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SHORT to the Point – May 2022 Award Winners


BEST FILM

Monkey-Love, Please Hold | Canada | 2021 | 24’             

Director: Greg Fox          

Writer: Greg Fox              

Producer: Van Wickiam 

Cast: Dan Mousseau, Hannah Galway, Hayden Finkleshtain          

Synopsis: An offbeat dark comedy that follows the life of the reclusive, heartbroken and karaoke loving Ben. When he receives an unsolicited package from a mysterious delivery man, his stale dreary life is turned upside down, taking him on a wild ride that brings a new love into his life.


BEST DIRECTOR

Monkey-Love, Please Hold | Canada | 2021 | 24’             

Director: Greg Fox          

Writer: Greg Fox              

Producer: Van Wickiam 

Cast: Dan Mousseau, Hannah Galway, Hayden Finkleshtain          

Synopsis: An offbeat dark comedy that follows the life of the reclusive, heartbroken and karaoke loving Ben. When he receives an unsolicited package from a mysterious delivery man, his stale dreary life is turned upside down, taking him on a wild ride that brings a new love into his life.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Peaks | Australia | 30’  

Writers: Navzad Dabu, Dina Grinberg     

Director: Navzad Dabu

Producers: Dina Grinberg, Yianni Andrikidis         

Cast: Charles Alexander, Dina Grinberg, Damon Manns  

Synopsis: Two friends spend a day of boredom in a bizarre and barren landscape. After one friend plays a macabre prank on the other, pent up insecurities are released in peculiar and damaging ways.


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Noctuidae | Germany | 2021 | 24’          

Actress: Elisabeth Frank

Production Designer: Merle Smalla

Director: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz              

Writer: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz  

Producer: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz            

Cast: Elisabeth Frank, Hendrik Massute 

Synopsis: A lonely seamstress receives a strange request: to sew a cloak made only from the wings of moths. A work of delicate beauty is painstakingly crafted, and with it a fragile bond between two lost souls. But as soon as the work is finished, her client disappears. Searching for him, she discovers his secret. The cloak holds his final hope to escape a hostile world of lights. Is it possible to reach the freedom of moonlight? Or is her client a lunatic, crazy enough to jump to his death for a fantasy? The seamstress finds no peace. She answers the call of his dream and sews a new cloak – for herself.


BEST LEADING ACTOR

Monkey-Love, Please Hold | Canada | 2021 | 24’             

Actor: Dan Mousseau

Director: Greg Fox          

Writer: Greg Fox              

Producer: Van Wickiam 

Cast: Dan Mousseau, Hannah Galway, Hayden Finkleshtain          

Synopsis: An offbeat dark comedy that follows the life of the reclusive, heartbroken and karaoke loving Ben. When he receives an unsolicited package from a mysterious delivery man, his stale dreary life is turned upside down, taking him on a wild ride that brings a new love into his life.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Hush | Norway | 2022 | 25’       

Cinematographer: Benjamin Mosli

Director: Emilie Beck     

Writer: Pål Espen Mulder Kilstad, Emilie Beck     

Producer: Eirik Fosse     

Cast: Stig Henrik Hoff, Ranghild Mønnæs Arnestad, Conrad Ørland Wathne, Oliver Normann Hibbard

Synopsis: In public 12-year-old Martin seems like a normal smiling boy, but at home he faces uncertainty, and at times a harsh reality. With an alcoholic father, and a mother who barely manages to handle the situation, Martin is forced to do what it takes to keep the family together. Hush is a short about loyalty, fear and about growing up way too fast.


BEST EDITING

Monkey-Love, Please Hold | Canada | 2021 | 24’             

Editor: Greg Fox

Director: Greg Fox          

Writer: Greg Fox              

Producer: Van Wickiam 

Cast: Dan Mousseau, Hannah Galway, Hayden Finkleshtain          

Synopsis: An offbeat dark comedy that follows the life of the reclusive, heartbroken and karaoke loving Ben. When he receives an unsolicited package from a mysterious delivery man, his stale dreary life is turned upside down, taking him on a wild ride that brings a new love into his life.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Noctuidae | Germany | 2021 | 24’          

Production Designer: Merle Smalla

Director: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz              

Writer: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz  

Producer: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz            

Cast: Elisabeth Frank, Hendrik Massute 

Synopsis: A lonely seamstress receives a strange request: to sew a cloak made only from the wings of moths. A work of delicate beauty is painstakingly crafted, and with it a fragile bond between two lost souls. But as soon as the work is finished, her client disappears. Searching for him, she discovers his secret. The cloak holds his final hope to escape a hostile world of lights. Is it possible to reach the freedom of moonlight? Or is her client a lunatic, crazy enough to jump to his death for a fantasy? The seamstress finds no peace. She answers the call of his dream and sews a new cloak – for herself.


BEST NARRATIVE

Lock Notes | Italy | 2021 | 07’  

Director: Nicola Schito  

Writers: Nicola Schito, Emanuele Greco                

Cast: Federica Simonelli

Synopsis: Lock Notes, an intimate fiction with touches of documentary, takes place during the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. The protagonist, a young girl, is confined to her home in Milan, like the rest of humanity. She begins to write down her thoughts, talking to the city she can only see through the windows. The monologue soon turns into an inner journey that will lead the girl to find hope for the future, rediscovering the power of imagination. 


BEST COMEDY

Good intentions | Russian Federation | 2021 | 14’          

Director: Anton Sergeevich Dolganov     

Writer: Mariya Yakutina

Producer: Anton Sergeevich Dolganov   

Cast: Yuri Konnov, Vladimir Muhtarov, Violetta Shulakova, Lybov Tuvilina, Kirill Bokov, Polina Chetaeva

A young and successful architect and his family go on vacation to his small homeland to rest with his childhood friend and his family. They go to the nearest beach. However the day of pleasant nostalgia changes into competition “who’ cooler”


BEST DRAMA

The Magician | United Kingdom | 2021 | 16’     

Director: Sarah-jane Potts           

Writer: Sarah-jane Potts              

Producer: Joseph Millson             

Cast: Sarah-jane Potts, Bob Barrett          

Synopsis: A desperate woman’s life is forever changed by an unexpected encounter with kindness.


BEST HORROR

Old Time Radio | United States | 2020 | 06’      

Director: Joel B Harlow 

Writer: Joel B Harlow     

Producer: Joel B Harlow

Cast: Marti Matulis, Paul Giamitti             

Synopsis: Intended as the introduction to a horror anthology. Riktus Grim, decaying away in a wretched squawler, awaits his only solace: a new tale from his Old Time Radio (voiced by Paul Giamatti). What wretchedly delightful tale will his host present to him this evening?  As Riktus’s lobotomized servant, Vincent, bumbles in… the Host speaks! It’s time to prepare for a new terror!


BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI

Noctuidae | Germany | 2021 | 24’          

Director: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz              

Writer: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz  

Producer: Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz            

Cast: Elisabeth Frank, Hendrik Massute 

Synopsis: A lonely seamstress receives a strange request: to sew a cloak made only from the wings of moths. A work of delicate beauty is painstakingly crafted, and with it a fragile bond between two lost souls. But as soon as the work is finished, her client disappears. Searching for him, she discovers his secret. The cloak holds his final hope to escape a hostile world of lights. Is it possible to reach the freedom of moonlight? Or is her client a lunatic, crazy enough to jump to his death for a fantasy? The seamstress finds no peace. She answers the call of his dream and sews a new cloak – for herself.


BEST THRILLER/MYSTERY

When The Wind Blows | United States | 2022 | 12’          

Director: Benjamin Mason

Writer:  Benjamin Mason, Caleb Akers

Cast:  Adam Dent, Matt Webb

Synopsis: From director Benjamin Mason of Filmanatix comes a short film When The Wind Blows, a suspenseful thriller about a man (Adam Dent) accustomed to a life of petty crimes who accepts questionable orders from an unknown caller.


BEST DANCE/MUSICAL

Mascara | Argentina | 2022 | 04’            

Directors: Luli Brindisi, Alesso                    

Producers: Luli Brindisi, Alesso  

Cast: Eluney Salazar, Bianca Cherutti, Julia Astigueta, Fiorella Gimenez, Agustina Zelko, Lucia Bilbao, Catalina Vicz, Juli Lombardi            

Synopsis: A woman rebelling against her seemingly perfect life. An urgent need to escape. A  transformation led by her alter egos: those women who co-exist inside of her and who guide  her along a path of liberation.


BEST STUDENT

Girl in the Water | Taiwan  | 2021 | 08’

Director: Shi-Rou Huang

Writer: Shi-Rou Huang  

Producer: Shi-Rou Huang                             

Synopsis: Short Synopsis Contemplation of torn walls and scars reminds the heroine of the ups and downs of love. The film depicts femininity and female internal time-consciousness through the convalescence of a woman’s broken heart, which is based on my personal experiences.    Long Synopsis Contemplation of torn walls and scars reminds the heroine of the ups and downs of love. The story is based on my personal experience, recreating the unique perspectives and inner sense of time that women have shown in the process of heartbreak and self-healing. A total of about 1,500 paintings have been drawn frame by frame by watercolors and pastels.


BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

Dealing with my eggs | Belgium | 2021 | 18’      

Director: Margot Houget             

Writer: Margot Houget 

Producer: Margot Houget            

Cast: Aurélie Dessain, Anne-Marie Polster, Gémi Diallo, Daniel Sieteiglesias          

Synopsis: In Brussels, a student decides to give her eggs in exchange of 2000 euros. At the same time, a 40-year-old woman is about to receive eggs from a donor to become pregnant.


BEST ANIMATION

Saturation | Croatia | 2022 |10’              

Director: Lucija Bužančić              

Writer: Lucija Bužančić  

Producer: Andrijana Vidaček                      

Synopsis: Something grew out of the cracks and walls and occupied all the empty spaces in a little Mediterranean city. This short film is about the gentrification of a place that has recently become a real archeological site thanks to severe turistification.


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Cet été  | Belgium | 2022 | 22’ 

Director: Victoria Kadjou Jadot  

VWriters: ictoria Kadjou Jadot, Steeven Jacquemin                          

Cast: Ethelle Lagonzeth Lardued, Mélusine Loveniers      

Synopsis: Voici l’histoire d’un été chaud, d’une magie douce, d’une promenade solitaire: une petite parenthèse.  This is the story of a hot summer, of a soft magic,of a solitary walk: a small parenthesis.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL

This life and the other | Colombia | 2022 | 10’ 

Director: Luis Rojas        

Writer: Luis Rojas            

Producer: Luis Rojas       

Cast: Natalia Castrillón, Sergio Castrillón

Synopsis: Natalia and Sergio have listened to music since they were in their mother’s womb, this has strengthened their relationship as siblings, this piece is a declaration of love in a poetic way where we reflect on the meaning of family and how the places we visit make us grow.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

KORIN F – Avec amour | France | 2022 | 04’       

Director: Cédric Legrand              

Writers: Cédric Legrand, Max Grayt         

Producer: Elsa Philippe 

Cast: Joseph Rozé, Marguerite Dedeyan

Synopsis: In the halls of a university, a telepathic television makes people disappear mysteriously. Like a mermaid, it uses the fantasies of its prey to attract and absorb them into the screen. Breathing her last, the television releases a wave of love that no one can resist. The video, points the irresistible attraction we have for the screens. In this love story, fantasies are revealed in a virtual world, they are fulfilled without restraint, without fear of being judged by the other. But who do we ultimately want? The machine or the person behind it?


BEST MINI SHORT

Defy the Odds 3:00 | United States | 2022 | 04’               

Director: Corry Wiens    

Writer: Corry Wiens       

Producer: Gavin Buckland            

Cast: Bradford Haynes  

Synopsis: Amateur race car driver, Bill Lester, is faced with a decision that will upend the stable office life he’s trapped in. Based on the true story of Bill Lester, the first black NASCAR driver to win a race in NASCAR’s Grand-Am series.


BEST NO/LOW BUDGET

I Made The Ruins | United States | 2022 | 08’   

Directors: Sar Cohen, Ricardo Bouyett                   

Producer: Bouy Films     

Cast: Sar Cohen

Synopsis: I Made The Ruins is a dance short that explores the desolation of one’s discomfort in their body. Plagued with body dysmorphia, the dancer in the short finds reverie in the ruins they’ve taken shelter in.


BEST DEBUT

Keep on looking | Argentina | 2022 | 09’             

Director: Emanuel Vazquez Santana       

Writer: Emanuel Vazquez Santana           

Producer: Emanuel Vazquez Santana      

Cast: María Eugenia Rigón           

Synopsis: Five women with different lives but crossed by the same reality, almost imperceptible to others.


BEST COMMERCIAL/AD/TVC

Looking forward to the Asian Games | China |   2022-02-09 | 02’              

Director: Hu li huai                                                          

Synopsis: In the countdown to the 19th Asian Games in 2022, the film combines traditional Ou Yue culture elements such as dragon boat and opera with modern football, showing the city’s energetic spirit. At the same time, it also demonstrates people’s keen expectation of the Asian Games and their confidence and determination to assist in hosting the Games.

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