Congratulations to our December 2019 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – DECEMBER 2019 AWARDS

BEST FILM

Chlorine  | Australia | 2019 | 18’             

Director: Melissa Anastasi            

Writer: Melissa Anastasi               

Producer: Jessica Carrera             

Cast: Marlo Kelly, Clementine Bell, Ezekiel Simat  

Synopsis: In a desperate bid for attention, 11-year-old Keira compulsively steals from pregnant women at her local aquatic centre. But her actions put her at risk of losing the only family she has.


BEST DIRECTOR

Trespassers | United States | 2019 | 31’

Director: Yasmine Asha  

Writer: Yasmine Asha     

Producers: Yasmine Asha, Navid Navid    

Cast: Belle Adams, Jamila Hernandez, Jonathan Freeman, Adam Dorsey, Paul Bond, Barbara Lee Bragg, Luca Sammarcelli            

Synopsis: “A young, single mother struggles to make ends meet. Unexpected help comes from the undocumented teen Sofia, who not only saves Crystal’s life, but also makes her question her anti-immigrant sentiment.” 


BEST SCREENPLAY

M O R I T U R I | France | 2019 | 17’       

Director: Léo Lebesgue  

Writers: Léo Lebesgue, Fareed Kairon      

Producers: Léo Lebesgue, James Gentry  

Cast: Leonor Oberson, Rodolphe Lechat 

Synopsis: Marie is desperately waiting for a man she thinks she will never see again.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Chlorine  | Australia | 2019 | 18’             

Actress: Clementine Bell

Director: Melissa Anastasi            

Writer: Melissa Anastasi               

Producer: Jessica Carrera             

Cast: Marlo Kelly, Clementine Bell, Ezekiel Simat  

Synopsis: In a desperate bid for attention, 11-year-old Keira compulsively steals from pregnant women at her local aquatic centre. But her actions put her at risk of losing the only family she has.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Birthday | United States | 2019 | 14’     

Actor: Joseph Lopez

Director: Mojtaba Mirshekari      

Writer: Mojtaba Mirshekari         

Producers: Sarahi Salazar, Keegan O’Brien             

Cast: Joseph Lopez, Luana Fitzgerald, Dillon LeMaster, Chris Conley, Catherine Lane, Ariel Jay          

Synopsis: Frank tries to celebrate his 70th birthday by throwing a party and inviting his friends, family and neighbors, but no one comes to his party except some new neighbors. They spend a great time together, but not everything goes as he expected.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Chlorine  | Australia | 2019 | 18’             

DoP: Emma Paine

Director: Melissa Anastasi            

Writer: Melissa Anastasi               

Producer: Jessica Carrera             

Cast: Marlo Kelly, Clementine Bell, Ezekiel Simat  

Synopsis: In a desperate bid for attention, 11-year-old Keira compulsively steals from pregnant women at her local aquatic centre. But her actions put her at risk of losing the only family she has.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Stoners / Slices of Infinity | Portugal | 2019 | 08’             

Director: Fred Miranda   

Writer: Mariana Emauz  

Producer: Colisão Studios             

Cast: Maria Carlos, Luis Malaquias            

Synopsis:  Conceptual Thriller homaging the Portuguese Marble.


BEST EDITING

Unblinded  | Sweden | 2020 | 13’           

Editor: Nozhan Radnahad,  Paul Jerndal

Director: Paul Jerndal     

Writer: Paul Jerndal        

Producer: Paul Jerndal    

Cast: Frida Gustavsson , David Larsson     

Synopsis: Emma who is struggling with depression gets embroiled in a passionate relationship with Mark, an egocentric pop star. Her vulnerability and his recklessness reach a climax one evening when Emma finds the strength to resist.


BEST NARRATIVE

Trespassers | United States | 2019 | 31’

Director: Yasmine Asha  

Writer: Yasmine Asha     

Producers: Yasmine Asha, Navid Navid    

Cast: Belle Adams, Jamila Hernandez, Jonathan Freeman, Adam Dorsey, Paul Bond, Barbara Lee Bragg, Luca Sammarcelli            

Synopsis: “A young, single mother struggles to make ends meet. Unexpected help comes from the undocumented teen Sofia, who not only saves Crystal’s life, but also makes her question her anti-immigrant sentiment.” 


BEST COMEDY

THE PLUNGE | United Kingdom | 2019 | 10’       

Director: Simon Ryninks

Writer: Omar Khan          

Producer: Tibo Travers   

Cast: Lydia Wilson, Omar Khan    Synopsis: After a night of passion Emily tells Jay that she’d like to use a strap-on. Scared of losing a girl he has a connection with, Jay reluctantly agrees.


BEST DRAMA

INNOCENCE | United Kingdom | 2019 | 20’        

Director: Ben Reid           

Writers: Ben Reid, Owen Gower 

Producers: Tibo Travers, Ken Ross             

Cast: Tommy Jessop, Alice Lowe, Lawrence Spellman, Richard Glover, Beth Asher, Faraz Ayub           Synopsis: When a worker falls to his death at a care home, it appears to be a terrible accident. But when a detective questions a young man with Down syndrome spotted at the scene, they uncover a crime more shocking than anyone imagined.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

The Light Thief  | Spain | 2015 | 19’       

Director: Eva Daoud       

Writer: Eva Daoud                                         

Synopsis: When the essence of Love is snatched from someone and locked away in a vessel with no name , what happens to those persons and how do they change? How can the broken hearted souls break that curse and recover from their pain? Can they regain their spark by overcoming dark supernatural forces?


BEST STUDENT

Blindman’s buff  | Poland | 2019 | 05’   

Director: Filip Twardowski            

Writer: Filip Twardowski

Producer: Lodz Film School          

Cast: Zofia Bukowska     

Synopsis: A lonely girl is playing the game of blindman’s buff. Heartless faith throws her into memories of both carefree times and brutal reality of war.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Mammoth | China | 2019 | 15’ 

Director: Jiamin Huang   

Writer: Jiamin Huang      

Producer: Zeyi Chen        

Cast: Jiayi Li       

Synopsis: A 17-year-old girl Chen Jialai, who is going to participate in a cheerleading competition, suddenly learns the death of her classmate. Under the thinking and perplexity about the nature of death, she needs to make a choice.


BEST ANIMATION

Oh, Darling! | Germany | 2019 | 05’       

Director: Cornelius Joksch                                          

Synopsis: Obsessed with birds of all sorts, clumsy but loveable loner Andy finds himself lucky one day, when out of nowhere the most stunning bird he’s ever seen lands on his windowsill. Tempted by the outlook of getting recognition amongst fellow bird-aficionados, Andy gets a little carried away…


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Gold Smile | Israel | 2019 | 05’ 

Director: Alon daniel       

Writer: Alon daniel          

Producer: Alon daniel     

Cast: Mohammed Kahil  

Synopsis: “Gold Smile” is a film about Mohammed Kahil, a Jaffa-born Muslim Arab. When you grow up in a disbanded family where the father is a delinquent, a drug dealer, who goes out and enters on a daily basis from prison, it seeps into the family’s roots.When the roots are rotten, they are difficult to treat and even more difficult to revive the tree. The tree needs to grow, get out of its source soil, let it bloom in places it has not seen before.This movie teaches us how Mohammed Kahil, the boy who stole his friends’ money for the big trip they dreamed of, went through a process, cleansed of anything bad he had done in the past and even realized his own mistakes.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Stoners / Slices of Infinity | Portugal | 2019 | 08’             

Director: Fred Miranda   

Writer: Mariana Emauz  

Producer: Colisão Studios             

Cast: Maria Carlos, Luis Malaquias            

Synopsis:  Conceptual Thriller homaging the Portuguese Marble.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Said No Lover | United States | 2019 | 04’          

Director: Miguel Rodrick

Writer: Miguel Rodrick   

Producer: Miguel Rodrick                            

Synopsis: Music Video for the song Said No Lover by Aaron Gibson & Nahuel Bronzini. A song about leaving everything you love, and the demons that follow you.


BEST MINI SHORT

A Map of the World | United Kingdom | 2013 | 03’         

Director: Vera Graziadei

Writer: Vera Graziadei    

Producer: Vera Graziadei              

Cast: Oliver Birch, Nikolai Graziadei, Harper Gildener         

Synopsis: Single fatherhood is weighing heavy on Ed and the state of the world is not helping. In order to distract his exuberant children, he sets them an impossible task – of putting together a map of the world, that he cuts up in little pieces. His kids’ solution to solving the puzzle, gives him an unexpected ray of hope.


BEST NO/LOW BUDGET

Reoccurring  | United Kingdom | 2020 |  14’      

Directors: Clemente Lohr, Toby Elwes, Alessio Marzilli, José Solórzano Híjar            

Writer: Clemente Lohr

Producers: Clemente Lohr , Toby Elwes   

Cast: Ola Forman, Clemente Lohr, Paolo Marconi, Alessandra Celani, Lorién Sauret, Ximena Romo

‘Reoccurring’ is the combined work of three independent film crews in London, Rome and Mexico City. This multilingual, zero budget, film drifts between locations yet follows a single universal story. With glimpses of young love, parental frustration and social angst, ‘Reoccurring’ exposes a shared human experience across international borders.