Monthly Winners

Congratulations to our January 2019 Award Winners

BEST FILM

PLAY  | Greece | 2017 | 30’       

Director: Vangelis Liberopoulos              

Writer: Thomas C. Dunn, Avraam Sekerglou     

Producers: Stelios Cotionis, Vangelis Liberopoulos, Rodolfos Valentinos Kriezis

Cast: Yannis Drakopoulos, Nikos Georgakis, Panis Kalofolias, Yiorgos Kentros, Sofia Kokkali      

Synopsis: Most adults dream of staying in childhood forever and going through life like in a game, free of society’s rules and restrictions. Five employees in a metal company put this dream into effect. What they find is that you may escape the rules but you can’t escape the consequences or your personal responsibility.


BEST DIRECTOR

PLAY  | Greece | 2017 | 30’       

Director: Vangelis Liberopoulos              

Writer: Thomas C. Dunn, Avraam Sekerglou     

Producers: Stelios Cotionis, Vangelis Liberopoulos, Rodolfos Valentinos Kriezis

Cast: Yannis Drakopoulos, Nikos Georgakis, Panis Kalofolias, Yiorgos Kentros, Sofia Kokkali      

Synopsis: Most adults dream of staying in childhood forever and going through life like in a game, free of society’s rules and restrictions. Five employees in a metal company put this dream into effect. What they find is that you may escape the rules but you can’t escape the consequences or your personal responsibility.


BEST SCREENPLAY

THE 100TH VICTIM | Canada | 2018 | 20’            

Director: Anthony von Seck      

Writer: Anthony von Seck          

Producer: Anthony von Seck    

Cast: Devon Graye, Anthony von Seck, Tamara Duarte, Tymothy Paul Coderre               

Synopsis: A truck stop diner, a killer confesses his bizarre experiments to a blogger for the LA Times. An unassuming middle-aged man shares his appetite for twisting fate and playing God. He has polaroids of his ninety-nine victims, by the end of their meal, one of them will be the next.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Un cortometraje sobre la educacion | Chile | 2017 | 19’            

Actor: Alejandro Trejo

Director: Sebastián Nemo Arancibia.    

Writer: Sebastián Nemo Arancibia.        

Producers: Sebastián Nemo Arancibia, Valentina Roblero, Javiera Zurita            

Synopsis: Jorge is a fifty-year-old math teacher who is hired at a school with serious bullying issues. His feeling of powerlessness will lead to his own morals being corrupted.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

CLAC! | France | 2018 | 20’        

Actress: Geneviève Emanuelli

Director: Fabien Ara      

Writer: Fabien Ara         

Producer: Fabien Ara   

Synopsis: A family dinner at a Chinese restaurant. MOTHER : « I have Alzheimer. I am going to kill myself. Tonight. » The last meal of a family ready to blow and freaking out.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

PLAY  | Greece | 2017 | 30’       

Director: Vangelis Liberopoulos              

Writer: Thomas C. Dunn, Avraam Sekerglou     

Producers: Stelios Cotionis, Vangelis Liberopoulos, Rodolfos Valentinos Kriezis

Cast: Yannis Drakopoulos, Nikos Georgakis, Panis Kalofolias, Yiorgos Kentros, Sofia Kokkali      

Synopsis: Most adults dream of staying in childhood forever and going through life like in a game, free of society’s rules and restrictions. Five employees in a metal company put this dream into effect. What they find is that you may escape the rules but you can’t escape the consequences or your personal responsibility.


BEST EDITING

Fire Flames | Canada | 2019 | 05’          

Directors: Briggs Ogloff, Tiana Franks, Erin O’Connor     

Writer: Erin O’Connor   

Producer: Erin O’Connor             

Cast: Isla Pouliot, Owen Brackman         

Synopsis: During summer’s final moments, Bill reflects on his mother leaving.


BEST SCENOGRAPHY

Champion | Sweden | 2015 | 19’           

Director: Måns Berthas               

Writers: Daniel Burman, Måns Berthas

Producers: Måns Berthas, Daniel Burman          

Cast: Sten Ljunggren    

Synopsis: Harsh midwinter. A frozen marriage in a remote cabin. An man from the past returns to seek revenge, and long lost feelings come alive. A wordless battle begins and the eternal triangle finally comes to an end.


BEST COMEDY

Date Night | Romania | 2017 | 17’         

Director: Stela Pelin      

Writer: Stela Pelin, Ioachim Stroe           

Producers: Stela Pelin, Alexandru Mihai, Claudiu Mitcu, Ioachim Stroe , Robert Fița      

Cast: Ionuț Niculae, Ilona Brezoianu      

Synopsis: Andrei works at a crummy car-wash. Due to a series of unfortunate events he get’s fired. This is terrible news for Andrei giving the fact that he is getting married soon. At home the couple gets in quarrel and Andrei tells a story to avoid the fight. Who knew this was going to be a bad idea?


BEST DRAMA

BLOCK | Islamic Republic of Iran | 2018 | 15’    

Director: Mostafa Rabbani         

Writer: Mostafa Rabbani, Farshad Najafi            

Producer: Mostaf Rabbani         

Cast: Farhang Omrani   

Synopsis: Ehsan, a 16-year old teenage boy, takes a prostitute home for the first time in the absence of his religious family and with the support of his friend. The prostitute gets into trouble by accident. Ehsan who fears the consequences does something irreversible…             


BEST HORROR

HOMBRE  | Chile | 2017 | 22’   

Director: Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz           

Writer: Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz

Producers: María Ignacia Melo & Maximiliano Scheleff

Cast: Franco Tapia, Daniel Candia, Eduardo Reyes          

Synopsis: It’s been several days of cross-country for Miguel and his father. Despite of them walking deep into the wild, they can’t find any animals to hunt. Exhausted by the boorish demands of his traveling companion, Miguel enters the forest during the night, finding a strange monster that dwells there. The boy decides not to reveal the episode and hide the fear he begins to experience. Miguel is torn between his deepest fears and the desire to be a “real man” as dictated by his father, putting his own identity and nature in question.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

Birthday | Italy | 2017 | 15’       

Director: Alberto Viavattene    

Writer: Alberto Viavattene        

Producers: Claudio Bronzo, Lorenzo Lotti, Alessandro Regaldo

Cast: Roxane Duran, Sydne Rome, Stewart Arnold, Viola Sartoretto , Loredana Armanni           

Synopsis: Night. An abusive nurse wanders through the halls of a nursing home. She integrates her salary by secretly selling prescription drugs to junkies and stealing from the most vulnerable patients. The only thing she hates more than her job is old people. Upon entering room 12, occupied by three sisters, she discovers that one of them has just turned one-hundred years old: there must be a birthday present somewhere… that will change their lives forever.


BEST NARRATIVE

Pillowface | Hungary | 2018 | 11’          

Director: Péter Vácz      

Writer: Péter Vácz         

Producer: Bálint Zágoni               

Cast: Dezső Derzsi, Anna Sándor            

Synopsis: An introverted man creates a pillow friend in his hotel room to ease his loneliness but this new friendship is short-lived when the maid makes the bedding again and again…


BEST STUDENT

TILL THE END OF THE WORLD | Netherlands | 2018 | 27’            

Director:Florence Bouvy             

Writer: Jessie Tiemeijer

Producers: Eefje Helmus, Charlene Vos              

Cast: Linde van der Storm, Juda Goslinga, Gino Mutunda, Fred Goessens, Mike Libanon, Elisa Beuger Synopsis: Marie is eight years old and loves her dad. In a world where playful dreams can suddenly turn into empty eyes that don’t seem to see her, she tries to stand her own. A story about the strength of a child fighting for the unconditional love of her father.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Dreamland | Poland | 2019 | 19’

Director: Natasza Parzymies

Writer: Natasza Parzymies

Producer: Maciej Ślesicki

Key Cast: Krzysztof Rogucki, Sylwia Gola, Wojciech chorąży

Synopsis: When 19-year-old Boy takes up a job at a local amusement park, he falls in love with a much older Girl who works as his replacement as a bear mascot. There is just one ploblem- The Girl is in a long-lasting toxic relationship with the Boss of the theme park.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT FILM

Vacant Rooms | Poland | 2019 | 27’      

Director: Bartłomiej Jakubiak   

Writer: Bartłomiej Jakubiak,  Katarzyna Górat-Rzepka (dialogs)              

Producers: Maciej Ślesicki, Warsaw Film School              

Synopsis: 11- years old girl called Zosia – the girl from the rich family, who came to visit her aunt in a small village. Everything seems normal except the fact that her aunt’s mansion is known to be haunted. At the beginning Zosia doesn’t really like neither the place nor her aunt. But when she meets a boy at her age and it turns out that they get along really well she seems to enjoy her vacations a little bit more. But one day they decide to take a risk and solve the mystery of that mansion by doing everything what her aunt told her not to do.


BEST ANIMATION

Tangle | Islamic Republic of Iran | 08’ 

Director: Malihe Ghloamzadeh

Synopsis: A life of a girl in war


BEST DOCUMENTARY

INTO MY LIFE | United States | 2018 | 15’

Director: Ivana Hucîková, Sarah Keeling, Grace Remington                        

Producer: UnionDoc     

Cast: Cassandra Bromfield, M. Elaine Bromfield               Synopsis: Growing up in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8 camera. Today, Cassandra examines and edits these films, gaining insight into the challenges her mother faced as a creative black woman and the importance of her vision.      


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

THE DIVINE WAY | Germany | 2018 | 15’

Director: Ilaria Di Carlo 

Writer: Ilaria Di Carlo     

Producer: Ilaria Di Carlo               

Cast: Ilaria Di Carlo         

Synopsis: “The path to paradise begins in hell” — Dante Alighieri  Loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Divine Way takes viewers along on the protagonist’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As the woman journeys deeper, the staircases mutate and she is trapped and pulled into their dangerous landscape, conducting us through more than fifty magnificent locations.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

THIRSTY EYES – 838  | Austria | 2018 | 06’

Director: Ioan Gavriel   

Writer: Ioan Gavriel, Samuel Ebner       

Producer: Ioan Gavriel 

Cast: Samuel Ebner, Marcin Morga        

Synopsis: 838 is a music-video taking place in its own dark & obscure Eastern European world, a constant escape from oneself in a schizophrenic nightmare. Triggered by a sudden encounter on a lonely road, the protagonist’s grasp of reality starts to fall apart — at fast pace.           


BEST MINI SHORT

Beautiful Colors | United States | 2018 | 03’

Director: J. A. Moreno 

Cast: Naomi Morillo      

Synopsis: Beautiful Colors is a glimpse into a forgotten way of seeing. As we make our way into adulthood, the intensity of how we experience the world as children gradually fades away. Flavours are not as sharp, smells are not as pungent, and colors are not as beautiful.   This is what director J.A. Moreno visually illustrates with his latest short film. Inspired by Tennyson’s Favorite Things, Beautiful Colors tells us of how we’ve become tainted by society, losing focus of the dreams, hopes and goals we initially set out with.   Helped by those who have managed to stay true to themselves, Beautiful Colors is a reminder of those special moments when we are finally able to truly see again.


BEST MOBILE PHONE SHORT                        

2FACES | Martinique | 2018 | 1’

Director: Amingo THORA            

Writer: Amingo THORA

Producer: Amingo THORA          

Cast: David-Alexandre Fatna, Malaï Lise              

Synopsis: A couple preparing a love journey …


BEST AMATEUR

Stockholm Noir | Sweden | 2019 | 5’

Director: Olof Sylvén    

Writer: Olof Sylvén

Producer: Olof Sylvén

Cast: Jenny Berg, Gino Estéra   

Synopsis: Jonas is Stockholms most gruesome assassin. When the mother to Jonas daughter Julia, suddenly dies in a car accident, his fate becomes tied to a woman: The Queen.          


BEST SERIES

In bed | Russian Federation | 2018 | 05’

Director: Shota Gamisonia         

Writer: Shota Gamisonia            

Producers: Elizaveta Matrosova, Iakov Dubrovskiy, Shota Gamisonia   

Cast: Svetlana Kamynina, Valeriy Prusakov, Nino Ninidze , Kirill Kaganovich , Denis Shvedov, Dasha Belousova, Varya Shmykova         

Synopsis: This is a story about relationships between men and women in bed, particularly about exhausting sex life of Anya and Andrey, about joyful and emotional love of Larissa and Denis , about Katya’s loneliness and promiscuous sex life of Jenya.  


BEST FASHION SHORT

Moncler Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara | Poland | 2018 | 02’

Director: Michal Socha, Kuba Socha       

Writer: Michal Socha, Kuba Socha          

Producers: Ron Diamond ACME Filmworks, BrosFX        Synopsis: Film is a part of Moncler genius immersive event that took place in September in Milan. Ispired by collection Hiroshi Fujiwara, our idea was to destroy old to create new. Surrealistic mix of animated scenes in another dimension, different world including defragmented element such as fire, water, wind . Revolution brings defragmented chaos that evolve to an new world and order.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

Be Ready |  Italy | 2018 | 2’

Director: Giacomo Boeri e Matteo Grimaldi                      

Synopsis: The Milan-based production company The Blink Fish returns with the latest fashion film produced for the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (National Chamber of Italian Fashion).  Shot to celebrate Milan Fashion Week SS/19 (18-24 September, 2018), Be Ready sees Ukrainian model Nastya Timos determined to be in top shape for the upcoming Milanese fashion season. Frantically trying on outfits, rehearsing for selfies and relentlessly working out, the result is a humorous and light-hearted interpretation of the excitement taking place during fashion week and the preparation involved.   As is customary for the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Be Ready supports the local design scene by featuring a wide range of brands based in Italy, from emerging to more established, namely Arthur Arbesser, Gabriele Colangelo, GCDS, Giannico, Lucio Vanotti, Marco de Vincenzo, Paula Cademartori, Sara Battaglia, Stella Jean and Vivetta.  The Blink Fish and the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana have been collaborating since 2016, developing an increasingly strong online presence with fresh and relevant video content with each fashion season. Some of their most recent works, such as Start the Buzz and Waiting Room, have been internationally recognised and selected by several film festivals, including Berlin Fashion Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival and the Muse Creative Awards.