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Congratulations to our November 2017 Award Winners

Posted on Posted in News, November 2017

SHORT TO THE POINT – NOVEMBER 2017 AWARDS

 

BEST FILM

FUCKING DRAMA

Director: Michael Podogil

Country: Austria

Duration: 17:01

Synopsis: A young couple admits to see an off theater play in a mysterious dark basement. The play begins as ‘arty’ as expected – some people film it amused with their phones. But the mood changes, when Manfred Amour, the author of the play enters the cellar.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

FAMILY FOR SALE

Director: Sebastien Petretti

Country: Belgium

Duration: 14:29

Synopsis: A small hole in a condom back in 1980, and Xav is conceived… Ironic when you know

that Oscar owns a sex shop. Oscar is the father. Typhaine, the mother, is a disinherited

bourgeois. Since the arrival of Petra, Typhaine can’t stop throwing herself against the

wall to express her discomfort. Petra is Oscar’s mistress. Xav has tried getting used to

his family, but eighteen years later, he’s had enough…

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

THE INNER SIDE – A BELSŐ OLDAL

Director: Dániel Reich

Country: Hungary

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: Domi is a 33 years old autistic boy, who never speaks and lives with his mother and father. They try everything to cure him, but no effect. The mother cynically tells the story of their unlucky family, she is hopeless. Only the books bring happiness in Domi’s life. He is obsessed by books. The family tries a new psychologist, Aliz, who soon realizes how important the books are for Domi. Now Aliz starts to write a story for Domi. This book changes the world around Domi, we see the story becoming alive and driving the boy towards the solution.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

RECALL

Director: Dániel Reich

Country: Hungary

Duration: 19:50

Synopsis: We are in the 80’s, the young boy Beni spending the holiday with his mum and sister, Gilla at lake Balaton. Beni finds an old photo camera and starts taking photos, obsessively. Gilla suddenly disappears while swimming in the water. They caný find her, but Beni doesn’t give up the search and with the help of a local investigator they keep looking for her. 10 years earlier in the same place , a girl disappear in similar circumstances, so they both feel that the answer to be sought beyond rationality.

 

BEST EDITING

QUAND LES POULES ONT EU DES DENTS – THE HEN

Director: David Braun

Country: France

Duration: 24:09

Synopsis: Year 2137, animals have so long disappeared that the younger generations do not even have a memory. While the reigning environmentalist dictatorship is trying to reintroduce a hen in the forest, the eco-citizens are formally banned on coming up to it. But Oscar, who illegally kept an ancient cookery book at his place, has a bee in his bonnet: eating it!

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

CAUTIONARY TALES

Director: Chris Barrett, Luke Taylor

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 08:04

Synopsis: A bizarre incident as a young boy left Aaron with an unusual facial disfigurement. Isolated and vulnerable, Aaron seeks comfort in the friendship and understanding of an unexpected group of outcasts.

 

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

ACHERON

Director: Matthias Kreter

Country: Germany

Duration: 13:47

Synopsis: During a 10-minute ride, we witness in 2 parallel long-takes the changing rivalries between three gangsters and the growing panic of their hostage in the truck. The kidnappers are only minutes away from delivering the captive to their boss. They just have to cross a river.

 

BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Lawman

Director: Matthew Gentile

Country: United States

Duration: 13:11

Synopsis: 1875, Indian Territory. Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety, but Bass argues that it’s the best job he can get to keep a roof over his family’s head.

When Bass charges into the desert, he engages in a shootout with two outlaws, Maha and Glen Huddleston, also African-American. Bass kills Maha in the gunfight, and arrests Glen, ordering him to carry Maha’s body across the desert back to Fort Smith.

Over the course of their journey, Glen questions Bass’ choice of career and tries to psych Bass out in an unorthodox attempt at escape, a tactic that works as Bass begins to question his own mind in regards to the idea of justice and choosing to fight for a law and a country that may never fight for him.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

CARMEN

Director: Natalia Preston

Country: Spain

Duration: 16:06

Synopsis: Sacrifice, a love story, longing and a difficult life far away from home: Carmen is a poignant and heartfelt portrait of a woman who follows her heart from Venezuela to Madrid, but finds a hard reality.

 

BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Agent 327: Operation Barbershop

Director: Hjalti Hjalmarsson, Colin Levy

Country: Netherlands

Duration: 03:51

Synopsis: Agent 327 is investigating a clue that leads him to a barbershop in Amsterdam. Little he knows that he is being tailed by mercenary Boris Kloris…

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

TASTE OF LOVE

Director: Paul Scheufler

Country: Austria

Duration: 04:32

Synopsis: „What is the taste of love?“ Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

EVE

Director: Artem Skiy

Country: Japan

Duration: 02:01

Synopsis: The first AI (Artificial Intelligence) did not have a specific location, rather it was spread through a global network of computers. The birth of Eve, a manifestation of AI in a physical human body, was not made in a lab, nor grown in a petri dish. Eve was born underground, deep in a utility level, constructed in the air from carefully rearranged elements.

 

BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM

The Loop

Director: Francisco Javier García

Country: Spain

Duration: 09:11

Synopsis: A normal day, on the way home, strange things, and an escape from something incomprehensible.

 

SPECIAL  JURY AWARD

SCHIRKOA

Director: Ishan Shukla

Country: India

Duration: 13:31

Synopsis: In the city of Bag-heads, a senate member faces a tough choice between political career, brothels and love for a mysterious woman. A choice that will transform his life and the city in unimaginable ways.

 

SPECIAL  JURY AWARD

THE FARE

Director: Santiago Paladines

Country: United States

Duration: 24:55

Synopsis: Javier, a 19-year-old Ecuadorian works transporting undocumented immigrants from the Mexican border to stash houses in Southern California. Working his way up a gang of human traffickers, everything changes the day he meets Cristina, a 14-year-old girl from his same hometown in Ecuador. As Javier is forced by the gang to use her as an instrument of his initiation to the gang, his memories and long forgotten past is uncovered. On the way to deliver her to a sex trafficking organization, Javier will have to decide between being loyal to the man that gave him everything or save Cristina’s life.

 

SPECIAL  JURY AWARD

CUBEMAN

Director: Linda Dombrovszky

Country: Hungary

Duration: 18:30

Synopsis: An elderly man is unable to accept that he is made to retire and his life takes a dramatic turn, when he realises that he cannot finish the work of his life.