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Congratulations to our March 2018 Award Winners

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SHORT TO THE POINT – MARCH 2018 AWARDS

 

BEST FILM

The Ticket

Director: Haris Stathopoulos

Country: Greece

Duration: 17:00

Synopsis: We follow the course of a ticket for Public Transportation as it passes from hand to hand. Each person that holds the ticket carries his own story and a social problem as well. A social recording of the Greek crisis.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

A Dark and Stormy Night

Director: Aleksi Mörttinen

Country: Finland

Duration: 12:51

Synopsis: A married couple’s passionate Saturday evening is interrupted by what appears to be a blackout. In reality, a dark force has crept into their lives to destroy their happiness. After a conversation that takes a very dark turn, their relationship will never be the same again.

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

No Service

Director: Alun Morgan

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 10:21

Synopsis: Chris, a selfish musician, has made a promise to play at his sisters wedding for the first dance. What will happen when his phone abandons him in the middle of nowhere with a car that won’t start?

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Last Words

Director: Mike Fisher

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 04:52

Synopsis: Emotive, funny and with stunning visuals, Last Words is a gorgeous dramatization of a Simon Armitage poem from Mike Fisher and Natasha Moses. A young woman shares the final moments of her life with a stranger in this warm-hearted short film by award-winning director Mike Fisher. Starring Ruth Bradley (Humans) and narrated by Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Last Words is a poignant look at final moments.

 

BEST EDITING

Level 4

Director: Charles Copsey

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 03:46

Synopsis: Two first-time criminals find themselves out of luck when their getaway vehicle is clamped up in a multi-storey car park.

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

The Big Night

Director: Pierre-Joseph Secondi

Country: France

Duration: 13:17

Synopsis: While his wife is away for the weekend, Julien decides to invite an old friend to spend the evening together as in the good old days. However, nothing will happen as expected and a big night awaits them.

 

BEST CHILDREN SHORT FILM

Twinkies & Root Beer

Director: Andre Campbell

Country: United States

Duration: 06:35

Synopsis: The plot is based on the anonymous “Twinkies & Root Beer” Story so often retold on the internet by faith based groups around the world. Further, the short film’s common but heavenly local park interactions (which are being depicted between the two main characters) warms the heart.

 

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

The Woodkin

Director: Mateusz Motyka

Country: Poland

Duration: 23:45

Synopsis: The Woodkin is a spirit of the forest, herald of change, the enemy of greed and gluttony. He punishes those who break the law od nature.

After ten years of absence Krzysiek takes his son for a hunting trip where he does everything to win the boy back. While two men are getting closer some lines get crossed. The Woodkin wakes up.

 

BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

On the Web

Director: Katarzyna Babicz

Country: Poland

Duration: 25:00

Synopsis: After humiliation at work, 30-year old Michal decides to struggle with pornography dependence. Soon, he explores the world of the internet web cams and meets a girl called Diana, working as a cyber prostitute. Intrigued and fascinated with Diana, he starts to stalk her.

 

BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Catherine

Director: Britt Raes

Country: Belgium

Duration: 11:51

Synopsis: Catherine loves pets! But most of all, she loves her cat. As she grows up, she can not connect with other people. Her cat is her life, and little by little she grows up to be a crazy old cat lady… Will she ever find friendship, or love?

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

The Northerners

Director: Ilya Povolotskiy

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 30:00

Synopsis: The Northerners is a cycle of film essays with a focus on Russian Northern individualism. Each one of the three parts plays out in different places around the Kola Peninsula over one day. The story evolves around the everyday life of three people that share no formal ties. Igor, who belongs to a dynasty of pilots, is a polar aviation squad commander; Vassily is a Murmansk merchant port tug master; Volodya is a woodcutter, leader of a wood harvesting guild. As most of those living in the North, they came here for work, and though they weren’t initially planning on staying on, they ended up staying forever. They share this peculiar perception of reality, a special rhythm of life and the way they see themselves and others. They have taught themselves not to fear to surrender their lives to natural cycles, to be proactive, to count on no one but themselves yet to always help everyone, even strangers, not to make plans and not to get down.

The Northerners is a project by Ilya Povolotsky, executed in collaboration with Toyota Russia. The key condition set by the brand was that the characters have a Toyota car, one of the many ever released.

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

Step by Step

Director: Kevork Demirjian

Country: United States

Duration: 01:52

Synopsis: The attempt to find meaning of the thoughts that linger in the back of the mind.

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Ice Teens – Maud Geffray

Director: Thomas Vernay

Country: France

Duration: 04:54

Synopsis: A girl joins a strange training center.

 

BEST MINI SHORT

BLUE-EYED

Director: Jan-David Bolt

Country: Switzerland

Duration: 01:20

Synopsis: The sheer objectivity of matter describes the perceptible with almost meticulous meticulousness.

 

BEST MOBILE PHONE SHORT

Vote For Me – Italy’s Migrant Crisis Fuels Election Campaign

Director: Claudio Lavanga

Country: Italy

Duration: 13:00

Synopsis: For years Italy has borne the brunt of the migrant crisis, and — because of its proximity to the North African coast — it has taken in the largest share of migrants compared to other European countries. The resultant humanitarian crisis has led to widespread racism, and it has been used by some parties, particularly those right-of-centre, to blame the country’s tattered economy and alleged growing crime rate on them. No wonder, then, that migration was the key issue during the recent general election. Journalist Claudio Lavanga embarks on a journey across Rome and Castel Volturno, where Italians and migrants live side by side in mutual mistrust, but also finds a glimmer of hope in the second generation. Those children of immigrants who, one day, hope to be called simply “Italians.”

 

BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM

Saviour Woman

Director: Amos Ostermeier

Country: Germany

Duration: 07:20

Synopsis: If others had her powers, they’d probably do nothing. But this Woman believes it her duty to use her abilities to help others. She puts on her costume and actually does something against all the criminality happening out there every day – but being a superheroine has a pervasive impact on her private life.