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Congratulations to our May 2017 Award Winners

Posted on Posted in May 2017

SHORT TO THE POINT – MAY 2017 AWARDS

BEST FILM

Into the Blue 

Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Country: Croatia

Duration: 19:55

Synopsis: Thirteen year old Julija and her mother flee their abusive household to find refuge on an idyllic croatian island where Julija grew up. Emotionally scarred, Julija is desperate to reconnect with her best friend, Ana. But Ana is in love with a boy and Julija is no longer a priority. Ana’s mounting rejection re-ignites Julija’s wounds and family history, awakening the monster of violence she thought she’s left behind.

Into the Blue

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Whoever Was Using This Bed

Director: Andrew Kotatko

Country: Australia

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED is a multi-award winning short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Jane Birkin (Blow Up).

Whoever Was Using This Bed

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Dream on

Director: Aleksey Puchkovskiy

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 09:30

Synopsis: Comedy story about young people, who tried with the help of fantasy to solve the problem in dealing with girls.

Dream on

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Into the Blue

Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Country: Croatia

Duration: 19:55

Synopsis: Thirteen year old Julija and her mother flee their abusive household to find refuge on an idyllic croatian island where Julija grew up. Emotionally scarred, Julija is desperate to reconnect with her best friend, Ana. But Ana is in love with a boy and Julija is no longer a priority. Ana’s mounting rejection re-ignites Julija’s wounds and family history, awakening the monster of violence she thought she’s left behind.

Into the Blue

 

BEST EDITING

Masterpiece

Director: Irina Storozhenko

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 15:24

Synopsis: In the office of young psychologist women of different ages complain about the standard problems in relationships with men. The doctor has the unique ability to get rid of “cockroaches” in their head at the click of his fingers. It helps the girls, but they come back again and again with other issues. The dream of all the life of the doctor to find the one who will be the happiest woman in the world. In that moment appears the most unusual patient in the world to which everything is ok.

Masterpiece

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

Come fly with the loonies

Director: Samuel Berner

Country: France

Duration: 10:57

Synopsis: Paul, secretary of office, maintains an epistolary relationship with a band of adventurers who travel the world in a zeppelin. He dies of desire to join them, but everything will not happen as planned …

Come fly with the loonies

 

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

The Window

Director: Silvia Perra

Country: Italy

Duration: 24:30

Synopsis: Against their will, the last four inhabitants of a small village in Sardinia are forced to move to a house they don’t like. This change destabilises two of them and they plan their escape to taste freedom again.

The Window

 

BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Masterpiece

Director: Irina Storozhenko

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 15:24

Synopsis: In the office of young psychologist women of different ages complain about the standard problems in relationships with men. The doctor has the unique ability to get rid of “cockroaches” in their head at the click of his fingers. It helps the girls, but they come back again and again with other issues. The dream of all the life of the doctor to find the one who will be the happiest woman in the world. In that moment appears the most unusual patient in the world to which everything is ok.

Masterpiece

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Mr. Probz against the stream

Director: Bob van de Gronde

Country: Netherlands

Duration: 27:39

Synopsis: Mr Probz – Against The Stream documents the life of Mr. Probz, once a troubled young rapper on the street of Holland, now a world famous singer. Mr. Probz conquered the world with his number one hit single ‘Waves’, collaberated with HipHop legends and toured all over the world. Against The Stream relives how Mr. Probz escaped death multiple times and uses music as therapy to break with his troubled past.

Mr. Probz against the stream

 

BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Nailbiter

Director: Laura Hodkin

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 03:26

Synopsis: A girl travelling on the subway becomes increasingly stressed as she is harassed by the strangers around her.

Nailbiter

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

No Love For Fuckboys

Director: Ricardo Bouyett

Country: United States

Duration: 19:00

Synopsis: A portrait of a sexual assault survivor’s journey through love, sex, violence, and hope post-assault.

No Love For Fuckboys

 

BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM

Day Shift

Director: Fred Cavender

Country: France

Duration: 16:52

Synopsis: Following a heist gone slightly wrong, a trio of criminals seek refuge in a pub for the afternoon. As they wait for the getaway driver, they have to deal not only with the police, but with the suspicious, by the books bartender.

Day Shift

 

SPECIAL  JURY AWARD

What We Lose

Director: Jakob Valdemar Mørk

Country: Denmark

Duration: 12:09

Synopsis: Vagn, an old school, conservative primary school teacher who lives a simple, safe and structured everyday life is forced to deal with the insecurities of life, when he is faced with challenges both in his professional and personal life.

 

What We Lose