Will Win:Inocente. This emotional story of a homeless teenage artist has the slight edge in a tough competition.
Runner-Up: Mondays At Racine, the story of cancer patients shedding their hair at a salon that trims away the locks for free, as a service to those fighting to survive.
Surprise: Kings Point, about changes of life at a Florida retirement community.
Live Action Short
Will Win:Death of a Shadow, a steampunk, Twilight Zone-esque supernatural drama about a World War I soldier (Rust and Bone‘s Matthias Schoenaerts) using a mystical camera to capture the souls of the dying.
Runner-Up: Curfew, the story of a suicidal man whose effort to end his life is interrupted when he finds himself stuck babysitting his young niece.
Surprise: Asad, about a young Somali boy’s temptation to join an outlaw pirate gang.
Will Win:Paperman. The black-and-white love story from Walt Disney Animation Studios is a popular favorite, although this is a prize that tends to skew indie.
Runner-Up: Adam and Dog, a homegrown, hand-drawn tale of the Garden of Eden, and man’s best friend.
Surprise: Head Over Heels, a stop-motion film about a mismatched husband and wife who live on two different planes of existence — one on the ceiling and the other on the floor.
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