.ASIAN

Sarah Smith, Director

Winners of the AT&T Entertainment Project, First Edition—Awarded January 2017

 

In the fall of 2016, 300 aspiring professional and student filmmakers entering their short films for a chance at $43,000 in cash prizes, exposure, access to AT&T and industry executives, and to screen their films during the 2017 AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas.

Best Film – Professional Category

DISPATCH

Caleb Hermann, Director

Best Film – Student Category

FIVE WINDOWS

Adam Cooper and Daniel Cooper, Directors