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The ShortList Online Film Festival: And the Winner Is...

Jonathan Alcorn

Featuring a dozen of the most acclaimed short films from the worldwide festival circuit, this year's ShortList Online Film Festival was the inaugural event in a new tradition which streams short films to online audiences. Winners were announced at a special live ceremony in Los Angeles last night, and the Jury Prize went to "Fishing Without Nets" by director Cutter Hodiern, which was cited "for its strong technique, stunning cinematography and for taking us on an eye opening journey to a world rarely depicted on film."

Sponsored by The Wrap, in conjunction with Film.com, NextMovie.com and MTV, The ShortList's Jury Prize was selected by a panel of industry experts which included film and television star Zachary Quinto and the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program Founding Director, Michelle Satter.

Also going home a winner on the evening was director Chirstopher Kezelos, whose short film "The Maker" won the Audience Prize, which was voted on by over 11,000 online participants.

In addition to the two winners, a Special Mention was given to directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman for their documentary "A Brief History of John Baldessari" in recognition of "its irreverent voice and ability to so fully capture the nature of its eccentric provocateur subject in such a compact form."

The ceremony, which was held at the Sony lot last evening, was the culmination of an interactive online experience that ran online and through mobile devises from August 20 through September 4. "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead was on hand to present the Jury Prize, while "Catfish" lead Nev Schulman handed out the Audience Prize.

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