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Congratulations to our December 2017 Award Winners

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SHORT TO THE POINT – DECEMBER 2017 AWARDS

BEST FILM

Lau and Laudrup

Director: Charlotte Brodthagen

Country: Denmark

Duration: 30:00

Synopsis: Soccer-lover Lau lives a lonely existence at the refugee center, as his brother Laudrup is hospitalized. When an epidemic breaks loose in Copenhagen, Lau escapes the evacuation of the center and sets out to rescue his little brother.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Faith

Director: Tatiana Fedorovskaya

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: An old widower, former WW2 radio operator, perceives flashing bulb as his late wife’s messages from Heaven. His love will never die even when the lights are gone.

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Paradis

Director: Mads Eriksen

Country: Norway

Duration: 13:00

Synopsis: A stylistic tale of a strange man who lives a modest and lonely life, full of uptight, odd and quirky rituals. His only highlight of every day is meetings with an attractive woman in the park. Then one day something happens that will set his hidden playfulness free.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Haron

Director: Andrey Selivanov

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 29:51

Synopsis: On the bank of a river, in Siberia, the exiles are talking. One of them, a young Tatar, says about his house on the main land and dreams about his wife’s coming to him to Siberia. Semyon , who’s been staying in Siberia for 22 years, the carrier on the river, convinces him that the only way to be happy here is to stop dreaming. As an example Semion tells the story of a Gentleman, a Barin, from St. Petersburg, exiled to Siberia for a settlement. He also has been dreaming and used to say: “even in Siberia people can live good, even in Siberia happiness happens.” The Barin was happy when a young wife and little daughter came to Siberia for him. But she did not stay long with him, did not want to bury her beauty and youth in Siberia, and fled with one of the officials to St. Petersburg. For a long time the Barin had suffered, but in fact Semyon warned him from the very beginning: “do not dream, you will first want a family, then something else ..”. The Barin wished to get amnesty and come back to St Petersburg for his wife. About 8 years he had been straggling, turned gray, hunched, became quite sick .. But didn’t achieved anything. Then he “had found a new amusement” – his daughter had grown up. And again the Barin became happy, and again Semyon warned him … His daughter had got tuberculosis. Again, the Barin suffers. All the money has been spent on doctors, and the daughter couldn’t be cured. At night the Tatar sees a dream: his wife came to him and called him home. The Tatar can not follow his beloved, because the path lies across the river, and the Tatar does not know how to swim. The next morning Tatar helps Semyon to transport the Barin to the other shore, for a trip to the next doctor. He is very sympathetic to Barin. A little later, the Tatar and Semyon have an emotional dispute. The Tatar does not agree with how Semyon takes life. He says that “… God created man to be alive, so that there was a joy, a yearning and a grief …” God loves people, and Semyon, who feels nothing, wish nothing – he is not a human, but a stone, and that God does not love. Completely desperate, Tatar steals the boat and floats away towards his dream.

 

BEST EDITING

Lau and Laudrup

Director: Charlotte Brodthagen

Country: Denmark

Duration: 30:00

Synopsis: Soccer-lover Lau lives a lonely existence at the refugee center, as his brother Laudrup is hospitalized. When an epidemic breaks loose in Copenhagen, Lau escapes the evacuation of the center and sets out to rescue his little brother.

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

The Blue Door

Director: Paul Taylor

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 09:14

Synopsis: A district nurse, played by Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Crown) is assigned a new patient living alone in a dilapidated bungalow. The nurse soon discovers that her dying patient, and the home she inhabits, are hiding a dark secret. The Blue Door is a British horror short shot on Arri Alexa, on an entirely recycled and reclaimed set. It aims to put British Horror back on the cinematic map.

 

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

The Unknown Soldier

Director: Efim Graboy

Country: Israel

Duration: 07:55

Synopsis: An intimate investigation of World War II soviet veteran, 92 years old Newsak Weis or as he prefers, just uncle Nusya. The mission is to discover a real person under the armor of medals and the role model of hero.

 

BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

THE BEAST asleep

Director: Kostis Charamountanis

Country: Greece

Duration: 31:00

Synopsis: In a world where people stopped mating and the human race is under extinction, a lonely man Varsanouphios and a girl Ploumi, find love through an arranged marriage.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Face My Tribe

Director: Michael Zomer

Country: Netherlands

Duration: 04:00

Synopsis: Take an exclusive look at the last generation face tattooed women living in the remote mountain areas of Myanmar. An ethnographic short documentary that uncover the story behind their face tattoos and reveal how these tribe still maintain their life like their ancestors lived.

 

BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Sand

Director: Arjan Brentjes

Country: Netherlands

Duration: 04:48

Synopsis: You get up at five, eat your vitamins, take some water with your coffee, work for a few hours, eat your omegas and flavonoids, work a little more, get some exercise and then take a shower. But don’t bother trying to wash the sand out of your hair.

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

ANSWER ME

Director: MARCO ANTONIO BARAJAS MORALES

Country: Mexico

Duration: 13:02

Synopsis: Mr. Leonel is an old medical examiner, polite and well-behaved; his life has become old, repetitive and lonely. The strange and mysterious cellphone calls does not capture his attention anymore, but that night, a call makes the difference to end with his solitude.

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

PAPRIKA

Director: Gwen Francois

Country: Luxembourg

Duration: 06:48

Synopsis: In the mid sixties, a beautiful lady invites men in her stylish apartment. Her actions are spied by a man in black.

 

BEST AMATEUR SHORT FILM

Neutral

Director: Théo Comby Lemaitre

Country: France

Duration: 14:58

Synopsis: A journalist and a her cameraman are sent to the countryside to film a new way of hunting. They will discover a far darker reality than they expected.

 

SPECIAL  JURY AWARD

All My Demons – We The Lion

Director: Jhonatan López

Country: Peru

Duration: 03:42

Synopsis: Two lovers hit the road in search of nothing and everything at the same time, they have already found each other, and in this lonely and vertiginous road that they have ahead there is nothing but to feel, laugh, enjoy and above all, love.

 

SPECIAL  JURY AWARD

Supermotor

Director: Bastien Bron

Country: Switzerland

Duration: 02:40

Synopsis: Fuzzy singing how much he love cars while driving on laying pilots!

Insane.

 

SPECIAL  JURY AWARD

A Digital Bromance

Director: Léonard C. Héliot, Eliott De Gastines

Country: France

Duration: 02:25

Synopsis: If only you knew how much your phone cares about you…