Award Winners - April 20'

Congratulations to all the filmmakers involved in these outstanding movies! We appreciate everybody who submitted to SPFF this month, decisions were incredibly difficult to make. It was an absolute pleasure watching your films and we hope to see future projects from all of you.  

A word from our Grand Jury...

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM *

 

'Living In Crime Alley'

Written & Directed by Rob Ayling

Synopsis:

A single father struggles to bring up his child, a huge fan of the dark knight, in downtown Gotham, known to citizens as Crime Alley.

 

Country: UK

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM *

 

'As The Smoke Rises'

Written by Jennifer Ille

Directed by Sharon Heigl

Synopsis:

The ancient ceremony of smudging began thousands of years ago. What does the ritual mean today and who can smudge? 

Country: Canada

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT FILM *

 

'Vesania'

Written & Directed by Elisabet Terri

Synopsis:

Two mysterious characters face each other, separated by cold bars of a dark cell, where nothing is what it seems.

 

Country: Spain

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM *

 

'Insectarium'

Written & Directed by Kilian Thomas

Synopsis:
In a post-apocalyptic Paris, Lisa and Mickaël are a couple of survivors who are looking for a solution to the shortage of insects. During one of their disputes, Lisa is stung. They will have to cross the infested city to cure her ...

 

Country: France

BEST DIRECTOR *

 

'The Desert'

Written & Directed by Daphski

Synopsis:

A young UK council estate girl travels to the desert to swallow drugs as a mule. The story is focused mainly on the heroine's existential boredom.

 

Country: UK

BEST SCREENPLAY *

 

'Killing Kindly'

Written & Directed by Ryan LaSeine

Synopsis:

Two hitmen are enjoying coffee and cigarettes, but their friendship is suddenly put to the test when they realize they've been ordered to kill one another.

 

Country: UK

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY *

 

'Un Court Dimanche (A Short Sunday)'

Written & Directed by 

Nicolas Garrier-Giraudeau & Basile Crépin-Leblond

Cinematography: Basile Crépin-Leblond

Synopsis:

A bored young woman in her big empty house.

Country: France

BEST EDITING *

 

'Barney Lee: My Long Walk Around Britain (For HNPP)'

Written, Directed & Edited by Matt Colin Evans

Synopsis:

A recently diagnosed 19-year-old man embarks on a journey around the entire coastline of mainland Great Britain, to raise funds and awareness for the relatively unknown disorder, HNPP.

Country: UK

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE *

 

'Align' 

Written & Directed by R.E. Wolfe

Music: Dan Daniels

Synopsis:

A conceptual dance film that presents two radically different dance forms: ballet & pole dance. 

Country: UK

BEST SOUND DESIGN *

 

'Haus In Der Ferne (Home In The Distance)'

Written & Directed by Andreas Dahn

Sound Design & Mixer: Marc Fragstein

Synopsis:

A clay man awakes in a decayed hut on a small island. He fetches a bottle with a very personal message. Bit by bit he uncovers his fate.

Country: Germany

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN *

 

'Circadian' 

Written & Directed by Dylan Lunt

Production Design: Brie Seaton, Dylan Lunt & Johnathan "Johnny-O" Olsen

Synopsis:

A spaceship captain awakens to find his wife, and half the ship is missing, and struggles with the ship's A.I. to discover the truth.

Country: USA

BEST VISUAL FX *

 

'Insectarium'

Written & Directed by Kilian Thomas

Visual FX: Pierre Gosset, Aurore Pialat,

Margaux Chambas & Adrien Avenel

Synopsis:
In a post-apocalyptic Paris, Lisa and Mickaël are a couple of survivors who are looking for a solution to the shortage of insects. 

Country: France

BEST HAIR, MAKEUP & COSTUME *

 

'Artifice' 

Written & Directed by 

Paul Gomerieux & Romain Sidan

Costumer: Caroline Sabuco

Synopsis:

Albert, a young man goes to fight on the Verdun front during the First World War, not to save France but to make his father proud. 

Country: France

BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER *

 

'L'enfer N'est Pas Loin (Hell Is Not Far)'

Written & Directed by Brandon Gotto

Filmmaker: Brandon Gotto

Synopsis:

Following a family tragedy, Iris and her father leave to isolate themselves in a little house in the middle of the woods. Sadness and anger will quickly lead them to inevitable slippages... 

Country: Belgium

BEST ACTOR *

 

'Apprev.' 

Written & Directed by Damian Harris

Actor: Adam Rowland as Thomas Bratten

Synopsis:

On their third anniversary, Ilona gets Thomas a 'special' present - a meeting with an Apprev. consultant, to have his Mandatory Vasectomy reversed.

 

Country: Australia

BEST ACTRESS *

 

'Funerailles (Funeral)'

Written & Directed by Marie Vandelannoote

Actress: Anne-Laure Gruet as Justine

Synopsis:

Julie, Jean, Justine and Antoine reunite for their brother's funeral wake. An opportunity for them to gather and share their best memories, but also more painful ones. 

Country: France

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR *

 

'The Ominous Project Universe Presents: ISOLATION'

Written & Directed by Shreco Bakari

Actor: Shreco Bakari as Garrett Sanders

Synopsis:

Alicia waits for her husband to come home amid a global pandemic. After he arrives with bite marks on his neck, things take a quick turn for the worse. 

Country: USA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS *

 

'Welcome Home' 

Written & Directed by Yani Katerinov

Actress: Amber Thorne as Alice

Synopsis:

A young man and woman are terrorised by mysterious figures identical to themselves. 

Country: UK

BEST CHILD ACTOR/ACTRESS *

 

'Apprev.' 

Written & Directed by Damian Harris

Actor: Kieran Cochrane as Donnie Huntly

Synopsis:

On their third anniversary, Ilona gets Thomas a 'special' present - a meeting with an Apprev. consultant, to have his Mandatory Vasectomy reversed.

 

Country: Australia

BEST DRAMA SHORT FILM *

 

'Funerailles (Funeral)'

Written & Directed by Marie Vandelannoote

Synopsis:

Julie, Jean, Justine and Antoine reunite for their brother's funeral wake. An opportunity for them to gather and share their best memories, but also more painful ones. 

Country: France

BEST COMEDY SHORT FILM *

 

'Fred & Kev and the 10 Step Steegan' 

Written by Ben Ford

Directed by Maximus Hugo

Synopsis:

Amateur skateboarders battle for the last two spots on the Toes Pro Skate Team. Set in the early 2000s. 

Country: UK

BEST HORROR SHORT FILM *

 

'Petra' 

Written & Directed by Andreas Avgousti

Synopsis:

Petra's return to her family's old house after 25 years jump-starts her journey into mental darkness as she discovers who she really is.

Country: Cyprus

BEST SCI-FI SHORT FILM *

 

'Circadian' 

Written & Directed by Dylan Lunt

Synopsis:

A spaceship captain awakens to find his wife, and half the ship is missing, and struggles with the ship's A.I. to discover the truth.

Country: USA

BEST HISTORICAL SHORT FILM *

 

'Artifice' 

Written & Directed by 

Paul Gomerieux & Romain Sidan

Synopsis:

Albert, a young man goes to fight on the Verdun front during the First World War, not to save France but to make his father proud. 

Country: France

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM *

 

'Haus In Der Ferne (Home In The Distance)'

Written & Directed by Andreas Dahn

Synopsis:

A clay man awakes in a decayed hut on a small island. He fetches a bottle with a very personal message. Bit by bit he uncovers his fate.

Country: Germany

BEST OPENING SCENE *

 

'Lux Clara'

Written by Vukašin Živaljević & Miljan Zivaljevic

Directed by Vukašin Živaljević

Synopsis:

Lux Clara is a short, experimental take on Plato's famous allegory of the cave.

Country: Serbia

BEST CLOSING SCENE *

 

'A Date With Shillelagh'

Written by Keith Large

Directed by Jeff Stewart & Brian Johnston

Synopsis:

Failing to heed Karen's warnings about slimeball music promoter Billy Tomkins, Jo chances the dance with danger, to pursue her Rolls Royce road to stardom.

Country: UK

GRAND JURY AWARD *

 

'The Sunset Through the Blinds'

Written & Directed by Michael Aiello

Synopsis:

Holding on and letting go.

Animated short. 

 

Country: USA

Official Selections - April 20'

Limbo

Slaughter

The Bud

Sponsored

All Through The Night

Catching Up

Goth Diary

Shadowland

Season Over

Animal

Extraordinary People

Emi

Gracefully Broken

Incriminating Mary

Idolum

Chasing

Dead Man Waiting

Conscience

Désir Pastel

Next Door

The Millenial Condition

Hamlet/Horatio

Punk Road

Ane and The Stars

Dust

Music Lives Here

A Car at Night

Seermass

Nadia Jaan

Soul Forest

Painful Pride

RedYellowBlue

This Is Depression

A New Start

Warning

The Sound of a Smile

Under The Flowers: Waking The Witch

Melanophobia

The following films were included in our award shortlist. These projects were selected based on recognition of their exceptional cinematic achievements. Each and every one of these filmmakers showed incredible talent, and we expect great things from all of them in the future. 

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