Congratulations to our August 2020 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – AUGUST 2020 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Archibald’s Syndrome  | France | 19’     

Director: Daniel Perez   

Writer: Daniel Perez      

Producer: Bagan Films   

Cast:Tom Hudson, Jade Henot   

Synopsis: Archibald is born with some curious curse : he can’t make a move without everyone around doing the same. Now grown man, he robs by despair a bank and, there, meets Indiana, a young woman who always escaped every form of control…


BEST DIRECTOR

Leo | Switzerland | 2020 | 30’  

Director: Fabienne Mahé             

Writer: Fabienne Mahé

Producer: Patrick Jeanneret       

Cast: Lilly Fleur Pointeaux, Valentine Féau, Cyrielle          

Synopsis: As she does every Sunday night, Leo is getting ready to receive her two sisters at dinner. As expected from her,  she didn’t prepare anything. Except a heavy secret that she’s struggling to reveal.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Cuckoo!  | Netherlands | 2019 | 07’

Director: Jörgen Scholtens

Writers: Jörgen Scholtens, Pepijn van Weeren            

Producers: Jörgen Scholtens, Jimmy Groeneveld        

Cast: Frank Lammers, Hetty Heyting, Joost Prinsen, Michael de Roos     

Synopsis: Absurd comedy about a lonely man (Frank Lammers) who lives inside a cuckoo clock. Every hour he straps himself into his ejection seat and shoots through the doors of the clock. “Cuckoo!” He yells, “Cuckoo!” His work is of vital importance. The old lady who sits under the clock needs to take her medication exactly at the top of every hour. One day the man has the opportunity to win a substantial sum of money in a radio quiz. He loves gadgets and wants to buy a new computer. The only problem is that he can only dial in at the exact time he’s supposed to sit in his seat.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Bumper | France | 2018 | 18’         

Actress: Marie-Pierre Casey

Director: Ralantoaritsimba Nirina   

Writers: Ralantoaritsimba Nirina, Ralanto Julien         

Producer: Ralanto Julien                   

Synopsis: For many years, Max, a young man full of ambition, has been dreaming of being accepted in a prestigious school of political sciences. The day before the interview, he plans to spend the night at his grandmother’s house which is near where the oral exam will be taking place the next morning, thus hoping to be in the best mindset to succeed. But once he gets there, Max finds out his Grandma has decided to take her driver’s license again…


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Archibald’s Syndrome  | France | 19’     

Actor: Tom Hudson

Director: Daniel Perez   

Writer: Daniel Perez      

Producer: Bagan Films   

Cast:Tom Hudson, Jade Henot   

Synopsis: Archibald is born with some curious curse : he can’t make a move without everyone around doing the same. Now grown man, he robs by despair a bank and, there, meets Indiana, a young woman who always escaped every form of control…


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Archibald’s Syndrome  | France | 19’     

Cinematographer: Laurent Bares

Director: Daniel Perez   

Writer: Daniel Perez      

Producer: Bagan Films   

Cast:Tom Hudson, Jade Henot   

Synopsis: Archibald is born with some curious curse : he can’t make a move without everyone around doing the same. Now grown man, he robs by despair a bank and, there, meets Indiana, a young woman who always escaped every form of control…


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Cuckoo!  | Netherlands | 2019 | 07’

Set Designer: Lotte Loos

Director: Jörgen Scholtens

Writers: Jörgen Scholtens, Pepijn van Weeren            

Producers: Jörgen Scholtens, Jimmy Groeneveld        

Cast: Frank Lammers, Hetty Heyting, Joost Prinsen, Michael de Roos     

Synopsis: Absurd comedy about a lonely man (Frank Lammers) who lives inside a cuckoo clock. Every hour he straps himself into his ejection seat and shoots through the doors of the clock. “Cuckoo!” He yells, “Cuckoo!” His work is of vital importance. The old lady who sits under the clock needs to take her medication exactly at the top of every hour. One day the man has the opportunity to win a substantial sum of money in a radio quiz. He loves gadgets and wants to buy a new computer. The only problem is that he can only dial in at the exact time he’s supposed to sit in his seat.


BEST EDITING

BURNT BLUE | United States | 2020 | 14’

Editor: Emily Trio

Director: Georgia Snow Nicholas     

Writer: Georgia Snow Nicholas        

Producer: Lillian Campbell

Cast: Iyyonce Love, Laura Faye, Darren Sandvig, John Fadule, Nathaniel Weiss, Eyvonne Leach, Austyn Orci, Angel Prater

Synopsis: At some point in all of our lives we have all experienced what it is like to lose control. We have lost control of ourselves and our minds our environments and the people we love. We have struggled and we have all had to cope in our own way. Amidst the chaos that is our world in 2020, it is clear that we are all really just along for the ride. Empathizing with each other and understanding mental health has never been more important.   Burnt Blue is a reflection on the uncertainty of the human condition. We jump into three different storylines, connected through the agony of losing control, and lullabied by a poem recited by a young girl.  


BEST NARRATIVE

Happy Birthday | Russian Federation |  2020 | 07’          

Director: Boris Dobrovolskiy       

Writer: Boris Dobrovolskiy          

Producer: Boris Dobrovolskiy     

Cast: Julia Sules

Synopsis: She invited guests to her birthday party, but nobody came…


BEST COMEDY

Bumper | France | 2018 | 18’         

Director: Ralantoaritsimba Nirina   

Writers: Ralantoaritsimba Nirina, Ralanto Julien         

Producer: Ralanto Julien                   

Synopsis: For many years, Max, a young man full of ambition, has been dreaming of being accepted in a prestigious school of political sciences. The day before the interview, he plans to spend the night at his grandmother’s house which is near where the oral exam will be taking place the next morning, thus hoping to be in the best mindset to succeed. But once he gets there, Max finds out his Grandma has decided to take her driver’s license again…


BEST DRAMA

Descent | Estonia | 2020 | 04’

Director: Helen Takkin       

Writer: Helen Takkin          

Producers: Kadi Freja Felt, Aili Maarja            

Cast: Henessi Schmidt, Meelis Veeremets, Kadi Põder               

Synopsis: When Triin closes her car door, in a moment of solitude, her depression comes crashing in, threatening to drown her.


BEST HORROR

Hospital Dumpster Divers | Norway | 2020 | 25’

Director: Anders Elsrud Hultgreen  

Writer: Anders Elsrud Hultgreen     

Producers: Øystein Nesheim, Anders Elsrud Hultgreen              

Cast: Thomas Aske Berg, Ingar Helge Gimle, Monika Solheim, Linda Tveiten, Sturla Alvsvag             

Synopsis: Chaos breaks out at the hospital, when a mutant dumpster troll is accidentally brought to life, as a result of shoddy waste management, by the shuffle dancing young man Rasmus.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

The Flame | Italy | 2019 | 19’         

Director: Giacomo Talamini              

Writer: Giacomo Talamini 

Producer: Valentina Paggiarin          

Cast: Jacopo Barzaghi, Martina Ambrosino, Gianluigi Meggiorin, Carla Camporese, Matteo Tagliaferro, Andrea Pellegrino

Synopsis: XVIII century. Winter is upon a tiny and remote mountain community. Young Elk, son of the village chief, suffers from an apparently incurable illness. As the adults leave the village looking for a remedy, leaving Elk and a few other kids alone, a sinister entity emerged from their people’s legends begins to torment them. A menace only Elk is prepared to face.


BEST STUDENT

Regime change | Russian Federation | 2020 | 19’

Director: Yana Sad              

Writer: Yana Sad 

Producer: Moscow School of New Cinema    

Cast: Vadim Sokolov, Ivan Chigasov

Synopsis: Two brothers live in a tiny house on the outskirts of a small town. They are young, one of them, Oleg, is special, being autistic. They follow a strict schedule. Ivan takes care of his brother and it is difficult for him to have his own life. Once Ivan cheated Oleg, left him and went out on a date.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Under the Flag  | United States | 2019 | 15’

Director: Jiawei Cheng       

Writers: Jiawei Cheng, Dhruv Kanungo          

Producers: Danwen Lei, Fernando Barajas    

Cast: Michelle Chung , Leann Lei     

Synopsis: A driven and conscientious girl at China’s premier dance school gets the lead position in a prestigious performance but struggles to accept it after she learns that her mother has bribed the teacher to buy her the part.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT

STARRY SKY | United States | 2020 | 11’              

Director: Yi Lu   

Writer: Zhirui Wang       

Producer: Shihan Lu       

Cast: Sophia Robertson, Jenna N Day, Parker Huseby      

Synopsis: An indigo child full of whimsy, trying to convey her uniqueness to her mother.


BEST ANIMATION

Spirit of the Drowning Girls | China | 2019 | 11’               

Director: Runze Cao       

Writer: Runze Cao, Zewei Jin      

Producer: Lei Wang                        

Synopsis: The ghost story is inspired by a letter of the famous ancient Chinese poet / scholar Dongpo Su (1037-1101). A young Kongfu master falls into the trap of an evil old spirit who enslaves dead little girls drowned by their own parents.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Everything for Riana | Romania | 2019 | 27’      

Director: Mihai Dragolea

Writer: Mihai Gavril Dragolea    

Producer: Ioana Lascar  

Cast: Florin Boceanu, Amalia Stoian         

Synopsis: Caught between tradition, modernity and mounting money problems, a young Roma family embark on an epic survival journey that will take them through Europe and test their unity, strength and way of life. Facing the chaos of globalisation and capitalism, they discover the strength of each other, united for the survival of the small family.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Fiat Lux | Greece | 2020 | 11’   

Director: Yorgos Korakianitis      

Writer: Yorgos Korakianitis          

Producer: Yorgos Korakianitis    

Cast: Evi Saoulidou, Yorgos Biniaris, Titos Litinas, Zoe Sigalou       

Synopsis: When night falls, the cities of light open. The stars are not visible there and this deregulates people. The idea of ​​a dark city fills every part of it with fear. The vast starry sky remains untouched by the small bright wounds. Maybe it’s just there to remind people how small they really are.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Good and Better |  Germany | 2020 | 05’   

Director: Gil Alkabetz         

Writer: Tova Gertner         

Producer: Gil Alkabetz       

Cast: Tova Gertner             

Synopsis: “It’s hard to think it’s gonna be good, much easier to think it’s gonna be bad”: A song in waltz rhythm is combined with absurd animated loops to express a feeling of concern and uncertainty about the future.


BEST MINI SHORT

Siri | United States | 2020 | 01’

Director: Jake Rasmussen  

Writers: Jake Rasmussen, Tom McGovern                    

Cast: Tom McGovern         

Synopsis: Just another reason you shouldn’t text and drive.


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

Meek Lover Creek | United States | 2019 | 14’ 

Director: Joshua Gaestel              

Writer: Joshua Gaestel 

Producer: Joshua Gaestel            

Cast: Tracy Grammer     

Synopsis: Tracy Grammer and Benjamin Breton star in this meditative short film about morality in an impartial world. 


BEST SERIES (WEB/TV)

At Home with… @TheTimTwenty | United Kingdom | 2020 | 11’

Directors: Paul Longley, James Longley  

Writer: Paul Longley      

Producers: Paul Longley, James Longley

Cast: Paul Longley, Trevor Longley, James Longley, Jonny Ashdown          

Synopsis: The “At Home with…” team spends some time with Timothy Rawlston, the seasoned theatre performer behind the YouTube sensation that is @TheTimTwenty.  Timothy talks us through the many intricacies to being a successful YouTube star and how he has turned himself into a hugely profitable worldwide brand, all the while keeping himself out of the public eye. That is, until now.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

Jeans Commercial |  United States | 2019 | 1’   

Director: Yuchi Tian        

Writer: Yuchi Tian           

Producer: Yuchi Tian      

Cast: James Achille, Effy Han      

Synopsis: A guy thought he found love, but he never knew what happed in next second.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

Mother didn’t know | Norway | 2020 | 12’         

Director: Anita Killi          

Writers: Anita Killi, Marianne Bundgaard Nielsen              

Producers: Anita Killi, Marita Mayers                      

Synopsis: This is a poetic fable about a young depressed girl. Someone who wants to be invisible, cares for her and help by sacrificing a Robin with a broken wing. 


BEST TRAILER

Rum Go! Trailer|  United States | 2020 | 02’      

Director: Markus Thorington      

Writer: Markus Thorington         

Producer: Working Brilliantly                      

Synopsis: The familiar tale, of the oddest affair . . .