Congratulations to our October 2020 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – OCTOBER 2020 AWARDS


BEST FILM

NUKRYŽIAVIMAS / CRUCIFIXION  | Lithuania | 2019 | 25’            

Director: Danielius Minkevičius 

Writer: Danielius Minkevičius    

Producer: Rūta Pašukonytė        

Cast: Rytis Saladžius, Aiste Marija Stankevi2i8, Darius Meškauskas

Synopsis: A secretive man’s inner thoughts confront against the reality.


BEST DIRECTOR

NUKRYŽIAVIMAS / CRUCIFIXION  | Lithuania | 2019 | 25’            

Director: Danielius Minkevičius 

Writer: Danielius Minkevičius    

Producer: Rūta Pašukonytė        

Cast: Rytis Saladžius, Aiste Marija Stankevi2i8, Darius Meškauskas

Synopsis: A secretive man’s inner thoughts confront against the reality.


BEST SCREENPLAY

NUKRYŽIAVIMAS / CRUCIFIXION  | Lithuania | 2019 | 25’            

Director: Danielius Minkevičius 

Writer: Danielius Minkevičius    

Producer: Rūta Pašukonytė        

Cast: Rytis Saladžius, Aiste Marija Stankevi2i8, Darius Meškauskas

Synopsis: A secretive man’s inner thoughts confront against the reality.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

You Promise? | Sweden | 2020 | 15’      

Actress: Josefine Hallin

Director: Lin Laurin         

Writer: Lin Laurin            

Producer: Lin Laurin       

Cast: Josefine Hallin, Sylvia Helena Eliasson, Teodor Vogchumian Abréu, Tobias Lunn Nielsen       

Synopsis: “You Promise?” takes place in Malmö, Sweden in 1988. The story follows Vida, 5, and her brother Alex, 3, when they get a new father figure in the family. It’s an aesthetic, poetic, and heartwarming short film about family love, divorce, and fear of change – from a five-year-old’s perspective.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

NUKRYŽIAVIMAS / CRUCIFIXION  | Lithuania | 2019 | 25’            

Actor: Rytis Saladžius

Director: Danielius Minkevičius 

Writer: Danielius Minkevičius    

Producer: Rūta Pašukonytė        

Cast: Rytis Saladžius, Aiste Marija Stankevi2i8, Darius Meškauskas

Synopsis: A secretive man’s inner thoughts confront against the reality.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

You Promise? | Sweden | 2020 | 15’      

Cinematographer: Marco Padoan

Director: Lin Laurin         

Writer: Lin Laurin            

Producer: Lin Laurin       

Cast: Josefine Hallin, Sylvia Helena Eliasson, Teodor Vogchumian Abréu, Tobias Lunn Nielsen       

Synopsis: “You Promise?” takes place in Malmö, Sweden in 1988. The story follows Vida, 5, and her brother Alex, 3, when they get a new father figure in the family. It’s an aesthetic, poetic, and heartwarming short film about family love, divorce, and fear of change – from a five-year-old’s perspective.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Zealandia | New Zealand | 2020 | 15’   

Set Designer: Lee Johnston

Director: Bruno du Bois

Writer: Aline Tran           

Producer: Carlos Ramirez Laloli  

Cast: Laura Thompson, John Bach            

Synopsis: In 2032, Zealandia has become the only virus free country left on earth but at a high cost to its population due to intrusive medical regulations. But, could the bag carried by a fearless woman be the downfall of this oppressive state?


BEST EDITING

You Promise? | Sweden | 2020 | 15’      

Editor: Jonathan Wing

Director: Lin Laurin         

Writer: Lin Laurin            

Producer: Lin Laurin       

Cast: Josefine Hallin, Sylvia Helena Eliasson, Teodor Vogchumian Abréu, Tobias Lunn Nielsen       

Synopsis: “You Promise?” takes place in Malmö, Sweden in 1988. The story follows Vida, 5, and her brother Alex, 3, when they get a new father figure in the family. It’s an aesthetic, poetic, and heartwarming short film about family love, divorce, and fear of change – from a five-year-old’s perspective.


BEST NARRATIVE

Zealandia | New Zealand | 2020 | 15’   

Director: Bruno du Bois

Writer: Aline Tran           

Producer: Carlos Ramirez Laloli  

Cast: Laura Thompson, John Bach            

Synopsis: In 2032, Zealandia has become the only virus free country left on earth but at a high cost to its population due to intrusive medical regulations. But, could the bag carried by a fearless woman be the downfall of this oppressive state?


BEST COMEDY

YOUNG, BROKE – N – BOUJEE | United States | 2020 | 24’      

Director :MITCH PARKS     

Writer: THE YOUNG LC      

Producers: THE YOUNG LC, TIM LANE            

Cast: THE YOUNG LC, MAZEN, TRE HALE, RAVEN MORAN         

YOUNG, BROKE – N – BOUJEE grabs the attention of today’s young-adult audience and takes them on an exhilarating journey. During the 24-minute electrifying film, THE YOUNG LC delivers his hilarious perspective and logic on being broke and how to overcome the mental hardships of life in the digital-age. Be prepared for a wild ride as THE YOUNG LC pulls you into his YOUNG, BROKE -N- BOUJEE world. 


BEST DRAMA

Rebel | Canada | 15’     

Director: Pier-Philippe Chevigny

Writer: Pier-Philippe Chevigny  

Producer: Geneviève Gosselin-G.             

Cast: Edouard B-Larocque, Emile Schneider, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Sasha Migliarese      

Synopsis: Alex, a six-year-old boy from Quebec, is much too young to understand why thousands of refugees have been entering Canada illegally. Yet when his father takes him along to a vigilante patrol in the woods to hunt out trespassing migrants, something inside him tells him to rebel.


BEST HORROR

Golem  | Australia | 2020 | 05’

Director: Ryan Cauchi    

Writer: Ryan Cauchi       

Producer: Ryan Cauchi  

Cast: Jaimie Leonarder, Matt Rudduck, Matt Clayton, Steve Maresca, Rachael Brown


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

54 / The Blind Turtle and the Endless Sea | Greece | 2020  | 13’               

Director: Isabella Margara           

Writers: Isabella Margara, Achilles III      

Producers: Cosmote TV , Isabella Margara, Christos Giannakopoulos       

Cast: Andreas Konstantinou, Konstadina Takalou              

Synopsis: A woman who cannot stop running. A mysterious man who knows everything about her life. A turtle pin. An unexpected encounter in the elevator that goes up to the 54th floor – but takes us all elsewhere.


BEST DANCE/MUSICAL

Armonia |  France | 2020 | 08’       

Directors: Jean-Pierre Olivares, Pierre-Loys Joubert                   

Producer: Eloïse Frammery              

Cast; Marion Gallet, Luz Albàn         

Synopsis: Armonia is a short film about two evolving dancers who haven’t met. Even if they live far away, Luz Albán and Marion Gallet are not unrelated. Their thoughts are linked and they dialogue with their bodies. Through their movements they wonder and through their fall they hand us an intimate portrait of themselves and their injuries. And you, what is your wound ? 


BEST STUDENT

Psychophonic | Spain | 2019 | 06’

Director: Aline Romero     

Writers: Aline Romero, Pau Gros, Natalia Silva, Tyler Fisher, Lara Maltz, Omar Medina     

Producer: Carles Isern                       

Synopsis: During a full moon night, a cat is trapped inside a spooky house where a gramophone is playing, the cat will discover a secret while trying to escape and run for his life.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

The Little Pest | France | 2020 | 25’

Director: Lucas Pouliquen 

Writer: Stéphanie Salomé 

Producer: École de la Cité 

Cast: Émilie Favre-Bertin, Léontine Doncieu, Paul Laurent, Martin Laurent


BEST ANIMATION

Tricked | United States | 2020 | 03’      

Directors: Mengyuan Guo, Naicheng Liu, Suhn Young Chung                        

Producer: Ringling College of Art and Design                       

Synopsis: This is a story about a pickpocket who wants to steal a wallet from a magician but can’t get it because it is a magician’s pocket, but in the end, he gets punished / butt-slapped. And this all means do not try to steal.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Toymaker Hidden Heirloom | Turkey | 2020 |24’    

Director: Yağmur Kartal

Writer: Yağmur Kartal    

Producers: Yağmur Kartal, Cüneyt Karakuş                           

Synopsis: Sabahattin Parlar, an electrical master in his 90s in Istanbul, in the 1930s, has old Ottoman figures made of electrical cables in his house on the island of Avşa. These figures, which can be played as toys, are embarked on a joyful adventure by making time in their small workshop at home and traveling to the memories of childhood days. The life of his teacher, who discovered his interest in painting at a young age, was working in the electrical business for a long time due to the difficulties of his life in the primary school and the difficulties of his life that led him to art. However, his love of art and child-minded naivety, which have remained for years, start him.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

YOUNG, BROKE – N – BOUJEE | United States | 2020 | 24’      

Director :MITCH PARKS     

Writer: THE YOUNG LC      

Producers: THE YOUNG LC, TIM LANE            

Cast: THE YOUNG LC, MAZEN, TRE HALE, RAVEN MORAN         

YOUNG, BROKE – N – BOUJEE grabs the attention of today’s young-adult audience and takes them on an exhilarating journey. During the 24-minute electrifying film, THE YOUNG LC delivers his hilarious perspective and logic on being broke and how to overcome the mental hardships of life in the digital-age. Be prepared for a wild ride as THE YOUNG LC pulls you into his YOUNG, BROKE -N- BOUJEE world. 


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Lost Horse – Asaf Avidan | Germany | 2020 |  03’     

Director: Adi Halfin                                                             

Synopsis: Armed with their own camera, modern dance power-couple Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber set about documenting their intimate daily lives in a new genre of “Musical” style documentary.  Mixing improvised choreography driven by their immediate emotions with the relentless, never-stopping rolling of the camera, the two created an abundance of scenes reflecting the many aspects of a relationship full of multitudes. A life full of beginnings and endings coexisting in us all.  Following the video for “Earth Odyssey”, Director/Editor Adi Halfin’s vision for this video was another creative solution for a period where it is virtually impossible to create international collaborations due to the restrictions as a result of the global pandemic.  After many ideas for the video were put down due to the inability to bring dancers and film crew together. She decided to go with the flow and have the dancers film themselves. Mixing their dance into a documentation of their personal life. In the end – this actually proved to be an advantage and allowed a more intimate and close-up view of the couple’s lives.


BEST MINI SHORT

Angèle | Canada | 2020 | 03’

Director: Rachel Trudeau                                                             

Synopsis: My 58 year-old mother started rock climbing so she would spend more time with my brothers and I. Along the way, she found something just for herself.


BEST MOBILE PHONE

Home Stream | United Kingdom | 2019 | 11’             

Directors: Giulia Gandini, Lily Blackham                         

Producers: Giulia Gandini, Hannah Siden                      

Synopsis: Lily has been homeless for a year and a half. We gave her a phone to tell us her story.


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

Hit and Run | United Kingdom | 2020  | 05’

Director: Hannah Brewerton            

Writer: Hannah Brewerton               

Producer: Royal College of Art                         

Synopsis: Things get surreal when the Brits play baseball. A satirical film about modern British politics and tactics of distraction.


BEST DEBUT

PLACE DU TROCADERO  | France | 2020 | 07’     

Directors: Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Mathieu CAYROU            

Writers: Mathieu CAYROU, Pierre Leon LUNEAU

Producers: Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Mathieu CAYROU          

Cast: Agnès SORAL, Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Elodie WALLACE, Cecile HERCULE, Didier VINSON, Akemi FUJIMORI, Indrit MESITI 

Synopsis: Paul has need for money and take a strange appointement with a guy for money and a fork. Evelyne Marieux is a well-known journalist into Paris, she is dining into the restaurant where Paul works, she seems also interessed by the forks.


BEST AMATEUR

Offlines | France | 2020 | 09’    

Director: Vincent Deroussent    

Writer: Vincent Deroussent        

Producer: 20 Films          

Cast: Mathilde Lesage, Olivier Le Hetet, Christian Le Hetet            

Synopsis: Bernard, Joséphine, a gap of 40 years between them, two worlds apart. Everything seems to oppose them. These two generations will meet over a fishing expedition. Will the current flow through during this face-to-face on the water’ edge ?


BEST FASHION SHORT

Eclectic Fashion Film | Italy | 2020 | 06’               

Director: Massimo Ivan Falsetta

Writers: Massimo Ivan Falsetta, Fabio Colucci     

Producer: Massimo Ivan Falsetta for Ascèt                           

Synopsis: Is love a wayfarer looking for the way back or a refuge? Like a modern Ulysses, stay or go? Run away from the temptations of the sirens or stay to enjoy their attentions? What if it was the wayfarer who brought them the colors of love? Eclectic by Massimo Ivan Falsetta for Ascèt Italian | Hair Beauty | Lovers


BEST TRAILER

In the Reds  | United States | 2020 | 02’              

Director: Cory Dean Ford             

Writer: Cory Dean Ford 

Producer: Cory Dean Ford           

Cast: Thomoas Blake Jr 

Synopsis: A reformed drug dealer returns to his dark past to save his fleeting career as a crab fisherman.