SHORT TO THE POINT – JULY 2017 AWARDS
Director: George Gogichaishvili, David abramishvili
Synopsis: After apocalyptic information leaks about the sun going out, meaning the earth will get dark in eight minutes, forever, chaos covers the whole world except for Gia – a single man under sixty with a boring, poor life. In this crazy moment he calls his son to ask how is he handling this situation, despite having a rare and cold relationship with him for a long while. But during the phone call Gia finds his son is in north pole for an expedition with his fiancée, and not aware of the coming total black out. Father hesitates to tell his son how the world is about to end and hangs up the phone. But he can’t just sit and do nothing about it. After a moment he gets hit by an idea. Obsessed with clearly something more than just a call to his son again to inform him about the real apocalypse.
Director: Ivan Plechev
Country: Russian Federation
Synopsis: This is a story of son and his father. They have many secrets from each other. Soon they will recognize them.
Director: Jan Chramosta, Janek Cingroš
Country: Czech Republic
Synopsis: A man who comes to the cafeteria manages to turn someone else´s world upside down.
Director: Pierre Van de Kerckhove
Synopsis: Louise, aged 68, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and lives in a nursing home. Her daily life is riddled with sadness because her son Daniel is no longer visiting her, discouraged by his mother’s memory lapses. The arrival of a new patient in the home (Leo, 82), who is also suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, will upset Louise’s life … but also that of Daniel!
Director: Jessy LANGLOIS
Synopsis: Sebastian celebrates his birthday today. He does not know yet but some friends prepared him a surprise. A surprise that will unfold in a very unexpected way.
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
Director: Nathalie André
Synopsis: his Sunday is a scorcher. Somewhere in our Ardennes. A road. A gang of kids trying to avoid boredom.
BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM
Director: Friederike Guessefeld
Synopsis: A small German village in the south of Brandenburg is preparing for a traditional youth ceremony. Children become adults, which is a cause worth celebrating.
The young Kai lives with his father on a farm. They have invited guests for the festive meal planned for the following day. Everything has been arranged and the calf is ready for slaughter. But Kai’s father does not want to slaughter or celebrate, he wants his peace.
Driven by the fear that everything could go wrong, Kai races through the sleepy village. The afternoon leads him to Lea, a local girl. With her, time takes on a different pace.
KAI captures a formative moment in life, where a boy tries to find a way out. From a village, from a family situation and from his own anxieties.
BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR
Director: Agnieszka Gasiorek
Synopsis: Documentary short film about Agnieszka Gasiorek’s grandmother, which was deported to Siberia by the Soviets in 1950. The film explores how this tragic event has affected on her life and her further identity. But also how it has affected on me – her granddaughter.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Director: Manuel Zimmer
Synopsis: Manuel Zimmer’s life in two minutes and 33 microliter, the size of one teardrop.
BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM
Director: farzaneh omidvarnia
Synopsis: Approved or rejected?
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM
Director: Ninaad Kulkarni
Country: United States
Synopsis: KCLOC is a 3D animated documentary on people’s perceptions of time. A selection of brief interviews provide the voices for ten meticulously designed CGI clock characters, in a variety of real-world settings, as they respond to a single question: “What does time mean to you?”
BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM
Director: Peter Mottram
Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: Never has the saying been more true; you will reap what you sow…
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Director: Tommaso Frangini
Synopsis: A Knight, with a shadowy past, is lost in a dense and murky forest.
He is found by a Lady who takes care of him, but who also hides a mystery. Two wandering souls in the middle of the forest. A journey through the mists of memories and conscience.
Based on John Keats’ ballad “La belle dame sans merci”.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Director: Marcell Feher
Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: On the night bus, George must come up with the catchiest line in order to talk to the really hot girl or risk never seeing her again.