Awards

AWARDS

2017 Awards

 

BEST FEATURE FILM Room for Rent

BEST SHORT FILM Sad Steve

BEST WEB SERIES Doucheaholics

BEST PILOT JimMortal

BEST STUDENT FILM 

BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM David Figlioli in Special Unit

BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM Stephnie Weir in Room for Rent

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM Holt Boggs in The Cable Men

BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT FILM Natalia Dyer in Yes, God, Yes

BEST ACTOR IN A WEB SERIES Frank Caeti in Bob and Vargus

BEST ACTRESS IN A WEB SERIES Julia Mercer in Business Solutions

BEST ACTOR IN A PILOT Monty Franklin in The Manny

BEST ACTRESS IN A PILOT Annelyse Ahmed in JimMortal

BEST DIRECTOR OF FEATURE FILM Steven Huffaker for Love in Moreno Valley

BEST DIRECTOR OF A SHORT FILM Neil Fischer for The Artist

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PILOT Owen Weber and Hunter Bradley for JimMortal

BEST CHICAGO FILMMAKER Josh da Silva for Something Out of Nothing

CONNIE CLAIR SPIRIT AWARD FOR TOP FEMALE FILMMAKER Nadia Jordan for For the Love of George

Audience Choice Feature-For the Love of George

Audience Choice Short-You're Alive

Audience Choice Web Series-Business Solutions

Audience Choice Pilot-JimMortal

 

2016 Awards

The ISA STORY AWARD presented by The International Screenwriter's Association-this award will go to the winning feature film selected by The International Screenwriter's Association. The winner will receive a one-year CONNECT Membership and will be considered for acceptance into their Development Program for 1 year.

Winner: And Punching the Clown

 

This year's Connie Clair Spirit Award for Top Female Filmmaker will be presented by The Second City Harold Ramis Film School. The winner will be presented with a $500 check by The Second City.

Winner: Jenn Daugherty, Writer of The Merry Maids of Madness

 

 

 

BEST FEATURE FILM The Merry Maids of Madness

BEST SHORT FILM Have You Seen Calvin?

BEST WEB SERIES Dog Moms

BEST PILOT Rack and Ruin

BEST STUDENT FILM The Magic of Friendship

BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM Mark Sullivan in Bear with Us

BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM Kendall Cross in Grand Unified Theory

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM Riley Soloner in Vegas

BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT FILM Jane Lynch in Writers Block

BEST ACTOR IN A WEB SERIES Anthony Marks in Douchaholics

BEST ACTRESS IN A WEB SERIES Jo Scott in Curfued

BEST ACTOR IN A PILOT Antoine McKay in Written Off

BEST ACTRESS IN A PILOT Markie Post in Rack and Ruin

BEST DIRECTOR OF FEATURE FILM William Stribling for Bear with Us

BEST DIRECTOR OF A SHORT FILM Stephen Reedy for The Man from Death

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PILOT Robyn Paris for The Room Actors: Where Are They Now?

BEST CHICAGO FILMMAKER Jack Newell for Open Tables

Audience Choice Feature-The Merry Maids of Madness

Audience Choice Short-Think Twice

Audience Choice Web Series-Douchaholics

Audience Choice Pilot-Neil,Patrick, and Harris

 

2015 Awards

BEST FEATURE The Week

BEST SHORT Grand Zero

BEST WEB SERIES Greetings! From Prison

BEST STUDENT SHORT Do the Damn Thing

BEST DIRECTOR OF A FEATURE John W. Mann and Jon Gunn for The Week

BEST DIRECTOR OF A SHORT Wim Geudens, Thomas Baerten for De Smet

TOP FEMALE FILMMAKER (The Connie Clair Spirit Award) Cindy Baer for Odd Brodsky

BEST MALE ACTOR FEATURE Rick Gomez in The Week

BEST FEMALE ACTOR FEATURE Tegan Ashton Cohen in Odd Brodsky

BEST MALE ACTOR SHORT Michael Nardelli in Dennis Doesn't Live Here Anymore

BEST FEMALE ACTOR SHORT Sue Johnston in Caring for the Recently Deceased

AUDIENCE CHOICE FEATURE Killing Poe

AUDIENCE CHOICE SHORT Gayborhood

 

2014 Awards

BEST FEATURE The Last Sparks of Sundown

BEST SHORT Manager

BEST SHORT SHORT This is It

BEST WEB SERIES Devil's Couriers

BEST STUDENT SHORT Stray Dogs

BEST DIRECTOR OF A FEATURE James Kibbey for The Last Sparks of Sundown

BEST DIRECTOR OF A SHORT Jacob Meszaros for Manager

BEST DIRECTOR OF A WEB SERIES Gregory Fitzsimmons for Jon and Jen are Married

TOP FEMALE FILMMAKER (The Connie Clair Spirit Award) Trilby Glover for Awkward Expressions of Love

BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE Keegan-Michael Key in Teacher of the Year

BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE Kelly Nick in Nothing in Los Angeles

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT Dominic Conti in The Interview

BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT Tommee May in Delicious Ambiguity

BEST ACTOR IN A WEB SERIES Bill Arnett in Bill Weiner: High School Guidance Counselor

BEST ACTRESS IN A WEB SERIES Raleigh Jackson Jones in Or the Burrito Gets It

AUDIENCE CHOICE FEATURE Party Time Party time

AUDIENCE CHOICE SHORT Loving Myself: Hairy Soul Man

AUDIENCE CHOICE WEB SERIES Couch Surferz

 

2013 AWARDS

BEST FEATURE First Period

BEST SHORT Minimus

BEST WEB SERIES Rick and Len Fix Sh!T in Your House

BEST STUDENT SHORT Incident at Public School 173

BEST ANIMATED SHORT Bob Hope

BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE Mousse

BEST DIRECTOR SHORT Derek Fry for Sky Blue Collar

TOP FEMALE FILMMAKER (The Connie Clair Spirit Award) Mandy Fabian for Killing Vivian

AUDIENCE CHOICE FEATURE One Small Hitch

AUDIENCE CHOICE SHORT That Fucking Elevator

BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM Brandon Alexander in First Period

BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM Marienette Dahlin in Mousse

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT Mark Chavez in House Cocktail

BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT Missi Pyle in Killing Vivian

 

2012 AWARDS

BEST FEATURE Tony Tango

BEST SHORT Gros

BEST STUDENT SHORT A Royal Pain

AUDIENCE CHOICE FEATURE Trailer Park Jesus

AUDIENCE CHOICE SHORT Good Luck Mr. Gorski

TOP FEMALE FILMMAKER (The Connie Clair Spirit Award) Ondine Rarey for A Portrait of Female Desperation

 

2011 AWARDS

BEST FEATURE Unicorn City

BEST SHORT Bear Force One

BEST STUDENT SHORT Bingo!

TOP FEMALE FILMMAKER (The Connie Clair Spirit Award) Valerie Weiss for Losing Control

 

**About the Connie Clair Spirit Award**

Connie Clair was a family member and friend of the festival. Connie was a proud WWII naval veteran - one of the first Royal Canadian WRENS to serve in an active war zone. She was a moving force in the development of the Navy League of Canada Wrennettes, starting a corps in Weston, Ontario, then serving at Ontario Division and later at National Division. She retired from the Department of National Defence in 1986 and pursued her passions for painting, golf and for W. Walker. She traveled extensively and worked with the Ottawa District Senior Council until 2010. Her accomplishments are too numerous to list. She never rested on her laurels as she was too busy pursuing adventures. She passed away just days before the 1st Annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival. We honor her in this award for being a woman with a passion and zest for living.