About the Golden Doorknob Awards

Ithaca College professor emeritus of cinema and photography Gustav "Skip" Landen started the Golden Doorknob competition in 1970 and continued it until his retirement in 1991. Back in those days the films were silent, black and white, and all film students had the same assignment: make a very short film that presents the most imaginative way to kill someone with a doorknob.

The contest was revived in 2009.

The 2016 Winners:

First Place: Eroding

Second Place: Sweet, Sweet Therapy
Third Place: Predestined
Honorable Mention (Knobimation): Splat
Honorable Mention: Play with Fate
Honorable Mention: Dollhouse

Golden Doorknob poster