Congratulations to our May 2019 Award Winners

BEST FILM

Lucy | Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela | 2018  | 15’     

Director: Roberto Gutiérrez         

Writers: Roberto Gutiérrez, Héctor Torres             

Producers: Rafael Ponce, Roberto Gutiérrez

Cast: Luigi Sciamanna, Eloísa Maturén, Elvis Chaveinte, Daniela Bueno        Synopsis: Raúl, a solitary and obsessive 60-year-old foley artist, lives austerely in an apartment full of curious objects, where he feeds an obsession with his neighbor, whom he films in secret and then reproduces the sounds of her life through foleys. Despite remaining hidden, he begins to develop a one-sided relationship from the distance with this woman, whom he calls Lucy. After several sessions, on day 13 of his project, Raul discovers Lucy finding evidence of her husband’s infidelity. After fighting and throwing him out of her house, Lucy suffers intensely from the breakup, which Raúl takes advantage to film her and bonds with her, pretending to approach her emotions. Raul is convinced that the window of opportunity is now open and he believes that a sad and vulnerable Lucy, might be his. He wants to become the architect of the sounds of her life and somehow he begins to feel that she enjoys the imaginary company that he gives her.  In this climax of compatibility between them, Lucy’s husband returns home unexpectedly. She loses the determination of her initial annoyance and lets him stay. However, she continues to be sad and indifferent to the return of her husband, who tries to recover his place and return to the routine of his marriage. Devastated, Raul intends to persuade her, crossing to her door with the intention to remind her about the connection they now have. The amorous delirium leads him to be confronted closely by what is behind his obsession: Lucy’s true identity.  Tormented by what he has just discovered, he returns home distressed and gets rid of all traces of Lucy, at that point, we discover that his obsession is greater than we thought.


BEST DIRECTOR

MY LAST LULLABY | France | 2019 | 20’

Director: Pauline GARCIA              

Writer: Pauline GARCIA  

Producer: Arthur BEAUVOIS         

Cast: Lily-Rose DEPP, Félix MARITAUD, Alexandra STEWART, Emmanuel SALINGER, Florence THOMASSIN, Alysson PARADIS    

Synopsis: Is there a suitable age to face a loss for the first time ? Pamela, is 20 years old. She has just lost her grandfather. Her entire family gets together in the grandparents’s house, the day before the funeral. It is a place full of memories. Without noticing, Paloma is led to confront her loss. As if this end of summer marked the end of her frivolity.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Lucy | Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela | 2018  | 15’     

Writers: Roberto Gutiérrez, Héctor Torres             

Director: Roberto Gutiérrez         

Producers: Rafael Ponce, Roberto Gutiérrez

Cast: Luigi Sciamanna, Eloísa Maturén, Elvis Chaveinte, Daniela Bueno       

Synopsis: Raúl, a solitary and obsessive 60-year-old foley artist, lives austerely in an apartment full of curious objects, where he feeds an obsession with his neighbor, whom he films in secret and then reproduces the sounds of her life through foleys. Despite remaining hidden, he begins to develop a one-sided relationship from the distance with this woman, whom he calls Lucy. After several sessions, on day 13 of his project, Raul discovers Lucy finding evidence of her husband’s infidelity. After fighting and throwing him out of her house, Lucy suffers intensely from the breakup, which Raúl takes advantage to film her and bonds with her, pretending to approach her emotions. Raul is convinced that the window of opportunity is now open and he believes that a sad and vulnerable Lucy, might be his. He wants to become the architect of the sounds of her life and somehow he begins to feel that she enjoys the imaginary company that he gives her.  In this climax of compatibility between them, Lucy’s husband returns home unexpectedly. She loses the determination of her initial annoyance and lets him stay. However, she continues to be sad and indifferent to the return of her husband, who tries to recover his place and return to the routine of his marriage. Devastated, Raul intends to persuade her, crossing to her door with the intention to remind her about the connection they now have. The amorous delirium leads him to be confronted closely by what is behind his obsession: Lucy’s true identity.  Tormented by what he has just discovered, he returns home distressed and gets rid of all traces of Lucy, at that point, we discover that his obsession is greater than we thought.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

The Original | United Kingdom   | 2018 | 14’       

Actress: Ariana Lebron   

Director: Michelle Garza Cervera

Writer: Andrew Fleming 

Producer: Hiroyuki Ishiguro          

Synopsis: Alana is a woman struggling to keep her relationship alive as her partner suffers with a debilitating illness. A new medical procedure offers the answer to their prayers, but not without forcing her to make one last sacrifice.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

The Legend of The Lake | Switzerland | 2019 |   24’        

Actor: Leo Panchard

Director: Hetzel Chloé    

Writer: Hetzel Chloé                      

Cast: Jean Winiger, Leo Panchard, Tibor Ludwig, Alain Lecoultre, Amandine Gardoni, Pierre-Olivier Sridharan, Guillaume Barbey, Jacqueline Corpataux           

Synopsis: A young woman went missing a few days before the formation of the artificial lake of Gruyère, in Switzerland. Two teenage boys find themselves immersed in this unsolved mistery.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Lucy | Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela | 2018  | 15’     

Cinematographer: Marco Mora

Director: Roberto Gutiérrez         

Writers: Roberto Gutiérrez, Héctor Torres             

Producers: Rafael Ponce, Roberto Gutiérrez

Cast: Luigi Sciamanna, Eloísa Maturén, Elvis Chaveinte, Daniela Bueno        Synopsis: Raúl, a solitary and obsessive 60-year-old foley artist, lives austerely in an apartment full of curious objects, where he feeds an obsession with his neighbor, whom he films in secret and then reproduces the sounds of her life through foleys. Despite remaining hidden, he begins to develop a one-sided relationship from the distance with this woman, whom he calls Lucy. After several sessions, on day 13 of his project, Raul discovers Lucy finding evidence of her husband’s infidelity. After fighting and throwing him out of her house, Lucy suffers intensely from the breakup, which Raúl takes advantage to film her and bonds with her, pretending to approach her emotions. Raul is convinced that the window of opportunity is now open and he believes that a sad and vulnerable Lucy, might be his. He wants to become the architect of the sounds of her life and somehow he begins to feel that she enjoys the imaginary company that he gives her.  In this climax of compatibility between them, Lucy’s husband returns home unexpectedly. She loses the determination of her initial annoyance and lets him stay. However, she continues to be sad and indifferent to the return of her husband, who tries to recover his place and return to the routine of his marriage. Devastated, Raul intends to persuade her, crossing to her door with the intention to remind her about the connection they now have. The amorous delirium leads him to be confronted closely by what is behind his obsession: Lucy’s true identity.  Tormented by what he has just discovered, he returns home distressed and gets rid of all traces of Lucy, at that point, we discover that his obsession is greater than we thought.


BEST EDITING

Lucy | Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela | 2018  | 15’     

Editor: Roberto Gutiérrez, Antonio Febles

Director: Roberto Gutiérrez         

Writers: Roberto Gutiérrez, Héctor Torres             

Producers: Rafael Ponce, Roberto Gutiérrez

Cast: Luigi Sciamanna, Eloísa Maturén, Elvis Chaveinte, Daniela Bueno        Synopsis: Raúl, a solitary and obsessive 60-year-old foley artist, lives austerely in an apartment full of curious objects, where he feeds an obsession with his neighbor, whom he films in secret and then reproduces the sounds of her life through foleys. Despite remaining hidden, he begins to develop a one-sided relationship from the distance with this woman, whom he calls Lucy. After several sessions, on day 13 of his project, Raul discovers Lucy finding evidence of her husband’s infidelity. After fighting and throwing him out of her house, Lucy suffers intensely from the breakup, which Raúl takes advantage to film her and bonds with her, pretending to approach her emotions. Raul is convinced that the window of opportunity is now open and he believes that a sad and vulnerable Lucy, might be his. He wants to become the architect of the sounds of her life and somehow he begins to feel that she enjoys the imaginary company that he gives her.  In this climax of compatibility between them, Lucy’s husband returns home unexpectedly. She loses the determination of her initial annoyance and lets him stay. However, she continues to be sad and indifferent to the return of her husband, who tries to recover his place and return to the routine of his marriage. Devastated, Raul intends to persuade her, crossing to her door with the intention to remind her about the connection they now have. The amorous delirium leads him to be confronted closely by what is behind his obsession: Lucy’s true identity.  Tormented by what he has just discovered, he returns home distressed and gets rid of all traces of Lucy, at that point, we discover that his obsession is greater than we thought.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Lab Rat | United Kingdom | 2018 | 16’  

Production Designer: Isabella Bruno

Director: Nour Wazzi      

Writer: Matt Brothers

Producers: Neil Chordia, Amanda Brennan             

Cast: Matt Harris, Kirsty Sturgess, Abeo Jackson, Max Williams, Sian Hill     Synopsis: In the near future, a group of scientists trapped in a lab learn that one of them is an A.I….. and it has been deceiving them.


BEST COMEDY

Hero of the day | Russian Federation | 2018 | 12’            

Director: Aleksey Sokolov             

Writer: Aleksey Sokolov 

Producer: Sergey Shein, Alena Nikitina, Aleksandr Arbuzov              

Cast: Andrey Nekrasov, Rustam Fayzulaev, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Valentina Novikova, Yuliya Popova, Antonis Shamanidi, Ruslan Zemnuhov, Temirlan Shudaev  

Synopsis: Arseniy is on a way of getting his breakfast. Can he ever imagine that he will be saving people and animals, taking part in a fight, meeting a girl and probably having a chance to become a hero that day, and even have a desired reward?


BEST DRAMA

Forgive me | Spain | 2019 | 03’

Director: Cucho L. Capilla

Writer: Tony Pérez          

Producer: Ivandra Films 

Cast: Gema Pérez Fernández, Alejandra López      

Synopsis: A girl comes home to apologize to her mother for the news she is yet to receive.


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

La Source | Switzerland | 2018 | 17’       

Director: Yatoni Roy Cantu          

Writer: Yatoni Roy Cantu              

Producer: Jean-Guillaume Sonnier             

Cast: Elsa Thebault, Isabelle Vesseron      

Synopsis: In the middle of the darkness of a chalet of a past century, between the cracks and the dirt of an old mirror, somebody appears. It is Lisbeth. She moves forward in her dressing gown with precaution, trying not to wake Anne who is still sleeping.   In front of her reflection, she discovers her shoulder. The skin is cracked, darkened and in blood. The disease is back.


BEST HORROR

A Triste Figura | Brazil | 2018 |   18’        

Director: Calebe Lopes   

Writer: Calebe Lopes      

Producer: Klaus Hastenreiter       

Cast: Carlos Betão, Dora Goritzki, Nayara Homem, Eduarda Miranda, Vica Laert     Synopsis: Dad. Daughter. Past. Revenge. A strange figure walks at night.


BEST NARRATIVE

The Bribe | Russian Federation   | 2018 | 13’       

Director: Alexey Kharitonov         

Writer: Alexey Kharitonov            

Producers: Kirill Alekhin , Dmitry Sharov , Pavel Roytberg , Dmirty Kupovikh , Dmirty Shepelev           

Cast: Mikhail Trukhin , Sergey Burunov , Nikolay Kovbas , Sergey Annenkov , Alexander Revenko

Synopsis: A citizen offers the investigator a bribe to close a case… about bribery. But the events unfold in an unpredictable manner.


BEST STUDENT

Pulsar | Israel | 2019 |   17’        

Director: Gregory Yarin  

Writer: Gregory Yarin     

Producer: Danil Tsiporukha          

Cast: Paulo E. Moura      

Synopsis: A story about an artist trying to  adjust to the void left after his wife left him.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Pernicio | Ireland | 2018 | 19’   

Director: Dave Fox          

Writer: Dave Fox             

Producer: Laura Gaynor 

Cast: Eoin O’Sullivan, Danielle Galligan    

Synopsis: In this futuristic dark comedy, a young man explores his attitude towards life and death when his suicide plans are interrupted.


BEST CHILDREN SHORT FILM

A monster day | China | 2019 |  14’       

Director: chan ning         

Writer: chan ning             

Producer: coco 

Cast: huang ling chen     

Synopsis: Ye zi’s mother is stressed out.  After suppressing herself under pressure for a long time, she turned into a monster one morning. Now the 5 year old Ye zi have to take care of  her monster mom, how’s it gonna be…


BEST ANIMATION

Tiffany | United States | 2019 | 07’        

Director: Christina Christie           

Writers: Christina Christie, Taylor Estape, Desiree Vargas, Genesis Laboy, Savannah Berry, Sofia Santos, Austin Royall, Megan Burbach, Kylie Campbell, Peter Lupton, Beryl Van Ness, Chris Gomes, Lauren Gisewhite

Producer: University of Central Florida’s School of Visual Arts and Design  

Cast: Callie Wills              

Synopsis: While packing away her deceased grandmother’s affairs, Pauline discovers that one of their stained glass sculptures has come to life.  As the lights in the house go out and their memories together begin to dim, Pauline realizes there is joy in celebrating the legacy of those who have been lost.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

MALKO | Brazil | 2019 | 06’       

Director: Guilherme Bohn             

Writers: Guilherme Bohn, Malko Joseph, Maurício Padilha              

Producer: Francesco Civita           

Cast: Malko       

Synopsis: The story of Malko, a Haitian immigrant in Brazil.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

The Eternity of Paula |   Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela | 2018 | 11’    

Director: Dayana Gauthier           

Writers: Dayana Gauthier , Lino Ocando  

Producers: Mireya Piñuela, Luis Linarez   

Cast: Estefany Chirinos, Evarista Vásquez, Mercedes Bueno


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

You’re Not Alone Anymore  | United Kingdom | 2019 | 05’         

Director: Giovanni Bolzani Valenzano       

Writer: Giovanni Bolzani Valenzano          

Producer: Lewis O’Loughlin          

Cast: Ali Goldsmith, Greta O’Brien Vial , Giovanni Pisas      

Synopsis: Music Video for “You’re Not Alone Anymore” by Piet Row.


BEST MINI SHORT

Godspeed | United States | 2019 | 03’                                               

Director: Sunny Wai Yan Chan

Synop​sis: “God​speed” ​is a story about a mother saying goodbye to her son at the airport. The son wants a hug, but the non-expressive mother is reluctan​t to do so. The seemingly small conflict between the two is amplified by the close-ups of their faces, visualizing the weight of struggle each of them is experiencing.


BEST MOBILE PHONE

Before and after | United States | 2019 | 02’      

Director: Polina Zaitseva                                             

Synopsis: The first installment of MORE.MORE.MORE campaign. Finding beauty in ugliness and ugliness in beauty.


BEST AMATEUR

71 QUESTIONS  | United Kingdom | 2019 | 06’

Director: Justine Léaux   

Writer: Justine Léaux      

Producer: Itunu Olowo   

Cast: Yazmin Joy Vigus, Mirdrit Zhinipotoku           

Synopsis: The interrogation of a lifetime.


BEST SERIES

Russian Hackers Life | Russian Federation | 05’

Director: Viktoriia Kravchenko    

Writers: Viktor Kravchenko, Viktoriia Kravchenko, Marat Amirov   

Producers: Natali Reznikova, Mari Kuleshova        

Cast: Viktor Kravchenko, Marat Amirov, Andrey Vaseiko   

Synopsis: Welcome to Universe of Hacking!   Russian Hackers (Fedor, Boris and Ignat) are going to hack the world for digital freedom equality brotherhood under Fedor’s control. There is only one problem: they need big hackerhood all over the world. So they decide to invite international shooting team (America Tomorrow) to make documentary.. sorry.. hackumentary.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

Life is a beautiful journey | Slovenia | 2019 | 02’             

Director: Sven Greif                       

Producer: Sven Greif                      

Synopsis: The story talks about the journey of life. A young boy, who is a big fan of racing, so he watches all the races. He imagines he is one of the racers on the racing track, fighting for the title – to be the best. Races are his motivation that one day he will become number one. So he starts to train, race and train some more. During his journey, he faces multiple obstacles, which make him devastated. He is somehow more driven to achieve his goal through the strength of his memories.  All roads lead him to the fastest supercar in the world. Every journey starts with a reason.


BEST STOP-MOTION/TIME-LAPSE

Impermanence – An Inner Journey | France | 2019 | 06’

Director: Nicolas Jouhet                                             

Synopsis: Making this film led me to travel to many holy places in Asia. But it is not this trip that I wanted to tell here, but an inner journey through the progressive understanding of impermanence. This leads us to realize that everything is linked, that we are all connected. This understanding can come with meditation, but also through the contemplation of nature. How can we not feel united to the whole universe when one immerses oneself in a starry sky? As this knowledge takes root in us, we act with greater kindness for ourselves, others, and the planet.  The time lapse makes it possible to contract the time, it is the ideal technique to turn into pictures the impermanence.  This film was shot in Thailand, China, Burma, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India (Ladakh) and Cambodia.