We learned about sweet potato pie, cat fetishes, and the challenges Zombie-Americans face when they just try to live their undead lives. There were bride monsters and sock monsters. And a weird old lady who collects some dude’s hair.

The DC Shorts Film Festival honored its filmmakers Sunday with a brunch at Clyde’s. Five major awards were given out, as well as 10 certificates for audience favorites from each screening held Thursday through Saturday night. (Winners listed below.)

From the swell opening-night party to the consistently full screenings, the fest was deemed a success.

“I think it went very well,” said Festival King Jon Gann. “Some directors said it was one of the best [shorts fests] they’ve attended. We sold more VIP passes than we ever expected, but it’s not about the money. It’s a celebration of filmmakers, who tell us they are treated with more respect”—the organizers give each of the hundreds of entries feedback—“that they don’t get at other festivals.

“We did learn a couple of things, especially that offering so many screenings may be bad, because there’s just too much,” Gann continued. “But now we’ll know for next year.”

But wait, there’s more.

Today through Wednesday, Sept. 20, moviegoers who missed out on some or all of the fest will have the opportunity to catch the best-of selections. Screenings, also at E Street Cinema, start at 1 p.m. and run every three hours until 10.

And check out LunaFest on Thursday, Sept. 21. Nine shorts by female directors will be presented (also at E Street, every three hours beginning at 1 p.m.), with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Fund and the Mautner Project. A wine and cheese reception will be held at 9 p.m.

After that, it’s official: For more of the world’s best short films, we’ll just have to wait until 2007.

Here are the festival winners:

  • First-time Filmmaker: Marc Carlini, Victoria
  • Woman Filmmaker: Jackie Oudney, Vagabond Shoes
  • Local Filmmaker: Co-directors Mike DeChant and Doug Gritzmacher, Bone Mixers
  • Filmmakers’ Choice: Michael Wohl, Artistic License
  • Festival Directors’ Choice: Dirty Mary

Audience picks for each screening:

  1. Full Disclosure
  2. Karma Cafe
  3. Artistic License
  4. Vagabond Shoes
  5. Victoria
  6. A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer
  7. Available Men
  8. Zombie-American

Canadian embassy screenings:

  1. The Getaway
  2. Angel