Short Film Contest Winners

The prize-winning 2-minute films selected by our independent jury of experts.

Views and opinions expressed in Play the Fool Festival Short Film Competition film entries do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Play the Fool Festival, Hit That Jive Productions, or Film Competition Jury members.

JURY’S CHOICE AWARD – Chronicles of a Mime

Shawna Koski – Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

A mime hanging around, doing what mimes do.

FOOL’S GOLD PRIZE – Tapes Last Krap

Jesse Buck – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A stop motion animated film. An older Clown reminisces on the glory days of his time on stage. Inspired by Sam Beckett, Created by Jesse Buck, Accordion by Duncan Cameron, Additional sound design by Eric James Mayer.

“This film was shot entirely alone while under lockdown using a voice activated camera in a hallway. Laugh track taken from performance at 2019 Play the Fool Festival.” 

IG: @buck_amok

GOLDEN NOSE AWARD – Lady Rona in ‘Don’t Change Your Lifestyle’ (14+)

Ross Travis – Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Lady Rona has a message from Mommie Nature for you bitchasses. Spread it. MATURE CONTENT

Created with Funding from Little Boxes Theatre: Project Open Box: Created, Performed, Written and Edited by: Ross Travis. Costume Design: Lydia and Ronlin Foreman

Website | FB: anticinadrain | T: @anticinadrain | IG: @anticinadrain

HONORABLE MENTION – Good Morning World

David Angel Orozco Cervantes – Mexico City, Mexico

The perfect wake up needs a funny smile, balance, healthy food and contact with nature!

“As a clown, we have to adapt our resources to what the situations are.”

Directed / Produced / Edited: Circo Plantae. Music: Royalty Free Piano Music. Location: Casa Margaritas México City.

FB: @circoplantae | IG: @circoplantae


Demmi Dupri – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Treaty 6 territory

Afternoon tea. A strange feeling, deja vu? Or something different, even spooky? A little bit kooky? | IG: @demmidupri



Lauren Brady – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Treaty 6 territory

Ted tries his best to get lost in work to distract himself from reality.

Created & Directed Lauren Brady | Shot by Thomas Kassian

Website | FB: lauren.brady.39566 | IG: lauren_brady_


Sancrosanctity – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Treaty 6 territory

A sneak peak at Sancrosanctity’s soon to be released, I Wrote a Song. Lyrics and inspiration from the Greek play, Eumenides.

Created & performed by Laura Raboud, Rebecca Merkley and Candace Berlinguette (& Monke)

GOLDEN BALLS #YEG JURY MENTION – Weenie Monger: Alberta’s Fast-Food Hospital (16+)

Franco Correa – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Treaty 6 territory

Weenie Monger, bringing you the best in Albertan fast-food healthcare. MATURE CONTENT

Franco Correa: Voices/Puppeteering/Music | Torie Church: Voices/Puppeteering