Congratulations to our March 2021 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT MARCH 2021 AWARDS


BEST FILM

The Death Of My Father | United States | 2021 | 19’

Director: Lex Kimbrough              

Writer: Lex Kimbrough  

Producer: Lex Kimbrough            

Cast: Christopher Harvey, Tony King, George Lima            

Synopsis: An eerie, yet touching, tale of a son’s unyielding love for his immobile father.


BEST DIRECTOR

The Death Of My Father | United States | 2021 | 19’

Director: Lex Kimbrough              

Writer: Lex Kimbrough  

Producer: Lex Kimbrough            

Cast: Christopher Harvey, Tony King, George Lima            

Synopsis: An eerie, yet touching, tale of a son’s unyielding love for his immobile father.


BEST SCREENPLAY

The Death Of My Father | United States | 2021 | 19’

Director: Lex Kimbrough              

Writer: Lex Kimbrough  

Producer: Lex Kimbrough            

Cast: Christopher Harvey, Tony King, George Lima            

Synopsis: An eerie, yet touching, tale of a son’s unyielding love for his immobile father.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

The Burning Blue | United States | 2019 | 14’   

Actress: Kiri Hart

Director: Ablay Nurmanbetov   

Writer: Ablay Nurmanbetov       

Producer: Anila Nugmanova       

Cast: Kiri Hart, Thomas Ernst      

Synopsis: Lost in a desert, a couple’s relationship is put to the test when they discover they are not alone.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

The Death Of My Father | United States | 2021 | 19’

Actor: Christopher Harvey

Director: Lex Kimbrough              

Writer: Lex Kimbrough  

Producer: Lex Kimbrough            

Cast: Christopher Harvey, Tony King, George Lima            

Synopsis: An eerie, yet touching, tale of a son’s unyielding love for his immobile father.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

A Father’s Job |  Germany | 2021 | 20’ 

Cinematographer: Jens Schaffner

Director: Frank Christian Wagner             

Writer: Frank Christian Wagner 

Producer: Frank Christian Wagner           

Cast: Christian Harting, Dorothee Frauenlob, Jessica Stautz, Mara Hoebusch        

Synopsis: “A Father’s Job” tells the story of a Jewish woman’s fate in the middle of the last century in Germany.   Step by step connections become apparent and result in an overall view that doesn’t just comes up with an unexpected counterpart but also turns temporal orientation upside down.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

A Father’s Job |  Germany | 2021 | 20’ 

Production designer: Lena Kalt

Director: Frank Christian Wagner             

Writer: Frank Christian Wagner 

Producer: Frank Christian Wagner           

Cast: Christian Harting, Dorothee Frauenlob, Jessica Stautz, Mara Hoebusch        

Synopsis: “A Father’s Job” tells the story of a Jewish woman’s fate in the middle of the last century in Germany.   Step by step connections become apparent and result in an overall view that doesn’t just comes up with an unexpected counterpart but also turns temporal orientation upside down.


BEST EDITING

A Father’s Job |  Germany | 2021 | 20’ 

Editor: Carmen A. Schaffner

Director: Frank Christian Wagner             

Writer: Frank Christian Wagner 

Producer: Frank Christian Wagner           

Cast: Christian Harting, Dorothee Frauenlob, Jessica Stautz, Mara Hoebusch        

Synopsis: “A Father’s Job” tells the story of a Jewish woman’s fate in the middle of the last century in Germany.   Step by step connections become apparent and result in an overall view that doesn’t just comes up with an unexpected counterpart but also turns temporal orientation upside down.


BEST NARRATIVE

Kamouflage | Sweden | 2020 | 15’         

Director: Joaquim Berglund        

Writer: Joaquim Berglund           

Producers: Christofer Nilsson, Rebecca Sjöstrand              

Cast: Frans Zethraeus, Joe Toroczkay, Patrik Karlson, Max Shore

Synopsis: 17 year old Elliot has never gone hunting. When one of his older brothers suggests he should join, his stern father, to Elliot’s surprise, lets him.But it turns out this acceptance comes at a heavy price. A modern nordic noir horror story about the rituals of men, the heredity of sins, and the innocent boys caught in it all.


BEST COMEDY

THE LOTTERY | Russian Federation | 2021 | 30’

Director: Vadim Valiullin               

Writer: Vadim Valiullin  

Producer: Maria Ivanova                              

Synopsis: An ordinary working man, Vasya Kosoy, wins 50,000,000 rubles in the lottery. The only thing is that he can collect his winnings on Monday, but he wants to live and spend them right now. Vasya and his family decide to take out a loan, but something unexpected happens, and a default almost cancels Vasya’s winnings. But the whole family has time to overwhelm with wealth for two days and realizes that it is not enough just to have money for a happy life, but it is necessary to live and work honestly.


BEST DRAMA

A Father’s Job |  Germany | 2021 | 20’ 

Director: Frank Christian Wagner             

Writer: Frank Christian Wagner 

Producer: Frank Christian Wagner           

Cast: Christian Harting, Dorothee Frauenlob, Jessica Stautz, Mara Hoebusch        

Synopsis: “A Father’s Job” tells the story of a Jewish woman’s fate in the middle of the last century in Germany.   Step by step connections become apparent and result in an overall view that doesn’t just comes up with an unexpected counterpart but also turns temporal orientation upside down.


BEST HORROR

BLACK ICE | United Kingdom | 2020 | 08’            

Director: Chris Goodman             

Writers: Chris Goodman, Mel Barnes                      

Cast: Abe Buckoke, Joe Warner 

Synospis: A British expedition to Antarctica goes terribly wrong. Carter and Williams must seek shelter in the hull of a ship where something very strange lives.


BEST DANCE/MUSICAL

Where We’re Going | United States | 2019 | 04’

Directors: Heidi Duckler, Katherine Helen Fisher                         

Producers: Caroline Haydon, Raphaelle Ziemba                           

Synopsis: Where We’re Going: Filmed on the rooftop of the historic Bendix Building in the garment district of Los Angeles where Heidi Duckler has her office space, this work is choreographed by Heidi Duckler and performed by her dancers, her staff and several workers from the building. This short work explores a common feeling in Duckler’s oeuvre – a sense of belonging and how we define family.


BEST STUDENT

814 – eightfourteen | Germany | 2020 | 10’       

Director: Victor van Wetten       

Writer: Carina Obrecht 

Producers: Victor van Wetten, Carina Obrecht   

Cast: Gerhard Fehn, Frank Albrecht, Antonia Mohr           

Synopsis: Two geezers are debating intensely about time travelling to the Middle Ages, not knowing what unfolds around them.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Nudity  | United Kingdom | 2021 | 07’  

Director: Jáchym Bouzek              

Writers: Jáchym Bouzek, Claire Saint-Pierre         

Producers: Isis Hope Lloyd, Luca House                 

Synopsis: In a fabric society, a young figure diverges from rigid the gender binaries to explore where their identity lies.


BEST ANIMATION

Lost Time | Hungary | 2021 | 06’             

Director: Melinda Szabó-Nyulász                             

Producer: Gyöngyi Petre                              

Synopsis: An extraordinary journey of a young man, who during a visit to his mother is led to deep realization by the sheer sight of antiques and the memories attached to them. A story about how our sense of time changes due to pure love and about the influence the past has on our present.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Palace | United Kingdom | 2021 | 29’           

Director: Jo Prichard                      

Producer: Jo Prichard                    

Synopsis: Every day, on the top floor of an iconic 1960’s shopping centre near the heart of the city, hundreds of regulars take up their usual spots in the London Palace Bingo Club. Some come for the cheap dinners and the free tea and coffee, many stay to relax, socialise, play bingo, dominoes, gossip, and party together.   As this area’s billion pound redevelopment nears its finish, the club finds itself the last piece of the old neighbourhood now sitting in a drastically altered picture,  surrounded on all sides by gleaming towers of high-end apartments.  The Palace film is a loud, emotional portrait of a unique community rooted in South London saying goodbye to their social hub and playground of the past 20 years. Told through the stories of the regulars that loved it, and the owner who couldn’t save it. 


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

The Secret Walls | France | 2020 | 15’  

Directors: Anne Charrin, Lise Charrin, Aude Charrin, Jean-Marie Gatin     

Writers: Anne Charrin, Lise Charrin, Aude Charrin, Jean-Marie Gatin        

Producer: Pauline Carriot (Les Forges Vives)        

Cast: Juliette Plumecocq-Mech, Raphaël Gatin   

Synopsis: (freely inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy)  A theatre in the rain, people outside crowding to get in. A tired man comes through the stage door where a child -the master of the place- has been waiting for him. Engulfed in that theatrical machinery and caught up in the beguiling cogs of time, guided by some unknown force, the man plunges deep into a maelstrom of many faces…


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Crónico | Puerto Rico | 2020 |04’

Director: Claudia Calderón          

Writers: Claudia Calderón, Fernando de Peña     

Producers: Claudia Calderón, Nasha Santiago      

Cast: Bebo Dumont        

Synopsis: During the 2020 worldwide quarantine, a young hip hop singer finds solace in marihuana. Crónico is a collage animation music video that explores the daily rituals of a man during these uncertain pandemic times, combined with fantasies that help him escape reality and even reimagine his own history.


BEST MINI SHORT

Forgettable Man | Germany | 2020 | 03’             

Director: David Schuster, David Wunderlich         

Writer: David Schuster  

Producer: David Schuster            

Cast: Steven Preisner, Christos Raptis, Josy Issac

Synopsis: A robbery doesn´t go as planned.


BEST MOBILE PHONE

ROY | Austria | 2021 | 05’          

Director: Peter Steele   

Writer: Peter Steele       

Producer: Peter Steele 

Cast: Peter Steele           

Synopsis: A tale of loneliness, companionship & above all, love.   Roy is a puppet. A puppet with a toilet roll for a head. A puppet that wants to find ‘the one’. This is his story…


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

Superhuman | Germany | 2021 | 04’     

Directors: Michael & Mathias Jener, Lisa Brandt

Writers: Lisa Brandt, Mathias Jener                                         

Synopsis: West-Germany, 1970s. People are suffering severe illnesses due to the polluting coal industry. Before it was too late, people started to take action.  But nowadays we’re facing another problem.


BEST DEBUT

MOTH | Russian Federation | 2020 | 20’              

Director: Arseny Nazaruk             

Writer: Arseny Nazaruk

Producers: Arseny Nazaruk, Daniil Vershinin, Ksenia Zemlyanushina         

Cast: Ksenia Lukyanchikova        

Synopsis: A lonely woman tries to enter relationships, but every attempt to become closer with a new partner ends up with a deep trauma.   After a series of failures to share her love with her beloved ones, she decides to literally share it with the whole world by becoming a prostitute.


BEST AMATEUR

Scales | United Kingdom | 2020 | 04’    

Director: Leeseul Oh                                                      

Synopsis: The girl finds fish with shimmering scales under the sea.  She developed a special bond with the fish.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

Main Ballet Tank | Singapore | 04’         

Director: Bernhard Schmitt         

Writer: Bernhard Schmitt             

Producer: Bernhard Schmitt       

Cast: Matias Liebrecht  

Synopsis: Machines of War are reassigned for a more meaningful task than destruction: Dancing the CanCan.  A group of T54 Main Battle tanks let the their hair down and get into some serious track-shaking, cannon-spinning and turret-twerking