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Congratulations to our April 2017 Award Winners

Posted on Posted in April 2017

SHORT TO THE POINT – APRIL 2017 AWARDS

BEST FILM

At Vincent’s

Director: Anthony Salvatori

Country: France

Duration: 25:03

Synopsis: Vincent, a peaceful guy from the local mob, is a barber from Brooklyn. His shop is a forum. His clients (meaning his henchmen) have always a good story to tell. But how to distinguish between fantasy and reality?

 

BEST DIRECTOR

White house

Director: Arastoo mafakheri

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: The short story about young religious man who want to start his job as the religious.

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Sans Réponse

Director: William Papadin

Country: United States

Duration: 04:00

Synopsis: A young man moves back home to Sonoma after failing to “make it” in the Los Angeles film scene.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Buzzing of a Bumblebee

Director: Vladimir Beldian

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 28:54

Synopsis: Once an old woman in a nursing home made three wishes in case of her death: to eat pudding, to listen a little chorus and … bumblebee buzzing outside the window. It will be difficult to arrange all this but she wants it so much…

 

BEST EDITING

Dasha the fool

Director: Valentina Lukashchuk

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 14:30

Synopsis: Dasha is happily married and fool enough not to see the ugly truth around her.

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

The heap

Director: Thomas Soulignac

Country: France

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: Simone is a lonesome old lady, whose daily matters are punctuated by a strange heap, so imposing in her small apartment that prevents her from living normally. One day Simone dares to touch it…

 

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Welcome!

Director: Lucas Piloto

Country: Brazil

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: João, a six-month-old baby, won’t eat his food at a mother’s day lunch reunion, while the whole family strugles to feed the baby.

 

BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Bridging Color

Director: Chang Hyun Park

Country: Republic of Korea

Duration: 23:41

Synopsis: An arrogant, World famous painter becomes colorblind and realize that what he see is not always what it seems.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

The Typewriter Repairman

Director: Thomas Draudt

Country: United States

Duration: 07:00

Synopsis: A Typewriter repairman, with almost 40 years in the business, is busier than ever…in the digital age. How is this possible and why? Discover the joy of a man working with his hands on vintage machines that were made to be repaired.

 

BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Reminiscenses

Director: Erika Weiste, Reetta Neittaanmäki

Country: Finland

Duration: 12:00

Synopsis:

Animation documentary examines memory processes via recollections of four interviewees. What kind of memories linger and what short of stories awaken when a person is reguested to tell a life story freely, without leading to any subjects or themes.

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

Gone

Director: Helena Jónsdóttir & Vera Wonder Sölvadóttir

Country: Iceland

Duration: 15:58

Synopsis: Who is living your life when you are not there?

Gone is a humorous little thriller that gives us an unusual insight into one man’s journey into dance of live.

 

BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM

Vivre

Director: Gloria RODENAS

Country: France

Duration: 03:44

Synopsis: A suicidal young woman passionate of classical dance will have to make a choice between following her destiny and living her dream.

 

SPECIAL  JURY AWARD

The Watch Tower

Director: Magda Jaroszewicz

Country: Poland

Duration: 10:00

Synopsis: To be means to exist in time. Time can extend to unbearable stillness when there is no action. The watch tower is a place where the forest guard Beata faces her humanity in stillness of time.

 

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Champions

Director: Anastasija Bräuniger

Country: Germany

Duration: 08:00

Synopsis: On the day of the football European Championship finals 2016, a group of Kurdish children from a refugee camp in Northern Iraq, tries to contact the FIFA. The children call the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland to register their team for the football World Championship in 2018. “Champions” was filmed 2016 in a refugee camp between Erbil and Mosul, where Kurdish and Syrian refugees from Kobane are accommodated.

 

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Urban Groove

Director: Ruxandra Maria Ghitescu

Country: Romania

Duration: 07:02

Synopsis: In search of thrills and a good time two friends are recording their nightly adventures in the big city, but when acting for the camera things get out of control. Are they constructing fun and cool characters or are they revealing dark sides of their personalities?

 

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The Call

Director: Johann Scholz

Country: Austria

Duration: 16:37

Synopsis: The European borders are closed. Control and order are most important to the soldier Andreas, who guards the Austrian border. But on this day chaos crosses his paths.

 

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The Courtesy of Angels

Director: Valérie THEODORE

Country: France

Duration: 23:30

Synopsis: Louise, a young care assistant, performs an internship in a retirement home, final step before the hiring that she hopes for. Her unexpected encounter with an old amnesic man, Mr Vadim, leads the young woman to face a decisive choice. Her future is about to tip over.

 

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Traces

Director: Thanassis Vassiliou

Country: Greece

Duration: 19:53

Synopsis: The country’s Nationalist Party has just rented the building of an old Film School. It starts interviewing young people to man the Association’s Communication Area. Two young women go through various interviews, leading to the revelation of dark secrets. A man, the Secretary, works tirelessly in order to erase the most dangerous.

 

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Shanghai, Baku

Director: Teymur Hajiyev

Country: Azerbaijan

Duration: 20:15

Synopsis: Samir is an amateur filmmaker. Along with his despotic father and older sister Roza he resides in “Shanghai” – a slum located in close proximity to downtown Baku, the capital of the oil rich Republic of Azerbaijan.

By sheer accident, Samir captures a video of Roza getting intimate with her boyfriend Rasim, an Azerbaijani gastarbeiter from Moscow. Samir blackmails Roza and Rasim with the video, well aware of the serious of implications caused by social stigma and reactionary mindset of his father. Rasim tries to bribe Samir, however the issue happens to be much deeper than it appears.

The film is loosely based on a short story by Anton Chekhov ‘The Naughty Boy’.

 

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ADAM PEIPER

Director: MÓNICA MATEO

Country: Spain

Duration: 16:29

Synopsis: An enveloper of a tasks depot works tirelessly. What appears to be a dull and machining day will become his worst nightmare.