Congratulations to our May 2021 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT MAY 2021 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Servus Karl | Austria | 24’           

Director: Thomas Bischof             

Writer: Thomas Bischof

Producer: Thomas Bischof           

Cast: Erwin Steinhauer, Isabella Jeschke, May Garzon, Robert Slivovsky, Gerald Walsberger          

Synopsis: SERVUS KARL is an evil fictional reflection of a milieu in the face of its downfall. The observation of a world at a standstill, and of its characters that want to break out of it.  The film follows Karl, a retiree and ex-thug, on his way through the bars and brothels of Vienna. Through documentary scenes the viewers experience the standstill that rules his world. Besides, they observe the characters’ lack of prospects and how they are struggling through the night under the burden of misery well aware that there is no escape. In the midst of this standstill, Karl gets to realise the evanescence of things and his own mortality. As he takes drunken Leo to his favourite bar, the situation gets out of control. Leo gives the prostitute Julie a bloody nose and destroys her hopes of escape from her misery. Later, Karl’s night ends in a way that is surprising for every person involved. He commits a murder to avoid vanishing into oblivion. 


BEST DIRECTOR

Sisterly Love | Denmark | 2021 | 14’     

Director: David Zinck      

Writer: David Zinck         

Producer: Ida Guld         

Cast: Alvilda Lyneborg Lassen, Anna Olympia Bøss, Clara-Aviaya

Helsted Hvid, Dina Munch Rasmussen, Sara Saabye, Kajsa Dirch, Linnea Olivia Belfrage, Anna Holm Donatzky        

Synopsis: A conflict arises between sisters Ida and Sofie when little sister infiltrates big sister’s girl gang. During the course of one night, their already strained relationship is tested through violence and manipulation.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Snorrie (Mustachio) | Netherlands | 2021 | 12’

Director: Victoria Warmerdam  

Writer: Victoria Warmerdam     

Producer: Trent

Cast: Henry van Loon, Wim Willaert, Sieger Sloot              

Synopsis: Absurd tragicomedy about thirty-something Freek, who is reuniting with his imaginary friend from the past, who is looking for closure.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

It Will Get Better | Brazil | 2020 | 18’    

Actress: Cássia Damasceno

Director: Pedro Fiuza     

Writer: Pedro Fiuza        

Producer: Pedro Fiuza   

Cast: Cássia Damasceno, Henrique Fontes, Rogério Ferraz, Geraldo Maia, Rodrigo Bico, Enio Cavalcante, Giovanna Araújo, Débora Medeiros, Alessandra Augusta, Andreia Souza, Larissa Grazielly, Bruno Cortez, Robson Medeiros, Pedro Queiroga, Priscilla Vilela, Maria Gorette, Dinha Vítor, Alice Carvalho, Thulho Siqueira, Quitéria Kelly             

Synopsis: Working as a TV host of an important political campaign for mayor, Luisa suffers with the professional relations with her co-workers. It’s the last week before the first round of local elections and Luisa, away from her hometown and family, discovers a serious scandal that could jeopardize the entire election. Not only must she now decide her fate, but that of an entire city.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Servus Karl | Austria | 24’           

Actor: Erwin Steinhauer

Director: Thomas Bischof             

Writer: Thomas Bischof

Producer: Thomas Bischof           

Cast: Erwin Steinhauer, Isabella Jeschke, May Garzon, Robert Slivovsky, Gerald Walsberger          

Synopsis: SERVUS KARL is an evil fictional reflection of a milieu in the face of its downfall. The observation of a world at a standstill, and of its characters that want to break out of it.  The film follows Karl, a retiree and ex-thug, on his way through the bars and brothels of Vienna. Through documentary scenes the viewers experience the standstill that rules his world. Besides, they observe the characters’ lack of prospects and how they are struggling through the night under the burden of misery well aware that there is no escape. In the midst of this standstill, Karl gets to realise the evanescence of things and his own mortality. As he takes drunken Leo to his favourite bar, the situation gets out of control. Leo gives the prostitute Julie a bloody nose and destroys her hopes of escape from her misery. Later, Karl’s night ends in a way that is surprising for every person involved. He commits a murder to avoid vanishing into oblivion. 


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Servus Karl | Austria | 24’           

Cinematographer: Judith Stehlik

Director: Thomas Bischof             

Writer: Thomas Bischof

Producer: Thomas Bischof           

Cast: Erwin Steinhauer, Isabella Jeschke, May Garzon, Robert Slivovsky, Gerald Walsberger          

Synopsis: SERVUS KARL is an evil fictional reflection of a milieu in the face of its downfall. The observation of a world at a standstill, and of its characters that want to break out of it.  The film follows Karl, a retiree and ex-thug, on his way through the bars and brothels of Vienna. Through documentary scenes the viewers experience the standstill that rules his world. Besides, they observe the characters’ lack of prospects and how they are struggling through the night under the burden of misery well aware that there is no escape. In the midst of this standstill, Karl gets to realise the evanescence of things and his own mortality. As he takes drunken Leo to his favourite bar, the situation gets out of control. Leo gives the prostitute Julie a bloody nose and destroys her hopes of escape from her misery. Later, Karl’s night ends in a way that is surprising for every person involved. He commits a murder to avoid vanishing into oblivion. 


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Servus Karl | Austria | 24’           

Production designer: Aliza Karn, Elena Riener

Director: Thomas Bischof             

Writer: Thomas Bischof

Producer: Thomas Bischof           

Cast: Erwin Steinhauer, Isabella Jeschke, May Garzon, Robert Slivovsky, Gerald Walsberger          

Synopsis: SERVUS KARL is an evil fictional reflection of a milieu in the face of its downfall. The observation of a world at a standstill, and of its characters that want to break out of it.  The film follows Karl, a retiree and ex-thug, on his way through the bars and brothels of Vienna. Through documentary scenes the viewers experience the standstill that rules his world. Besides, they observe the characters’ lack of prospects and how they are struggling through the night under the burden of misery well aware that there is no escape. In the midst of this standstill, Karl gets to realise the evanescence of things and his own mortality. As he takes drunken Leo to his favourite bar, the situation gets out of control. Leo gives the prostitute Julie a bloody nose and destroys her hopes of escape from her misery. Later, Karl’s night ends in a way that is surprising for every person involved. He commits a murder to avoid vanishing into oblivion. 


BEST EDITING

Horizon | Italy | 2020 |  15’        

Editor: Daniele De Muro

Director: Daniele De Muro          

Writer: Daniele De Muro              

Producer: Daniele De Muro        

Cast: Chiara Lai, Viola Scuderi, Carlo Porru           

Synopsis: In the borderlands, crossed by climate refugees looking for safety, men face their primordial nature, in a bleak reality where the law of the strongest rules the world. Hidden in an underground shelter and resigned to his fate, the main character observes the definitive decline of society as it surrender to the evil nature of men, until a special encounter, interpreted as a divine sign of light, turns on his faith and hope for the future of humanity.


BEST NARRATIVE

Premium Baby | France | 2019 | 13’      

Director: Jeanne Signé  

Writers: Nicolas Haudelaine, Jeanne Signé           

Producers: Samuel Prat / Studio Off-Courts, Emilie Moreault / Studio Off-Courts, Catherine Benoît / Spira

Cast: Elizabeth Duperré, Nicola-Frank Vachon, Guillaume Perreault, Romane Goulet         

Synopsis: In a near future, a couple enters a shop to buy a baby.


BEST DRAMA

NAIDA | Russian Federation | 2020 | 20’             

Director: Yuri Sholin       

Writer: Ivan Gamayun  

Producer: Yuri Sholin                     

Synopsis: The only friend of the stern, scorched by the war in Afghanistan, guard Sergei, who has lost the meaning of life after the loss of his family, is the dog Naida. But he will soon face a difficult choice.


BEST COMEDY

Nachete | Spain | 2020 | 04’     

Directors: Pau Rodilla, David Gaspar       

Writers: Jaime Aguiló, Pau Rodilla, David Gaspar

Producers: Pau Rodilla, Jaime Aguiló, David Gaspar          

Cast: María Maroto, Genís Benavent      

Synopsis: A man is unfaithful to his girlfriend. He knows she will never listen to any excuse or forgive him. That’s why he takes her to the perfect place for a confession. It looks like a perfect plan.


BEST DANCE/MUSICAL

2020 | Russian Federation | 2021 | 05’ 

Director: Katya Telegina

Writer: Katya Telegina  

Producers: Asya Kotelnikova, Yulia Kuzkina, Maxim Kuzmin                          

Synopsis: The video project “2020” is an attempt to understand and feel what is happening in 2020 through the art forms of dance and video. The film is the result of a collaboration between prima ballerina Diana Vishneva, choreographer Pavel Glukhov and director Katya Telegina.


BEST STUDENT

Silent Zone  | Germany | 2020 | 29’       

Director: Caren Wuhrer

Writer: Caren Wuhrer   

Producer: Giacomo Vernetti (Creative Producer)

Cast: Effi Rabsilber, Katarzyna Faszczewska , Uwe Rohde

Synopsis: Alice, uncommunicative and electrohypersensitive, lives in seclusion in a dead zone deep in the Northern German forest. But then her hermitage is suddenly disturbed by the sex worker Lucia, who settles on the border of Alice’s safe space with her lovemobile.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Selina | Germany | 2020 | 25’   

Director: Greta Benkelmann      

Writer: Greta Benkelmann          

Producer: Thowo Wolkowski (Creative Producer)                             

Synopsis: Selina wants to get away from her broken circumstances. Her boyfriend Nico takes her on a joyride that ends prematurely. The abyss of their young love is unearthed. When Selina meets Katharina, she increasingly recognizes Katharina’s pain as her own and Selina must ask herself: What does love have to endure?


BEST ANIMATION

198451 | Peru | 2020 | 12’         

Director: Arturo Valentín Falconí Valderrama      

Writer: Arturo Valentín Falconí Valderrama         

Producers: Arturo Valentín Falconí Valderrama,  Sofía Alexandra Serquen Portocarrero, Carlos Ruperto Inga Arévalo               

Cast: ALEJANDRA MALAGA SABOGAL, JUAN ANTONIO LIMO GIRIBALDI, RAFAEL ADOLFO RAEZ LUNA

Synopsis: A dog travels around a world where the only ambition is to consume. After a tragic event, he discovers the cannibal way of life in this system, which will force him to fight or escape to survive.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

A Community Under Fire | Australia | 2021 | 23’             

Directors: Harrison Thane, Matt Thane                  

Producers: Harrison Thane, Matthew Thane                       

Synopsis: We tell the story of a small but special regional town in during Australia’s 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfire season.   We highlight the importance of community – everyday people doing extraordinary things to help our community survive and recover.  And we show our town’s path to recovery. How we in Braidwood in New South Wales, faced our greatest existential threat, being surrounded by fire.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Gentle Wildfire | Netherlands | 2020 | 14’         

Director: Simone Bennett            

Writer: Simone Bennett

Producer: Interakt

Cast: Rúben Gomes, Sonia Santos, Rafael João  Cabral da Silva     

Synopsis: Gentle Wildfire is a short experimental film that deals with disappearing memories in the aftermath of a forest fire. Photographer Carlos’ self-confronting journey back to his hometown rekindles his connection to his roots.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

THE BLUESTOCKING – NEVER READY | Russian Federation | 2021 | 07’ 

Director: Egor Gavrilin   

Writer: Egor Gavrilin      

Producer: Lucya Kravtsova                          

Synopsis: A look at 5 personal stories of the members of the band through the prism of magical surrealism with a tinge of steam punk and a dark fairytale.


BEST MINI SHORT

Big Touch | United States | 2020 | 03’  

Director: Christopher Tenzis       

Writer: Christopher Tenzis          

Producer: Gabrielle Cordero       

Cast: Raymond Ejiofor, Arabella Frost, Carly Stewart, Astra Marie Varnado            

Synopsis: An Afro-Surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation.


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

Ideas | Chile | 2021 | 03’             

Director: Francisco Palacios Reyes           

Writer: Francisco Palacios Reyes               

Cast: Trinidad Barros Beker         

Synopsis: Ideas is a reflection on the creative processes, the series of exercises and experiences that lead us to conceive and carry out an idea.


BEST DEBUT

BUNNY | Russian Federation | 2021 | 24’            

Director: Tatiana Ra       

Writer: Maria Elagina     

Producer: Tatiana Ra                      

Synopsis: Vanya is 7 years old, he is a wizard and friend of the defective Bunny, but his parents are seriously concerned about the boy’s strange behavior, worried about his unwillingness to communicate with his peers, and about his ailment: severe stuttering. His mother, having tried all the possibilities to help her child, decides to take him to the well-known neighborhood healer.   To speak properly does not mean to be understood. Sometimes one hug can heal both a broken knee and a broken heart.


BEST SERIES

FRITURES /FRY-UP | France | 2020 | 04’              

Director: Jonathan RIO                  

Producer: Bruno FLORENTIN                      

Synopsis: Archibald a créé, il y a 30 ans, la célèbre baraque à frites « Le Lys d’Or » et souhaite passer la main. Sa nièce, Éléna, se lance à corps perdu dans l’affaire. Bien décidée à innover pour relancer l’activité de la friterie, elle propose chaque jour, à chaque épisode, une idée aussi farfelue que chaotique et bouscule les habitudes de son oncle. En aucun cas ces deux-là ne sont faits pour travailler ensemble. Deux personnalités s’affrontent, deux univers, deux générations …. Entre eux, il y a de la friture sur la ligne !  Thirty years ago, Archibald created his famous friterie “Le Lys d’Or” and wants to pass it on. His niece Éléna dives headlong into the business. Determined to innovate to revive the friterie’s fortunes, each day (each episode) she comes up with a far-fetched, chaotic idea to shake her uncle out of a rut. These two are definitely not made to work together. A clash of personalities, worlds, and generations… It’s a recipe that never fails to sizzle!


BEST FASHION

AAkasha #myCLT Futuristic Fashion Film Editorial | Bulgaria | 2019 | 03’

Director : Vasil Tuchkov

Writer: Vasil Tuchkov    

Producer: Studio Rubik Ltd.         

Cast: Eli Bineva, Tanya Ilieva       

Synopsis: Aakasha #MyCLT is a fashion editorial art film, inspired by Neo Noir and Cyberpunk cults.  The editorial opts to transmit the feeling of something grander, yet intimate  – a secret about to be revealed exclusively to the one watching. Aakasha’s rebrand video is all about transformation, release, and transcendence. The protagonist is introduced as lost in her own world or head, until she notices the mysterious woman – the white rabbit she decides to follow on pure instinct, against all common sense.