Congratulations to our August 2019 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – AUGUST 2019 AWARDS


BEST FILM

DIVA & ASTRO | United States | 2018 | 09’         

Director: Angel Barroeta              

Writer: Angel Barroeta

Producer: Angel Barroeta

Cast: Sharle Taule, Sabrina Salvador, Rob Gooman             

Synopsis: A streetwise posse idly roams the evening in the hood they call home. Diva and Astro follow parallel paths in real time, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome.


BEST DIRECTOR

DIVA & ASTRO | United States | 2018 | 09’         

Director: Angel Barroeta              

Writer: Angel Barroeta

Producer: Angel Barroeta

Cast: Sharle Taule, Sabrina Salvador, Rob Gooman              Synopsis: A streetwise posse idly roams the evening in the hood they call home. Diva and Astro follow parallel paths in real time, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome.


BEST SCREENPLAY

EXTRA INNINGS | United States | 2019 | 09’      

Director: John Gray         

Writer: John Gray            

Producers: John Gray, MELISSA JO PELTIER           

Cast: Peter Riegert, TJ Thyne       

Synopsis: A reporter interviews a major league baseball manager in an attempt to uncover secrets.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

THE AQUARIUM | Denmark | 2017 | 30’              

Actress: Maria Winther Nørgaard

Director: Peter Ahlén      

Writer: Andrea Winding 

Producers: Anne Falkesgaard Hansen, Sofie Brandt            

Cast: Maria Winther Nørgaard, Elias Munk, Jonathan Bergholdt, Peter Aalbæk Jensen         

Synopsis: In a dystopian world underneath the ground,  a mysterious boss dictates the rules of the young people living and working here. They each work in a club, taking care of dedicated club members day after day. Carla is responsible for the Aquarium Club where her only friends are the fishes. One day things changes, when Carla suspects there is more to this world than living alone in isolation. When she meet the boy Zac, who is in charge of the Motor Club a whole new world opens; a fascinating world which introduce friendship and love. But Carlas discovery comes with consequences, which may be fatal.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Asan | Kazakhstan | 2018 | 27’ 

Actor: Azat Zhumadil

Director: Berik Zhakhanov            

Writer: Berik Zhakhanov               

Synopsis: Asan is a typical teenage boy, who lives by rules of the streets. He fights with age-mates, gets in troubles with the police. His mother raises his alone; they don’t live with their father. One morning they receive the word of Asan’s father’s death. Asan with his mother and uncle goes at his father’s funeral.  On the way at the funeral Asan remembers his childhood, his father. Sad and happy moments. The film shows the boy’s internality, his forgotten feelings for his father. The film tells us about a teenage boy who has changed, who grew up and realized, but the most important he has forgiven his father and remembered happy moments of his childhood.  On the way at the funeral, Asan doesn’t understand a close link with his father and doesn’t feel anything to him. He argues with his mother and uncle. He doesn’t expect as well as his mother that the meeting with his father will bring up so many feelings. Asan rethinks his behavior and takes the staff from the Elder, which is the symbol of the family name: Asan is a head of the family now.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Asan | Kazakhstan | 2018 | 27’ 

Director: Berik Zhakhanov            

Writer: Berik Zhakhanov               

Cast: Azat Zhumadil         Synopsis: Asan is a typical teenage boy, who lives by rules of the streets. He fights with age-mates, gets in troubles with the police. His mother raises his alone; they don’t live with their father. One morning they receive the word of Asan’s father’s death. Asan with his mother and uncle goes at his father’s funeral.  On the way at the funeral Asan remembers his childhood, his father. Sad and happy moments. The film shows the boy’s internality, his forgotten feelings for his father. The film tells us about a teenage boy who has changed, who grew up and realized, but the most important he has forgiven his father and remembered happy moments of his childhood.  On the way at the funeral, Asan doesn’t understand a close link with his father and doesn’t feel anything to him. He argues with his mother and uncle. He doesn’t expect as well as his mother that the meeting with his father will bring up so many feelings. Asan rethinks his behavior and takes the staff from the Elder, which is the symbol of the family name: Asan is a head of the family now.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Ouroboros | United States | 2016 | 9’

Director: Emma Keehan 

Writer: Nick Early            

Producers: Emma Keehan, Andrew Harrington      

Cast: Kyra Renee             

Synopsis: One masked dancer threatens the cycle of pursued acceptance met by authoritative rejection when part of her facade falls away and she can truly see.


BEST EDITING

THE AQUARIUM | Denmark | 2017 | 30’              

Director: Peter Ahlén      

Writer: Andrea Winding 

Producers: Anne Falkesgaard Hansen, Sofie Brandt            

Cast: Maria Winther Nørgaard, Elias Munk, Jonathan Bergholdt, Peter Aalbæk Jensen         

Synopsis: In a dystopian world underneath the ground,  a mysterious boss dictates the rules of the young people living and working here. They each work in a club, taking care of dedicated club members day after day. Carla is responsible for the Aquarium Club where her only friends are the fishes. One day things changes, when Carla suspects there is more to this world than living alone in isolation. When she meet the boy Zac, who is in charge of the Motor Club a whole new world opens; a fascinating world which introduce friendship and love. But Carlas discovery comes with consequences, which may be fatal.


BEST COMEDY

Bloody Mary  | Sweden | 2018 | 15’      

Director: Erica Elfström 

Writer: Lars Klintwall      

Producer: Erica Elfström

Cast: Emelia Hansson

Synopsis: Mary tries to score the famous rockstar Julien by pretending she is a famous Swedish music journalist. To her surprise she succeeds to get into Juliens lounge and get invited to his suite. Mary thinks her goal is reached and sex is on, until an unwanted monthly surprise turns up.


BEST DRAMA

To Hell with Codes | France | 2018 | 14’

Director: Léopold Legrand           

Writer: Léopold Legrand

Producer: Charlotte Reichenbach              

Cast: Olivier Rabourdin, Slimane Dazi, Marouan Idoub

Synopsis: “Despite their high-security building, Death could easily get into their apartment.”  Patrick Pelloux, emergency doctor.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

Best fairy for Cinderella | Russian Federation | 2019 | 12’            

Director: Alexander Baskakov     

Writer: Peter Samoilov   

Producer: Alexander Baskakov    

Cast: Barbara Borodina, Nikolay Kovbas, Irina Barinova    

Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a faroff kingdom, there lived a fair young maiden – Cinderella. She dreamed of getting to the ball. Will meet the beautiful prince. But everything went wrong…


BEST HORROR

Shadow At The Door | United States | 2019 | 04’             

Director: Roshni Bhatia  

Writer: Roshni Bhatia     

Producer: Andrew Mayne             

Cast: Anastasiia Polishchuk          

Synopsis: In Roshni Bhatia’s short film, Shadow at the Door, a troubled young woman searches for an intruder in her home unaware that what she’s really looking for may be something she refuses to see.


BEST NARRATIVE

Beyond the river | Italy | 2019 | 15’       

Director: Luca Zambolin 

Writers: Luca Zambolin, Alessandro Padovani       

Producer: Francesco Bonsembiante          

Cast: Brixhilda Shqalsi, Marco Paolini, Elisabetta Salvatori

Synopsis: In occupied Italy during the 1940s, Antonia, her mother and a dozen peasant women live on a farm. There are no animals as they have all been seized by the Germans. One day, Antonia wanders to the river that divides the countryside from the city and finds a horse that has escaped from the war. Deciding to keep it, she puts everyone’s life in peril.


BEST STUDENT

Starry Night | Ireland |  2019-05-27 |14’

Director: Emma Smith    

Writer: Rachel Moloney 

Producer: Caoilinn Handley          

Cast: Hazel Clifford, Ciara Ivie, Hannah Smullen, Cameron Barron 

Synopsis: With her future hanging in the balance, Cara has a choice to make – abandon her sisters, and pursue her dream in London? Or sacrifice herself, so that one day they too might stand a chance?   ‘Starry Night’ was led by a crack team of women both on screen and off, with almost all of the roles – in all departments – filled by incredible young women at the start of their careers.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Chimera | Greece | 10’

Director: Melpomeni      

Writer: Melpomeni         

Producer: Maria Laskaridou         

Cast: Natasha Rumyantseva, Dimitris Kapetanios 

Synopsis: The Creator follows her mature self, her simulation, in a walking misty, hallucinatory. The hesitation and the cowardice itself keep it in the unfinished journey. She senses her escape, she realizes it, in this unfinished journey.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT

The Listies Work for Peanuts-Episode 1 | Australia | 2019 | 07’  

Director: Natalie van den Dungen

Writers: Judi McCrossin, Kate Keegan, Matt Kelly, Richard Higgins

Producers: Judi McCrossin, Kate Keegan, Matt Kelly, Richard Higgins

Cast: Matt Kelly, Richard Higgins, Asmara Feik      

Synopsis: THE LISTIES  are odd couple housemates who love to have adventures. Just staying alive can be a fun challenge for them, literally. Recently, Matt was worried he was dying. He thought his bum was broken – there was a crack down the middle.  On top of this their landlady, an impossibly high achieving and quick witted eight year old ABERNATHY PEANUTS, won’t stop hammering on the door with a list of demands – well it’s more a list of DEMAND seeing as there’s only one thing on the list: PAY YOUR RENT!  The Listies have got bills, bills, bills so they  need to get to werk, werk, werk! The only thing is, they’re not exactly what you would call employable. In fact they’ve been fired from literally every proper job they’ve ever had, (apart from when they were human cannonballs, when they weren’t fired, because they didn’t fire, so they were fired (if you catch my drift).  In every episode of THE LISTIES WORK FOR PEANUTS, Matt and Rich have to get a job to pay their rent to their eight year old landlord, Abernathy Peanuts – and if they don’t… they’ll be out on their BEEPs!


BEST ANIMATION

How Méliès flew to the moon | Russian Federation | 2019  | 06’

Director: Alena Kulikova

Writers: Yury Rachmanov, Alena Kulikova, Cecilio Vargas 

Producers: Vladimir Malyshev, Fedor Popov          

Synopsis: Every evening, Méliès watches the moon. He is so in love and inspired by her that his only dream is to fly to the moon. Once in the sky there is a cosmic collision, which gives rise to several events.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Year of the robot | France | 2019 | 28’

Director: Yves Gellie       

Writer: Yves Gellie           

Producer: Alexandre Brachet, Camille Lacharmoise                           

Synopsis: This film explores the desire and wishes humans may have to form a personal daily relationship with a robot. is a series of archives detailing the first contacts and dialogs with a humanoid robot, equipped with artificial autonomy and humans.   It involves elderly people sometimes afflicted with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or young adults with autism or neurological problems.   Once past the surprise phase and aware of the artificial nature of the robot’s functioning, the residents try, despite everything,to forge bonds with it. Raise your arms above your head.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Home Alone | Romania | 2019 | 14’       

Director: Jean-Lorin Sterian         

Writer: Jean-Lorin Sterian            

Producers: Jean-Lorin Sterian, Monica Istrate       

Cast: Marine Leduc, Ana Ioniță, Fabio Gerhold, Alina Tofan, George Dorobanțu, Andreea Lupescu, Radiana Enucă, Mara Căruțașu   

Synopsis: We see dwelling as a natural thing we don’t have to think of, but the ability to dwell is conditioned by the environment in which we have developed our personality, interactions with our family and with the society. Any new home rebuilds our first habitation. Through Home Alone, we sought to discover each person’s “abilities” to inhabit. No matter how old or new the space we live in, we are never alone, because all our people with whom we have been involved have lived in our minds. In our turn, we also live in the minds of others. That’s where we’re waving to each other. 


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Geshem – Telephone |  Israel | 2019 | 05’           

Director: Kip (Broken Fingaz)       

Writer: Kip (Broken Fingaz)           

Producer: Kip (Broken Fingaz)


BEST MINI SHORT

UNE VRAI FEMME | United Kingdom | 2019 | 03’            

Director: Geoffrey Breton            

Writer: Geoffrey Breton               

Cast: Aiysha Hart, Michael Lindall              

Synopsis: A man repeatedly fails to get closer to the beautiful woman across the road, representing modern male entitlement and female choice.


BEST NO/LOW BUDGET

THE SCHOOL OF INSULTS (L’ECOLE DE L’INSULTE) | Switzerland | 2019 | 05’

Director: Philippe Lawi   

Writer: Philippe Lawi      

Producer: David Castillero            

Cast: Harris Procopiu      

Synopsis: This is a fake documentary about a school located in a village called « FuckOff ».  Here, Since the Asshole party has come into power, insults are mandatory in any form of communication between residents.  However, some individuals suffer from politeness.  Consequently, professeur Papillon created the school of insults.


BEST AMATEUR

Monster Under the Bed | United States | 2019 | 08’       

Director: Sean Aragon    

Writer: Sean Aragon       

Producer: Sarah Hawbaker , Sean Aragon              

Cast: Grace Smith , Jorge Alvarez , April Hilton-Pegas         

Synopsis: When a  lonely little girl discovers friendship and bonds with a monster under her bed, she soon realizes that the monster may be hiding his true intentions.


BEST FASHION SHORT

Upcycle | Russian Federation | 2019 | 18’           

Directors: Evgenia Zaitseva, Stanislav Phalkov       –             

Producers: Stanislav Phalkov, Evgenia Zaitseva     

Cast: Mikhail Ilyin, Kirill Andreev 

Synopsis: The upcycle project is part of a huge collaboration with stylists, musicians and models. An experiment with a form in which you can come up with amazing results. The objectives of recycling are to draw public attention to environmental issues, reduce waste and foster a culture of responsible consumption.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

Z ZEGNA  | Italy | 2018 | 02’      

Director: Giacomo Boeri               

Producer: The Blink Fish, Indiana

Cast: Alexander Zverev   

Synopsis: In Z Zegna we see tennis champion Alexander Zverev take on a tennis-playing machine on the courts. When the machine comes to life – shaking with exertion, releasing smoke like sweat and making metallic sounds like breathing – could Zverev have met his match? Prepare for an epic, ironic and surreal match as Zverev, ranked fourth worldwide, faces down the ultimate partner. Luckily his skills don’t disappoint and are as flawless as the Z Zegna Techmerino wash&go suit he’s wearing.