Congratulations to our December 2018 Award Winners

BEST FILM

Lost Face | Australia-Canada | 2016 | 14’

Director: Sean Meehan

Writer: JACK LONDON (short story), SEAN MEEHAN (adaptation)

Cinematographer: SEAN MEEHAN

Ket Cast: Martin Dubreuil, Gerald Auger, Morris Birdyellowhead

Synopsis: Adapted from the Jack London story: A fur thief must think fast to escape the terrible, protracted death that awaits him at the hands of the native tribe he had helped enslave.


BEST DIRECTOR

The Taste of Love | China | 2018 | 24’

Director: Jinwu HE         

Writers: Tao ZHENG, Xiangxin LI             

Producer: Min ZHANG  

Key Cast: Luqi PENG, Yinzhang ZHU        

Synopsis: The Taste of Love tells a story about the male lead, Jianjun played by Yingzhang Zhu. He came from an unprivileged family, making a living by selling crispy ducks, but he was longing to change his fate. Yinhe, the female lead played by Luqi Peng, went to Guizhou with her parents when she was 20. She gradually fell in love with Jianjun, the country boy, whom she found simple, authentic and unpretentious, and she wanted to be with him.


BEST SCREENPLAY

TOMASITO (Tommy) | Spain  | 2017  | 12’

Writer: SERGIO SARRIÓN

Directors: IGNACIO F.RODÓ,SERGIO ARRÓSPIDE

Cinematographer: LAURA CACCIA

Synopsis: Firing someone is an easy task. Unless that person has been in the company for 12 years, has a flawless CV and his name is Tommy.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Teed-Off! | Canada | 2018 | 9’

Actor: Dizzy Daniels                    

Director: Dizzy Daniels 

Writers: Dizzy Daniels   

Producers: Dizzy Daniels            

Key Cast: Dizzy Daniels, Caroline Therrien, Mario, Mario Simon Fortin Gauthier

Synopsis: Our hero spends the day playing golf, but has to contend with pesky newspapers and getting his ball stuck in mud. Later on, he proposes to the girl of his dreams – but loses her to her irate boyfriend.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

2028 | Finland | 2018 | 21’

Actress: Alexandra Mangs

Director: Petter Sandelin

Synopsis: 2028 is a dystopian short film that plays out in Ostrobothnia, Finland in the year 2028. The world is has undergone a catastrophe due to pollution and war and the survivors after the upheaval are no longer able to live on the outside. There is an elite that rules over the survivors and society. This elite wants to create a better world and raise a new humankind that won’t destroy the Earth, but their methods are questionable. The survivors are imprisoned by the elite, working and living together in pairs. They are held isolated from others, closely monitored and are expected to work for the greater good of society and the women are artificially impregnated to bear children for the new world. They are trapped in a daily routine of performing meaningless chores and giving birth to children that they will never see again.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

UMAN | Russian Federation | 2018 | 16’

Director of Photography: Nikolay Orlov

Director: Elena Ryabtseva          

Writer: Elena Ryabtseva, Friederike Brin

Producers: Elena Ryabtseva, Alexey A. Petrukhin            

Synopsis: A folklore student arrives in a remote village, but the only informant there refuses to help. Eventually, they discover their life stories are peculiarly complementary.


BEST EDITING

Characters | United Kingdom | 2018 | 11’

Director: Sir Franz Pagot, Rizwan Wadan

Editor: Rachel Durance 

Writers: Ashley Chin, Rizwan Wadan     

Producers: Rizwan Wadan         

Ket Cast: David Schaal, Aaron Taylor     

Synopsis: Our first short film, shot in London, looks into the characters that make up this wonderful city and how importantly judging someone by their appearance defines us more than it defines them. It centres on how our true characters ultimately shine through and breakdown the prejudices and racial barriers that we often put up around us.


BEST COMEDY

RIP | Spain | 2017 | 16’

Directors:CAYE CASAS,ALBERT PINTÓ

Writers: ALBERT PINTÓ & CAYE CASAS

Cinematographer: ANDREU ADAM RUBIRALTA 

Producers: NORBERT LLARÀS    

Ket Cast: ITZIAR CASTRO, JOSEP MARIA RIERA, CARME SANSA

Synopsis: In a small forsaken village, a woman prepares the funeral of her husband with utmost care. She wants everything to go according to plan, since for her it is very important to give a good impression to the guests.


BEST NARRATIVE

M.A.M.O.N – Monitor against mexicans over nationwide | Mexico – Uruguay | 2016 | 5’

Director:Alejandro Damiani

Writer: Ale Damiani, Santi Vecino, Juan Andrés Fontán, Javi Cruzado & Enrique Codesio

Cinematographer: Diego Rosenblatt

Editing: Mathías Chumino

Animation/vfx: Marcelo Torterolo, Javier Torterolo, Edgardo Fernandez, Ale Damiani, Pablo Torterolo, Camilo Veliovich, Fabio Santini, Pablo Torterolo

Key cast: Guillermo Villegas, Ernesto Álvarez, Hector Villalobos, Ernesto Álvarez,

Synopsis: While Donald Trump is undergoing heart surgery, a portal to another reality opens. Latinos start falling from the sky to the desert, on the Mexico – US border, divided by an enormous wall. An hilarious war breaks between a Trump-like mecha robot and several stereotypical Mexican Latinos.


BEST STUDENT

ETERNITY | Ukraine | 2018 | 24’

Director: Anna Sobolevksa

Writers: Anna Sobolevska, Alina Semeryakova

Producers: Vladimir Yatsenko, Anna Sobolevska

Synopsis: Once upon a time in the nearest future humanity overcome the death by digitizing the human’s souls. So, we will be granted with Eternity. But what happened if Eternity faced with Love?


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Spring afterwards | China | 2018 | 26’

Director: Gang Wong

Writer: Gang Wong

Producer: Yuxin Zhang

Key Cast: Guowen Tang, Wanshan Ma, Yongxian Luo    

Synopsis: March is the rainy season of Guangzhou. The warm and rainy weather often comes with high humidity, which brings an unpleasant sticky feeling. The Luo family, who live in the old neighborhood, are busy preparing for the upcoming wedding.  Wen, the son is a young writer who has published books and won some awards before. After ending a relationship, he remains unemployed and is writing at home for half a year. Unwilling to move on to the future, he often goes to bars, drinking alone and thinking about the past. His elder sister, Shan, who has got divorced, is taking care of her son alone, and she feels nervous but determined towards her second marriage. The father, whose wife died many years ago, brought up Wen and Shan by himself. Before the wedding, the Luo family, staying together, are giving support and encouragement to each other.  It rains heavily in the Guangzhou at the night before the wedding. The bride and her family are waiting at home for the coming of the groom and his team till dawn. At this time before Shan leaves home, every one of this family has his own concerns in mind.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT FILM

Candra-Sasa (Moon-Rabbit) | India | 2018 | 6’

Director: Navodit Mandal          

Writer: Navodit Mandal

Producers: IDC, School of Design, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India   

Key Cast: Rashi Gupta, Rahul Sharma, Prabhat Negi, Nikhil Singh, Navodit Mandal              Synopsis: The Jataka Tales were written for mankind to gain knowledge and morality.So after going through so many Jataka Tales and I took the tale of “Hare on the Moon”. It is the story when Buddha, in a previous life, was born as a Rabbit; and lived in a jungle with three friends a jackal, a monkey and an otter. They all resolved to practice alms giving on the day of the Full moon(Upostha), believing a demonstration of great virtue. I have taken the essences of the story which are Compassion, Self Sacrifice, Goodness of giving alms and treating everyone with same respect and honor. This short animation film is a humble effort to evoke these feelings of being a good being.


BEST ANIMATION

SELFIES | Switzerland | 2018 | 4’

Director: Claudius Gentinetta

Writer: Claudius Gentinetta

Producer: Claudius Gentinetta  

Key Cast: Peter Bräker, Cécile Brun, Arzu Saglam             

Synopsis: SELFIES is a fireworks display of grinning people who lose themselves in the abysses of human existence. A selfie race around the world.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Pas à Pas | France | 2018 | 28’

Director: Lachaud Marie Synopsis: Step by step is a film that immerses itself in a team of young Marseillais tightrope walkers, the highliners of the country, to understand at best what is teeming behind their passion. They dream of flying and this strap is placed as their personal freedom, and their present life .


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Explore Poland – a Hyperlapse Journey | Poland | 2018 | 6’

Director: Tomasz Walczak

Synopsis: A hyperlapse journey.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Up in the Sky | Spain | 2018 | 5’

Directors: Sami Natsheh, Arly Jones

Synopsis: With a mixed technique of real image and 2D animation, it’s a small story of hope.


BEST MINI SHORT

Sex With Los Ángeles | United States | 2018 | 1’

Director: Jack Ironstone                            

Synopsis: I consider:surrender:embrace:accept that I stand on Tongva Land. Thank you.


BEST MOBILE PHONE SHORT          

Connection | Russian Federation | 2018 | 4’

Director: Pavel Goncharov

Synopsis: What connects all people, phone, random circumstances, or fate?


BEST AMATEUR

The Carpark | Singapore | 2018 | 8’

Director: Nor Hisham

Writer: Nor Hisham

Producers: Nor Hisham, Lim Li Yin

Key Cast: Firdaus Sani, Lim Li Yin, Tia Andrea Guttensohn, Nor Hisham  

Synopsis: A troubled man in search of the truth, inevitably resorts to lying to his wife.