Film Series

5th Annual FOLCS Awards Night

  • November 10, 2016

  • Post-screening Discussion with Finalist Filmmakers

A screening of the finalists films of the FOLCS International Short Film Competition.

This free event included a pre-reception, finalist film screening post-screening discussion with finalist filmmakers, audience voting, and an awards presentation.

The FOLCS Awards Night plays host to emerging filmmakers, screening a diverse set of legally themed shorts from around the world. This Awards Night will include a red carpet and an awards presentation for Best Short, 2nd and 3rd places, and Best Screenplay. Additionally, members of the audience will have the opportunity to vote on which short will receive the Audience Favorite Award!

2016 Finalists: 

Best Short 
The Disappearance of Willie BinghamInmate Willie Bingham is the first man selected to undergo a gruesome new punishment introduced under the State’s revised stance on capital crime.

2nd Place 
Here the Rain Never Finishes: Suleiman Abdullah Salim is abducted by the CIA and Kenyan security forces in Somalia. After being subjected to brutal torture, solitary confinement, and other abusive conditions, he is released, having “been determined to pose no threat to the United States Armed Forces or its interests in Afghanistan.”

3rd Place
Goodbye Charm City: A mother must decide whether she wants to encourage capital punishment upon the man who murdered her son.

Outstanding Female Filmmaker
Feeling Wanted: Charell, age 6, woke up to find herself alone. She made breakfast, dropped her baby sister off with a neighbor, and walked to school. With a dad incarcerated for murder, a mom on drugs, and a childhood in foster care, Charell knew it was time to break the cycle.

Best Young Filmmaker 
Holiday of HolidaysFilmed by an 11-year-old American filmmaker, Holiday of Holidays documents the annual holiday festival at a primary school located in the village of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, Israel’s only purposely integrated community of Arabs and Jews.

Best Screenplay 
The Disappearance of Willie BinghamInmate Willie Bingham is the first man selected to undergo a gruesome new punishment introduced under the State’s revised stance on capital crime.

Audience Favorite
Feeling Wanted: Charell, age 6, woke up to find herself alone. She made breakfast, dropped her baby sister off with a neighbor, and walked to school. With a dad incarcerated for murder, a mom on drugs, and a childhood in foster care, Charell knew it was time to break the cycle.

Other 2016 Finalists

Civil War: A man, living alone in a cabin in woodland, suddenly gets fired at by an unknown enemy after deciding to blow a little blue bird to pieces.

A Civil War for the Soul of Black America: Regardless of wealth or class, respectability politics harass all black Americans, not just the poor. USC Law Professor Jody David Armour speaks for fundamental change and against condemning disadvantaged blacks shouldering institutionalized poverty and crime.

About the FOLCS International Short Film Competition:

The Forum on Law, Culture & Society’s annual International Short Film Competition was created in 2011 in conjunction with the FOLCS Film Series. Independent and aspiring filmmakers from around the globe are invited to submit original short films on a legal theme. Entrants are free to construe this theme broadly and choose any subject in which the relationship between law, justice, and society can be fashioned into a unique visual story. The films can be about rights that have been denied, harms that have gone unaddressed, courtroom decisions that are in desperate need of an appeal, government regulations and statutes that are fundamentally unfair, or attempts to express what justice really means. (e.g., documentary, drama, animation, comedy) is permitted.