SHORT TO THE POINT – JANUARY 2018 AWARDS
The suspended life
Director: Condino Fabrizio
Synopsis: The suspended life tells the repetitve and oppressive routine of a young boy in a provincial town in southern Italy.
Director: Nataliya Stoltidis
Country: Russian Federation
Synopsis: «Ancentor’s day” is a story about the complex relationship of mother and daughter.
On Saturday morning, her mother comes to Nadya to take her with her to the cemetery. Nadia has her own plans, but her mother authoritatively pulls her out of the usual schedule. They need to visit the grave of Nadya’s father, whom his mother divorced long before his death. On the way, the mother swears and in every possible way manifests her irreconcilable nature. Nadia suffers, but on the way back, women quarrel violently. Mother slams the door in the middle of the road and leaves, and Nadia pierces the wheel and has to stop.
After a while the mother runs and with shouts comes back. Behind her runs a tiger, escaped from the car-transportation. Women hide from him in a naked car.
While they are waiting for help, memories make them open their hearts to each other. They say good words to each other, they have not been found for each other for a long time.
Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times
Director: Marcus Markou
Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: Two strangers meet at five key turning points over the duration of their lives. Initial conflict gives way to compassion and eventual friendship.
Director: Lluis Quilez
Synopsis: The lack of water has changed the rules of society as we knew it. Those who have not yet died try to survive in a hostile and desolate environment.
Need You Now
Synopsis: A teenage girl with Down syndrome falls in love with an albino guy. In some fantastical way she sees the guy as her most beloved character from The Ugly Duckling, the tale they read together.
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
Director: Nir Yaniv
Synopsis: Gershon is an addict. He’s being filmed for a documentary. Unfortunately, his vice isn’t alcohol or drugs – it’s blood.
BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM
Director: Or Sinai
Synopsis: Its the hottest day of the summer, and for the first time in years Anna unexpectedly finds herself alone, without her son. She sets out for the day, roaming the streets of her small desert town, looking for a man who can touch her, even just for one brief moment.
BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR
Travelogue Tel Aviv
Director: Samuel Patthey
Synopsis: A young art student from Switzerland arrives for six months in Tel Aviv.
Through drawing he will learn to analyse, understand and free himself to this contrasted environnement.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Red Line Lounge
Director: Jens Ericson
Country: United States
Synopsis: Every day, Dave Russell, drummer and de facto leader of the Red Line Lounge Band, assembles his drum kit on the Jackson Red Line train platform. Once an international performer, now homeless, Dave shares his musical aspirations and personal philosophy.
BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM
Twice Upon a Time
Director: Vojin Vasovic
Synopsis: Twice Upon a Time, there was a king with split personality whose one half wants to become a poet and the other a fearless warrior. They share their conscience, but have opposing wishes and desperately want to get rid of each other.
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM
Director: Ricard Carbonell
Synopsis: Patarei, a former barracks and tsarist army coastal battery, became a Prison, one of the major centers of Soviet repression in Tallinn (Estonia) as it was run by the KGB.
In the Second World War, the Nazi army detained about a thousand Jews in this place.
Last year you could visit the lonely rooms.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Director: Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx
Synopsis: This animation made of 2500 paintings tells the story of a man who tries to run away from his fate. He is seeking for success, fame, happiness and love… But the city is too strong and he can’t win. Sadly, he becomes a powerless witness of his own fall, just like a bee trapped in a spiderweb.
BEST MINI SHORT
Cliff the Rock
Director: Richard Smart
Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: Cliff the Rock stars Cliff (a rock!) who dreams of high adventure and will have you on the edge of your seat, as Cliff makes a splash! The story for Cliff the Rock was written by Molly Morgan who was one of the winners in the 2017 CITV Share-a-Story competition. This is the CharacterShop’s latest contribution to the multi-BAFTA winning Share-A-Story series.
BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM
WHAT REMAINS OF YOU
Director: Kevin Dresse
Synopsis: Michel and Sophie are two lovers. They don’t dare to think about the future yet. And then fate gets on their way. How to finish what had just started?
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Director: Latifa Said
Synopsis: Suburbs of a big city. One worker from Maghreb feels uncomfortable with women. Ambivalent, either he’s fascinated by them, or they make him afraid. When he meets a hooker, he tries to surpass his complex, discovering his own sexuality.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
THE PERFECT GIRL
Director: NADEEM SHAH
Synopsis: ‘The Perfect Girl’ is a story about a little girl who lives with her single parent; her father, in a small part of Mumbai – also known as the ‘City of Dreams’.
The two of them had made their own small world where they had everything that they needed. Suffering from hearing and speaking disabilities, this little girl was drawn towards dance like any other regular child but what made the little girl more special was her imagination and the effort to overcome the layer of her disability and learn to dance with the help of an extremely helpful and observant dancer who makes her believe that all she needs is a belief!
‘The Perfect Girl’ directed by Nadeem Shah elaborates a beautiful bond between a father and daughter and inspires us to think that a disability can never stop you from acquiring your imagination.