Best Feature Film

Money

WINNER

PAECA: 1 Nomination, 1 Win

Two wealthy businessmen are about to get away with $5 million in ill-gotten money until their plans are revealed by an uninvited house guest.

  • Director: Martin Rosete
  • Writer: Josep Ciutat
  • Cast: Kellan Lutz, Jess Weixler, Jesse Williams

Best Performance by an Actor

Jordi Vilasuso

WINNER

PAECA: 1 Nomination, 1 Win

Jordi Vilasuso (born June 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida, USA) played the leading role in This Modern Man Is Beat (2015) by Alex Merkin. He has also acted in All My Children (2013), Graceland (2015), and Days of Our Lives (2017).

Best Performance by an Actress

Julia Koncz

WINNER

Paeca®: 1 Nomination, 1 Win

This is Hungarian actress Júlia Koncz debut appearance.  She has won the Paeca® for Best Female Performance for her portrayal of Virág in the short film #Help.

Best Short Film

This Modern Man is Beat

WINNER

PAECA: 2 Nomination, 2 Win

In the post 911 world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgment, Habib bin Habib al Fulan tries to pawn his last possession and reconcile with his American wife.

  • Director: Alex Merkin
  • Writer: David j Schroeder, Fawzy Zablah
  • Cast: Jordi Vilasuso, Brad Greenquist

Best Foreign Film

Cain's Shadow

WINNER

PAECA: 1 Nomination, 1 Win

November 5th, 2025. Western metropolis. Young inspector Abel is grappling with the umpteenth disappearance: Angela, a 9-year-old girl, of whom there has been no news for two days. For more than ten years there have been many disappearances of children….

  • Director: Antonio De Palo
  • Producer: Giampietro Preziosa
  • Cast: Valeria Solarino, Michele Venitucci, Giorgio Colangeli

Best Documentary Film

Nobody Dies Here

WINNER

PAECA: 1 Nomination, 1 Win

Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

  • Director: Simon Panay
  • Director of Photography: Nicolas Canton

Best ANIMATED

Scraps

WINNER

PAECA: 2 Nomination, 1 Win

  • Director: Marnus Nagel
  • Writer: Dor Cohen
  • Producer: Jonathan Wendt

Best Student Filmmaker

Journey

WINNER

PAECA: 1 Nomination, 1 Win

Alone in space, an astronaut drifts through the empty void. After finding another astronaut in the same predicament, she gives him a Polaroid image of the Earth. They then team up to go on an epic journey across the universe to return to their planet. Will these star-crossed lovers find home?

  • Director: Radheya Jegatheva

Best Student Film

The Late Bird

WINNER

PAECA: 1 Nomination, 1 Win

A crashed astronaut opens to the 71-year-old Thea the possibility to start again and to exchange the tristesse of her village with the endless wideness of the space.

  • Director: Sascha Vredenburg
  • Writer: Sascha Vredenburg, Elena Preine, Marc Vogel
  • Cast: Heide Simon, Manfred Böll, Christoph Pütthoff

Best Experimental Film

Palpitations of Dust

WINNER

PAECA: 1 Nomination, 1 Win

The five surrealist poems in one presentation represent the continuous and infinite patterns of a life in dreams and the dreams demanding synchronicity from it.

  • Director: Ann Huang
  • Cast: Ann Huang, Eric Stoner, Tatiana Rozo

Honorable Mention Award

Rebeca Bourseau | Stray Animals

WINNER

“Outstanding  Performance by Child Actress”

The Mockingbird That Fell

WINNER

“Comedic Gold”

Twisted Sobriety

WINNER

“Production Value”

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away

WINNER

“Story”

Rama Rama Re

WINNER

“Sound and Music”

Connection Lost

WINNER

“Entertainment Value”

INT. BAR - NIGHT

WINNER

“Writing”

Vinícius Alexandre | Stray Animals

WINNER

“Outstanding  Performance by Child Actor”