Congratulations to our September 2020 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – SEPTEMBER 2020 AWARDS


BEST FILM

CHARON | France | 2020 | 16’  

Director: Yannick Karcher            

Writer: Yannick Karcher

Producer: Marie Sonne-Jensen 

Cast: Tchéky Karyo         

Synopsis: Freshly retired, a man doesn’t know how to occupy his days. For fear of being killed by boredom, he gets involved in the crazy project of building a boat in the cellar of his suburban house.


BEST DIRECTOR

The ice cubes | Belgium | 2019 | 11’      

Director: Sara Dufossé  

Writer: Sara Dufossé     

Producer: La Ravageuse Saga     

Cast: Louise Manteau, Gaël Soudron

Synopsis: “The ice Cubes” tells the story of a past relationship and what’s left of it after a few months, shot in a single take.


BEST SCREENPLAY

CHARON | France | 2020 | 16’  

Director: Yannick Karcher            

Writer: Yannick Karcher

Producer: Marie Sonne-Jensen 

Cast: Tchéky Karyo         

Synopsis: Freshly retired, a man doesn’t know how to occupy his days. For fear of being killed by boredom, he gets involved in the crazy project of building a boat in the cellar of his suburban house.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

OLIVE | France | 2020 | 13’        

Actress: MAUD BETTINA MARIE

Director: JEAN- BAPTISTE DELANNOY     

Writer: MAUD BETTINA-MARIE 

Producer: KEYVAN KHOJANDI    

Cast: MAUD BETTINA MARIE, KEYVAN KHOJANDI, AUDE GOGNY GOUBERT, ELODIE GODART, MARION CREUSVAUX               

Synopsis: The hard journey of a woman after she went through a miscarriage…


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Crossroads | Hungary | 30’         

Actor: Pászik Cristopher

Director: Chilton Flóra   

Writer: Chilton Flóra      

Producers: Tóth Bálint, Preszl Éva, Haakon Gundersen, Herner Dániel                      

Synopsis: After Deni returns home from prison, his hustler stepfather sends him to the countryside to lure a girl from a foster home. His task is to inveigle her to become a prostitute but as times goes by his feelings starts to rise towards her. Can this love be mutual and real?   Deni is torn between his motivation to prove to his father and his sense of righteousness. Has the girl got a chance of not becoming a victim? Who are the victims in these situations? Just the girls? Or even the boys who are following the family’s norm? 


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Don Patricio 22:23 | Spain | 2019 | 04’

Cinematographer: RAFAEL REPARAZ

Director: La Favorita           

Writers: JUANMA KUCE & CHRISTOPHER CARTAGENA & FRANCISCO INSUA         

Producers: PACO DIAVLO & LOBO KANE                        

Synopsis: A fast paced and assured crime melodrama that uses some impressive camera work to tell a serious, though somewhat hilarious tale of death and betrayal. The retro homages are fun on their own, but the performances and finale show very assured direction and a fantastic filmmaking team at the helm.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

CHARON | France | 2020 | 16’  

Set Designer: Jean-Francois Sturm

Director: Yannick Karcher            

Writer: Yannick Karcher

Producer: Marie Sonne-Jensen 

Cast: Tchéky Karyo         

Synopsis: Freshly retired, a man doesn’t know how to occupy his days. For fear of being killed by boredom, he gets involved in the crazy project of building a boat in the cellar of his suburban house.


BEST EDITING

OLIVE | France | 2020 | 13’

Editor: CLEMENCE SAMSON

Director: JEAN- BAPTISTE DELANNOY     

Writer: MAUD BETTINA-MARIE 

Producer: KEYVAN KHOJANDI    

Cast: MAUD BETTINA MARIE, KEYVAN KHOJANDI, AUDE GOGNY GOUBERT, ELODIE GODART, MARION CREUSVAUX               

Synopsis: The hard journey of a woman after she went through a miscarriage…


BEST NARRATIVE

Nahjum | Mexico | 2020 | 17’  

Directors: Sebastian Torres Greene, Manuel Del Valle     

Writers: Sebastian Torres Greene, Manuel Del Valle, Erik Hirschhorn        

Producers: Sebastian Torres Greene, Manuel Del Valle, Erik Hirschhorn, Diego Andoni Rubio         

Cast: Alejandra Herrera, Estanislao Marin, Fernando Rojasbarr   

Synopsis: A prehistoric family´s desperate search for a mythical source of life turns into tragedy when the egos and obsessions of their male members rise to the surface.


BEST COMEDY

Do not ask for your way | France | 2019 | 15’            

Director: Deborah Hassoun              

Writer: Déborah Hassoun 

Producer: Jonathan Hazan

Cast: Sophie DE FÜRST, Youssef HAJDI, Judith SIBONI, Béatrice DE STAËL             

Synopsis: After 6 years of analysis, Inès, 31 years old, wishes to leave her analyst. When confronted with the magnitude of the task, she decides to get help… from another analyst.


BEST DRAMA

THE PORTRAITIST |  Russian Federation | 2020 | 21’

Director: Roman Kosov      

Writer: Roman Kosov         

Producer: Ekaterina Shashorina       

Cast: Aleksey Artemov, Sergey Trifonov        

Synopsis: A young guy lives in a landfill. During the day he and his friend look for scrap metal to sell, in the evening he draws and dreams of finding a good pair of shoes.  One day he finds a dead body and a sketchbook next to it. He goes to the park and tries to draw trees. This is when a conman finds him and takes him to meet a woman who dreams of having an exquisite portrait of hers. The guy begins working on the portrait, gets used to his new comfortable life and stops recognising his friend from the past. The woman likes the portrait, she and the artist start to get close, which seriously annoys her butler, who poisons the guy and sends him back to the landfill completely blind


BEST HORROR

Pirouette |  Australia | 2020 | 07’

Directors: Peter Howard, Glenn Delaney                       

Producers: Peter Howard, Glenn Delaney     

Cast: Ani Priyo     

Synopsis: Kate purchases a ballerina box at a garage sale, upon returning home she discovers the ballerina is missing from the box.


BEST STUDENT

Road | Belarus | 2020 | 09’

Director: Kirill Khaletsky                                    

Cast: Bogdan Hmelnitsky, Polina Artyhovskaya, Arseniy Bushmakin, Svetlana Gruzd          

Synopsis: The most important thing in life is people and the relationship between them. This film is about that. It doesn’t matter when this story took place and where, only people are important and what everyone in the audience will discover for himself.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Monsters Never Know | China | 2020 | 16’

Directors: Yang, Ming        

Writers: Yang, Ming           

Producers: Li, Shuai, Ju, Jiali             

Cast: Yang, Ming, Narisu    

Synopsis: Mongolians believe in Tengri. They think everything in the world has a spirit. Tengri is god and the spirit of god is hidden in nature to protect the tribe. Mongolians call people who don’t respect life and nature ‘monsters’. Monsters can also refer to frightened animals in Mongolian culture. Mongolians also believe that monsters are intrinsically good by nature. The evil behavior of monsters is not their original intention. Therefore, relatives send monsters to the temple for reincarnation of the spirit. The spirit of Tengri points out the way for monsters at critical moments. After the journey of reincarnation, the monsters finally get healed.


BEST ANIMATION

Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea… | France | 2019 | 13’    

Director: Marion Lacourt                              

Producers: Edwina Liard, Nidia Santiago                

Synopsis: At night, while family members indulge in curious rituals before sleeping, a child invokes a wolf from the bottom of a box hidden under his bed. Disturbing sheep then besiege the door of his bedroom….


BEST DOCUMENTARY

A Place Called Galet | Hong Kong | 2020 | 08’   

Director: Arjarn Jin          

Writer: Tseser  

Producer: Heather Kong

Cast: Allen Yuan               

Synopsis: Galet is a theatrical vision of an antique shop galvanising interest from young generations and people from all walks of life​.​ The magic comes from owner and dreamcatcher Allen Yuan, a professional dancer and choreographer whose exploration of human nature and stories bleed over into his inspired vision of what an antique shop can be. For Yuan, antiques show us a slower world full of detail, wonder and human history ​—​ if only we see them in the right light. Galet, the French word for “pebble” carries special significance for Yuan. ​Like the perfectly round natural pebbles shaped over lengths of time, Yuan believes there are no shortcuts to great things. ​Our story follows Yuan in his daily life and interactions, delving into his journey as a dancer and antique entrepreneur as he leads us to where they both converge in an immersive experience.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Second Seed | United States | 2019 | 16’            

Directors: Baye & Asa                    

Producers: Jack Grabow, Evan Jonigkeit, Zosia Mamet    

Cast: AJ Tasley Parr, Marla Phelan, Myssi Robinson, Amadi Baye Washington, Sam Asa Pratt          

Synopsis: Second Seed is a dance horror film responding to D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation.  Griffith’s film is a veneration of the KKK, painting the Klan as saviors of a white race in danger as American culture and politics begin to shift after the American Civil War. It highlights a fundamental White supremacist delusion that continues to plague this country:  that White people are inherently superior, and that they are politically and culturally under attack.  Second Seed grapples with this White delusion.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Don Patricio 22:23 | Spain | 2019 | 04’

Director: La Favorita           

Writers: JUANMA KUCE & CHRISTOPHER CARTAGENA & FRANCISCO INSUA         

Producers: PACO DIAVLO & LOBO KANE                        

Synopsis: A fast paced and assured crime melodrama that uses some impressive camera work to tell a serious, though somewhat hilarious tale of death and betrayal. The retro homages are fun on their own, but the performances and finale show very assured direction and a fantastic filmmaking team at the helm.


BEST MINI SHORT

A real man | France | 2019 | 03’    

Director: Aurélien Mathieu               

Writers: Aurélien Mathieu, Julie Bonnemoy 

Producer: Charles Rambeau                             

Synopsis: A father share with his son his vision of masculinity during a rugby training.


BEST MOBILE PHONE

Dream driver  | Russian Federation | 2019 | 09’

Director: Vera Lykova        

Writers: Ekaterina Kakurina, Anastasia Frygina, Vera Lykova    

Producers: Maxim Mussel, Boris Gouts          

Cast: Vladislav Kuvitsyn, Ekaterina Shumakova, Vadim Kuvitsyn              

Synopsis: The famous pickup-blogger tests his holographic image for the new (self-drive) taxi feature “Dream Driver”. A pretty girl assesses the test-drive and checks the quality of the hologram. During the drive, the blogger tries to seduce her, but the hologram intrudes on his plans.


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

Quick Fix | Canada | 2020 | 04’

Director: Alexandra Lemay          

Writer: Alexandra Lemay             

Prodcers: Alexandra Lemay, Kacim Steets            

Cast: Daniel Amerman, Vic Lamontagne

Synopsis: Quick Fix is a stop-motion/Live-action hybrid that explores the comedic parallels between our throwaway habits and serial dating. This bittersweet love affair follows a coffee cup who becomes smitten by his drinker only to discover she may not be as loyal as he assumed.


BEST AMATEUR

Calm Down | United States | 2020 | 05’               

Director: Christopher Peay          

Writer: Christopher Peay             

Producer: Christopher Peay        

Cast: Brandon Lee W., David Lami-Friebe, Emiliano Sorrosa-Elioenai         

Synopsis: Ryan and Will are two friends from high school and they are gambling outside late at night. Ryan has been winning for most of the night. Will sees their other friend from high school Justin. Justin and Ryan used to be on the high school basketball team. They were both point guards , but Ryan was the starter until he suffered a career ending injury. Justin became the starter and became a star point guard. He eventually got a scholarship to Clemson. Ryan has been jealous of him ever since Justin got the scholarship. Will convinces Justin to join the game. Ryan can’t hide his jealously and gets into an argument with Justin. Ryan feels like Justin is living the life that he could’ve been living if he didn’t get hurt.


BEST SERIES (WEB/TV)

The Coroner – Season 1 | France | 2019 | 07’     

Directors: Fabio Soares, Mike Zonnenberg           

Writers: Fabio Soares, Mike Zonnenberg              

Producers: Fabio Soares, Mike Zonnenberg         

Cast: Stefan Godin          

Synopsis: Webseries with a unique concept: The Coroner autopsies for you the most striking deaths of pop culture. From Tony Montana to Marion Crane (Psycho), discover the secrets from cult death scenes from cinema!


BEST FASHION SHORT

Fenice – Momoni SS21 | Italy | 2020 | 07’            

Director: Giulia Achenza                               

Cast: Maria Vittoria Franzini        

Synopsis: Directed by Giulia Achenza, Fenice – Momoni SS21 is an ode to the cyclical, regenerative nature of life. Employing dance to unfold its narrative, the fashion film celebrates the world of symbolism through a series of sensual, yet ethereal movements and gestures.   A woman awakens from her sleep enlightened, taking on a new persona. She’s now at one with the earth that surrounds her, looking to approach her new found relationship with nature with love and respect. As part of her new life, she connects with the spirit of our times and discovers that beauty, health, human contact and spirituality are the new luxury in her life – the true path to feeling content and at peace. She embarks on a journey into herself, leading her to connect with her surroundings, feeling balanced and whole despite the constant state of flux of the world around us.


BEST TRAILER

IN_NOMINE_PATRIS | France | 01’         

Director: Delphine Seignon         

Writer: Delphine Seignon, Joël Girod      

Producer: Joël Girod      

Cast: Simon Larvaron, Delphine Seignon, Louis Bujeau, Jordan Gailleton.