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Snapchat users were nominated for a Tribeca Film Festival award. Take that, Grandpa.

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Snapchat users were nominated for a Tribeca Film Festival award. Take that, Grandpa.

WATCH | The Tribeca Film Festival celebrated a unique crew of indie filmmakers Tuesday night, when nominees gathered for the Tribeca Snapchat Shorts screening in New York City.

Nominated shorts, which topped out at 2 minutes apiece and were culled from hundreds of submissions, included:

  • Annie Hubbard's "Magic Show"
  • Jeff Ayars and Simone Policano's "The Notebook Snapstory"
  • Douglas Larlham and Sarah Albonesi's "Puppy Love"
  • Anna Roisman's "Owen Wilson Dates Himself"
  • Brannen Haderle, Alex Berry and Stanley Kalu's "Live Colorfully"

Hubbard's whimsical short, about a quick-witted magician, won the Tribeca category.

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Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Foundation Gala at the Dubai International Film Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Dec. 12, 2016. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili.)

Nominees were judged by five celebrities who know about the value of screen time (no matter how tiny the screen): Eva Longoria (pictured above at a different event), Andy Cohen, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jason Biggs and Dillon Francis.

Snapchat - Tribeca Film Festival
These Snapchat storytellers were nominated for a Tribeca Film Festival award in New York City on April 25, 2017. (Photo credit: Circa.)

While other film events honor nominees who only claim  it's an honor just to be nominated, it's easy to believe that sentiment from people who submitted short films on a platform associated with animal filters and pinned stickers.

Maybe Snapchatting 'too much' is a good thing

"I just want to say to my grandparents, who are always like, 'Simone, you're Snapchatting too much': Well, this is for you guys!" Policano told Circa on the red carpet.

Rylee Ebsen, Snapchat's director of creative media, marveled at the social-media platform's collaboration with Tribeca. "Snapchat is an amazing platform for storytelling and creativity and communication," she said. "And to partner with Tribeca, which is such a prestigious film festival, it's an honor."

Ebsen also moderated a panel with the nominated content creators after the screening.

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