Congratulations to our December 2020 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT DECEMBER 2020 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Kilter |  Australia | 2020 | 12’

Director: Rob Stanton-Cook       

Writer: Rob Stanton-Cook           

Producer: Olivia Hantken             

Cast: Kirin J Callinan        

Synopsis: Kilter explores the wreckage left in the wake of generational toxic masculinity. Following a violent crime of passion, a gentle young man descends into a tormented reality as he struggles to reconcile who he is and what he has become.


BEST DIRECTOR

Kilter |  Australia | 2020 | 12’

Director: Rob Stanton-Cook       

Writer: Rob Stanton-Cook           

Producer: Olivia Hantken             

Cast: Kirin J Callinan        

Synopsis: Kilter explores the wreckage left in the wake of generational toxic masculinity. Following a violent crime of passion, a gentle young man descends into a tormented reality as he struggles to reconcile who he is and what he has become.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Listen To Me Sing | United Kingdom | 2019 | 12’             

Writer: Rosamund Attwood

Director: Isabel Garrett                 

Producer: Emily Everdee                             

Synopsis: A miserable hotel performer is struggling to use her voice, and finds herself desperate to re-learn how to express herself. One day, she finds a walrus in her bathtub and falls in love – and this encounter might well be the making of her.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

THE BUZZ IN THE VOID | Latvia | 2020 | 22’       

Actress: Guna Zariņa

Director: Beate Olekte

Writer: Beate Olekte     

Producer: Sabīne Veldre              

Cast: Ģirts Krūmiņš, Guna Zariņa, Baiba Broka, Tom J. Benedict

Synopsis: Ainars has been the principal of the Music School for forty years until he is unexpectedly fired. Ainars feels betrayed, seeing him unhappy, his wife Anita decides to act. When the new principal candidate arrives at the music school, the world created by the two of them collapses. The new suppresses the old and it just seems that everything that has been done before is left in vain.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

MILK ME | Norway | 2020 | 23’

Actor: Brede Fristad

Director: Jørgen Jensås Sivertsen

Writers: Jørgen Jensås Sivertsen, Tarald Aas Reite            

Producer: Cecilie Stubberud Aas

Cast: Brede Fristad         

Synopsis: In a remote Norwegian valley, the young farmer Per lives his lonely life. He shares the farm with “Vigdis,” his only cow. Their peaceful days will shortly end when Per discovers techno music. He falls in love with the techno, and Vigdis and the farm becomes a second priority.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Kilter |  Australia | 2020 | 12’

Cinematographer: Aaron Mclisky

Director: Rob Stanton-Cook       

Writer: Rob Stanton-Cook           

Producer: Olivia Hantken             

Cast: Kirin J Callinan        

Synopsis: Kilter explores the wreckage left in the wake of generational toxic masculinity. Following a violent crime of passion, a gentle young man descends into a tormented reality as he struggles to reconcile who he is and what he has become.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

ALIE | Ukraine | 2020 |  20’        

Directors: Kadim Tarasov, Viktor Romaniuk          

Writer: Kadim Tarasov  

Producer: Andriy Rizol   

Cast: Dmytro Korshak    

Synopsis: On September 5, 1977, the American robotic space probe Voyager was launched into space for exploring the Solar system and outside it. A gold disk containing coded information was on board. On the disk were recorded greetings and invitation to visit the Earth in all languages of our world. The film tells the story of an alien ALIE by name who responded to the invitation from inhabitants of the Earth. Gravity that confined ALIE to a wheelchair, people around him, who don`t understand each other, homesickness. That`s not all the problems the hero faced being among people. The moment he meets his love seems to lose touch with reality. But he finds the path to himself.


BEST EDITING

Kilter |  Australia | 2020 | 12’

Editor: Adam Wills

Director: Rob Stanton-Cook       

Writer: Rob Stanton-Cook           

Producer: Olivia Hantken             

Cast: Kirin J Callinan        

Synopsis: Kilter explores the wreckage left in the wake of generational toxic masculinity. Following a violent crime of passion, a gentle young man descends into a tormented reality as he struggles to reconcile who he is and what he has become.


BEST NARRATIVE

Weekend in the Forest | Switzerland | 2020 | 18’           

Director: Micha Meyer 

Writers: Micha Meyer, Timon Meyer      

Producer: Micha Meyer

Cast: Gregory Reymont, Christina Spaar

Synopsis: Alex is afraid of his girlfriend Amina and regularly dreams of her killing him. When she takes him on a camping trip to the forest and he confesses that he cheated on her, he fears the worst. But to his amazement Amina reacts calmly and understandingly. Nevertheless, she behaves extremely strangely towards him afterwards. Alex’s distrust grows. Are his nightmares coming true?


BEST COMEDY

PARENTHOOD 2050 | Russian Federation | 2020 | 09’  

Director: Svetlana Bolycheva      

Writers: Lana Bolycheva, Eugene Orlov  

Producers: Oriana Ng, Lana Bolycheva   

Cast: Lizzie Short, Michel Turtle, Terence Chen  

Synopsis: Lylith and Henry a couple who cannot conceive visit a futuristic clinic to create a genetically modified baby by choosing all qualities from appearance to the character.  However, the baby genome will be based on parents genes.   This experience creates tension in the relationship as their genome analysis leads them to discover that the mother has no capacity to love. Father cannot believe it, because there live seemed to look happy and full of love. Was it just his perspective or a lie?   They can not afford to give their baby the ability to love, because the price for it is too high. They are risking to have a healthy baby without any ability to Love. Nevertheless, Lylith doesn’t mind it and even finds some advantages of it.


BEST DRAMA

Ultra |  Portugal | 2020 | 24’     

Director: João Lourenço

Writer: João Lourenço  

Producers: João Lourenço, Cristiana Gaspar, Maria Rui Livramento           

Cast: Gustavo Rocha, Gabriela Leão, Francisco Lima, Catarina Lacerda, Paulo Calatré         

Synopsis: Struggling to fulfil the burden of manhood that has been bestowed upon him, a teenager is at a crossroads between a shattered home life, and the cruelties of youthful love.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

Sundown Trail | United States | 2020 |  14’        

Director: Luke Guidici    

Writer: Luke Guidici       

Producers: Luke Guidici, Patrick Reasonover, Matthew Edwards, Victoria Hill        

Cast: Mason McNulty, Joshua Loren, Philip Wheeler, Jason Daniels, Giovanny Vasquez    

Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic world where toxic mushrooms have made the air deadly to breathe, a timid boy must learn to trust a thieving bandit in order to save his dying father. 


BEST DANCE/MUSICAL

Out Of Ordinary | Switzerland | 2020 | 09’ 

Directors: Luca Signoretti, Tobias Buchmann, Alicja Pahl           

Writer: Luca Signioretti     

Producer: ZHdK                   

Synopsis: This film is from the everyday viewer’s perspective. It explores what it might be like to travel through the frames and screens, that otherwise keep a voyeur and his or her fanciful ideas and longing experiences at a distance and, instead, turn them into a real-life journey.


BEST STUDENT

MILK ME | Norway | 2020 | 23’

Director: Jørgen Jensås Sivertsen

Writers: Jørgen Jensås Sivertsen, Tarald Aas Reite            

Producer: Cecilie Stubberud Aas

Cast: Brede Fristad         

Synopsis: In a remote Norwegian valley, the young farmer Per lives his lonely life. He shares the farm with “Vigdis,” his only cow. Their peaceful days will shortly end when Per discovers techno music. He falls in love with the techno, and Vigdis and the farm becomes a second priority.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

THE BUZZ IN THE VOID | Latvia | 2020 | 22’       

Director: Sabīne Veldre

Writer: Beate Olekte     

Producer: Sabīne Veldre              

Cast: Ģirts Krūmiņš, Guna Zariņa, Baiba Broka, Toms Liepājnieks

Synopsis: Ainars has been the principal of the Music School for forty years until he is unexpectedly fired. Ainars feels betrayed, seeing him unhappy, his wife Anita decides to act. When the new principal candidate arrives at the music school, the world created by the two of them collapses. The new suppresses the old and it just seems that everything that has been done before is left in vain.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT

Daisies and Sparrows | Singapore | 2020 | 13’  

Director: Ervin Han         

Writer: Ervin Han            

Producers: Elaine Chan, Bernard Toh                      

Synopsis: A young boy lives through both sides of parenthood in this short film about growing up and growing old.


BEST ANIMATION

Any Instant Whatever | United Kingdom | 2019 | 06’    

Director: Michelle Brand                              

Producer: Michelle Brand                            

Synopsis: A man in a room, in a film – it is the becoming of something and simultaneously becoming in itself. Nothing is as solid as we believe. The film explores our perception of time and change, bodies and objects, and our inability to comprehend the full motion of things.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

THE GODDESS IN THE POOL | 30’             

Directors: GERARDO KORN , MARTIN SERRA        

Writers: MARTIN SERRA, RODOLFO MARTINEZ MENDOZA             

Producers: GERARDO KORN, MARTIN SERRA       

Cast: GUILLERMO ROUX , FRANCA BEER , JORGE SALMINI             

Synopsis: The film shows the creation of the “Goddess in the Pool” by Argentine painter Guillermo Roux, between January and May 2016,

The protagonists spend a hot summer in an empty pool, dive into a world of paint and, in the process, find a retreat to escape from dreary reality and to get carried away by the magic of art.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

ПUZZLE | Russian Federation | 2020 | 19’

Director: Anastasiya Sovashchenko

Synopsis: This film is about the moment when a person creates something unique and creative. We will consider what the process consists of, what hinders it and what helps. It’s like traveling from room to room, where dance parts that symbolize details of puzzle that called “Creativity” We use a novel narrative structure And single-frame shooting. Hidden cuts will help us to match parts together adds continuity to the movie.


BEST MINI SHORT

Monday Blues | Hong Kong | 2020 | 03’              

Director: Arnold Tam                     

Producer: Ervan Luk       

Cast: Louis Lo, Wilfred Sung, Caleb Wong, Adrain Kwok  

Synopsis: On a gloomy normal Monday morning, our protagonist hits his day job as usual. Sitting in the regular catchup meeting, the sound of Chopin from the movie he watched last night still lingers. As he daydreams about watching live ballet in Europe, he travelled in thoughts and lost track of time. He finally landed on the ultimate question of every quarter-life young adult in Asia – Why do we work?


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

Zeno’s Paradox | Italy | 13’        

Director: Martin Basile  

Writers: Martin Basile, Andrea Salomone             

Producers: Vittorio Saldutti, Martin Basile            

Cast: Vittorio Saldutti, Stella Fonte, Emanuele Pacca, Guido Iozzi, Daniele Foglietta, Martin Basile

Synopsis: Vittorio suddenly leaves college and gets back to his family in the countryside. Something convinced him that the dark secret he shares with his parents will stop him from fulfilling his aspirations.


BEST DEBUT

Blind Alley | Bulgaria | 2019 | 20’           

Director: Olga Koleva    

Writer: Olga Koleva        

Producer: Olga Koleva   

Cast: Nadejda Koleva, Christo Petkov     

Synopsis: The night after the protests in Sofia, two strangers meet and take an aimless road journey through the streets of the city.


BEST AMATEUR

Jane | United States | 2020 | 05’             

Director: Ilene E                                                               

Synopsis: A short animated film on being proud to be Chinese American.


BEST SERIES

PAUSE  | United Kingdom | 2019 | 21’  

Director: Iona Morrison

Writer: Iona Morrison   

Producer: Iona Morrison              

Cast: Chris Dunn, James Munro, Adam Rhazali    

Synopsis: Joe, a young musician from Glasgow, is extremely passionate about a band he has set up with two of his best friends from college – David and Michael. Being the drummer of the band, Joe is constantly exposed to loud noises but the adrenaline of performing distracts him from the pain that this is causing him.  When driving home after a gig with his mum, their car is hit by a lorry from the side and they are flipped into the air. Surviving with only a few cuts and bruises, they are both grateful to be alive but do not realize the drastic impact that this event will have on them for the rest of their lives.   A few weeks pass and Joe starts to notice a high pitched noise everywhere he goes. He is unable to concentrate at school and cannot perform to his usual standard during band practice. Joe is quite a shy person and does not want to show that he is in pain so he decides to keep it to himself. His friends and family become increasingly more worried about him but since David and Michael both have their own issues (Michael is trying to find a way to tell his family that he is gay and David’s abusive stepdad has just been let out of jail), their efforts to help him are very slim.  Frustrated by how much this is ruining his life, Joe runs away from home but when the high pitched noise appears again, it all becomes too much for him. After coming into contact with a deaf veteran, Joe realizes that there may be a way for him to overcome his issues and he eventually goes on an adventure of self discovery and creative realization.


BEST FASHION SHORT

Non So Dove, Ma Insieme | Italy |2020 | 07’     

Director: Luca Finotti                     

Writer: Luca Finotti Studio          

Producers: Federico Cesari, Francesco Cicconetti, Naomi Oke, Matteo Tagliabue, Diogo Alexandre Varela

Cast: Rodrigues Gomes, Camilla Vettore, Cai Yu 

Synopsis: Following Floraworks, the iconic 2012 video project for italian label MSGM, director Luca Finotti collaborates once more with the brand’s founder and creative director Massimo Giorgetti for his SS21 campaign.   

The focus of Non So Dove, Ma Insieme (I Don’t Know Where, but Together) is on the younger MSGM generation. Passionate, free and filled with enthusiasm, we bounce back from a difficult moment by claiming the now and looking into the future. Set in Milan to the sound of Italian musician Coez, the film speaks of love, desire and friendship, as we wander through a city about to burst with summer and sunshine. A celebration of the overwhelming intensity of life, Non So Dove, Ma Insieme stands as a powerful and joyful rebirth.   As with all his productions, Finotti takes particular care of the cast by ensuring a strong focus on diversity. Through an open call on Instagram, he selected actor Federico Cesari (23), trans activist Francesco Cicconetti (24), fashion designer Naomi Oke (25), synchronised swimming winner Camilla Vettore (17), models Diogo Gomes (23) and Matteo Tagliabue (24) and stylist Cai Yu (24).   The idea for the film was born out of a brainstorming session between Giorgetti and Finotti. “MSGM has faith in our present and looks into the future with optimism, passion and poetry. The film addresses the uncertainty we have been experiencing, but also underlines the importance of being able to face it united as one. Only together can we truly dream” – states Giorgetti.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

Norabelle | United States  | 2020 | 04’ 

Director: Zsofia Katona 

Writer: Zsofia Katona                                    

Synopsis: A naïve young girl, Norabelle learns to let go of her need to control the day and finds joy at an unexpected place.


BEST TRAILER

The Last Wolves | Spain | 2020 | 02’     

Director: Iker Bilbao       

Writer: Iker Bilbao           

Producer: Iker Bilbao     

Cast: Daniel Ferreiro      

Synopsis: In 2236, a group who have renounced society, will face the extinction of the human race.