Monthly Winners

Congratulations to our February 2020 Award Winners

SHORT TO THE POINT – FEBRUARY 2020 AWARDS

BEST FILM

Pipo and Blind Love  | France |  2019 | 12’          

Director: Hugo Le Gourrierec      

Writer: Hugo Le Gourrierec          

Producer: Igal Kohen      

Cast: Anatole Zangs, Solange      

Synopsis: In a dezhumanized world where emotions are rationed and measured by a gauge, Pipo, a factory worker falls in love with a woman sitting on a bench. He will try anything to attract her attention and seduce her with his own « language ».


BEST DIRECTOR

Pipo and Blind Love  | France |  2019 | 12’          

Director: Hugo Le Gourrierec      

Writer: Hugo Le Gourrierec          

Producer: Igal Kohen      

Cast: Anatole Zangs, Solange      

Synopsis: In a dezhumanized world where emotions are rationed and measured by a gauge, Pipo, a factory worker falls in love with a woman sitting on a bench. He will try anything to attract her attention and seduce her with his own « language ».


BEST SCREENPLAY

HERMA | France | 2020 | 29’     

Director: Beauron Eric    

Writer: Beauron Eric       

Producer: Beauron Eric  

Cast: Peadar O Baoill, Eoghan Mac, Giolla Bhride Synopsis: At the edge of the world, four men live on one abandoned island. One morning, a dead man is discovered in a boat. It’s the beginning of a series of catastrophes. The fish is dying, the sea is empty … Seán Beag, the young disciple of Marcus, then seeks to restore the order of things.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

After the Hunt | Slovenia | 19’  

Actress: Nataša Barbara Gračner

Director: Urška Djukić    

Writer: Urška Djukić        

Producer: Marina Gumzi

Cast: Nataša Barbara Gračner, Ana Penca, Gojmir Lešnjak, Lučka Počkaj     Synopsis: Silva, a middle – aged woman and an ardent hunter, decides to take her teenage daughter for a first hunt. But the initiating trip doesn’t exactly go as she would have wished. Silva returns home n ot with a wild boar, but with a doubt about her identity.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

ROYAL BLUE | Austria | 2018 | 15’          

Actor: Ljubisa Lupo Grujcic

Director: Dinko Draganovic          

Writer: Dinko Draganovic             

Producers: Dinko Draganovic, Sinisa Vidovic          

Cast: Rubina Mia Jungwirth, Ljubisa Lupo Grujcic  Synopsis: On his way to take his daughter to gymnastics, a gambling addict stops at a betting shop, leaving the 9-year-old girl in the car. When he returns, he realizes nothing will ever be the same again.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Flood | Slovenia | 2019 | 15’            

Cinematographer: Lev Predan Kowarski

Director: Kristijan Krajnčan           

Writer: Kristijan Krajnčan              

Producers: Katja Lenarčič, Marko Kumer 

Cast: Matej Puc, Žigan Krajnčan  

Synopsis: A long-absent father and his neglected son set off on a reconciliation trip, heading for the family mountain hut. Although the son longs for his distant father’s appreciation and attention, at the same time he desires to declare his independence and cut loose from all the narrow-mindedness that seems to be passed on from generation to generation. As heavy rains, curiously predicted by the father, suddenly disrupt a sunny day, the two men need to settle their scores before an ominous flood comes upon them.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Pipo and Blind Love  | France |  2019 | 12’          

Production designer: Mathieu Buffler

Director: Hugo Le Gourrierec      

Writer: Hugo Le Gourrierec          

Producer: Igal Kohen      

Cast: Anatole Zangs, Solange      

Synopsis: In a dezhumanized world where emotions are rationed and measured by a gauge, Pipo, a factory worker falls in love with a woman sitting on a bench. He will try anything to attract her attention and seduce her with his own « language ».


BEST EDITING

Façade – Adrift in a sea of strangers | Canada | 2019 | 06’            

Editor: Alexandre Richard

Director: Alexandre Richard         

Writers: Alexandre Richard, Jean Luc Oicle            

Producers: Nicolas Fontaine, Graham Gs, Alexandre Richard           

Cast: Charlotte Chabauty, Adrien McElligott          

Synopsis: The search for oneself in a deluded wold of ignorance and insecurity.


BEST NARRATIVE

Short Deeds (Kratki rezi) | Slovenia | 2019 | 31’

Directors: Urban Zorko, Urška Menart, Mitja Mlakar, Kukla, Jure Dostal     

Writers: Lara Simona Taufer,  Rok Bohinc, Eva Nina Lampič, Vesna Lemaić, Marko Kumer Murč, Simona Hamer

Producers: Marko Kumer – Murč, Mojca Pernat    

Cast: Marko Mandić , Katarina Čas, Rok Bohinc , Nina Cijan , Lovro Čuček, Davor Janjić , Doroteja Nadrah, Matija Vastl  , Maja Majzelj, Janez Škof  , Saša Pavček , Gregor Baković  , Primož Pirnat       

Synopsis: In the globalised times when everything, including human beings, is seen as a commodity, leaving each other seems to be just another everyday chore. Short Deeds is an omnibus of six different cinematic visions, done by five Slovenian directors, in which human relationships die in funny and unfunny ways. There is a one common witness in each story – a car.


BEST COMEDY

Good Ol’ Bernie | France | 2020 | 12’     

Directors: Olivier Ducray, Wilfried Méance            

Writers: Loic Gaillard, Olivier Ducray, Wilfried Méance      

Producers: Olivier Ducray, Wilfried Méance           

Cast: Philipppe Du Janerand, Luc Antoie Diquéro, Marie -Christine Orry, Tom Villa  

Synopsis: Just retired, Bernie has only one goal left: Win the next regional game of race walking!


BEST DRAMA

Homesick | France | 25’              

Director: Koya Kamura   

Writer: Koya Kamura      

Producer: Rafael Andrea Soatto 

Cast: Tasuku Nagaoka, Shouta Ikoma, Yuki Sakurai            

Synopsis: Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Murai braves danger and wanders through the no-go zone in order to spend time with Jun, his eight-year-old son.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

Possibility | Ukraine | 2020 | 12’             

Director: Volodymyr Kliuiev         

Writer: Mikael Karapetian            

Producer: Denis Yanchukov          

Cast: Oleh Sokolovsky, Tania Zlova            Synopsis: Ukrainian philosophical-psychological drama with elements of science fiction, named Possibility. The story of a young programmer, dreamer, who desperately sought to reach an unprecedented goal – the creation of artificial intelligence, and now is ready to have a long-awaited and decisive conversation that can permanently complete his efforts.


BEST STUDENT

When I’m at home | Serbia | 2019 | 16’

Director: Ivana  

Writer: Melina   

Producer: Tijana              

Cast: Milica        

Synopsis: Marija is coming back home to face her childhood trauma.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

HAYAT – LIFE | Germany | 2019 | 30’     

Director: Suli Kurban       

Writer: Suli Kurban          

Producers: Bettina Timm, Alexander Riedl              

Cast: Süheyla Ünlü, Chinar Mahmadan, Eren Karadag, Slim Carthage, Yasemin Karabazar    

Synopsis: Hayat means “Life“. She is in her early twenties and still hanging out in the playgrounds of Neuperlach. She seems somewhat lost, not having arrived anywhere yet. But gradually she starts to fight her way out of this fog and this sense of meaninglessness. Her first boxing fight does not just happen in the streets like before, no, it is a proper boxing match as part of a tournament. Will she also pass the test for secondary school? Mom would be most pleased if she married her favourite. But would that be the best thing for her? A documentary glimpse of a young life.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT

Ailin on the moon | Argentina | 2018 | 05’

Director: Claudia Ruiz     

Writers: Claudia Ruiz, Malena Martinez   

Producer: El molinete Animación               

Synopsis: Work, do the shopping, cooking, cleaning, ironing, taking care of Ailín: that is the routine of Vilma, mother of 40 years, overwhelmed by fatigue and skin intolerance. Ailín (4), just looking to play and demand the attention of a restless girl, one day causes the emotional outbreak of the mother. The routine that led them away must be broken to meet again.


BEST ANIMATION

CRUNCH | United States | 2019 | 10’     

Director: Liukaidi Peng                                                

Synopsis: “CRUNCH” is a sci-fi comedy 3D animation. The story starts with the morning of a little, short guy named Bob who just starts working in the space agency. When watching the spaceship launching, Bob is hit by a mysterious lightning and starts to grow bigger. But there seems no way to stop…


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Robin Food | Italy | 2019 | 20’  

Director: Pavel Maximov              

Writer: Pavel Maximov  

Producer: Pavel Maximov             

Cast: Shai Rilov, Kobi Carolla, Ido Grossman          

Synopsis: Robin Food is a non-profit and pay-as-you-feel restaurant with a mission: rescue, cook and serve food that otherwise would go to waste. The restaurant is saving fruit and vegetables from markets and farms to raise public awareness on issues of food waste, sustainability and climate change in the most tangible and delicious way possible: a tasty meal.  Robin Food location: Sirkin St 24, Haifa, Israel


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

La Mer | Spain | 2019 | 03’        

Director: Victor Claramunt           

Writers: Ingrid Gené Gili, Victor Claramunt            

Producers: Jose Trullenque, Victor Claramunt       

Cast: Aroa Renau, Samuel Walton, Lola Walton, Maria Tereski

Synopsis: We live in a society where we are not aware of the amount of plastic around us.  Four children, from 11 to 6 years old, in recognizable two-color environments, where the plastic that coexists naturally with us stands out, they will tell us what we are doing with our oceans … with our planet. From the world of fashion we must also make the audience aware that we should do everything in our power to change the course of history. Fashion as a social speaker. Kids as social speakers. We need all world attention.  #gobeyondplastic


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Fucking Down | Spain | 2019 | 05’          

Director: Amanda Lago                 

Producers: Paula Garcia & Patricia Sagues (Lapiscina)        

Cast: Paula Garcia, Maria Kaltembacher, Antia Lousada , Silvia Maya, Angeles Paez, Deni Georgieva, Cachito Noguera, Claudia Placer, Alexandra Hervas           

Fucking Down is latest music video directed by Spanish filmmaker Amanda Lago for musician Fatal Tiger, produced by Lapiscina. The video explores the struggle we face in accepting ourselves by portraying and engaging with the most extreme aspects of our personality.   Set in a futuristic dystopian era with a strong retro aesthetic, Fucking Down presents us with several women of different ages surrounding the singer in a somber hotel room. Though similar in appearance, each reflects a unique trait spanning across the whole spectrum of human emotions. From playful and kind to brutal and fierce, the singer finds herself at their complete mercy with almost no control over their actions.   A carefully constructed and purposefully repetitive choreography illustrates this scenario, with each cycle featuring slightly different movements – some more exaggerated and violent and some more restrained and controlled. This reiteration gives the protagonist the chance to react differently each time and learn more about herself, leading her to predict patterns in her own behaviour and gradually accept herself. 


BEST MINI SHORT

The Fall | Argentina | 2020 | 03’             

Directors: Martin Schurmann, Fernando Szurman                

Producers: Sofia Teodoro, Emiliano Bonda            

Cast: William Prociuk

Synopsis: Jorge Luis Borges wrote: The mind was dreaming, the world was its dream.   The Fall started its life as a dream, a typical drop dream. Everything else, we’re leaving to your imagination!


BEST MOBILE PHONE

The Test | Germany | 2020 | 03’             

Director: Philipp Christopher        

Writer: Philipp Christopher           

Producer: Philipp Christopher      

Cast: Philipp Christopher, Anna Schumacher          

Synopsis: A couple is conversing over the phone while taking a pregnancy test. The result will surprise you.


BEST NO/LOW BUDGET

24 Hours in London | United Kingdom | 2020 | 05’         

Director: Pavan Guliani                                               

Synopsis: A vision of London through my eyes and the things that have stood out to me during my 9 years of living here.


BEST COMMERCIAL

We give everything for you | Spain | 2019 | 02’

Directors: Daniel Díaz, Gloria Tejero         

Writers: Daniel Díaz, Gloria Tejero            

Producer: 60ráfagas                      

Synopsis: Friulio is an event of historical recreation that is celebrated  in the North of Spain, emulating celtic everyday life and their fighting against the Roman legions. The objective of the campaign was to attract a greater number of visitors.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

God has already gone ahead (Gott ist schon weg) | Germany | 2018 | 10’

Director: PETER BÖVING                                            

Cast: REINER SCHÖNE    

Synopsis: The Egyptian geese marches through the ages: From the bird´s perspective, a centuries-long settlement history is told. While the water level in the pond continues to fall, the inhabitants have the water up the neck. In the end, nothing stays as it was, only the goose suspects nothing bad.


BEST TRAILER

O T O S – Trailer #1 | Australia | 01’         

Director: Kevin Moussaoui           

Writer: Kevin Moussaoui              

Producers: Kevin Moussaoui, Camilo Ruiz              

Cast: Alecsandro Gianonne, Byron J. Brochmann 

Synopsis: In the small town of OTOS on the coast, people believe strongly on one thing: their place is the limit of our planet and beyond the ocean, there is nothing! But one of them has a lot of questions; is there something on the other side? Why do people say there is nothing? This person is a little boy, and he will do everything to know the truth.