SHORT TO THE POINT – APRIL 2017 AWARDS
Director: Anthony Salvatori
Synopsis: Vincent, a peaceful guy from the local mob, is a barber from Brooklyn. His shop is a forum. His clients (meaning his henchmen) have always a good story to tell. But how to distinguish between fantasy and reality?
Director: Arastoo mafakheri
Country: Islamic Republic of Iran
Synopsis: The short story about young religious man who want to start his job as the religious.
Director: William Papadin
Country: United States
Synopsis: A young man moves back home to Sonoma after failing to “make it” in the Los Angeles film scene.
The Buzzing of a Bumblebee
Director: Vladimir Beldian
Country: Russian Federation
Synopsis: Once an old woman in a nursing home made three wishes in case of her death: to eat pudding, to listen a little chorus and … bumblebee buzzing outside the window. It will be difficult to arrange all this but she wants it so much…
Dasha the fool
Director: Valentina Lukashchuk
Country: Russian Federation
Synopsis: Dasha is happily married and fool enough not to see the ugly truth around her.
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
Director: Thomas Soulignac
Synopsis: Simone is a lonesome old lady, whose daily matters are punctuated by a strange heap, so imposing in her small apartment that prevents her from living normally. One day Simone dares to touch it…
BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM
Director: Lucas Piloto
Synopsis: João, a six-month-old baby, won’t eat his food at a mother’s day lunch reunion, while the whole family strugles to feed the baby.
BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR
Director: Chang Hyun Park
Country: Republic of Korea
Synopsis: An arrogant, World famous painter becomes colorblind and realize that what he see is not always what it seems.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
The Typewriter Repairman
Director: Thomas Draudt
Country: United States
Synopsis: A Typewriter repairman, with almost 40 years in the business, is busier than ever…in the digital age. How is this possible and why? Discover the joy of a man working with his hands on vintage machines that were made to be repaired.
BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM
Director: Erika Weiste, Reetta Neittaanmäki
Animation documentary examines memory processes via recollections of four interviewees. What kind of memories linger and what short of stories awaken when a person is reguested to tell a life story freely, without leading to any subjects or themes.
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM
Director: Helena Jónsdóttir & Vera Wonder Sölvadóttir
Synopsis: Who is living your life when you are not there?
Gone is a humorous little thriller that gives us an unusual insight into one man’s journey into dance of live.
BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM
Director: Gloria RODENAS
Synopsis: A suicidal young woman passionate of classical dance will have to make a choice between following her destiny and living her dream.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
The Watch Tower
Director: Magda Jaroszewicz
Synopsis: To be means to exist in time. Time can extend to unbearable stillness when there is no action. The watch tower is a place where the forest guard Beata faces her humanity in stillness of time.
Director: Anastasija Bräuniger
Synopsis: On the day of the football European Championship finals 2016, a group of Kurdish children from a refugee camp in Northern Iraq, tries to contact the FIFA. The children call the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland to register their team for the football World Championship in 2018. “Champions” was filmed 2016 in a refugee camp between Erbil and Mosul, where Kurdish and Syrian refugees from Kobane are accommodated.
Director: Ruxandra Maria Ghitescu
Synopsis: In search of thrills and a good time two friends are recording their nightly adventures in the big city, but when acting for the camera things get out of control. Are they constructing fun and cool characters or are they revealing dark sides of their personalities?
Director: Johann Scholz
Synopsis: The European borders are closed. Control and order are most important to the soldier Andreas, who guards the Austrian border. But on this day chaos crosses his paths.
The Courtesy of Angels
Director: Valérie THEODORE
Synopsis: Louise, a young care assistant, performs an internship in a retirement home, final step before the hiring that she hopes for. Her unexpected encounter with an old amnesic man, Mr Vadim, leads the young woman to face a decisive choice. Her future is about to tip over.
Director: Thanassis Vassiliou
Synopsis: The country’s Nationalist Party has just rented the building of an old Film School. It starts interviewing young people to man the Association’s Communication Area. Two young women go through various interviews, leading to the revelation of dark secrets. A man, the Secretary, works tirelessly in order to erase the most dangerous.
Director: Teymur Hajiyev
Synopsis: Samir is an amateur filmmaker. Along with his despotic father and older sister Roza he resides in “Shanghai” – a slum located in close proximity to downtown Baku, the capital of the oil rich Republic of Azerbaijan.
By sheer accident, Samir captures a video of Roza getting intimate with her boyfriend Rasim, an Azerbaijani gastarbeiter from Moscow. Samir blackmails Roza and Rasim with the video, well aware of the serious of implications caused by social stigma and reactionary mindset of his father. Rasim tries to bribe Samir, however the issue happens to be much deeper than it appears.
The film is loosely based on a short story by Anton Chekhov ‘The Naughty Boy’.
Director: MÓNICA MATEO
Synopsis: An enveloper of a tasks depot works tirelessly. What appears to be a dull and machining day will become his worst nightmare.