2023 Sonscreen
Film Festival

2023 Sonscreen
Film Festival

Sonscreen 2023 was held in Loma Linda, California for the second year in a row. We screened 42 student films at the festival, along with a number of professional films including the Sonscreen orginals: Those Were the Good Days and Vera. Click here to read a news article about the event, or scroll down to view the list of honorees and official festival selections.

Best in Festival

The Piano | Avery Kroll – Best Animated Short

Diversity in Film Award

The Right Move《那一步》| Ezekiel Canaan

Audience Choice Award

Minuteman | Jonathan Salvador and Nephtali Marin

Jury Selection Award

Echoes | Sierra Lewis

Pitch Competition Winners

First Place – Ashton Weiss | Lastlight

Second Place – Ziarah Carillo | Other Man

Third Place – Paula Macena | We Are the Unimportant

Official Selections – Dramatic Short

Redcoat | Michaela Hounslow – Best Dramatic Short

The Question |Trey Davis – Honorable Mention

Closure | Matheus Valente

Crossfire | Moses Kim

Demie | Samlyne Georges

Focus | Michael Rackley

Made With Love | Jayden Cushing

Manipulation | Samuel Guerra

Stay | Samlyne Georges

The Right Move《那一步》| Ezekiel Canaan

Unconditional | Atlas Snarr and Ysa Labaco


Official Selections – Documentary Short

The Modern Slave | Marcus Maynes – Best Documentary Short

Echoes | Sierra Lewis – Honorable Mention

Artistic Lens | Evelin Velinova

Both Sides of the Fence | Hannah Browning

Dari | Kateryna Poprakivna

Echoes | Sierra Lewis

Flag Farm USA | Tyler Lindo

The Power of a Passion by Samantha Hodges


Official Selections – Comedy Short

Taste of Love | Adam Adreveno – Best Comedy Short

Free Hats | Nick Cox – Honorable Mention

Avocado Desperado | Kamden Dockens

Finding Yourself |Sam Birky

Minuteman | Jonathan Salvador and Nephtali Marin

The Deal | Khaylee Sands

Wear the Shirt | Aja Knight


Official Selections – Art/Experimental Short

Nina’s Song | Samlyne Georges – Best Art/Experimental Short

Broken Circuits | Melaney Klinedinst – Honorable Mention

According to Hoyle | Briana Hanson

Aeschylus | Steven Crary

Birthday Cake | Ruslan Zavricico

Holo Taco | Krista VanHook

Sheol | Brad Clark

Space Disaster | Ian Olson

The Answer | William Frohne


Official Selections – Animated Short

The Piano | Avery Kroll – Best Animated Short

I Want to be a Tree of the Lord 《神様の樹になりたい》| Mugi Kinoshita – Honorable Mention

Breaking Point | Soleil Joseph

Craving | Susie Kim

Pocket | Rachel Ibarbia

The Unicorn| Jennifer Watkins


Official Selections – High School Short

Advance Preparation | Paradise Adventist Academy Visual Storytelling Class – Best High School Short

Foreigner with a Passport to Another Planet by Kailani Stroup – Honorable Mention