AWARD WINNERS

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM *

 

'Bittersweet'

Written by Lorenzo Fedon

Directed by Max Mir

Synopsis:

A hopeless baker's attempt at taking his own life is interrupted by a persistent child in need of a birthday cake.

Country: UK

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT FILM *

 

'Gabriel'

Written by Pierfrancesco Artini & Claudio Masenza

Directed by Pierfrancesco Artini

Synopsis:

Agatha is struck by her husband's death. She feels old and lonely, yet she starts to experience unexpected sexual desires that would lead her to buying the ultimate version of a male sex robot, Gabriel. Will she find happiness?

Country: Spain

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM *

 

'There's Something Going Around'

Written by Catherine Willoughby

Directed by Anthony Rubinstein

Synopsis:

A digital scrapbook of life in Britain - Spring 2020.

Film produced entirely in the lockdown period, in Yorkshire, UK.

Country: UK

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM *

 

'Cyrano aux tranchées'

Written by Joseph Suberville

Directed by Edouard Dossetto

Synopsis:
Verdun, 1917. In the night between the bombings, four Poilus heard a character fall from the Moon; an encounter of their reality with the historical fiction: Cyrano de Bergerac.

 

Country: France

BEST DIRECTOR *

 

'Cyrano aux tranchées'

Written by Joseph Suberville

Directed by Edouard Dossetto

Synopsis:
Verdun, 1917. In the night between the bombings, four Poilus heard a character fall from the Moon; an encounter of their reality with the historical fiction: Cyrano de Bergerac.

 

Country: France

BEST SCREENPLAY *

 

'Script'

Written & Directed by Piero Cannata

Synopsis:

Two screenwriters, a ghost story, a night that goes on and on... Who will put an end to this?

 

Country: Italy

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY *

 

'Tacet'

Written by Chris Garcia

Directed by Feriele Beggour

Cinematography: Gaël Damerval

Synopsis:

Dylan was once considered a young piano prodigy, but after his father's death, Dylan stopped playing. Two years later, an event will revive this passion, where love and past grudges will mingle...

Country: France

BEST EDITING *

 

'Hamartia'

Written & Directed & Edited by Lucas Mass

Synopsis:

A man struggles to cover up his perceived imperfections in a world that won't take notice of his existence.

Country: Sweden

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE *

 

'Bittersweet'

Written by Lorenzo Fedon

Directed by Max Mir

Music: Jofre Bardagí

Synopsis:

A hopeless baker's attempt at taking his own life is interrupted by a persistent child in need of a birthday cake.

Country: UK

BEST SOUND DESIGN *

 

'Cyrano aux tranchées'

Written by Joseph Suberville

Directed by Edouard Dossetto

Sound: Léo Rabouam & Louis Roueche-Rossi 

Synopsis:
Verdun, 1917. In the night between the bombings, four Poilus heard a character fall from the Moon; an encounter of their reality with the historical fiction: Cyrano de Bergerac.

Country: France

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN *

 

'Shutter' 

Written & Directed by Andres Ramirez

Production Design: Xue Tong

Synopsis:

Mark, a recently promoted Police Detective, finds himself interrogating Charley, a brilliant deceptive photographer, about the disappearances of young models, as the photographer was the last person to see them alive.

Country: USA

BEST VISUAL FX *

 

'Susie'

Written & Directed by Jordan Doig

Visual FX: David Manzo, Stu Chudy & Dylan Pecora

Synopsis:

Susie and Andy’s relationship has become toxic. In order to deal with Andy’s controlling and emotionally damaging actions, Susie begins to manifest a real and physical horror.

Country: USA

BEST HAIR, MAKEUP & COSTUME *

 

'Dreamer's Journey' 

Written & Directed by Mitchell Branget

Special FX & Makeup: Sebastien Gaspar-Woods, Mitchell Branget, E.J. Pritchard & Aya Elmeligy

Synopsis:

A man is forced to face his deepest fears when he's faced with an episode of sleep paralysis.

Country: Canada

BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER *

 

'Divine Living'

Written & Directed by Jordan Skipper

Filmmaker: Jordan Skipper

Synopsis:

Between Dreams & Nightmares.

Country: USA

BEST ACTOR *

 

'Covid-19 The Apocalypse' 

Written & Directed by Stephen Drury Phillips

Actor: Stephen Drury Phillips as Senior Elder

Synopsis:

A senior elder in the future leaves one last video for the coalition, to plead with them to keep fighting for humanity. A time machine is their only hope. 

Country: USA

BEST ACTRESS *

 

'Baa Baa Black Sheep'

Written by Anette Martinsen

Directed by Orlando Bryant

Actress: Anette Martinsen as Christine Hansen

Synopsis:

In 1946 Norway, a pregnant woman, home alone, gets trapped inside her house by snow. Unable to get out, she has to deliver her baby. Based on a true story. 

Country: UK/Norway

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR *

 

'Tacet'

Written by Chris Garcia

Directed by Feriele Beggour

Actor: Alexis Desseaux as Father

Synopsis:

At the time, Dylan was considered a young piano prodigy, but after his father's death, Dylan finally stopped any activity for no reason. Two years later, an event will revive this passion, where love and past grudges will mingle...

Country: France

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS *

 

'Trivial Loser' 

Written & Directed by Aniez Atlas

Actress: Julia Fossi as June

Synopsis:

Five friends gather to play trivial pursuit but it wasn't the typical gameplay...it was the most important game of their lives

Country: Spain

BEST CHILD ACTOR/ACTRESS *

 

'Aperture' 

Written & Directed by Erdal Dizman

Actor: Rana Kayaoğlu as Elif

Synopsis:

Elif lives with her mother in a solitary cell. She opens her eyes to the world behind the iron bars. Her world is so small.

 

Country: Germany

BEST DRAMA SHORT FILM *

 

'Scleroderma Domesticus'

Written by Luca Jankovic & Mattia Lunardi

Directed by Mattia Lunardi

Synopsis:

Mauro wakes up believing that an insect has entered his ear. He's convinced of it being “Scleroderma Domesticus”, a dangerous parasite that slips under the skin creating strange bruises. During a madness night, Silvia, his wife, will realize that the husband's paranoia is hiding something more fearsome and ruinous.

Country: Italy

BEST COMEDY SHORT FILM *

 

'When Life Gives You Lemons, Take Them Because There is None Left in Tescos' 

Written & Directed by Kyriakos Georgiou

Synopsis:

Set six months into lockdown after the outbreak of coronavirus, we follow the story of Jay, a key worker, who gives us an insight into how things have not changed for him.

Country: UK

BEST HORROR SHORT FILM *

 

'Susie'

Written & Directed by Jordan Doig

Synopsis:

Susie and Andy’s relationship has become toxic. In order to deal with Andy’s controlling and emotionally damaging actions, Susie begins to manifest a real and physical horror.

Country: USA

BEST SCI-FI SHORT FILM *

 

'One Last Monster' 

Written & Directed by Gene Kim

Synopsis:

Empress Eura, ruler of the distant world of Adin, faces her greatest challenge when she is forced to face her prejudices and choose between trusting or killing a monster who arrives on Adin with a warning that could save or destroy her people.

Country: USA

BEST HISTORICAL SHORT FILM *

*Additional win - Best Poster*

'Beatrice' 

Written & Directed by Vincenzo De Sio

Synopsis:

BEATRICE is a tribute short film to one of the greatest Cinema figures, Beatrice Vitoldi, protagonist of the "Odessa Stairs" in "The Battleship Potemkin".

 

Country: Italy

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM *

 

'The Big Day'

Written & Directed by Ahmari Ly-Johnson

Story: Ethan Inglis

Synopsis:

Bill, an astronaut, struggles with isolation.

Country: USA

BEST LGBTQ+ SHORT FILM *

 

'Jessyca' 

Written & Directed by Peterson Almeida

Synopsis:

Jessyca is an immersive film on the unique life of Brazilian Jessyca Oliveira, 28-year-old, who has lived in France for many years. Precipitated by a tragic family event, we accompany Jessyca on a trip back to Brazil.

Country: France/Brazil

BEST OPENING SCENE *

 

'Gracefully Broken'

Written by Omari Washington

Directed by Matt Lorenzo

Synopsis:

Alex's world comes crashing down which leads him to attempt suicide. All of a sudden he's a miracle to a random woman who wants to end it all as well, which ultimately saves his life.

Country: USA

BEST CLOSING SCENE *

 

'The Eyes of the Artist'

Written & Directed by Hristijan Kostovski

Synopsis:

The dream of a child to become a painter is destroyed unconsciously by his parents, who force him to be something which he is not. 

Country: Malta

GRAND JURY AWARD *

 

'Game of Life'

Written & Directed by Leanne Rogers & Tallulah Self

Synopsis:

By day, RAF veteran and grandfather Garry is living a narrow, tough life as an ageing carer. By night, however, he’s a rampaging gamer. Granddaughter, Tallulah, is on a mission to connect his two realities and help him get back in touch with his free spirit.

Country: UK/USA

BEST SHORT SCRIPT *

 

'The Diner'

Written by Dhun Sharma

Country: Canada

Finalists:

'Piggy' Written by Don Willis

'Bears and Trees' Written by Mohammad-Reza Shahriyari

'The Hero' Written by Liam Jones

'Lockdown Blues' Written by Dave Hansen 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Dystopia

As The Wave Broke

No One Left

Septic - The Hunted

Faust

AK

Kubric

DESIGNATION: Limbo

The Legend of the ChickenFish

A Final Goodbye

Contrition

Collapse

Firehawk

Games Night

The Early House

 

Kelly

Holestepper

Quiet On Set

From Charlie, With Love

Vacancy

Love Lives In A Void

Charlie's Prayer

Anagnorisis

Monday Tuesday Banana

I Hear You

Ouroboros

Corona: A Global Pandemic in a Small Town

Swimming Lessons

The Fox

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