NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finale

The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finale took place on Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at the DGA.  Check out the finalist and semifinalist shorts on the festival’s Hulu Channel!



Crescendo (directed by Alonso Alvarez Barreda)

Paulie (directed by Andrew Nackman, written by David Lee)

Hypebeasts (written & directed by Jess de la Merced)

Seventh Grade (written & directed by Stefanie Saintonge)

Drudge (written & directed by Kheireddine El-Helou)

Bombshell (written & directed by Erin Sanger)

Voicemail (written & directed by Thomas Fraser)



Best Short: Paulie

The team receives a Sound Package consisting of Pro Tools 11, an Apogee MiC, Plantronics BackBeat GO2 Wireless Headphones, plus an Avid Media Composer Editing Software Package.


Best Director: Alonso Alvarez Barreda (Crescendo)

Wins a $60,000 camera package donated by the Panavision New Filmmaker Program; a meeting with the heads of production for Universal Pictures; and a finalist slot in NBC’s Director Fellowship Program.


Best Actor: Montserrat Espadalé (Crescendo)

Receives a one-year talent holding deal with NBC.


Best Writer: David Lee (Paulie)

Receives an iPad with Zagg rugged folio keyboard case and the latest version of Final Draft, plus special consideration for the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship or Final Round Placement in NBC Writers On The Verge Program.


Chiller Award: Kheireddine El-Helou (Drudge)

Wins $5k and the position as Lead Creative on an original promo for Chiller Network’s 2015 Killer Shorts Campaign.