LAMA Spring 2021 Winners & Selections

Best Narrative Short

Best Narrative Feature

Best Documentary Short

“ Bear and Fred  “

Dir. by Keith Famie

1st Place Winners

“ Sensation  “

Dir. by Martin Grof

“ Lead Me Home  “

Dir. by Julien Hosmalin

When a lowly postman (Eugene Simon) is inducted into a top-secret superhuman DNA program at a research facility, it's revealed that he'll be able to receive, control and send information based on the senses of others.

One night, two men stop at a food truck at the entrance of the town of Kalwin. As the conversation goes on with the lonely cook, a trap is woven between the three men, as they are all linked to a pedophile network that raged 30 years ago in this city...

Audience Award

“ TBD “

Dir. TBD

Michigan student, Hailey Callahan, visits Holocaust survivor Fred Lessing at his home after meeting him at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Fred shares his story of how his boyhood teddy bear was his only family while hiding in Holland and reads an excerpt from a children's book that was written about him and his bear. This story will be featured in an hour long film, Shoah Ambassadors.

Best Documentary Feature

Best Animation

Best International Film

“ Nobody’s Crowd  “

Dir. by Manoel Fernandes Neto

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Dir. by NA

“ Surviving Bokator  “

Dir. by Mark Bochsler


Surviving Bokator is a powerful story about reclaiming cultural identity and building bridges between generations. Filmed over 5 years, it is told through the struggle of an elder genocide survivor to resurrect the ancient Cambodian martial art of Bokator and preserve it in the nation’s youth. Through their journey, the film gets to the very core of the generational fracture happening in Cambodian communities around the world today, between genocide survivors determined to revive and maintain traditional ways and Cambodia’s youth looking to forge anew.

Year 2024. We are in a loneliness and crowd at the same time. After the new coronavirus pandemic, Celso, a young Port employee, lives in a parallel reality. He behaves like a robot and is fond of a Sex Doll, ignoring everything around him, including Emma, his wife. She divides her days among her job as a librarian in a School for the deaf, her attempts to bring Celso back to reality and weekly seasons of Sadomasochism with an elderly woman. Stuck in this dysfunctional routine, they must face each other and ask: will we drown together or will we finally plunge into a new life?

Best Experimental

Best Student Film

“ Black Key  “

Dir. by Yuchen Gao

“ An American In Europe  “

Dir. by Johnny Vonneumann

After failing to prove her father guilty of the decade-old murder of her mother by using hypnosis, the young pianist, Carrie, seeks help from a mysterious woman who appeared in an old home videotape of hers, only to find out that the truth is much grimmer than she's ever suspected...

Johnny Vonneumann’s “An American in Europe” tells a story of an American being seduced, inspired, dazzled, and challenged, and eventually falls madly in love with the vibrant history of Europe. Johann Strauss' The Blue Danube Waltz is the narrative spine of the romance. The story is told through an American visitor, exposing America's beliefs, culture, dance, elegance, grit, ethics, joy and art as he embraces, Europe’s complex culture and vast history.

Best Music Video

Best Script

“ TESStosterone “

by Erin Elizabeth Keefer

“ Johnny McCore - So Sad  “

Dir. by Dmitry Ivashin

An overly competitive woman who emasculates her boyfriends tries to become more ladylike in order to win back her ex-boyfriend before her only opportunity to have a baby expires.

The music video recounts the loneliness of a man on a rainy evening, who feels isolated at home and thinks about his beloved. It doesn't matter why they broke up. He wants to love her again. Is it possible? Will she come back this rainy night? Will he see her in the morning with a cup of coffee? Will he have a chance to dance with her again? Will his dreams come true?

Best Director

“ Sensation “

Dir. by Martin Grof

Best Actor

Eugene Simon

“ Sensation ”

Best Actress

Emily Wyatt

“ Sensation ”

Best Cinematography

“ Sensation “

Dir. by Martin Grof

Best Costume Design

“ Lead Me Home “

Dir. by Julien Hosmalin

Best Editing

Kevin Schjering

Surviving Bokator”

Best Original Score

“ Sensation “

Dir. by Martin Grof

Best Production Design

“ Sensation “

Dir. by Martin Grof

Official Selections, Category “Best” and Honorable Mention Winners

“ Broken Mirror “

by Vincent Edwards

“ Gastropod “

Dir. by Allison Bergman

“ Heart Shaped Stone “

by Ayser Cobanoglu

“ My American Family “

Dir. by Victor Migalchan

“ Praying Mantis In A Jar “

by Rosalyn Rosen

“ The Engineer “

by Pamela Beach

“ The Public Servant “

by Lyter Daniel

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Category Winners

Honorable Mention

Stage IV:

Living With Cancer


Dir. by Mariana Conde & Mariana Conde

“Caught Inside”

Dir. by Dwight Thompson

“Chuck Ransom”

Dir. by Arian Harandi

“Daddy Come Home”

Dir. by Mendel Katz & Yisrael Dubov


Dir. by Thanos Kermitsis

“Jaysin Voxx 'Hands on Me'”

Dir. by Carlos Hurtado


Dir. by Nancy C. Mejia

“The Courier”

Dir. by J.Mackye Gruber

“The Equation of Life”

Dir. by Gerry Orz

“The Stop”

Dir. by Marc Ruiz

“Two and a Quarter Minutes”

Dir. by Joshua Ovalle

Official Selections