2018 Winners

Congratulations to our November 2018 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – NOVEMBER 2018 AWARDS

BEST FILM
Ruffians
Producer: Pierre Yves Le Cunff
Director: Alexandre Jallali
Country: Belgium
Duration: 22:22
Synopsis: Marc Orban spent three years in prison. When he gets back to his neighborhood things have stopped. Vincent is gone and Adam works for Hungarian.

BEST DIRECTOR
The Rabbit’s Foot
Director: Charlie Brafman, Magnus McCullagh
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 19:12
Synopsis: ‘Lucky’ Francis, a card player blessed with an improbable degree of fortune, is digging a grave next to the old hanging tree, nine miles west of Yackton. An uncivilised brute by the name of William Barleycorn rides through the desert to meet him, having accused Francis of a most blasphemous indecency. Naturally, scores must be settled… Meanwhile, in a river out beyond Cob’s Hollow, in parts as yet uncharted, a hitherto luckless prospector has struck gold and the worm may finally have turned… But fate is a fickle friend, as the prospector has surely learned by now. Under the auspices of a mystical rabbit’s foot, the fortunes of these three men shall intertwine with fatal consequences in this pitch black comic fable.

BEST SCREENPLAY
The sea swells
Director: Amir Gholami
Writer: Amir Gholami
Country: Islamic Republic of Iran
Duration: 16:15
Synopsis: The War is surrounding an old man’s life who lives in middle of the Sea. (world without land)

BEST LEADING ACTOR
Ruffians
Actor: Geoffrey Carpiaux
Director: Alexandre Jallali
Country: Belgium
Duration: 22:22
Synopsis: Marc Orban spent three years in prison. When he gets back to his neighborhood things have stopped. Vincent is gone and Adam works for Hungarian.

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Lunch Time
Actor: Khorshid Cheraghipour
Director: Alireza Ghasemi
Country: Islamic Republic of Iran
Duration: 15:52
Synopsis: A 16-year-old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother. The people in charge at the hospital – due to her young age – won’t let her into the morgue and ask her to bring her guardian instead. However, the girl insists that most of her family is in jail for criminal activities. Finally, after her insistence, they agree to let her into the morgue…

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Rabbit’s Foot
Director of Photography: Arran Green
Director: Charlie Brafman, Magnus McCullagh
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 19:12
Synopsis: ‘Lucky’ Francis, a card player blessed with an improbable degree of fortune, is digging a grave next to the old hanging tree, nine miles west of Yackton. An uncivilised brute by the name of William Barleycorn rides through the desert to meet him, having accused Francis of a most blasphemous indecency. Naturally, scores must be settled… Meanwhile, in a river out beyond Cob’s Hollow, in parts as yet uncharted, a hitherto luckless prospector has struck gold and the worm may finally have turned… But fate is a fickle friend, as the prospector has surely learned by now. Under the auspices of a mystical rabbit’s foot, the fortunes of these three men shall intertwine with fatal consequences in this pitch black comic fable.

BEST EDITING
The Rabbit’s Foot
Editor: Adam Lee Hamilton
Director: Charlie Brafman, Magnus McCullagh
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 19:12
Synopsis: ‘Lucky’ Francis, a card player blessed with an improbable degree of fortune, is digging a grave next to the old hanging tree, nine miles west of Yackton. An uncivilised brute by the name of William Barleycorn rides through the desert to meet him, having accused Francis of a most blasphemous indecency. Naturally, scores must be settled… Meanwhile, in a river out beyond Cob’s Hollow, in parts as yet uncharted, a hitherto luckless prospector has struck gold and the worm may finally have turned… But fate is a fickle friend, as the prospector has surely learned by now. Under the auspices of a mystical rabbit’s foot, the fortunes of these three men shall intertwine with fatal consequences in this pitch black comic fable.

BEST SCENOGRAPHY
The sea swells
Director: Amir Gholami
Country: Islamic Republic of Iran
Duration: 16:15
Synopsis: The War is surrounding an old man’s life who lives in middle of the Sea. (world without land)

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
Al Hmar (The Donkey)
Director: Tariq Keblaoui
Country: Lebanon
Duration: 22:00
Synopsis: In Ancient Phoenicia, an old man is conned into believing that he had sinned by treating a man as his work-donkey for many years, and seeks forgiveness from the Gods to relieve himself of his wrongdoing. Loosely based on the 10th-century folktale: The Simpleton and the Sharper, from A Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM
Meatballs
Director: Chrys Barmpas
Country: Greece
Duration: 14:30
Synopsis: Panagiotis, a young introverted architect, is in the perfect relationship. Lena, his partner, embodies everything he desires, just like he discusses with a particularly attentive man in an office. But all the characteristics that once seemed heavenly to Panagiotis, now have become a living hell.

BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR
Departures
Director: Nicolas Morganti Patrignani
Country: Italy
Duration: 16:42
Synopsis: Ludovico accepted the tough choice of his sick wife to be left to die. It takes some time to let him find the courage to reveal their daughter the truth through memories.

BEST CHILDREN SHORT FILM
No Ghosts
Director: Ragnar Snorrason
Country: Iceland
Duration: 15:41
Synopsis: Young Ruth, has recently experienced a great loss. She has the burn marks to show but other wounds run deeper. Her father, ravaged by guilt, takes her to a birthday party where he submits his thoughts to an adult while Ruth does the opposite in her own company of peers. Ruth does not speak a word to the other children and only stares at the ghostly balloons adorning the room, when a boy asks her if she’ll play the seeker in a game of hide and seek, she doesn’t respond. The boy takes her silence as consent and all the kids go hide. Ruth finally decides to seek but instead of looking for the other children she grabs a ghost-balloon, sneaks out of the house and goes in search of her dead brother. Ruth’s father eventually realises she´s gone and after a reverse hide and seek, finds her at the origin of their mutual loss, their burnt down home where she deals with a ghost of her own.

BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM
Cuerdas
Director: Pedro Solís García
Country: Spain
Duration: 10:00
Synopsis: María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Pelé: The Game of my Life
Director: Rodrigo Olivar
Country: United States
Duration: 05:42
Synopsis: 48 years later, soccer legend Pelé recalls Brazil’s stunning 1970 World Cup victory.

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM
Frequencies
Director: Thomas R Peeters
Country: Belgium
Duration: 12:50
Synopsis: In an undefined decor workers fulfill a very monotonous job. The repeating character allows them to escape their physical presence. They wander in thoughts tailored to the labor. Or does the labor deliver a certain rhythm that limits their inner freedom?

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Alfonso – I’m happy
Director: William9
Country: Italy
Duration: 03:32
Synopsis: In a small village, a sadist wise barber makes fun of all clients, confident his plan is the only way to avoid the society’s destruction.

BEST MINI SHORT
I just wanted to see you
Director: Nikita Belomestnykh
Country: United States
Duration: 02:54
Synopsis: A girl in car parked underneath a bridge wakes up to an envelope stuck in her car’s window. Inside of the envelope contains something she did not expect to receive.

BEST MOBILE PHONE SHORT
UPEND
Director: Blake Worrell
Country: United States
Duration: 06:09
Synopsis: A father falls into an adventure in search of his son. He ends up in the most unsuspected places. Will anyone believe him?

BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM
The Critic
Director: Toby Martin Hughes, James Shannon
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 08:19
Synopsis: A sous-chef anxiously prepares for the visit of an important critic whose verdict could dramatically change the fortunes of the struggling restaurant she works in. But as the evening shift starts, the regular chef fails to arrive and tensions mount as the restaurant owner tightens the screws in a bid to recapture his past success.