Meet our 2013 festival short film competition winners

From the award-winning short film It Felt Good to Have This Pain
One month has now passed since the curtain fell on the 2013 Fresno Film Festival. Here’s one last look at this year’s award winners in our annual short film competition.

It Felt Good to Have This Pain
Director: Matt Latham

June and Olivia are close friends in the romantic drama It Felt Good to Have This Pain. When June develops romantic feelings to Olivia, their mutual inability to deal with it leads to an accident that kills June. The ghost of June returns to say what went unsaid.

Matt Latham originally hails from Southern California. He studied Philosophy with a minor in Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz. Filmmaking has been his passion of his since childhood, and his goal is to use cinema to explore new ways of experiencing and understanding the world. He currently lives in Austin, Texas and is working on his feature film debut, titled You are Your Body / You are Not Your Body.

From the award-winning short film SideKick
Director: Amrinder Jassar

In the animated action film SideKick, a farmer named Utth lives in the middle of nowhere. One day, he runs out of gas for his truck and there is nobody around to help him. Utth has to figure out an alternative solution to deliver his carrots to the market.

Amrinder Jassar completed his undergraduate degree in Information Technology from India, and he moved to the U.S. in 2006 to earn his master’s degree in Visual Effects and Animation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Based in the Bay Area, his storytelling focuses on performance, cinematography, and compositing. He likes to collaborate, and he was inspired by Jurassic Park to work in visual effects. His passion for dinosaurs led him to co-direct his current project, a short film called Dino Hunt.

From the award-winning short film Somebody
Director: Doug Van Bebber

In the drama Somebody, a young marine and a first-time prostitute spend the evening in a rundown motel where they discover they are both searching for somebody.

Doug Van Bebber is a Hollywood-based writer, producer, and director for both television and film, and he has written and produced more than 40 TV shows for HBO, Showtime, BBC International, the Travel Channel, and more. He graduated in 2009 from the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. The first comedy short film he wrote, La femme ballon, won numerous awards and was picked up by HBO, Showtime, The Sundance Channel, and The Movie Channel. His second comedy short, Psyche on Melrose, won the Audience Favorite Short Film award at the 2011 Fresno Film Festival, among other accolades. He grew up in the San Joaquin Valley town of Porterville.