HBO® Short Film Award Showcase

Now in its 27th year, the HBO® Short Film Award, sponsored by HBO and Warner Bros. Discovery, is regarded as one of the most prestigious short film showcases in the world. Five filmmakers are selected as finalists, one grand prize winner will be presented with the HBO Short Film Award and a cash prize of $10,000. The following films represent the finalists for the 2024 HBO Short Film Award.

Chocolate with Sprinkles


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On their 25th wedding anniversary, a bickering married couple is given one day to do something they haven’t done in 25 years – work on their marriage.

Director: Huriyyah Muhammad | Writer: Huriyyah Muhammad | Producer: Okema T. Moore, Yha Mourhia Wright, Cole Sanchez | Cast: Reno Wilson, Keisha Thompson, Camron Jones, Lillian Gilbert


United Kingdom | 19 min

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A film about teenage dreams, dislocated grief and unexpected connection, following a British-Somali teen navigating a confusing mourning period for a family member she never met.

Director: Warda Mohamed | Writer: Warda Mohamed | Producer: Angela Moneke, Simon Hatton | Cast: Kosar Ali, Raha Isse Farah, Elmi Rashid Elmi, Ahmed Nur

Once Upon A Dime


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Nkosi plans and executes the perfect first date, but as the sun sets, we realize that things with Nkosi aren’t quite what they seem.

Director: Lauren Julia | Writer: Lauren Julia | Producer: Lauren Julia | Cast: Quincy Chad, Anjali Khetan

The Brown Dog


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Night after night, a watchman clocks into his lonely booth and spends hours composing endless security logs to stay awake, as he slowly descends into darkness.

Director: Nadia Hallgren, Jamie-James Medina | Writer: Willis Earl Beal | Producer: Nadia Hallgren, Jamie-James Medina, Michael Stirton | Cast: Michael K. Williams, Steve Buscemi

The Rebel Girls

USA | 22 min

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“The Rebel Girls” is the true story of the 1960s fight for Civil Rights through the eyes of the girls who reinvigorated the struggling movement through the power of magical thinking, friendship, faith, and fortitude.

Director: Felicia D Henderson | Writer: Felicia D Henderson | Producer: Felicia D Henderson, Katrina Kudlick | Cast: Nika King, Kyanna Simone, Nia Sondaya, Honey Robinson, Asia Holiday, Josephine Lawrence, Avynn Crowder-Jones, Maxcianna Saintilus