Chicago-produced Get Away wins Best Horror at LA Shorts

Congratulations are in order for Daily Planet director Michael Gabriele whose electrifying short film, Get Away has won “Best Horror” at the prestigious Oscar-Qualifyfying film festival LA Shorts International Film Festival.

Gabriele’s film has now qualified for the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television ACCT Canadian Screen Awards, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain Goya Awards

“We Won ????BEST HORROR???? at the Oscar Qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival ????️ Thank you to the @lashortsfest team for an amazing festival and honoring us with the Best Horror Award!,” Gabriele wrote in his Instagram post.

Shot in 2022, Get Away is a gripping 17-minute short film conceived and directed by Gabriele and produced by Daily Planet for Sony Cine. The film serves as a promotional piece to showcase the cinematic capabilities of Sony’s FX3 camera while delivering a spine-chilling horror experience to its audience.

The plot follows three young women (Erika Lane Enggren, Steph Martinez and Lisa Jacqueline Starrett) who find themselves trapped in the eerie world of a 1970s horror movie. Their unsettling journey begins when they arrive at a rundown vacation home situated on a desolate desert road, where cell phone coverage is non-existent. The interior of the house appears frozen in time, with everything, including the furniture, resembling artifacts from half a century ago. Among the discoveries is a dusty VHS tape labeled Desert Dwellers III, a mysterious movie they decide to watch.

As they start playing the VHS tape, the women are unwittingly drawn deeper into the nightmarish events unfolding on the TV screen. As the plot unfolds, tension builds, and the lines between reality and the movie blur, leaving the viewers on the edge of their seats as they experience the terrifying ordeal alongside the characters. Watch the trailer below:

Gabriele’s film, along with the winners in the Best of Fest, Best International, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Experimental, Best Sci-Fi, Best Music Video, Best Web Series, Best High School Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress categories, have qualified for not only the Academy Awards but also for other prestigious awards such as the BAFTAs, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television ACCT Canadian Screen Awards, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain Goya Awards.

The full list of winners are below:

Best of Fest

Nowhere – (Armenia) Director: Garin Hovannisian

Best International

It Takes a Village…  (Armenia)  Director: Ophelia Harutyunyan

Best Drama

The Kill Floor – Director: Carlos Avila​

Best Comedy

The Avon Lady – Director: Carolina Espiro

Best Animation

The Brave Locomotive – Director: Andrew Pierce Chesworth

Best Experimental

Red Man – Director/Writer: Xinhao Lu

Best Documentary

The Noble Guardian – Director Anna Coren

Best Sci-Fi

Dream Maker (Turkey) – Director: Mohsen Mehri Darouei, Milad Kiaei

Best Horror

Get Away – Director: Michael Gabriele

Best Music Video

Pronto – Light Light (Switzerland) Director Maximilian Speidel

Best Web Series

Space Rats (Australia) – Directors Darwin Schulze, Basil Scott-Mitchell

Best High School Film

Sharing the Floor – Director/Writer Lily Brooks O’ Briant

Best Screenplay

Jimmy Prosser – Korean Shooter

Best Actor

Dusan Brown (All In)

Best Actress

Janessa St. Pierre (Hair or No Hair)

​Immaculate Heart Community Cash Prizes 

​$1,000 CASH PRIZE:

Director: Melika Jamshidabadi

$1,000 CASH PRIZE:

Director: Chloe Campos

$1,000 CASH PRIZE:

Director: Lorena E. Gonzalez

$1,000 CASH PRIZE:

Director: Jasmine Bissete

​$1,000 CASH PRIZE:

Director: Tanxuan Shi

The LA Shorts Film Festival has a history of recognizing exceptional filmmakers, and many of its past participants have gone on to receive Oscar nominations and wins. With over 500 films screened and 10,000 attendees each year, the festival attracts both industry professionals and emerging independent filmmakers.

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