This year, our panel of jurors reviewed hundreds of short and feature-length films from around the world. At our April 2019 film festival, we announced the “Best of Festival” winners and our Director’s Choice Awards. We are proud to share our award-winning filmmakers and their work.

2019 “Best of Festival” Award Winners

The following films were selected as “best of” in their respective film categories in this year’s juried film competition. Our panel of jurors reviewed over 100 accepted films and selected finalists based on originality, creativity, cinematography, and performance.

Best Foreign Film — Stone on Stone — Iran

Best Comedy — Sorry for Your Loss — USA

Best Comedy (Foreign) — Little Family Troubles — Bulgaria

Best Drama — Division Avenue — USA

Best Animated Film — Night Light — USA

Best Animated Film (Foreign) — Her Birthday Night — Iran

Best Youth Film — Mr. Orange and Baby Snot — USA

Best Film Directed by a Woman — Meer bei Nacht — Germany

Best Action Film — Fight — Taiwan

Best Feature Film — Terrolun and Lunlun — Japan

Best Student Film — Neon 110 — Australia

Best Local Night Film — Mother’s Milk — USA

Best Sci Fi — Bucketheads: A Star Wars Story — USA

Best Horror — Keep the Gaslight Burning — USA

Best Short Documentary — Violet is Blue: A Tale of Gibbons and Guardians — USA

Best Web Series — Alibi — Russian Federation

2019 Director’s Circle Award Winners

The following films represent our Festival Director Mattie Scariot’s top choices from among the selected films for our 2019 lineup.

Stone On Stone — Iran

Little Family Troubles — Bulgaria

Meer Bei Nacht — Germany

Junkyard — Nigeria

Matilda — India

Her Birthday Night — Iran

Night Light — USA

Lunch Time — Iran

The Boy and The Owl — Portugal

Tola — Nigeria

Starvation — Iran

My Father Couldn’t Save the Kite — Egypt

Are You Volleyball? — Iran

Terrolun and Lunlun — Japan


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PJIFF 2019 Winner: Best Sci Fi, Director’s Circle Awards

Bucketheads: A Star Wars Story — Sci Fi — Marco Bossow and Andy Brown — Canada
A squad of storm troopers are transporting a POW with valuable information from Yavin 4, but getting off the planet will test their mettle.

  • Opening Date:
    August 12, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline:
    August 13, 2018
  • Regular Deadline:
    October 8, 2018
  • Late Deadline:
    November 4, 2018
  • Extended Deadline:
    December 2, 2018
  • Notification Date:
    December 10, 2018
  • Event dates:
    April 3-7, 2019