Congratulations to our June 2021 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT JUNE 2021 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Deus Ex Machina | France | 2021 | 21’ 

Director: Langlois Jessy

Writer: Langlois Jessy    

Producer: Langlois Jessy

Cast: Leeb Tom, Charmetant Christian, Coppin Dorcas     

Synopsis: A young adult goes looking for his biological father. He’ll understand, when he finds out, that his daddy never ran away as he was told. His father suffers from a very little-known disease: Prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize faces. Even if he would regularly meet his son in the street, he would be unable to know who he is. In spite of everything, father and son will end up and help each other.


BEST DIRECTOR

Deus Ex Machina | France | 2021 | 21’ 

Director: Langlois Jessy

Writer: Langlois Jessy    

Producer: Langlois Jessy

Cast: Leeb Tom, Charmetant Christian, Coppin Dorcas     

Synopsis: A young adult goes looking for his biological father. He’ll understand, when he finds out, that his daddy never ran away as he was told. His father suffers from a very little-known disease: Prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize faces. Even if he would regularly meet his son in the street, he would be unable to know who he is. In spite of everything, father and son will end up and help each other.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Deus Ex Machina | France | 2021 | 21’ 

Writer: Langlois Jessy    

Director: Langlois Jessy

Producer: Langlois Jessy

Cast: Leeb Tom, Charmetant Christian, Coppin Dorcas     

Synopsis: A young adult goes looking for his biological father. He’ll understand, when he finds out, that his daddy never ran away as he was told. His father suffers from a very little-known disease: Prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize faces. Even if he would regularly meet his son in the street, he would be unable to know who he is. In spite of everything, father and son will end up and help each other.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Restless | Denmark | 2015 | 29’              

Actress: Sarah Boberg

Director: Asger Krøjer Kallesøe  

Writer: Asger Krøjer Kallesøe     

Producer: Maja Dyekjær              

Cast: Sarah Boberg, Elliot Hove, Sophie Zinkernagel, Esben Dalgaard        

Synopsis: Tinna, herself a recovering long time drug user, has her heroin addicted son living with her in her rehabilitative “half-way home”. As Tinna gets a job, she decides its time for her son to move out.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

And then, the silence | France | 2020 | 18’         

Actor: Igor Kovalsky

Director: Lucas Trochet 

Writer: Lucas Trochet    

Producer: Idris Lettifi     

Cast: Igor Kovalsky, Constantin Vidal, Riton Liebman, Matthieu Dessertine            

Synopsis: Breton coast. The storm season has started. Matthias, in his twenties, kills himself on the job in the small family farm, waiting for the recognition of his father. As we prepare to celebrate the annual procession of the Virgin in the village, Hugo, his brother, comes back home.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Deus Ex Machina | France | 2021 | 21’ 

Cinematographer: Emerson Lefrancois

Writer: Langlois Jessy    

Director: Langlois Jessy

Producer: Langlois Jessy

Cast: Leeb Tom, Charmetant Christian, Coppin Dorcas     

Synopsis: A young adult goes looking for his biological father. He’ll understand, when he finds out, that his daddy never ran away as he was told. His father suffers from a very little-known disease: Prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize faces. Even if he would regularly meet his son in the street, he would be unable to know who he is. In spite of everything, father and son will end up and help each other.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Help3 | France  | 2019 |  16’      

Production Designer: Valerie Bille, Karine Boutroy, Ceren Kaya

Director: Janek TARKOWSKI       

Writers: Janek TARKOWSKI, Valentine THOMASSET         

Producer: Quentin DANIEL          

Cast: Gérard CHAILLOU, Clément BARTHELET, Juliette GERNEZ, Guillaume DENAIFFE        

Synopsis: Nicolas, a pensioner fond of his independence, loses his autonomy following a heart attack. This results in his son, Gabriel, imposing on him a robot to assist him in his daily life, but Gabriel may have taken a thoughtless decision…


BEST EDITING

Deus Ex Machina | France | 2021 | 21’ 

Editor: Langlois Jessy

Writer: Langlois Jessy    

Director: Langlois Jessy

Producer: Langlois Jessy

Cast: Leeb Tom, Charmetant Christian, Coppin Dorcas     

Synopsis: A young adult goes looking for his biological father. He’ll understand, when he finds out, that his daddy never ran away as he was told. His father suffers from a very little-known disease: Prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize faces. Even if he would regularly meet his son in the street, he would be unable to know who he is. In spite of everything, father and son will end up and help each other.


BEST NARRATIVE

And then, the silence | France | 2020 | 18’         

Director: Lucas Trochet 

Writer: Lucas Trochet    

Producer: Idris Lettifi     

Cast: Igor Kovalsky, Constantin Vidal, Riton Liebman, Matthieu Dessertine            

Synopsis: Breton coast. The storm season has started. Matthias, in his twenties, kills himself on the job in the small family farm, waiting for the recognition of his father. As we prepare to celebrate the annual procession of the Virgin in the village, Hugo, his brother, comes back home.


BEST DRAMA

Restless | Denmark | 2015 | 29’              

Director: Asger Krøjer Kallesøe  

Writer: Asger Krøjer Kallesøe     

Producer: Maja Dyekjær              

Cast: Sarah Boberg, Elliot Hove, Sophie Zinkernagel, Esben Dalgaard        

Synopsis: Tinna, herself a recovering long time drug user, has her heroin addicted son living with her in her rehabilitative “half-way home”. As Tinna gets a job, she decides its time for her son to move out.


BEST COMEDY

Celestine | Austria | 2021 | 18’

Director: Denis Pejovic 

Writer: Denis Pejovic     

Producer: Denis Pejovic

Cast: Peter Moucka, Rita Radinger, Max Konrad, Rafael Wagner, Marco Otoya     

Synopsis: A conservative and old pensioner tries to seduce a young and graceful woman named Celestine who lives next door and is his tenant. He causes a water pipe burst in her apartment and offers her one of his rooms to stay overnight. Unexpectedly, the same water pipe burst happens in another apartment and Celestine makes the same offer to the romantic and dreamy young Jonas who then also moves in. Both men fight for the same woman.


BEST HORROR

Fury | Serbia |2021 |  25’            

Director: Petar Ristovski               

Writer: Nada Savič          

Producers: Nada Savić , Miloš Pavlović , Lazar Ristovski   

Cast: Teodora Ristovski

Synopsis: Fury, the Goddess of revenge, returns to Earth to save her past self, the seven-year-old girl Mia who is kidnapped and is to be sold. Mija’s memories are being erased in a special chamber at the edge of the city. While the clock is ticking, the Fury chases those responsible and confronts them with their sins: greed, addiction, fear, lust. Their sins kill them, one by one.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

Help3 | France  | 2019 |  16’      

Director: Janek TARKOWSKI       

Writers: Janek TARKOWSKI, Valentine THOMASSET         

Producer: Quentin DANIEL          

Cast: Gérard CHAILLOU, Clément BARTHELET, Juliette GERNEZ, Guillaume DENAIFFE        

Synopsis: Nicolas, a pensioner fond of his independence, loses his autonomy following a heart attack. This results in his son, Gabriel, imposing on him a robot to assist him in his daily life, but Gabriel may have taken a thoughtless decision…


BEST THRILLER/MYSTERY

The Confession Of Beuningen | Netherlands | 2020 | 06’             

Director: Arjen Schotel 

Writer: Arjen Schotel     

Producer: Robin Bruinsma           

Cast: Jack Wouterse, Nikki Kuis 

Synopsis: “The Confession of Beuningen” is about Marius van Beuningen. A man with two sides who has done things that daylight cannot bear. For once he makes his confession. But isn’t it too late?


BEST DANCE/MUSICAL

Moving Barcelona | United Kingdom | 2021 | 07’

Director: Jevan Chowdhury        

Writer: Jevan Chowdhury                                            

Synopsis: Moving Barcelona is a magical realist dance story about the Catalonian capital, an autonomous region in the Spanish State contending with an identity crisis. A city with everything going for it is still haunted by the ghosts of its past and despite much progress, it finds itself unearthing old wounds. Narrated by celebrated actor, Pep Munné, who appeals for calm, there is a sense of reassurance that all is okay. The movement of the city however tells a different story, and he is resigned to the fact that things inevitably, are the way they are. Barcelonians, in pursuit of happiness, find themselves on a treadmill  to nowhere in a tale of modern day life. Moving Barcelona is the eighth film in an award-winning collection of works by the London-based film-maker, Jevan Chowdhury to capture the world as a stage. Life on the street in London, Paris, Brussels, Dallas, Prague, Yerevan and Athens have all been recorded in this growing canon.


BEST STUDENT

Where ill winds blow |  Switzerland | 2021 | 09’              

Director: Francis Meier 

Writer: Francis Meier    

Producer: Niza Lou Waldburger

Cast: Adrian Naef            

Synopsis: Balthasar wakes up in the cold, in nothingness. After finding refuge in a hut, he begins to remember a past existence.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Where ill winds blow |  Switzerland | 2021 | 09’              

Director: Francis Meier 

Writer: Francis Meier    

Producer: Niza Lou Waldburger

Cast: Adrian Naef            

Synopsis: Balthasar wakes up in the cold, in nothingness. After finding refuge in a hut, he begins to remember a past existence.


BEST CHILDREN

Il richiamo dell’aria (The call of the air) | Italy | 2020 | 11’          

Director: Valentina Malcotti e Emilio Romeo       

Writer: ispirato ad un racconto di Piero Chiara   

Producer: SVEVA film    

Cast: Sara Sozzoni           

Synopsis: Chiara is a little girl who dreams of flying. To make this dream come true she builds a flying machine, with care and precision. The world of adults, however, calls she back to reality. Will she be able to take flight and make her invention work?  Inspired by a story by Piero Chiara, “The call of the air” tells the conflict between reality and fantasy, through the gaze of a child…


BEST ANIMATION

Kandittundu (Seen it) | India | 2021 | 12’            

Director: Adithi Krishnadas                         

Producer: Nilima Eriyat                 

Synopsis: The ever-vibrant Mr. P. N. K Panicker has several shockers up his sleeve. He takes the viewer along a moonlit stroll and paints a quirky picture of the supernatural encounters he has had.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

More woman, more cry | Norway | 2021 | 24’  

Director: Anne Haugsgjerd          

Writer: Anne Haugsgjerd             

Producer: Jarle Bjørknes                              

Synopsis: Anne Haugsgjerd (77), a renowned Norwegian director, reflects in a poetic, provocative and emotional way about entering the last chapter of her life.  A naked story about aging, gravity and smoking weed.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Where ill winds blow |  Switzerland | 2021 | 09’              

Director: Francis Meier 

Writer: Francis Meier    

Producer: Niza Lou Waldburger

Cast: Adrian Naef            

Synopsis: Balthasar wakes up in the cold, in nothingness. After finding refuge in a hut, he begins to remember a past existence.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

What Remains | Switzerland |  2021 | 05’          

Director: Stefan Fitzner

Writer: Stefan Fitzner    

Producers: Release me, I’m Restless Productions, LIONLION        

Cast: Michael Rückert, Matthias Rückert, Andre Bayer, David Laplant       

Synopsis: “What Remains” is a narrative-driven music video about a renowned Quantum Physicist who disappears after an alleged routine test in a research facility. His brother, left behind, struggles to keep his sanity while in pursuit of finding his twin brother. After almost going mad, he has a sneaking suspicion and tries the impossible… unaware that the effect might be the cause for his brother’s disappearance. Because everything is interconnected.


BEST MINI SHORT

r e L I E f | Brazil | 2021 | 04’     

Director: Leonardo Aiello             

Writers: Leonardo Aiello, Luiz Gustavo Auricchio

Producers: Murilo Paiva, Felipe Zamberlan          

Cast: Daniela Cury, Thais Piza     

Synopsis: The relief felt in the past becomes a void in the present, that can only be perceived by a level o maturity.  The story is presented by the vision of a woman that searches for relief throughout her entire existence.  Her craziness mingles with the purest feelings, like love, and all of this is personified within her mind.


BEST MOBILE PHONE

Chase!! | Japan | 2021 | 03’      

Directors: Hiroki Kawanami, Tommaso Barbetta

Writers: Hiroki Kawanami, Tommaso Barbetta   

Producer: Hiroki Kawanami        

Cast: Hiroki Kawanami, Yuichi Yarita, Aimee        

Synopsis: A thief steals phone from a guy, then this peculiar and astonishing chase begins!


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

ĀMRA | Israel | 2020 | 09’                                         

Producer: Imri Agmon                   

Synopsis: Imri, an Israeli army veteran quests to rural Vietnam, and in an unforgettable encounter with an old Buddhist monk, learns the true meaning of happiness.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

Fit for the future | Switzerland | 2021 | 02’        

Director: Jonas Hofmann                                                             

Synopsis: Have you ever seen lawyers jumping around and turning somersaults? For this image film we woke up the inner Super Marios of our clients employees. Making them the protagonists of an adventurous short story in an illustrated game world based on the companies 7 guiding principles (simply effective, simply professional etc.).   As a legal expenses insurer, Coop Rechtsschutz (engl.: Coop Legal Protection) is good at solving cases as effectively as possible. Ideally, not in court at all, but early on through skilful mediation. The lawyers and heroes of this story brought their personal talents and style to the set. They stand up for their client against the inflated paper monster.  Result: Building and strengthening team play and employer branding. Image building in the sense of Coop Rechtsschutz: simply different.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

Gyoro goes to the theater | Japan | 2021 | 04’ 

Director: Shoichi “DAVID” Haruyama      

Writer: Amon  Miyamoto            

Producers: Noriko  Matsumoto(dwarf), Shunsuke  Kojima(xpd), Yuzo  Kajiyama(HoriPro), Kaoru  Ikawa(HoriPro)

Cast: Takeshi Kaga, Megumi Hamada, Hayato Kakizawa, Kairu Nakamura

Synopsis: Covid-19 has shuttered theaters everywhere. We made this short film as an ode to the power of the theater, and the lifetime of memories that stay with us after every performance.   This is a heartwarming story about a boy Takuto and his family. While helping his family for packing, Takuto found a pair of mysterious opera glasses from a piled-up cardboard box which turns out to be his grandma’s relic. The magical opera glasses named ‘Gyoro’ suddenly came to life when Takuto touched it. Gyoro brings back happy memories to grandpa and mom of going to theaters with grandma. With Gyoro, Takuto gradually becomes fascinated by the world of theater.


BEST TRAILER

‘Ori Tahiti Dancers | French Polynesia | 2021 | 02’          

Directors: Nyko PK16, Hugues Damesin 

Writer: Nyko PK16          

Producer: Nyko PK16                     

Synopsis: ‘Ori Tahiti Dancers is the 1st documentary series on Polynesian dancers from around the world