Congratulations to our March 2019 Award Winners

BEST FILM

THE PEOPLE ARE THE BRAND | Switzerland | 2019 | 22’ 

Director: Adrian Perez    

Writer: Adrian Perez       

Producer: Adrian Perez   

Cast: Anna-Katharina Müller, Philippe Schuler       

Synopsis: A doubtful photo project about fugitives makes doubtful headlines. About a journalist and a photographer lost in opportunities.


BEST DIRECTOR

Yasmina | France | 2018 | 20’   

Directors: Ali Esmili, Claire Cahen              

Writer: Ali Esmili              

Producer: Nelson Ghrénassia       

Cast: Hana Mekacher, Capucine Valmary, Kenza Noah Aiche          

Synopsis: Yasmina is a 15-years-old teenager who is passionate about soccer and practices with the team FC SAINT ETIENNE. Originally from Morocco, she is in an irregular situation in France, with her father and his French partner. One evening when she returns from a training, she sees her father being arrested before her own eyes.


BEST SCREENPLAY

A fine stew | Belgium | 2018 | 20’

Director: Marie Glichitch              

Writer: Marie Glichitch   

Producer: Mediadiffusion             

Cast: Réal Siellez, Laetitia Reva, Fanny Estève, Joffrey Verbruggen, Chloé Von Arx  Synopsis: Easter Sunday. Catherine has cooked her stew, Manon is hungover, Jacques is late. Dad is getting married and Pierre is the one who has to announce it.  It would be just a normal family meal … if there wasn’t a dead cat in the freezer …


BEST LEADING ACTOR

BUG | Poland | 2019 | 17’          

Leading Actor: Michał Meyer

Director: Krzysztof Wróbel           

Writer: Krzysztof Wróbel              

Producers: Krzysztof Wróbel, Samira Baddour      

Cast: Michał Meyer, Sebastina Stankiewicz            

Synopsis: An ordinary day by the river turns into a hilarious, testosterone fueled quest through which two best friends learn more about their friendship then ever before.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Daily Bread | Australia | 2018 | 15’         

Director: Ruby Challenger

Leading Actress: Ruby Challenger              

Writers: Ruby Challenger, Jonathan Wald, Ella Carey         

Producer: Ruby Challenger           

Cast: Ruby Challenger, Street Smart Films Pty Ltd 

Synopsis: In a WWII internment camp in Indonesia, Jan and a group of Dutch women and children face a daily struggle against abuse, disease and starvation. The Japanese Camp Commandant and his beloved, fluffy white cat, oversee the gruelling camp regime. Jan is a brave but impulsive young woman, and when she acts out of desperation to save a little girl’s life, her actions bring consequences upon the whole camp. What is the price for a meal when women and children are starving? Daily Bread is based on an excerpt from the autobiography Fifty Years of Silence by Jan Ruff O’Herne, which was published by Random House and has been translated into five languages.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blue Peter | Croatia | 2017 | 15’              

Cinematographer: Marko Kocevar

Director: Marko Šantić   

Writer: Marko Šantić      

Producer: Jure Bušić       

Cast: Hrvoje Vladisavljević, Dražen Mikulić, Olivera Baljak, Alan Katić           Synopsis: Petar is a young police officer who has just begun his carrer, he lives with his parents in a small maisonette. Officer Goran, who comes to pick up Petar, suddenly arrives at their place. They have to deal with another distraint. Petar doesn’t want to be a part of it. His unemployed father tries to convince him to go since their family is dealing with money problems and soon they’ll have to face an eviction. In the field during the distraint, Petar reacts in a human way, brakes the police powers and tries to protect distrainees who happen to be an older married couple.


BEST EDITING

Yasmina | France | 2018 | 20’   

Editor: Baptiste Petit-Gats

Directors: Ali Esmili, Claire Cahen              

Writer: Ali Esmili              

Producer: Nelson Ghrénassia       

Cast: Hana Mekacher, Capucine Valmary, Kenza Noah Aiche          

Synopsis: Yasmina is a 15-years-old teenager who is passionate about soccer and practices with the team FC SAINT ETIENNE. Originally from Morocco, she is in an irregular situation in France, with her father and his French partner. One evening when she returns from a training, she sees her father being arrested before her own eyes.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE PEOPLE ARE THE BRAND | Switzerland | 2019 | 22’ 

Production Design: Rafael Buess, Vicente Pilongo

Director: Adrian Perez    

Writer: Adrian Perez       

Producer: Adrian Perez   

Cast: Anna-Katharina Müller, Philippe Schuler       

Synopsis: A doubtful photo project about fugitives makes doubtful headlines. About a journalist and a photographer lost in opportunities.


BEST COMEDY

A fine stew | Belgium | 2018 | 20’

Director: Marie Glichitch              

Writer: Marie Glichitch   

Producer: Mediadiffusion             

Cast: Réal Siellez, Laetitia Reva, Fanny Estève, Joffrey Verbruggen, Chloé Von Arx 

Synopsis: Easter Sunday. Catherine has cooked her stew, Manon is hungover, Jacques is late. Dad is getting married and Pierre is the one who has to announce it.  It would be just a normal family meal … if there wasn’t a dead cat in the freezer …


BEST DRAMA

Flowers | France | 2018 | 19’     

Director: Baptiste Petit-Gats        

Writer: Baptiste Petit-Gats           

Producer: Nelson Ghrénassia       

Cast: Catherine Salée, Victor Rivière         

Synopsis: It is All Saints’ Day. Bérénice wanders through the city. She must find flowers for the grave. Sacha, her son, has other plans. Too bad. She must find flowers for the grave.        


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

ROBOT WILL PROTECT YOU | Estonia | 2018 | 10’

Director: Nicola Piovesan

Writer: Matt Willis-Jones              

Producer: Nicola Piovesan           

Cast: Lizzie Freeman, Richard Epcar          

Synopsis: A sci-fi animation about a little girl’s search for meaning in a world without emotions.      


BEST NARRATIVE

Burqa City | France | 2019 | 20’

Director: Bracq Fabrice  

Writer: Bracq Fabrice     

Producer: Preel Cleach Fabrice    

Cast: Omar mebrouk      

Synopsis: Souleymane and Leila just got married, for better or for worse. The better is that they love each other very much. The worse is that they live in an absurd and kafkaesque country.


BEST STUDENT

Simelibärg | Switzerland | 2018 | 14’     

Director: Seraina Scherini             

Writer: Seraina Scherini                

Cast: Severin Mauchle, Evelyne Gugolz, Beat Brunner, Alrette Wahlen        

Synopsis: A couple stands before the difficult task of leading their mentally challenged son Jonas into adulthood. Due to the marital conflicts between the parents, Jonas looses track of what is right or wrong.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

A Place in Between | United States | 2019 | 14’ 

Director: Selin Bonfil       

Writer: Selin Bonfil          

Producer: Louise De Nexon          

Cast: Holly Heiser, Jenna Sander, Dexter Buell, Jackie Krim, Tom Staggs     

Synopsis: Maya, a woman in her early 40s, has to host a dinner for her husband’s friends and convince her teenage to help her through the evening. When she realizes that the dinner is turning into a complete disaster, and pushed to an edge by her daughter’s behavior, she has a nervous breakdown, questioning the necessity of the ideals and tradition not only she but all women are pushed to live by.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT FILM

MIRACULOUS SPORT HR | Croatia | 2018 | 11’  

Director: Emir Mulalic    

Writers: Linda Poscic Borovac/Natasa Tepsa Budija/Nino Peric      

Producer: Linda Poscic Borovac                 

Synopsis: Short film , actors are 13 children ages 11-17. The movie depicts belly-aching as the most popular sport in Croatia. Nobody in the world has ever beaten the Croatian national team at complaining. Croatia’s team shows urban and rural belly-aching and gives advice how to belly-ache with passion. This ancient “sport” Croats have perfected and thourghly developed in several strong disciplines so that today, why deny, they can without question be called “VIRTUOSES OF COMPLAINING”. The film supports positivity and those that think and influence others positevely.  


BEST ANIMATION

FOR THE SAKE OF YOUSEF | Kuwait | 2019 | 05’

Director: Yousef albaqshi

Writer: FAHAD AL Qaoud

Producer: Yousef albaqshi

Cast: riyath aldosiry, brittany gneiting      

Synopsis:  In the living room , yousef’s mother turn the channel to watch a horror movie while the five years old kid (yousef) was playing there !


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Humanitarian | United States | 2018 | 30’           

Director: Erick Fix                           

Producers: Justin Wright, Hassan Hijazi, Glorianne Cody, Will Clark              

Cast: Hassan Hijazi, Julia Al-Zoubi, Nasser Rawashdeh       

Synopsis: We follow Julia and Hassan, Jordanian aid workers who have been working with Syrian refugees since the beginning of the crisis. They’ve pushed themselves to the edge of their sanity as they try to make a difference in the lives of children growing up without a country to call their own.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

White Male | United States | 2019 | 04’

Director: Jared Hogan    

Writers: Parrish Stikeleather, Jared Hogan             

Producer: Elisha Gustafson          

Cast: Tyler Chase             

Synopsis: A brief, detached portrait of the interior a young, white man spiraling toward violence.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Bubbles of Time | Switzerland | 2018 | 06’          

Director: Bastien Bron    

Writers: Bastien Bron, Raphaël Weber     

Producer: Bastien Bron  

Cast: Alizée Droux           

Synopsis: The sensory trip of a girl in a swimming pool, under the eye of her naked cat.


BEST MINI SHORT

FREI_RAUM | Germany | 2019 | 03’       

Director: Charlot van Heeswijk                   

Cast: Patrizia Bieri, Francesco Rondina, Jannis Tiedemann, Nataša Pivec    

Synopsis: FREI_RAUM is an observation on everyday acts of male dominance, more so than about public transport etiquette. Because the phenomenon of “Manspreading” is a symptom of a much larger problem and not just a minuscule thing – it is an act of dominance that is the result of deep-rooted societal privilege borne of our patriarchal society.  For all my sisters out there. “You deserve to take up space.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


BEST MOBILE PHONE SHORT                          

Blame yourselves if no one comes | Sweden | 2019 | 12’             

Director: Gustav Egerstedt           

Writer: Gustav Egerstedt              

Producer: Gustav Egerstedt         

Cast: Gustav Egerstedt, Andreas Putz, Nicola Jones, Henrik Hallgren, Rickard Edholm, Maria Fredriksson, Kristina Petrushina, Christina Nylander            

Synopsis: We follow a man with an idea to create a film. He is convinced that his idea is so brilliant. This sends him on a journey of hope and despair. This is that film.


BEST AMATEUR

Taking a Piss | 10’          

Director: Josh Romyn     

Writer: Kyle Strauts         

Producers: Kyle Strauts, Rebecca Steele  

Cast: Kyle Strauts, Brea Schneider             

Synopsis: On a seemingly regular morning, two lovers immersed in a clandestine life are at a crossroads.


BEST SERIES

Pine High | 2019 | 08’   

Director: Rob Bohn         

Writer: Rob Bohn and Nate Milton            

Producers: Jon Huggins, Nate Milton                       

Synopsis: ‘Pine High’ is a colorful and visceral portrayal of what suburban teenage life looks like from the other side of normal.


BEST FASHION SHORT

Olympia | Italy | 2018 | 15’        

Director: Giulia Achenza               

Producer: Basement       

Cast: Aomi Muyock, Silvia Degrandi, Valerio Maccario      

Synopsis: “Existential states that go beyond the most incredible conjectures”  Inspired by Don De Lilllo’s novella Body Art, Olympia tells the story of a body artist and her director husband. Starting their life together as a married couple in their new home, everything carries on as normal until the day Olympia receives tragic news about her husband. This leads her to an unexpected journey into herself, which will result in the creation of her greatest work as an artist, but also in losing part of herself.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

What do mothers want | Russian Federation | 2018 | 03’             

Director: Denis Gulyar    

Writer: Denis Gulyar       

Producers: Alexey Stasyuk, Drya Feoctistova, Gleb Burganov          


BEST TRAILER

AWAKENING OF THE VILLAGE ASIRI | Sri Lanka | 2018 | 03’        

Synopsis: Awakening the village ASIRI is an advertisement showing how to eliminate poverty by donating a cow to poor families in Sri Lanka.