Congratulations to our April 2020 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – APRIL 2020 AWARDS

BEST FILM

Doffice  | Belgium | 2019 | 20’

Director: Leclercq David

Writers: Othmane Moumen , David Leclercq         

Producers: Vincent Tavier             

Cast: Michel Carcan, Othmane Moumen 

Synopsis: An old guy works into the same office, everyday. But one day, a young colleague arrives and puts his world upside down.


BEST DIRECTOR

Doffice  | Belgium | 2019 | 20’

Director: Leclercq David

Writers: Othmane Moumen , David Leclercq         

Producers: Vincent Tavier             

Cast: Michel Carcan, Othmane Moumen 

Synopsis: An old guy works into the same office, everyday. But one day, a young colleague arrives and puts his world upside down.


BEST SCREENPLAY

G A B R I E L  | Spain | 2020 | 20’             

Director: Pierfrancesco Artini      

Writers: Pierfrancesco Artini, Claudio Masenza    

Producers: Claudio Masenza, Luis Morenes           

Cast: Isabel Ordaz, Antonio Ibañez            

Synopsis: Agatha is struck by her husband’s death. She feels old and lonely, yet she starts to experience unexpected sexual desires that would lead her to buy the ultimate version of a male sex robot, Gabriel. Will she find happiness?


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Ungbi and non-human friends | Republic of Korea | 2020 | 18’                

Director: Da-min KIM

Producers: Junyong PARK
Cast: Siha KIM, Yunam KIM, Hyeongil Yoon, Jinmo KIM

Synopsis: Ungbi, in need of a playmate, and an unidentified creature covered in black fur. The relationship between these two, who were ‘human’ and ‘non-human animal’, gradually reverses.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Doffice  | Belgium | 2019 | 20’

Actor: Othmane Moumen

Director: Leclercq David

Writers: Othmane Moumen , David Leclercq         

Producers: Vincent Tavier             

Cast: Michel Carcan, Othmane Moumen 

Synopsis: An old guy works into the same office, everyday. But one day, a young colleague arrives and puts his world upside down.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

G A B R I E L  | Spain | 2020 | 20’             

Cinematographer: Lucas Tucknott

Director: Pierfrancesco Artini      

Writers: Pierfrancesco Artini, Claudio Masenza    

Producers: Claudio Masenza, Luis Morenes           

Cast: Isabel Ordaz, Antonio Ibañez            

Synopsis: Agatha is struck by her husband’s death. She feels old and lonely, yet she starts to experience unexpected sexual desires that would lead her to buy the ultimate version of a male sex robot, Gabriel. Will she find happiness?


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Doffice  | Belgium | 2019 | 20’

Set designer: Tanguy Thirion

Director: Leclercq David

Writers: Othmane Moumen , David Leclercq         

Producers: Vincent Tavier             

Cast: Michel Carcan, Othmane Moumen 

Synopsis: An old guy works into the same office, everyday. But one day, a young colleague arrives and puts his world upside down.


BEST EDITING

Susie  | United States |  2020 | 16’          

Director: Jordan Doig     

Writer: Jordan Doig        

Producers: Stephanie Gould, Ian McGuire              

Cast: Cat Olson, Andrea Murillo  

Synopsis: Susie and Andy’s relationship has become toxic. In order to deal with Andy’s controlling and emotionally damaging actions, Susie begins to manifest a real and physical horror.


BEST NARRATIVE

G A B R I E L  | Spain | 2020 | 20’             

Cinematographer: Lucas Tucknott

Director: Pierfrancesco Artini      

Writers: Pierfrancesco Artini, Claudio Masenza    

Producers: Claudio Masenza, Luis Morenes           

Cast: Isabel Ordaz, Antonio Ibañez            

Synopsis: Agatha is struck by her husband’s death. She feels old and lonely, yet she starts to experience unexpected sexual desires that would lead her to buy the ultimate version of a male sex robot, Gabriel. Will she find happiness?


BEST COMEDY

Doffice  | Belgium | 2019 | 20’

Director: Leclercq David

Writers: Othmane Moumen , David Leclercq         

Producers: Vincent Tavier             

Cast: Michel Carcan, Othmane Moumen 

Synopsis: An old guy works into the same office, everyday. But one day, a young colleague arrives and puts his world upside down.


BEST DRAMA

PRASKOVYA | Russian Federation | 2019 | 06’   

Director: Alexander Solovyov      

Writer: Alexander Solovyov         

Producer: Ksenia Kovaleva                          

Synopsis: Praskovya continues working in the Bank despite hunger in the freezing siege of Leningrad. Her husband went to war. The only thing he left is the ink pot. This gift is the onlyitem which makes Praskovya feel warm. In the most critical moment when no hopes or energy is left only the ink pot acts as a twist of destiny.


BEST HORROR

The Music Box   | United States | 2020 | 25’       

Director: Ryan Riddle      

Writer: Ryan Riddle         

Producer: Bryant Marcontel        

Cast: Yuwi Kim, True Chan, Ginny O’ Keefe, Jasmine Orpilla             

Synopsis: A girl and her father move to America after experiencing tragedy and are eventually haunted by the loved one they both lost.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

G A B R I E L  | Spain | 2020 | 20’             

Director: Pierfrancesco Artini      

Writers: Pierfrancesco Artini, Claudio Masenza    

Producers: Claudio Masenza, Luis Morenes           

Cast: Isabel Ordaz, Antonio Ibañez            

Synopsis: Agatha is struck by her husband’s death. She feels old and lonely, yet she starts to experience unexpected sexual desires that would lead her to buy the ultimate version of a male sex robot, Gabriel. Will she find happiness?


BEST STUDENT

SCENES BY THE SEA | Russian Federation | 2019 | 20’    

Director: Oksana Degtyareva      

Writer: Oksana Degtyareva                                        

Synopsis: Nina spends her time at her parents’ busy with the preparation for her younger sister’s wedding. Unexpectedly for her, her husband Nikita comes there too. Nina and Nikita have been going through a family relationships crisis. In order not to spoil the event, they try to pretend that everything is OK between them. How will their reluctant mutual vocation end? Will they be able to batter the wall between them down or will this wall get even higher?


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Header  | Germany | 2020 | 13’

Director: Mark Kuhlmann             

Writer: Mark Kuhlmann  

Producer: Mark Kuhlmann            

Cast: Doron Heegner, Anton Lindner, Yasmin Ott 

Synopsis: When Lars (13) gets further and further behind in the initially still funny duel with his brother Kai (11) and thus also threatens to lose the love of his mother, he is faced with a decision: Will he fight against his unfairly playing brother or will he give up?


BEST ANIMATION

Melted |  United States | 2020 | 02’       

Director: Nikki Chapman

Writer: Nikki Chapman   

Producer: Ringling College of Art and Design         

Cast: Shelby Lewis           

Synopsis: A macabre girl laments about the inevitability of death after being given a melting cartoon character popsicle.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

A Room in Moscow | Russian Federation | 2019 | 32’     

Director: Alexander Zubkov          

Writer: Marina Sapunova             

Producers: Ekaterina Dyba, Alexei Novikov                           

Synopsis: Is it so easy to give up the idea of owning something in favour of renting? Now the urban people are learning the benefits of sharing. The proximity of housing to work, the gym, the city centre comes to the fore nowadays. And the house is just a set of boxes that you can always take with you in a small truck.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Go! | Italy | 2019 | 07’ 

Director: Vittorio Campanella, Riccardo Maione  

Writer: Daniele Condemi, Luca Pescaglini, Vittorio Campanella      

Producer: Lucia Carolina de Rienzo           

Cast: Emanuele Piras

Synopsis: The dancing migration through a day, periphery and body.


BEST MINI SHORT

Murphy’s Law n.2 | Italy | 2020 | 02’     

Director: Valerio Galli     

Writer: Valerio Galll        

Producer: Valerio Galli   

Cast: Valerio Galli            

Synopsis: A guy, locked at home for the Covid-19 emergency, reflects on the moment the world is living


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

FREEDOM & FEAR | Germany | 2020 | 14’           

Director: Johannes Ziegler            

Writer: Johannes Ziegler

Producer: Johannes Ziegler          

Cast: Sita Ziegler-Robert, Amalia Ziegler  

Synopsis: The world in 2025. Strict restrictions and quarantine measures still apply. The global economy plunged into a deep crisis from which it has not yet recovered. The silent fear of the COVID-19 virus and state control are widespread. A mother and her daughter live in silent fear of a virus and the oppression, the invisible control that is supposed to protect our society. Everyday life has changed. He has become calm, characterized by simple tasks and the urge to survive. In these circumstances, the mother tries to complete a work whose completion becomes the symbol of our time. It is a serious decision that our society has to face: fear or freedom.  – “This film was created during global quarantine efforts  to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.”


BEST AMATEUR SHORT

Esto si es negocio | Mexico | 2020 | 04’

Director: Mario Ayala Urias         

Writer: Mario Ayala Urias             

Producer: Mario Ayala Urias        

Cast: Héctor Sauceda Ruiz, Jonathan Padilla Jaramillo , Áxel Sánchez López              

Synopsis: [English] Omar is about to become a drug dealer, there is no other option.  

[Español] Omar esta a punto de convertirse en un traficante, no hay otra opción.


BEST FASHION SHORT

My love is epiphyllum | Russian Federation | 2019 | 04’

Director: Maxett Pribylov             

Writer: Maxett Pribylov 

Producer: Alexander Ponomarev

Cast: Sofia Filileeva, Ivan Vorobev            

Synopsis: My video has the spirit of the first pure love. The video “my love is epiphyllum” Lat.  (your love is flower) tells about the summer dreams of lovers, when mutual care is metaphorically represented as the care of a person for a houseplant.      

I chose the form of a science fiction film for my video. The voiceover used in the video is a plant care instruction from a gardening book. The sound is made by the voice of Siri.     

Perhaps this work will be useful to the viewer in such difficult time in the world.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

Feel It | United States | 2018 | 01’

Director: Jono Seneff  


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

Meaningless | Australia | 2017 | 05’       

Director: Tyson Di Rosa 

Writer: Tyson Di Rosa     

Producers: Medo Rashed, Tyson Di Rosa                

Synopsis: A quiet man struggles to get a boulder to the top of a hill however making it to the top might not be his only task.