The Chessie Award

The Chessie Award, initiated in 2008, is a cash prize of $250, awarded each year to the Best Short at CineSLAM.

Previous Chessie Award Winners:

2014 | A Last Farewell directed by Casper Andreas

The first Swedish language film by Mr. Andreas tells the story of an aging author who is haunted by visions of his late husband and who is in conflict with his pregnant daughter. He must find a way to accept the loss that has devastated his life, and make peace with the family he feels has betrayed him.


2013 | Spooners directed by Bryan Horch

Local New England actors and businesses were used to create the unique look and feel of “Spooners”, which made it a favorite at the New England based CineSLAM Film Festival, where many audience members recognized people and places in the film. The two lead actors, Ben Lerman and Walter Replogle, have a winning onscreen chemistry as the film’s married couple shopping for a new mattress.

"Spooners" directed by Bryan Horch






2012 | BACK ON BOARD (Sneak Preview of Trailer) directed by Cheryl Furjanic

“BACK ON BOARD explores the captivating, compelling, and complicated life of an Olympic star whose athletic talent spurred a worldwide fascination with diving. Part biography, part social exploration – this film reveals Louganis’ evolution from childhood diving prodigy to Olympic champion, and from pioneering openly gay athlete with HIV to almost forgotten sports icon. BACK ON BOARD is an engrossing story of an American legend.”

This film is currently in production.


“Back on Board” directed by Cheryl Furjanic

2011 | Gayby directed by Jonathan Lisecki

“Jenn, a permanently single woman, persuades her gay best
friend Matt to make a baby – the old fashioned way. Warning: This
film contains an incredibly awkward sex scene.”

“Gayby” by Jonathan Lisecki

2010 | The Roe Effect directed by Kiel Adrian Scott

“Dawn and her girlfriend Sam are madly in love. But unbeknownst to Sam, Dawn is hiding a terrible secret, one powerful enough to destroy all they holds dear.”

“The Roe Effect” by Kiel Adrian Scott

2009 | James directed by Connor Clements

“Young James struggles as the outsider kid at his school. His teacher, Mr. Sutherland, the only person he feels he can connect with. When James finally puts a voice to his feelings, Mr. Sutherland’s response isn’t what James had hoped for.”

“James” by Connor Clements

2008 | Freedom on the Rocks directed by Yun Suh

“In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. FREEDOM ON THE ROCKS goes inside this underground sanctuary where people of opposing nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create an island of peace in a land divided by war.”



The Chessie Award is generously sponsored by The Chessie Foundation.

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