Congratulations to our November 2021 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT NOVEMBER 2021 AWARDS


BEST FILM

HABITAT | Spain | 2021 | 11’    

Director: JAIME A. CALACHI        

Writer: JAVIER HUESA                   

Cast: BALBINO LACOSTA, ITZIAR CASTRO, CANDELA LIU  

Synopsis: In a dead-end room lives a slave of the system, addicted to the computer mouse and a reality show that never ends. Obsessed with an illusion, his dream is to go to the paradise that he has seen in a TV commercial…with just a flick of a finger.


BEST DIRECTOR

HABITAT | Spain | 2021 | 11’    

Director: JAIME A. CALACHI        

Writer: JAVIER HUESA                   

Cast: BALBINO LACOSTA, ITZIAR CASTRO, CANDELA LIU  

Synopsis: In a dead-end room lives a slave of the system, addicted to the computer mouse and a reality show that never ends. Obsessed with an illusion, his dream is to go to the paradise that he has seen in a TV commercial…with just a flick of a finger.


BEST SCREENPLAY

HABITAT | Spain | 2021 | 11’    

Writer: JAVIER HUESA                   

Director: JAIME A. CALACHI        

Cast: BALBINO LACOSTA, ITZIAR CASTRO, CANDELA LIU  

Synopsis: In a dead-end room lives a slave of the system, addicted to the computer mouse and a reality show that never ends. Obsessed with an illusion, his dream is to go to the paradise that he has seen in a TV commercial…with just a flick of a finger.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Everything Will Be Fine | Belgium | 2021 | 21’  

Actress: Joke Devynck

Director: Joachim Dejonghe       

Writers: Joachim Dejonghe, Jean Ryckebosch     

Producer: Pieter De Saeger         

Cast: Joke Devynck, Isabelle Van Hecke, Els Deceukelier, Jessa Wildemeersch, Vera Van Dooren  

Synopsis :A single mum, trying to make ends meet, is faced with a dilemma due to very peculiar job cuts at work.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Bullmastiff | Ukraine | 2020 | 25’           

Actor: Evgenii Lamakh

Director: Anastasiia Bukovska    

Writers: Klaus Ivanov, Vlad Ned, Anastasiia Bukovska, Volodymyr Gromov            

Producers: Anastasiia Bukovska, Danylo Kaptiukh, Maxim Usyk   

Cast: Evgenii Lamakh, Nina Antonova, Oleksii Gorbunov, Marc Raymond Wilkins 

Synopsis: Mitya is a war veteran trying to get back to normal. Suddenly, he meets Roy, a lost bullmastiff who becomes quite fond of him. At first, the relations are difficult, but eventually, Roy will be the one to help Mitya cope with his difficult past. 


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

HABITAT | Spain | 2021 | 11’    

Cinematographer: MARCOS DEL VILLAR

Director: JAIME A. CALACHI        

Writer: JAVIER HUESA                   

Cast: BALBINO LACOSTA, ITZIAR CASTRO, CANDELA LIU  

Synopsis: In a dead-end room lives a slave of the system, addicted to the computer mouse and a reality show that never ends. Obsessed with an illusion, his dream is to go to the paradise that he has seen in a TV commercial…with just a flick of a finger.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

HABITAT | Spain | 2021 | 11’    

Production Designer: Julia Valentin, Monica La Mola, Elisa Perez

Director: JAIME A. CALACHI        

Writer: JAVIER HUESA                   

Cast: BALBINO LACOSTA, ITZIAR CASTRO, CANDELA LIU  

Synopsis: In a dead-end room lives a slave of the system, addicted to the computer mouse and a reality show that never ends. Obsessed with an illusion, his dream is to go to the paradise that he has seen in a TV commercial…with just a flick of a finger.


BEST EDITING

The Devil’s Avocado | Italy | 2021 | 03’

Editor: Edoardo De Luca

Director: Edoardo De Luca           

Writer: Riccardo Galla                   

Cast: Tommaso Dugato, Riccardo Galla, Rebecca Ferron 

Synopsis: Do you know how many kilometers your avocados have to travel to reach your table? Your environmental impact while buying them? Or even how much water is needed for an avocado toast? We realized that we tend to take care of problems as long as they are covered by medias; then we forget them. This movie looks at a crucial ethical problem that’s close to us all, in a comical way.


BEST NARRATIVE

The Black Veil | Qatar | 2020 | 17’          

Director: A.J. Al-Thani    

Writer: A.J. Al-Thani       

Producer: Vibhav Gautam           

Cast: Sana Al Habib, Ahmed Al-Nowfal Al-Tamimi              

Synopsis: Reem, a young Iraqi woman, escapes her home in the middle of the night. She lives in Mosul after being forced to marry an ISIS soldier. Reem finds help in a taxi driver named Ahmed to help her escape Mosul and find her family again.


BEST DRAMA

TALA’VISION | Germany | 2020 | 28’     

Director: Murad Abu Eisheh       

Writers: Murad Abu Eisheh         

Producers: Philipp Maurice Raube, Gabriel Waldvogel, Esther Busch, Jude Kawwa             

Cast: Ziad Bakri, Aesha Balasem

Synopsis: Trapped in a war ridden reality, with the hope of one day playing in the neighborhood’s football field, 8 year old Tala finds solace and freedom in a forbidden television. However, the secret TV becomes a matter of life and death.


BEST COMEDY

The Magic of Seduction | France | 2021 | 05’

Director: JBJ      

Writer: JBJ          

Producer: JBJ    

Cast: Léa Biron, Valérian Moutawe, Christine Lutete, JBJ

Synopsis: In a café, a young man hatches a plan centered on a magic trick to seduce a waitress. But in magic, illusion is queen…


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

Mergen | Kazakhstan | 2021 | 27’

Director: Raiymbek Alzhanov     

Writer: Raiymbek Alzhanov        

Producer: Banu Ramazanova     

Cast: Alikhan Abi, Temirkhan Tursungaliyev, Aynur Akhmetzhanova, Shirai Maksat, Erkebulan Suleimenov

Synopsis: On the strife-torn Central Asian steppe, the boy Mergen must defend his family in the place of his absent father. He will do so with courage, cunning, and above all, a mystical gift from his grandmother. An exciting historical thriller enriched with ancient magic.


BEST DANCE/MUSICAL

All Cosmologies | Portugal | 2021 | 24’

Director: Vasco Mendes

Writer: Alexandre Monteiro       

Producer: Alexandre Monteiro 

Cast: Carolina Amaral

Synopsis: 2020: suddenly The Weatherman disappears misteriously. 28 years later his niece Valentina embarks on a journey to find what happened, and in the meantime she draws a picture about the state of the world.


BEST STUDENT

The Fisherman | France | 2021 | 05’      

Director: FRANCOIS BALANANT

Writer: FRANCOIS BALANANT   

Producer: FRANCOIS BALANANT               

Synopsis: An old fisherman and his two small children live by the shore. They will undergo a terrible storm which will submerge their house and swallow everything up, but there is still a way to find their memories …


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Toli | Russian Federation | 2021 | 21’   

Director: Diana Mashanova        

Writer: Diana Mashanova                                           

Synopsis: Anya is a teenage girl who is just beginning to realize herself as an adult. Elena is a single mother who tries to feel like a woman again. Sergey, a man who has warm feelings for Elena, invades the life of this Buryat family. Raised according to oriental traditions, Elena shows her care for her daughter through control over her mind and body. The girl, on the other hand, just wants to enter into a dialogue with her mother, but after Sergei came into their life, it became even more difficult to get the mother’s attention. Using Sergey’s appearances as an excuse, Anya increasingly runs away from home. After Sergei first appeared in the family’s house, Anya regards this as a threat to her personal space and established family structure. The girl once again runs away from home and at a party, looking into her mother’s eyes, she asks the guy to cum inside. Anya seeks the attention of her mother, but the consequences of that trick are not so easy to resolve. In order to finally tie her mother to herself, Anya decides to bring them closer together with a common trauma. Anya goes to the hospital where her mother works as a gynecologist and signs up for an abortion.


BEST ANIMATION

A Night at the Cemetery | Greece | 2021 | 12’  

Director: Stelios Polychronakis  

Writer: Stelios Polychronakis     

Producer: Konstantinos Vassilaros                           

Synopsis: In the Mediterranean island of Crete, Maria heads to the cemetery every Friday to tend her beloved husband’s grave. When the bus that picks her up breaks down, she will be forced to spend the night among the tombstones.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Lost Time | United Kingdom | 2021 | 13’             

Director: Jack Montgomery Baxter Chapman                      

Producers: Jack Montgomery Baxter Chapman, Marco Eisenbarth             

Cast: John Adams            

Synopsis: When his wife dies, a 92 year old’s saving grace is the brotherhood of his local bowls club, which is forced to close during the pandemic


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Night Wolf | 2021 | 07’

Director: Joseph Robert Redl      

Writer: Joseph Robert Redl         

Producer: Michael Joel                 

Synopsis: Adrian gives in to desire for a single night, only to confront the repercussions as the day breaks.


BEST MINI SHORT

The Devil’s Avocado | Italy | 2021 | 03’

Director: Edoardo De Luca           

Writer: Riccardo Galla                   

Cast: Tommaso Dugato, Riccardo Galla, Rebecca Ferron 

Synopsis: Do you know how many kilometers your avocados have to travel to reach your table? Your environmental impact while buying them? Or even how much water is needed for an avocado toast? We realized that we tend to take care of problems as long as they are covered by medias; then we forget them. This movie looks at a crucial ethical problem that’s close to us all, in a comical way.


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

My Best Friend Caroline | United States | 2021 | 05’     

Director: Sarah Corean 

Writer: Sarah Corean     

Producers: Ethan Marler, Sarah Corean 

Cast: Hannah McCarthy, Chloe VanDeGraaf        

Synopsis: A troubled pre-teen is interviewed about her relationship to a classmate at school.


BEST DEBUT

Gigantic Fluctuation | Russian Federation | 2021 | 17’  

Director: Max Karpylev 

Writers: Alexey Kazakov, Tatyana Mitushova, Max Karpylev         

Producer: Artem Sviryakov         

Cast: Vsevolod Kuznetsov, Vladislav Schevchuk, Pavel Polyakov  

Synopsis: The captain of the robotics club doubts he can win the competition. Zhilin, the curator of the club, wants to help the boy believe in himself and invites him on a fishing trip. There he talks about a meeting with a strange man that happened to him in his youth.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

Tale of the American Dream (Trailer) | United States | 03’          

Director: Stanislav Puzdriak                        

Synopsis: American Dream is the freedom all immigrants dream about. But does it still exist and did it exist at all? We’re going to find it out.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

The Secret of Mr. Nostoc | France | 2021 | 11’  

Directors: Patrice Seiler, Maxime Marion              

Writer: Patrice Seiler     

Producer: Patrice Seiler

Cast: Jean-Marie Pexoto, Céline Lehmann, Cyril Mazzotti               

Synopsis: Mr. Nostoc lives in an hectic city. Not stressed or pressed by time, he goes to work, and always has a new surprise under his hat.  When night comes, he goes into his attic and stays there for hours. Working on his secret.