Monthly Winners

Congratulations to our May 2020 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – MAY 2020 AWARDS

BEST FILM

Keratin | United Kingdom | 2020 |  08’

Directors: Andrew Butler, James Wilson

Writers: Andrew Butler, James Wilson   

Producer: Laurie Mahon              

Cast: Jason Thorpe, Robert Nairne           

Synopsis: ‘Keratin’ follows an isolated man’s ritualistic pursuit of creation in the heart of a dark, dense forest.


BEST DIRECTOR

Playback Is A Bitch | United States | 2020 | 20’

Director: Scot Sax            

Writers: Benjamin Stranger & Scot Sax   

Producer: Leslie Mills     

Cast: Cody Brooks, Bee Taylor    

Synopsis: What does it take to find sanity in a world gone mad? A fat recording contract with a major label? The love of a good woman? Or maybe just a little wind, enough to get your kite off the ground.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Keratin | United Kingdom | 2020 |  08’

Writers: Andrew Butler, James Wilson   

Directors: Andrew Butler, James Wilson

Producer: Laurie Mahon              

Cast: Jason Thorpe, Robert Nairne           

Synopsis: ‘Keratin’ follows an isolated man’s ritualistic pursuit of creation in the heart of a dark, dense forest.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Raspberry | The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia | 2018 | 13’

Actress: Ivana Pavlakovikj and Sara Klimoska

Director: Anastasija Lazarova Pilling         

Writer: Аnastasija Lazarova Pilling            

Producer: Nikola Madic

Cast: Ivana Pavlakovikj, Sara Klimoska, Amernis Nokshiqi, Stefan Spasov , Bojan Kirkovski

Synopsis: Andrea is home alone and her best friend Dona comes for a sleepover, determined to go to the party where her crush Viktor will be at. In the club, they see Viktor with another girl and Andrea’s brother. When Dona pushes Andrea to find out from her brother who the girl is, the persuasion puts their friendship to the test.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Swarm  | Germany | 2020 | 12’

Actor: Janek Heese

Director: Stefan Koutzev              

Writer: Stefan Koutzev 

Producer: Stefan Koutzev            

Cast: Janek Heese           

Synopsis: Thirteen year old  Janek is seduced by the new hype of a trading card game at his school. Wishing for approval, but not being able to afford new cards, he finds a way to harvest attention.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Eldorado | Brazil | 2019 | 13’    

Cinematographer: Fernando Bertoluci

Director: Cristiano Brant Trindade            

Writer: Peele and Yentl  Heitor

Producer: Dhalia and Egisto Betti             

Cast: Cristiano brant trindade    

Synopsis: Refugees in a place outside of urban frequency, a couple lives in search of more property about the time.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Sunshine Periphery | Germany | 2020 | 24’       

Set designer: Mac Kretschmer

Director: Eric J. Liddle    

Writer: Eric J. Liddle       

Producers: Valentina Huber , EE Miller   

Cast: Gabriel Tauber, Lary Muller , Matt Greenaway

Synopsis: Jonny wakes in the heat of the desert. The world that surrounds him is strange and utterly unpredictable. Upon encountering this absurdest reality, Jonny meets somewhat familiar strangers, who guide him on an involuntary quest to find meaning, truth and answers to some of life’s most elusive questions. During this journey of self discovery, Jonny is exposed to his weaknesses and reminded of his passions in a chaotic excursion of a world that vaguely resembles California. Beyond the vast deserts, never ending roads and idyllic beaches Jonny must try and evaluate his situation and come to terms with why exactly he is going through this experience.


BEST EDITING

Playback Is A Bitch | United States | 2020 | 20’

Editor: Josh Shreve

Director: Scot Sax            

Writers: Benjamin Stranger & Scot Sax   

Producer: Leslie Mills     

Cast: Cody Brooks, Bee Taylor    

Synopsis: What does it take to find sanity in a world gone mad? A fat recording contract with a major label? The love of a good woman? Or maybe just a little wind, enough to get your kite off the ground.


BEST NARRATIVE

Sunshine Periphery | Germany | 2020 | 24’       

Director: Eric J. Liddle    

Writer: Eric J. Liddle       

Producers: Valentina Huber , EE Miller   

Cast: Gabriel Tauber, Lary Muller , Matt Greenaway

Synopsis: Jonny wakes in the heat of the desert. The world that surrounds him is strange and utterly unpredictable. Upon encountering this absurdest reality, Jonny meets somewhat familiar strangers, who guide him on an involuntary quest to find meaning, truth and answers to some of life’s most elusive questions. During this journey of self discovery, Jonny is exposed to his weaknesses and reminded of his passions in a chaotic excursion of a world that vaguely resembles California. Beyond the vast deserts, never ending roads and idyllic beaches Jonny must try and evaluate his situation and come to terms with why exactly he is going through this experience.


BEST COMEDY

Not Your Average Bear  | Canada | 2020 | 15’   

Director: Cliff Skelton    

Writer: Simon Longmore              

Producers: Adam Lolacher, Simon Longmore      

Cast: Simon Longmore, Mauri Momose, Andrew Ucrianet, JC wendt, Christy Webb Gibson, Lisa Faist, Dominik Longmore, April Telek, Reese Alexander, Kevin O Grady, Adil Zaidi             

Synopsis: A daring robbery pulled off by the most unlikely of culprits. What an average man will do when pushed to his limits. 


BEST DRAMA

Togetherland | United States | 2019 | 14’                          

Director: Máté Boegi

Writer: Máté Boegi & Árpád Hermán

Producer: Melanie Grams & Kristof Boegi

Director of Photography: Ziryab Ben Brahem

Cast: Robert Brettenaugh, Alexandria Churchwell and Elohim Nycalove

Synopsis: A father’s half-baked plan to reunite his family.


BEST HORROR

A Wild World | Spain | 2019 | 20’           

Directors: Rodrigo E. Marini Valsechi,David Santamaría González

Writers: David Santamaría González,Rodrigo E. Marini Valsechi  

Producer: David Santamaría

Cast: González,Rodrigo E. Marini Valsechi                              Synopsis: The Saint, a gangster from Madrid’s underworld, is obsessed with the pursuit of loyalty. His favorite hitman Dante, his trusty cook Benigna, and his unconditional Evaristo, a lackluster torturer, according to his closest environment. Kira, an enigmatic woman with a desire for revenge, unleashes in him the hatreds of a past he believed buried.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

The fever | Spain | 2019 | 19’   

Director: José María Flores

Writer: Miranda               

Producer: Jose María Flores        

Cast: Luisa Bellido,Alberto Sarmiento,Isabel Castro                          

Synopsis: In the doctor´s waiting room, all patients are quietly keeping their secrets.There, surrounded by whispers, a magical love story is born between HE: A patient tired of being quiet, and SHE: The nurse on the sign reminding: “Quiet please”.


BEST STUDENT

Summit of Solitude | Austria | 2020 | 33’            

Director: Andreas Bacher             

Writer: Andreas Bacher

Producer: Juliana Kraushofer     

Cast: Hannes Schmid, Wolfgang Hundegger, Gregor Kronthaler, Alfred Kröll         

Synopsis: Peter Schweiger lives in Tyrol in 1958 and works as a farmhand on his grandparents’ farm. Like many others at the time Peter smuggles goods across the border into South Tyrol. On one of these tours he is shot by his father who works as a customs officer.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

In My Mind | United States | 2020 | 13’              

Director: Daniel Carrai   

Writers: Daniel Carrai, Nathan Wyatt      

Producers: Marybeth DIngles, Jacob Harding       

Cast: Lani Randol, Nathan Wyatt               

Synopsis: Emma experiences her relationship in retrospect from a moment of betrayal, questioning how she perceives her position in the world.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT

The little thief | United States | 2019 | 04’         

Director: Nicole Vanden Broeck

Writer: András Roder    

Producer: Jervis Li

Cast: Kue Lawrence        

Synopsis: After stealing a bean from a local market, a young boy experiences guilt for the first time.


BEST ANIMATION

Stick To Manual | United States | 2020 | 08’      

Directors: Christian Antonini, Tanice Arnold         

Writers: Martin Leon Y Leon, Karen Salzgeber    

Producer: UCF SVAD                      

Synopsis: When a curious robot finds a seemingly worthless book, he discovers that the knowledge within is truly priceless.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

EDIT AS IF I DISAPPEARED | Russian Federation | 2019 | 16’      

Director: Oksana Timchenko      

Writer: Oksana Timchenko          

Producer: Oksana Timchenko                    

Synopsis: Sometimes life can only be accepted through death denial. A film about the therapeutic nature of creativity, exploring the extent to which film-making can be a psychotherapeutic practice.  Young people get to know each other on a film course, make a documentary about suicide together in search of an answer to the question why life is worth living, and fall in love with each other. Six months later, the guy commits suicide, and the girl tries to make him the protagonist of the film, editing from the periphery of the footage: the moments and phrases captured by the camera – by accident or as a joke.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Seedling | India | 2020 | 04’      

Director: Nisrin Aziz                        

Producer: Adil Aziz          

Cast: Kannakee Bhuyan

Synopsis: Seedling is an experimental film created and spearheaded by Nisrin Aziz along with collaborators from all over the world.   This piece is a non-profit film endeavour that seeks to inspire introspection and a spiritual connection to the natural world, especially for those who have little or no access to greenery and nature in their Covid-19 lockdown scenarios world over.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

DREZDEN “DAVIDA OLEN” | Belarus | 2020 | 05’             

Director: Vladimir Nefedov                         

Producer: Vladimir Nefedov


BEST MINI SHORT

Busy Tuesday | Canada | 2019 | 03’       

Director: Roger Gariépy

Writer: Roger Gariépy   

Producer: Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette   

Cast: Serge Bouchard    

Synopsis: In the form of a haiku, Gros mardi (Busy tuesday) is a little poem that celebrates the evanescence of things and… outdoor cardio.


BEST MOBILE PHONE

Kaminda | Netherlands | 2020 | 03’      

Director: David van Delden         

Writer: Juan-Carlos Goilo                             

Cast: Zane de Wind, Lucca Elisabeth        

Synopsis: A visual poem of a 3-year-old boy’s journey of self-discovery. Kaminda revisits David’s childhood adventures narrated by a young voice in spoken words written by Juan-Carlos Goilo.   From the dry northern plains to the atmospheric damp caves, Kaminda takes you through the rustic landscapes of Curaçao with stunningly captured scenes. Hear the primitive sounds of Curaçao’s “Muzik di Zumbi” accompanied by scenes shot under water, on land and in the air.  The unpredictability of nature and a 3-year-old boy presented some challenges when shooting certain scenes. But there where also these moments where all I had to do was press record and watch something amazing unfold in front of me. This resulted in a film that resembled the purity of the story.  In 2017 I created my first film on an iPhone 6. Since then I’ve been experimenting with mobile film. When shooting on mobile the rules are completely different. This drives me to think outside the box and think of creative ways to capture that epic scene.


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

Adventure Brothers | United Kingdom  | 2020  | 10’      

Directors: Paul Longley, James Longley  

Writer: Paul Longley      

Producers: Paul Longley, James Longley

Cast: Paul Longley, James Longley, Susan Longley             

Synopsis: Paul and James are brothers. They do not get on well with each other. Forced to isolate together during the lockdown of 2020, they struggle to coexist in each other’s company. However, when they discover a sketchbook with unusual powers everything begins to change as a whole world of possibilities presents itself to the pair.  Will this discovery bring them closer together? Or will it drive them further apart?