Monthly Winners

Congratulations to our June 2020 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – JUNE 2020 AWARDS


BEST FILM

The Saverini Widow | France | 2020 | 19’           

Director: Loïc Gaillard    

Writer: Loïc Gaillard, Wilfried Méance   

Producer: Jonathan Hazan           

Cast: Christiane Conil, Toussaint Martinetti, Cédric Appietto, Marie-Pierre Nouveau

Synopsis: Bonifacio 1883, extreme south of Corsica. The widow of the late Saverini lives in an isolated house near the cliffs, with her only son Antoine, and her dog. During the day, she assists women giving birth in town. One night her son is killed in a clash. The murderer flees to Sardinia. Her world falls to pieces…


BEST DIRECTOR

Father-time | Bulgaria | 2019 | 12’         

Director: Martin Iliev     

Writer: Martin Iliev         

Producer: Angel Ivanov

Cast: Iosif Shamli, Martin Ivo Paunov      

Synopsis: An ever absent father has only few minutes to teach his eleven-year-old son a life lesson before leaving him again. 


BEST SCREENPLAY

The Saverini Widow | France | 2020 | 19’           

Director: Loïc Gaillard    

Writer: Loïc Gaillard, Wilfried Méance   

Producer: Jonathan Hazan           

Cast: Christiane Conil, Toussaint Martinetti, Cédric Appietto, Marie-Pierre Nouveau

Synopsis: Bonifacio 1883, extreme south of Corsica. The widow of the late Saverini lives in an isolated house near the cliffs, with her only son Antoine, and her dog. During the day, she assists women giving birth in town. One night her son is killed in a clash. The murderer flees to Sardinia. Her world falls to pieces…


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

The Saverini Widow | France | 2020 | 19’           

Actress: Christiane Conil

Director: Loïc Gaillard    

Writer: Loïc Gaillard, Wilfried Méance   

Producer: Jonathan Hazan           

Cast: Christiane Conil, Toussaint Martinetti, Cédric Appietto, Marie-Pierre Nouveau

Synopsis: Bonifacio 1883, extreme south of Corsica. The widow of the late Saverini lives in an isolated house near the cliffs, with her only son Antoine, and her dog. During the day, she assists women giving birth in town. One night her son is killed in a clash. The murderer flees to Sardinia. Her world falls to pieces…


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Father-time | Bulgaria | 2019 | 12’         

Actor: Martin Ivo Paunov

Director: Martin Iliev     

Writer: Martin Iliev         

Producer: Angel Ivanov

Cast: Iosif Shamli, Martin Ivo Paunov      

Synopsis: An ever absent father has only few minutes to teach his eleven-year-old son a life lesson before leaving him again. 


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Saverini Widow | France | 2020 | 19’           

Cinematographer: Boubkar Benzabat

Director: Loïc Gaillard    

Writer: Loïc Gaillard, Wilfried Méance   

Producer: Jonathan Hazan           

Cast: Christiane Conil, Toussaint Martinetti, Cédric Appietto, Marie-Pierre Nouveau

Synopsis: Bonifacio 1883, extreme south of Corsica. The widow of the late Saverini lives in an isolated house near the cliffs, with her only son Antoine, and her dog. During the day, she assists women giving birth in town. One night her son is killed in a clash. The murderer flees to Sardinia. Her world falls to pieces…


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Last Piece of the Puzzle | United Kingdom | 2020 | 09’         

Set designer: Calum Marshall

Director: Nicolo Goattin               

Writer: Nicolo Goattin   

Producer: Rosie Goodwin            

Cast: Natasha Chant , Angela Munnoch , Ian McShee      

Synopsis: Hope, a young but inquisitive girl, has a seemingly perfect but repetitive life. Hope starts seeing mysterious logos on her belongings, including the pill she’s forced to take daily. Worried, she spits her pill out secretly. After a while she develops splitting headaches and hallucinates the logo shining all around her to the point of collapse. She wakes up in bed that night, only to find her mother with a glowing tube in her stomach, staring at her. This scares Hope, so she starts banging on the windows in an escape attempt. After a hard hit, the view outside glitches, and everything goes black. The ceiling glitches next, leaving Hope staring up into the sky. With no roof, Hope climbs up the walls to escape, only to see infinite rows of identical, roofless houses and the logo glowing in the sky.


BEST EDITING

My Life : Something Different | Czech Republic | 2020 | 04’       

Editor: Jan Moravec

Director: Jan Moravec   

Writer: Jan Moravec      

Producer: Los Rentalos                 

Synopsis: We are watching on life of one young man from his birth, by school, first love and adult live. Now he is on crossroad and they are in crusial moment..


BEST NARRATIVE

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 COMEDY

Summer Time | France  | 2020 | 15’       

Director: Andra Tévy     

Writers: Andra Tévy, Manoline Beautier

Producer: Jonathan Hazan           

Cast: Ophelia Kolb, Alice Barnole, Sylvain Dieuaide, Hervé Terrisse, Samuel Brafman         

Synopsis: A summer Sunday on a café terrace near the Mediterranean coast.  Everyone can’t help but notice their seemingly peaceful neighbors at the other tables. Subjective and distorted perceptions, an impression that the grass is greener elsewhere… The ensuing comparisons and criticisms trigger a crisis at their own tables.


BEST DRAMA

The Favor | France | 2019 | 15’

Director: HENRY Bruno 

Writer: MAHIEU Maryline            

Producer: BARRA Gaultier           

Cast: HENRY Bruno, TREBEL Anne-Sophie             

Synopsis: CHRISTELLE works with PASCAL. They appreciate each other, are courteous to each other and are inclined to render each other mutually. But Christelle becomes strange, absent and bothered. One Sunday while Pascal is at home with his family, Christelle calls him and asks him to come because she has a problem. Worried, Pascal immediately goes home. There, she asks him to make him a child. Pascal, a good family man, is shocked and tries to bring her back to reason but the more he opposes, the more Christelle tries to convince and charm him.


BEST HORROR

Sensor | United States | 2020 | 04’        

Director: Brian L Tan “BLT”          

Writer: Jonathan Hirsch

Producer: Andrea Pasquettin     

Cast: Dana Lee, Nikki SooHoo    

Synopsis: Haunted by his experiences from the war, a Vietnam Veteran has had enough. Placing motion sensors around his property, he’s decided to face his demons once and for all. Unfortunately, he’s in for more than he bargained for.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

The Last Piece of the Puzzle | United Kingdom | 2020 | 09’         

Director: Nicolo Goattin               

Writer: Nicolo Goattin   

Producer: Rosie Goodwin            

Cast: Natasha Chant , Angela Munnoch , Ian McShee      

Synopsis: Hope, a young but inquisitive girl, has a seemingly perfect but repetitive life. Hope starts seeing mysterious logos on her belongings, including the pill she’s forced to take daily. Worried, she spits her pill out secretly. After a while she develops splitting headaches and hallucinates the logo shining all around her to the point of collapse. She wakes up in bed that night, only to find her mother with a glowing tube in her stomach, staring at her. This scares Hope, so she starts banging on the windows in an escape attempt. After a hard hit, the view outside glitches, and everything goes black. The ceiling glitches next, leaving Hope staring up into the sky. With no roof, Hope climbs up the walls to escape, only to see infinite rows of identical, roofless houses and the logo glowing in the sky.


BEST STUDENT

Monkey Thief | United States | 2020 | 06’                                                          

Director: Zachary Ates

Cast: Macie M Ates, Jacob R Ates             

Synopsis: Myles, a shy boy who musters the courage to face his bully, Dolores, and rescue his favorite toy from her. The ensuing battle ends prematurely as Myles makes a life-changing discovery.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Black Bear | United Kingdom | 2020 | 11’           

Director: Peter Paton    

Writer: Peter Paton        

Producer: Liam Morgan

Cast: Andrew Joshi, Anita Garcha, Brendon Riley, Paul Dewdney

Synopsis: After a traumatic experience we follow Riley through his trials and tribulations living with OCD.   Black Bear aims to challenge the stereotypes and educate audiences on the symptoms and struggles of OCD through our protagonist Riley, and his road to recovery.   Riley is robbed at the start of the film which triggers his OCD. He is struggling to live with the anxiety and how it affects his daily life, work, and relationships. Riley is suggested therapy sessions at the local church by his friend Shane, where a member Jeffrey tells a fable about dealing with mental health, a little at a time, day by day. This is the moving story of a man’s battle with his mental illness.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT

Dream Store | Poland | 2020 | 26’          

Director: Paweł Olearczyk           

Writer: Paweł Olearczyk

Producer: Paweł Olearczyk         

Cast: Bruno Grzeszykowski, Anna Dzierża, Paweł Kumięga, Andrzej Róg, Marta Kontny    

Synopsis: Kacper visits the Dream Store for his 10th birthday.


BEST ANIMATION

TOMAS. A TALE OF REDEMPTION Nº01 YEAR 2095 | Colombia | 2020 | 10’

Directors: Sandra Obando Morales, Tatiana Pinzon Salavarrieta  

Writers: Diana Vanegas Márquez, Sara Vanegas Márquez, Sandra Obando Morales, Tatiana Pinzón Salavarrieta

Producer: Malpraxis Studio                         

Synopsis: In a post apocalyptic Bogotá, a man will do anything in order to get to Arcadia, the only place alive in the planet. No matter what it takes, he will take a series of decisions to save himself, until he is trapped by his own destiny.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

“World Premiere Video” – The Music Video that survived after Music Television didn’t | United States | 2020 | 12’               

Diector: Mike J. Nichols

Writer: Mike J. Nichols  

Producer: Mike J. Nichols             

Cast: Mike J. Nichols      

Synopsis: Over 30 years ago, a young filmmaker embarked on a mission to make a low budget Music Video using Super-8 film – This Music Video paid tribute and homages to the 1980’s Music Television channel, MTV.  Inspired by Eddie Van Halen and Frank Zappa’s son, Dweezil, he borrowed a guitar and wrote his first song entitled, I WANT TO BE ON MTV – and thereafter attempted to make a music video spoofing MTV favorites like Bon Jovi, Van Halen and even the New Kids On The Block.   Amazingly, MTV’s own Dweezil Zappa did a cameo in this Music Video.   But…  …a fire destroys all the Super-8 footage and all this time it has been presumed lost… for 30 years….  YET,  during the COVID-19 SXSW shut down, The Zappa documentary lost it’s World Premiere so Mike J. Nichols – the editor of the Zappa documentary – finally found an old tape of this lost Super-8 footage and during confinement created his own surprisingly heartwarming mini documentary to turn his lost Super-8 film footage into a WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO!!!!    This is an honest and feel-good testament to a time when the world loved Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and everyday kids could use Super-8 film to make their own dreams toward one day making it in Hollywood…           


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

The animal that therefore I am | Netherlands | 2019  | 11’

Director: Bea de Visser

Writer:  Bea de Visser

Producer: Bea de Visser

Cast: Erin Hill, Hertog, Onida, Alexandra

Synopsis: “What does the animal see when it looks at me?” Three animals and a woman in an enclosed space. As they study each other, their own methods of communication create a wordless conversation. We view them in close-up and from various perspectives, with the woman as a solitary species in this universe. 


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

TSOY IS DEAD!   | Russian Federation |  2020 |   06’         

Director: Alexander Solovyov    

Writer: Alexander Solovyov        

Producers: Georgiy Cherdantsev, Kesh, Alexander Efoshkin, Alexander Solovyov                

Synopsis:  Nine-year old Kim lives in North Korea. Surrounded by a totalitarian regime every day is the same – until the moment when Viktor Tsoy’s rock concert interferes with the usual TV Signal. Kim is shocked by what he sees and becomes obsessed by the rock star, trying to move and dance like him. Kim is not the same person anymore, but will his new personality be accepted by his surroundings?


BEST MINI SHORT

I’m not alone, I have a dog | Taiwan | 2020 | 03’             

Director: Sheng Ting Shen           

Writer: Sheng Ting Shen              

Producer: Sheng Ting Shen         

Cast: Yi Tien Cheng         

Synopsis: A girl loves spending time with her dog. She’s not alone, but she’s lonely.


BEST MOBILE PHONE

My Life : Something Different | Czech Republic | 2020 | 04’       

Director: Jan Moravec   

Writer: Jan Moravec      

Producer: Los Rentalos                 

Synopsis: We are watching on life of one young man from his birth, by school, first love and adult live. Now he is on crossroad and they are in crusial moment..


BEST LOW/NO BUDGET

At Home with… Nick Mullins | United Kingdom | 2020 | 08’      

Directors: Paul Longley, James Longley  

Writer: Paul Longley      

Producers: Paul Longley, James Longley

Cast: Paul Longley, James Longley, Trevor Longley, Susan Longley              

Synopsis: The “At Home with…” team spends some time with football referee Nick Mullins, a man who has dreamt of being a referee since he was a child.   We follow Nick as he copes with life in lockdown during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has kept him away from his beloved job.   Nick opens up and gives us an insight into his life, his passions and his dreams for the future.


BEST SERIES (WEB/TV)

True Demon | Germany | 2019 | 12’      

Director: Jan Zenkner    

Writer: Hanno von Contzen        

Producers: Max Lais, Hanno von Contzen, Jan Zenkner   

Cast: Olivia Burkhart, Marcel Kowalewski, Justus Johanssen         

Synopsis: Anna and Jess have been looking forward to going camping together. But their fun trip is cut short when Jess suddenly disappears under mysterious and seemingly supernatural circumstances. Now, Anna resolves to search for Jess and enlists her friends Lukas and Ben to join her. Equipped with cameras, they document and post their journey online for everyone to witness, as it leads them to find brutal creatures and a wide-ranging conspiracy. With each step down this sinister path, Anna discovers ever more of her own dark past… but that is only the start.  TRUE DEMON is a fictional web series presented as an authentic vlog channel, with the videos filmed, edited and uploaded to YouTube by Anna and her friend Ben. While playing with the conventions of the format, TRUE DEMON also makes use of all its possibilities within the narrative. Anna regularly does live streams, interacts with the community and tells them in her vlogs what’s going on when the cameras aren’t running – an action-packed mystery in the style of a real YouTube channel designed to excite, engage with and share.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

Homeward | Israel | 2019 | 05’

Director: Shirley Neeman            

Writer: Shirley Neeman

Producer: Shirley Neeman                          

Synopsis: A woman leaves her home with only a suitcase in her hand. Exile is a lonely place, a search of a lost feeling of belonging, of identity and security. Nothing but a portrait on the wall to remind you where you came from, but it will not tell you who you are. Objects become a true companion when the searching road is the only place that feels like home.