NBCUniversal held its 11th annual Short Film Festival last night to honor its eight finalists, with Oscar nominee Henry Hughes emerging as the night’s big winner, as he took home three of the seven awards. Hughes won for Best Director, Best Drama, and the Audience Award for his drama Day One, which is inspired by a true story of a translator’s first day with a US Army unit. In addition to the awards, Hughes nabbed a development meeting with Universal and a $10K cash grant from Xfinity.
Finalists were able to screen their shorts in front of industry professionals in film and television as well as managers, agents and producers. Presenters at the ceremony, which took place at the Directors Guild of America, included comedian/actor Lil Rel Howery (The Carmichael Show), who opened the evening, along with Nico Santos (Superstore), Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat), writer/director David E. Talbert (Universal’s Almost Christmas), Essence Atkins (NBC’s Marlon), Bresha Webb (Marlon), Veronica Falcón (Queen of the South), Tiffany Haddish (The Carmichael Show), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2) and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, who appeared via pre-taped video.
The following is the list of winners from the seven categories:
Xfinity Best Drama: Day One
writer/ director: Henry Hughes
Seeso Best Comedy: Things I Hate: Lady Grooming
Writer: Molly Anne Coogan
Director: Liam Edward Brady
Best Writer: Daniel Solé – You Can Go
Best Director: Henry Hughes – Day One
Best Actor: Lynn Chen – Parachute Girls
NBCU Open Possibilities Social Impact Award: Vámanos
Writers: Moira Morel and Erick Castrillon
Director: Marvin Bryan Lemus
Audience Award: Day One
Director/writer: Henry Hughes