Monthly Winners

Congratulations to our February 2019 Award Winners

BEST FILM

WHATEVER IT TAKES | France | 2019 | 15’          

Director: Pierre Amstutz Roch     

Writer: Pierre Amstutz Roch        

Producer: Olivier BERLEMONT    

Cast: Lionel Abelanski , Camille Japy , Phillipe Duquesne    

Synopsis: Stéphane, 50, loses his job. Desperate to get a new job, he makes up a plan with his wife Fiona to take down his rival. Their bad luck and clumsiness won’t make it easy..


BEST DIRECTOR

AMERICAN MARRIAGE  | United States  | 2018 | 15        

Director: Giorgio Arcelli Fontana

Writer: James Ivory (Collaboration)          

Producers: Stephen Gibler , James Ivory  

Cast: Giorgio Arcelli Fontana, Lori Hammel            

Synopsis: Leonardo, an Italian immigrant who lives in New York, marries a Latina woman, Nikki, to obtain the American greencard. Through the comedy of it all Nikki and Leo fall in love “for real” but it looks like “Uncle Sam” will be the one to have the last laugh.


BEST SCREENPLAY

The Last Man on Earth Sat Alone in a Room | United States | 2019 | 03’

Director: Junyi Xiao    

Synopsis: “The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door …”


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Úrs | Belgium | 2018 | 20’          

Actor: MAXIME RENAUD

Director: GASPARD AUDOUIN     

Writer: GASPARD AUDOUIN        

Producer: LYDIA INDJOVA

Cast: MAXIME RENAUD, DAPHNE WELLENS, CLEMENT GOETHALS              

Synopsis: During an audition, a young actor stares the eye of the camera. He then recalls his last night unusual encounter. A man in front of a supermarket, in the middle of the night…


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

26 | Denmark |  2018 | 12’         

Actress: Alice Esther Bier Zandén

Director: Emma Lund Rasmussen              

Writers: Penelope Bjerregaard, Emma Lund Rasmussen    

Producer: Penelope Bjerregaard 

Cast: Alice Esther Bier Zandén, Rikke Westi, Julie Jeziorski Jensen  

Synopsis: Barbara is turning 26. Her and her two friends, Olivia and Freja, has as a tradition to jump in the ocean, every time one of them has their birthday. But Olivia is completely absent, constantly looking at her phone and Freja have brought little baby Ella with her. They do not want to jump. And Barbara do not want to do it alone. In a magical moment, Barbara encounters her old friends, from back in time where they created the tradition. But the dreamy and carefree moment quickly disappears again. Back in the present, Olivia is arguing over the phone and Freja is about to leave. Barbara realizes, that she must find the strength in herself. She runs towards the ocean. Alone but confident.          


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

MASS | France | 2019 | 10’        

Directors: Fu LE, Adrien Gontier  

Director of Photography: Adrien Gontier

Writer: Fu LE      

Synopsis: MASS is a 10 minutes single take video-dance shot in Paris. The project was framed within the Danse en Seine’s choreographic workshops, including 40 amateur dancers. Images of the crowd appear more and more often and symbolize the current upheavals all over the world, evoking alternately parties, migrations of refugees, manifestations, religious gatherings or just the daily life of big cities. We thus work on the mass, with all the drunkenness and horror it can inspire. We confront the individual with crowd movements, in order to observe how he resists or lets immerse himself.


BEST EDITING

Wasteland | Sweden |   2019 | 04’          

Editor: Gustav Bondeson              

Director: Gustav Bondeson          

Writer: Gustav Bondeson             

Cast: David Digman, Max Shore, Hedvig Lannsjö  

Synopsis: Wasteland portrays a broken relationship between two men and the emotional (non) processing of it. The story follows two persons conversation about life where the main character in the conversation realises that he never has allowed himself to feel sorrow.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Death of Don Quixote | United Kingdom | 2018 | 14’            

Production Designer: Luke Howes

Director: Miguel Faus     

Writer: Miguel Faus        

Producer: Nathalie Lamprecht    

Cast: Jamie Paul, John O’Toole, Dermot Caravan, Michael Watson-Gray    

Synopsis: London, 1968. Alphonse, a young and ambitious filmmaker, attempts to complete his greatest cinematic work yet, “The Death of Don Quixote”. But with his ageing star, Patrick Quincey, falling ill, it’s unclear what will die first: his vision, Patrick or Don Quixote.  “It’s brilliant!” (Terry Gilliam)


BEST COMEDY

Walter Treppiedi | Italy | 2019 | 15’       

Director: Elena Bouryka 

Writer: Elena Bouryka    

Producer: Massimo di Rocco       

Cast: Vittorio Ciorcalo    

Synopsis: Walter is an unpleasant man, dirty, a small-time middleman, a third class swindler. He lives in an old station wagon full of dirt and scraps of a lifetime. In that car, Walter eats, sleeps, receives young customers to whom he promises to break into the show business, as long as they are willing to do anything and in exchange for a bribe.  His bodyguard is always by his side, he’s too old and smells. He’s own faithful life companion: A Rottweiler named Blackie.


BEST DRAMA

26 | Denmark |  2018 | 12’         

Director: Emma Lund Rasmussen              

Writers: Penelope Bjerregaard, Emma Lund Rasmussen    

Producer: Penelope Bjerregaard 

Cast: Alice Esther Bier Zandén, Rikke Westi, Julie Jeziorski Jensen   Synopsis: Barbara is turning 26. Her and her two friends, Olivia and Freja, has as a tradition to jump in the ocean, every time one of them has their birthday. But Olivia is completely absent, constantly looking at her phone and Freja have brought little baby Ella with her. They do not want to jump. And Barbara do not want to do it alone. In a magical moment, Barbara encounters her old friends, from back in time where they created the tradition. But the dreamy and carefree moment quickly disappears again. Back in the present, Olivia is arguing over the phone and Freja is about to leave. Barbara realizes, that she must find the strength in herself. She runs towards the ocean. Alone but confident.          


BEST HORROR

Spores | Norway | 2018 | 12’    

Director: Tommy Bardal

Writer: Tommy Bardal    

Producer: Didrik Bjerkomp

Cast: Margrete Ngo        

Synopsis: A woman moves into a new apartment but something sinister is growing on the wall. She tries to fight it but it slowly consumes her.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

OBJET 01954 | France | 2018 |   04’       

Directors: Grouard Xavier, Kharoubi Michel           

Writers: Grouard Xavier, Kharoubi Michel              

Producer: Grouard Xavier             

Cast: Bermouga Farouk  Synopsis: After many years, a spatail probe that was thought lost, starts to emit again…


BEST NARRATIVE

Walter Treppiedi | Italy | 2019 | 15’       

Director: Elena Bouryka 

Writer: Elena Bouryka    

Producer: Massimo di Rocco       

Cast: Vittorio Ciorcalo    

Synopsis: Walter is an unpleasant man, dirty, a small-time middleman, a third class swindler. He lives in an old station wagon full of dirt and scraps of a lifetime. In that car, Walter eats, sleeps, receives young customers to whom he promises to break into the show business, as long as they are willing to do anything and in exchange for a bribe.  His bodyguard is always by his side, he’s too old and smells. He’s own faithful life companion: A Rottweiler named Blackie.


BEST STUDENT

The Nanny | Israel | 2018 | 13’ 

Director: Lee Nechushtan

Writer: Lee Nechushtan

Producer: Mor Tsivion    

Cast:Yael Levental, Inbar Marco, Yarin Perry, Shagi Nehamkin , Noa  Evyasaf, Etel Littman 

Synopsis: A day in the life of Miriam, a devoted and loving nanny of three children who upon finding out her 17-year-old daughter has been regularly missing school, tries to get her daughter’s life back on track.  Along the way she questions whether she has been a better mother to the three children she works with or to her own daughter.         


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Once More, From the Top | Canada | 2018 | 06’              

Director: Evan Friesen    

Writer: Tavish Kelpin       

Producer: Madison Friesen, Evan Friesen 

Cast: Sean Mahaffey, Ziyana Vasaya        

Synopsis: In this date-gone-wrong comedy involving the pausing and rewinding of time, Mark tries again and again to answer his girlfriend’s trick question. He navigates through an escalating and repeating sequence of events, trying to find an answer that doesn’t lead to disaster.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT FILM

I Didn’t Like Hubert | Australia | 2019 | 06’         

Director:  Henry Smith    

Writer: Genevieve Clay-Smith      

Producer: Briana Miller  

Cast: Hubert      

Synopsis: Sometimes the person you least expect to be friends with can open up a world of possibilities you never dreamed of!  Created for interactive play for kids on the iPad, ‘I Didn’t Like Hubert’ is a story that encourages children to see past their differences in order to make extraordinary bonds with those who might be different to themselves.  


BEST ANIMATION

Boxer Story | United States | 2018 | 20’

Director: Lance Myers    

Writer: Lance Myers       

Producer: Lance Myers  

Cast: Les McGehee, L. B. Deyo, Beth Myers, David Blackwell, Shannon McCormick, Chuck Beard

Synopsis: Amateur boxer, Twomey Martin, suffers from a rare and absurd affliction: the sound of each punch to his face is audible as a one-liner joke. And even though he dreams of one day becoming a serious contender in a title fight, all anyone ever hears are the ‘punch lines.’


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Home | New Zealand |  2019 | 07’

Director: Benjamin Bryan             

Writer: Benjamin Bryan  

Producers: Caitlin Bryan, Tom Scott          

Synopsis: A look at what ‘home’ means for South Sudanese refugee Gum Wetnhiak and his family who fled their war torn homeland to start a new life in Melbourne, Australia.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

MASS | France | 2019 | 10’        

Directors: Fu LE, Adrien Gontier  

Writer: Fu LE      

Synopsis: MASS is a 10 minutes single take video-dance shot in Paris. The project was framed within the Danse en Seine’s choreographic workshops, including 40 amateur dancers. Images of the crowd appear more and more often and symbolize the current upheavals all over the world, evoking alternately parties, migrations of refugees, manifestations, religious gatherings or just the daily life of big cities. We thus work on the mass, with all the drunkenness and horror it can inspire. We confront the individual with crowd movements, in order to observe how he resists or lets immerse himself.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Your Eyes, Will I Ever| France | 2018 | 05’           

Director: Félicien Colmet Daâge 

Writer: Félicien Colmet Daâge                                  

Synopsis: In a house lost in the middle of the desert a man sees his girlfriend gradually transform into a butterfly.


BEST MINI SHORT

The Machine | United Kingdom |  01’    

Director: Leon Williams 

Writer: Jodie Kay Ashdown          

Producer: Daniel J. Harris             

Cast: Shaun Llewelyn      

Synopsis: The first day on any job can be tough, but this job is something else.


BEST MOBILE PHONE SHORT                          

Please, Subscribe | Turkey | 2019 | 17’ 

Director: Umut Kayacan

Writer: Umut Kayacan    

Producer: Umut Kayacan              

Cast: Baran Durak, Gökçe Pınar Yıldız, Mustafa Talha Yetkin, İzgi Yetkin, Hülya Kayacan       

Synopsis: A vlogger who publishes absurd and dangerous challenge videos does everything in his power in order to push the boundaries.  However, a minor follower who is trying to be like him; is not aware of the limits of danger.


BEST AMATEUR

Inspired | Finland | 2019 | 14’   

Director: Aku Savolainen

Writer: Minna Salpio       

Producers: Aku Savolainen, Jaana Salpio, Jape Ahonen, Minna Salpio          

Cast: Minna Salpio, Jape Ahonen, Aku Savolainen

Synopsis: A middle aged Sanna lives alone in Helsinki city. She has an interesting, but very hectic job which takes all of her time and energy. Sanna decides to listen to her heart and make a radical move. Is it worth it?


BEST FASHION SHORT

GAL 9000 (a set  odyssey) | United Kingdom | 2019 | 05’             

Director: Boldizsar CR

Writer: Boldizsar CR        

Producer: Imola Fedor   

Cast: Ella McRobb, Sian Scale, Fang, Ruinan          

Synopsis: Boldizsar CR teamed up with Pier Fioraso and Premier Model Management in this new Fashion Film called GAL 9000 (a set odyssey). The film is a dark, jaded view on the everyday life of the new face model in the big cold city.  Looks like a bad start of a rainy London day when models missing each other and maybe even followed by a shadowy figure. While haunted by inner voices similar to Kubrick’s HAL 9000 in Space Odyssey, a chaotic Fashion shoot is unfolding. The film is playing with merging subjective realities and daydreams with the often not glamorous reality of being on set. Unlike in the movies many times it means being in competition with strangers, submitting to demanding people who act like bosses in a chaotic environment with dubious results. And of course nobody remembers anybody else’s name. All hail the stamina and bravery of models!