Just a quick reminder that the final three winners of the Interpretations Short Film Initiative will be announced tomorrow night at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles. The FINAL 3 will be flown in and attend the festival, and also be attending a series of industry meetings while in town, as well as more in the months to come, leading up to developing a digital project produced by YOMYOMF with Justin Lin as main producer and mentor.

Although we can only choose three winners, the industry jury still had a challenging time to come up with the final three because the selections were so good this year. Therefore, expect some “honorable mentions” as well, which will be also announced tomorrow night.

In the meantime, we were impressed, overall, of the entries this year and it was also a tough (sometimes painful) decision to whittle down the close to 200 entries to a Top 15, then a Final 3. Therefore, we at YOMYOMF would like to put a spotlight on some of our favorite entries that definitely made our Top 25 that barely made the cut for the Top 15.

As usual, the Interpretations entries were varied in genre and style and it was exciting to see these different perspectives. So without further ado, here’s some of our personal favorites as decided by the Interpretations jury:

PORTRAIT OF A DEAD MAN directed by Josh Du

THE BIRTH OF AN ALIEN directed by Sumiko Braun

GHOST SQUAD! directed by David Chan

THIS DOG’S LIFE directed by Zoe Kim

OPERATION directed by Kavindar Singh

FIELD OF BLISS directed by Tiffany Lin

MANIFEST DESTINY directed by Peter Tran

BEYOUTIFUL directed by Steven Leone

WEIGHT directd by Junesoo Ham

…TRAIN OF THOUGHT directed by Josh Domingo

THE MESS directed by Jesse Wine

ICARUS directed by Sean G. Tarjyoto

MATECHECK directed by Mark Kwak

THE SHORT SALE directed by Tien Brunelle

THE HOPPING DEAD directed by Jimmy Lui

You can view all of this year’s entries over at the Interpretations website. You guys agree on our favorite films? What were some of your favorites? Comment below!


  1. Oh wow, saw this really late. But thanks for the shoutout!