Congratulations to our September 2019 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – SEPTEMBER 2019 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Border Crossing | Poland | 2019 | 15’    

Director: Agnieszka Chmura         

Writer: Agnieszka Chmura            

Producer: Piotr Lenar     

Cast: Pola Galica Galoch, Agnieszka Koscielniak, Andrzej Rozmus, Andrzej Franczyk

Synopsis: A thriller based in the summer of 1989, the final year of communism in Eastern Europe, inspired by a childhood memory of crossing the border – not only between countries, but between the instinctive world of nature and the incomprehensible world of the adults.   The story follows paths dictated by the little girl’s attention going from the bees buzzing around, to the rising tension between her parents, to the frightening border guard pacing along the queue.  As the heat rises and the atmosphere thickens, can the little girl melt the border guard’s icy heart? 


BEST DIRECTOR

SH’HAB | Qatar | 2018 | 13’          

Director: Amal Al-Muftah             

Writer: Amal Al-Muftah 

Producer: Basel Owies                  

Synopsis: Upon hearing a myth about falling stars, a young girl’s curiosity is sparked. When night falls on AlWakrah village, she sets out on her father’s boat, with the assistance of her older brother, to chase the fabled comets


BEST SCREENPLAY

Traces | Turkey | 2019 | 24’       

Director: Osman Şahin   

Writer: Osman Şahin       

Producer: Orkun Şahin    

Cast: Melih Abdullah Yavaş, Serdar Sarıkurt           

Synopsis: Story of 2 soldiers returning home after captivity during the Balkan Wars in 1913.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

SH’HAB | Qatar | 2018 | 13’          

Actress: Al Jori Al Darwish

Director: Amal Al-Muftah             

Writer: Amal Al-Muftah 

Producer: Basel Owies                  

Synopsis: Upon hearing a myth about falling stars, a young girl’s curiosity is sparked. When night falls on AlWakrah village, she sets out on her father’s boat, with the assistance of her older brother, to chase the fabled comets


BEST LEADING ACTOR

PAPA-FIGO | Brazil | 2018 | 17’

Actor: Vitor Abate

Director: Alex Reis           

Writer: Alex Reis              

Producers: Marcus Araujo, Alex Reis, Beatriz Piffer, Filipi Nunes     

Cast: Chiara Scalett, Vitor Abate, Herbert Richers Jr            Synopsis: A child’s play turns out to be a nightmare when they set out to challenge an urban legend.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Border Crossing | Poland | 2019 | 15’    

Cinematographer: Joanna Kakitek

Director: Agnieszka Chmura         

Writer: Agnieszka Chmura            

Producer: Piotr Lenar     

Cast: Pola Galica Galoch, Agnieszka Koscielniak, Andrzej Rozmus, Andrzej Franczyk

Synopsis: A thriller based in the summer of 1989, the final year of communism in Eastern Europe, inspired by a childhood memory of crossing the border – not only between countries, but between the instinctive world of nature and the incomprehensible world of the adults.   The story follows paths dictated by the little girl’s attention going from the bees buzzing around, to the rising tension between her parents, to the frightening border guard pacing along the queue.  As the heat rises and the atmosphere thickens, can the little girl melt the border guard’s icy heart?


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

SH’HAB | Qatar | 2018 | 13’          

Set decorator: Mayar Hamdan

Director: Amal Al-Muftah             

Writer: Amal Al-Muftah 

Producer: Basel Owies                  

Synopsis: Upon hearing a myth about falling stars, a young girl’s curiosity is sparked. When night falls on AlWakrah village, she sets out on her father’s boat, with the assistance of her older brother, to chase the fabled comets


BEST EDITING

May this city explode |  Italy | 2019 | 04’             

Director: Giacomo Spaconi          

Writer: GIacomo Spaconi             

Producer: La Scala Shepard          

Cast: Diego Migeni, Chiara Lea   


BEST NARRATIVE

SH’HAB | Qatar | 2018 | 13’          

Director: Amal Al-Muftah             

Writer: Amal Al-Muftah 

Producer: Basel Owies                  

Synopsis: Upon hearing a myth about falling stars, a young girl’s curiosity is sparked. When night falls on AlWakrah village, she sets out on her father’s boat, with the assistance of her older brother, to chase the fabled comets


BEST COMEDY

Another Satisfied Customer  | United States | 2019-03-27 | 04’  

Director: Peier “Tracy” Shen        

Writer: Peier “Tracy” Shen, Anton Shavlik               

Producer: Rex Reyes       

Cast: Madeleine Falk , Kurt Carley             

Synopsis: A retired ballerina is ready to end her life when the door bell rings. Is life gonna give her a second chance?


BEST DRAMA

Where Dreams Rest  | United States | 2018 | 15’              

Director: Elaine Wong    

Writer: Elaine Wong       

Producers: Lareina Joelle, Ariel Du            

Cast: Michelle Sun, Zhan Wang   

Synopsis: In this poetic, impressionistic, realistic coming-of-age film, Ah Wei, a young woman from rural China, decides to cross the US-Mexico border through the underground tunnel to reunite with her husband in the United States. She soon realizes the journey is not about the crossing, but about mending the discrepancies between expectations and reality once she gets there.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

THE SECRET BOX – The Rise of Paperboy | Ireland | 2019 | 10’    

Director: G.S. Leitgeb     

Writer: G.S. Leitgeb                       

Cast: Senan Jennings, Degnan Geraghty, Desmond Eastwood, Charlie Hughes, Johnathan French, Wesley O’Duinn

Synopsis: As part of THE SECRET BOX Trilogy, THE RISE OF PAPERBOY comes to us as a stand-alone motion picture short, introducing us to a 7-year-old Paperboy and letting us witness his first encounter with ancient paranormal forces in 1885. An abandoned street-kid in the docks of New England, Codie ‘Paperboy’ Basket is present when old adventurer Abe T. Huxley and his bunch of henchmen fail to open a lost wooden box. Facing this group of shady giants, Codie needs to pluck up all his courage and put his mind to the test, being the only one capable of unlocking the box. A path opens in front of Codie, that will lead him to become the true ringmaster of moving pictures, and the founder of the quirky Entertainment Network KTC® in 1964.  NOTE: Trailer and Screener are not the official release versions and only suited for internal festival-staff. Intro & Outro Credits are currently just placeholders. For promo versions suited for public, please get in contact with submitter.  NOTE: The official website is still under construction as well.


BEST HORROR

Z-GOAT: First Bleat | Belgium | 2018 | 13’           

Directors: Julien Jauniaux, Bertrand Leplae                           

Producer: Laurent Meeus             

Cast: Océane Weyer, Hugues Hausman, Simon Damamme              

Synopsis: The year is 2078. Resources are scarce and the world is slowly dying. Darwina the young huntress will encounter a new threat very soon.


BEST STUDENT

Quiet Crossing   | United Kingdom | 2019 | 04’  

Director: Patrik Krivanek

Writer: Rik Hulme            

Producer: Ella Eddy         

Cast: Tullia Pagano, Matej Paprciak, Jack Purkis   

Synopsis: 45,000 sections of reinforced concrete – three tons each. Nearly 300 watchtowers., over 250 dog runs, twenty bunkers.
 Sixty-five​ miles of anti-vehicle trenches—signal wire, barbed wire, beds of nails. Over 11,000 armed guards.
 A death strip of sand, well-raked to reveal footprints. 200 ordinary people shot dead following attempts to escape the communist regime.
  96 miles of concrete wall. Families divided, loved ones lost…  “Quiet Crossing is a strong emotional, political story filmed by the Film BA students at the University of Westminster/Westminster Film School (London). It is a 1967 story of East German students, opponents of the communist regime, who are trying to emigrate to West Germany hidden at the back of a food delivery truck. They must remain quiet at the time of arrival at the border crossing point, or they will be discovered and executed for their anti-political activities. Anna’s and Yans’s sleeping baby on board is a time bomb that can explode at any time, and something unexpected happens…” 


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

PAPA-FIGO | Brazil | 2018 | 17’

Director: Alex Reis           

Writer: Alex Reis              

Producers: Marcus Araujo, Alex Reis, Beatriz Piffer, Filipi Nunes     

Cast: Chiara Scalett, Vitor Abate, Herbert Richers Jr           

Synopsis: A child’s play turns out to be a nightmare when they set out to challenge an urban legend.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT

Blooming | Czech Republic | 2018 | 14’

Direcotr: Dora Šustić      

Writer: Dora Šustić          

Producer: FAMU              

Cast: Verica Nedeska      

Synopsis: Two sisters, Alma (11) and Lila (6), enjoy their playful time together, having a bath. One evening, faced with a strange sensation, Alma experiences the beginning of a transformation from a child to a girl: she gets her first period. At first ignoring it, Alma deals with blood during the night, but is discovered by Lila. In panic, she asks Lila to keep a secret, but little Lila misunderstands it for sickness, thinking her sister is dying. She protects Alma from their mother’s attempts of sending her to school and spills the secret. Miljana, their mom, allows Alma to stay at home and deal with her problem on her own, giving her a space to bloom. She comforts Alma and helps her to overcome the shame. All three girls are united in the end, playing in the bath.


BEST ANIMATION

And yet we’re not super heroes | Belgium | 2019 | 13’

Director: Lia Bertels        

Writer: Lia Bertels           

Producers: Thierry Zamparutti, serge Kestemont, Nuno Amorim, Vanessa Ventura, Jeanne Thibord, Sidonie Garnie    Synopsis: It takes time to grow up. And sometimes you even wonder if it’s really worth it… Then the children move slowly, at their own pace, the time to tame the world that awaits them. On the way, they ask questions and invent answers using their overflowing imagination. Carried by the voices of these little philosophers, the film depicts the journey of the imagination of childhood in the form of an animated road movie, populated by extraordinary créatures. A Cadillac trip during which these magnificent vagabonds share their unique experiences on the transition to the real world of adults. A journey full of surprises, doubts and joy.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW | United States | 2019 | 13’             

Director: Brian Imakura                

Producer: SAINT HISAKO FILMS   

Cast: Bri Scalesse, Dexter Lott, Jerron Herman, KhrystyAna, MeeWha Lee 

Synopsis: 21 dancers. 16mm film. 2 questions. What was the darkest moment of your life? What was the light that saved you?


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Dark Sand | France | 2019 | 20’

Director :Thanasis Trouboukis     

Writer: Thanasis Trouboukis        

Producers: Le Fresnoy – studio national des arts contemporains, Thanasis Trouboukis          

Cast: Sara Klimoska, Nicolette Picheral, Julien Bouvard     

Synopsis: Alice, a young woman living in the Northern France, finds mysterious tapes with people narrating their nightmares. As she is looking for the sender, the limits between dreams and reality get obscured.  


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

May this city explode |  Italy | 2019 | 04’             

Director: Giacomo Spaconi          

Writer: GIacomo Spaconi             

Producer: La Scala Shepard          

Cast: Diego Migeni, Chiara Lea   


BEST MINI SHORT

ONE HOT TOKYO MINUTE | Sweden | 2019 | 02’              

Director: Sebastian Lindblad                                                     

Synopsis: A hot last day in Tokyo provided the perfect setting for a voyeuristic documentation of this world metropolis.


BEST MOBILE PHONE

Hands-Free | Italy | 2019 | 13’  

Director: Paolo Strippoli

Writer: SALVATORE DE CHIRICO 

Producers: 10D Film, AG Business & Services         

Cast: CHIARA VINCI, CHIARA AQUARO, LADISLAO LIVERANI, DANIELE MARIANI     

Synopsis: @iamchiaramancuso, twenty-three years old, is a pretty-looking economics student who loves to tell her happy and reassuring everyday life on Instagram, including selfies and cocktail parties. During an evening at the disco, Chiara lost her smartphone. To find him, a foreign presence, which without his knowledge begins to follow her by posting everything on his Instagram account. Chiara’s night, without a telephone, turns into an infernal vortex of danger and despair, up to a shocking ending. Who’s really following her?


BEST NO/LOW BUDGET

Casanova | Belgium | 2019 | 10’             

Director: Ulf Larsen        

Writer: Ulf Larsen            

Producers: Ulf Larsen, Colin Donner         

Cast: Daphné Huynh, Antojo Otero           

Synopsis: After a party, a guy (Antojo Otero) takes a cab with a girl (Daphné Huynh). She invites him to spend the night at her house. It is the simple story of a one-night stand, a moment of life.


BEST AMATEUR

CowBot | United States | 2019| 04’        

Director: Rahul Menon   

Writer: Rahul Menon                     

Cast: Jonathan Johnson, Lillian   

Synopsis: Based on a rumor, that might just be true.


BEST FASHION SHORT

Nesmeyana | Russian Federation | 2019 |05’     

Director: Ulyana Spirova

Writer: Ulyana Spirova                  

Cast: Daria Kozlova, Jean Clement, Daria Sivakova, Anastasiya Popova       

Synopsis: This this a story about a girl who never smiled.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

GRIT | United Kingdom | 03’     

Director: Matt Thomas                                               

Synopsis: A frantic pursuit through a surreal labyrinth of concrete corridors. GRIT is a stop motion animated short film – Matt’s final year project for the BA (Hons) Animation course at UWE Bristol.


BEST TRAILER

10/6 | United States | 2019 | 12’             

Director: William Nawrocki          

Writer: Nigel Moore       

Producers: Nigel Moore, John G. Young  

Cast: Trinelle Bartholomew, Tida Lin, Cyrene Rene, Janey Lu, Nigel Moore

Synopsis: A Brooklynite is unexpectedly transported from his Prospect Heights neighborhood to a vibrant bucolic landscape inhabited with characters that lead him into an idyllic journey of discovery and wonderment. The first of an experimental film trilogy by fashion designer Nigel Moore  “10/6” features pieces from JNIGEL S/S II collection.