Winner Season - 9 (March 2021)

Jury Award
 

Best Short Film - Jury Award

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Hooji

Film Directed by: Marcello Quintella e Boynard (Genre: Short)

"The day of a widow preparing the buddhist celebration for her husband's soul - the "hooji". She's waiting for her daughter and son, until a mysterious phone call changes everything. A tale about missing, loneliness and hope. Freely inspired on the death haiku by the japanese poet Umezawa Bokusui (1875-1914)"

 

Best Feature Film - Jury Award

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Hamlet/Horatio

Film Directed by: Paul Warner (Genre: Feature)

"The film begins on an empty sound stage with the death of Hamlet. The action transpires in his last moment of awareness as the hero of Shakespeare’s most famous play watches his life flash before him and his soul transcends. Told from the
perspective of Hamlet’s closest friend and confidante, Horatio, who takes on the role of film director in order to fulfill his promise to dying Hamlet to tell the story of Hamlet’s life!"

Trailer of "Hamlet/Horatio"

 

Best Web  Series - Jury Award

"Not Enough Entries"

 

Best Music Video - Jury Award

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Timonia

Film Directed by: Alexey Belkin, Vsevolod Aljokhin (Genre: Music Video)

"In one summer day, the "enlightened" lord of the village decides to wash in a bathhouse, but he cannot, since all the peasants have gone to the prohibited village dances.
The lord is indignant and calls his efficient worker Timonia to resolve the issue with the bathhouse. During the bath procedures, the lord has poisoned by fumes in the bathhouse to death. But during the funeral, it turned out that the lord pretended to be dead in order to see who would grieve for him and who does not. Timonia exposes the lord's pretense and dips him in a font of ice water to revive him. After that, everyone, including the lord, goes to the village dances."

Timonia

Categories Award
 

Best Short Film - Less then $5000

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SOMETHING ABOUT HENRY

Film Directed by: John Borowski (Genre: Short)

"SOMETHING ABOUT HENRY is about a tortured soul named Ladybird, who has a unique affliction and as her story unfolds and climaxes to the WHY of her condition…..it’s another social commentary of why one shouldn’t ever sit in judgment of what society refers to as the “less fortunate”. While there is some humor attached, its message is loud and clear!"

 

Best Short Film - Between $5000 - $10,000

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Wells of Hope

Film Directed by: Lia Beltrami (Genre: Short)

""The day we left Syria, the bombings were as strong as rain ...". Hence the story of Shaima, fleeing the war, kidnapped as a victim of trafficking. Is there still hope? You cannot live without it.
Among stones, deserts, mountains and dust, a group of brave Arab women gives life to Wells of Hope, to give answers to the drama of trafficking, together with the worldwide network Talita Kum. They are women of different religions who live in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria. They move between borders, conflicts and refugees. They want to restore the dignity of the victims and rebuild the dignity of the abused people. The path is not easy, but the determination of these women will open a new way."

Trailer of "Wells of Hope"

 

Best Short Film - More than $10,000

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She Is Mine

Film Directed by: Sena Tunali (Genre: Short)

"Jess a newly film school grad along with her childhood friend Mary who is also a grad from the same film school are trying to make a living in LA. Jess works at a restaurant but she gets fired due to her clumsinesses. On the other hand, Mary books a PA job on set but she gets sick and doesn't want to lose the opportunity to bring money to their household. So Mary convinces Jess to go to work on that set pretending to be Mary. Jess introduces herself as Mary to everybody on that set but as soon as she sees her childhood love Adam on that set as the director, everything starts to break apart. She realizes that Adam is completely changed and he is not the Adam she used to know."

Trailer of "She Is Mine"

 

Best Feature Film - Less than $5000

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La amable euforia de la danza

Film Directed by: Miguel Castanet (Genre: Short)

"Man is a victim of his circumstances, a man who is forced to flee his country, a victim of a communist regime for being an artist and homosexual, a man who has to adapt and survive a new culture and language and who fights tirelessly for years to bring an International Ballet Festival to Miami and create different cultural organizations to enhance the Hispanic culture in South Florida, specifically in the city of Miami. This documentary to showcase the life,work and legacy of Pedro Pablo Peña through interviews with personalities of culture national and international."

 

Best Feature Film - Between $5000 - $10,000

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Confessions of Zero

Film Directed by: Andrea Malandra (Genre: Feature)

"It is a contrasting love story between two young people, Sebastiano called Zero and Vienna, belonging to different worlds and opposed by the oppressiveness of a family and social context that would like to normalize them and flatten their human peculiarities. A contemporary "Romeo and Juliet"."

Trailer of "Confessions of Zero"

 

Best Feature Film - More than $10,000

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Hamlet/Horatio

Film Directed by: Paul Warner (Genre: Feature)

"The film begins on an empty sound stage with the death of Hamlet. The action transpires in his last moment of awareness as the hero of Shakespeare’s most famous play watches his life flash before him and his soul transcends. Told from the
perspective of Hamlet’s closest friend and confidante, Horatio, who takes on the role of film director in order to fulfill his promise to dying Hamlet to tell the story of Hamlet’s life!"

Trailer of "Hamlet/Horatio"

 

Best Web Series

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The Gliwensbourg Chronicles

Film Directed by: EMILIE TOMMASI (Genre: Short)

"Gliwensbourg, winter 1915, a French trench is pounded, all the soldiers are buried making only one survivor. Underground, the soldier who survived managed to get out of an air pocket and crawl into a hole leading to a mysterious tunnel that leads to ... 1925!"

Trailer of "The Gliwensbourg Chronicles"

 

Best Music Video

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Vangaaya

Film Directed by: SREERAG S POYKAYIL (Genre: Travel)

"Above the colors, a flowing river. An empty boat in it. The undercurrents showed the worlds that he didn't see. It was a beginning of self-discovery. 'Vangaaya'. The beginning of the search for that taste of life."

 

Best COVID -19 Virus Related Film

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Message to Future Generations

Film Directed by: Sorin Pavelesco (Genre: Short)

"A short artistic film with a message of hope on the daily activities of a North American family during the COVID-19 quarantine of mid-March-April 2020."

Back Stage Award
 

Best Director

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Award goes to: "Marcello Quintella e Boynard"

Hooji

Film Directed by: Marcello Quintella e Boynard (Genre: Short)

"The day of a widow preparing the buddhist celebration for her husband's soul - the "hooji". She's waiting for her daughter and son, until a mysterious phone call changes everything. A tale about missing, loneliness and hope. Freely inspired on the death haiku by the japanese poet Umezawa Bokusui (1875-1914)"

 

Best Cinematographer

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Award goes to: "Konstantin Frolov"

"Breadcrumbs"

Film Directed by: Lilia Le Dieu, Konstantin Pivovar (Genre: Short)

"C., a needy man, knocks on the doors of a next door building and asks its residents for some bread for his starving children. P. opens the door and they engage in a long conversation about selfishness and good deeds. C. tries to explain his point that people help others to feel good about themselves, not necessarily because of pure altruistic motives. P. gives C. all of his bread to prove he’s a good person, and C. leaves. The next day when he enters the elevator with the neighbor L. he sees this note:

 “Dear residents, recently I came to your building, because my family was starving. I went through every floor, knocking on every door. And none of you, not even one soul in this building gave me anything.
 I wanted to let you know”.
 Feeling betrayed and embarrassed of what the neighbors will think of him, P. tears off the note and pays a visit to C. After a heated conversation, C. starts typing more notes...….. "

"Breadcrumbs"

 

Best Editor

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Award goes to: "Erminia Cardone"

Artistic yellow (Giallo artistico)

Film Directed by: Andrea Malandra (Genre: Short)

"The story of the film takes place in Pescara.
the film is a tribute to Andrea Pazienza's imaginary world. The surreal plot is supported by far-fetched characters who live in urban spaces, creating dreamlike states and comic gags."

 

Best Screenplay

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Award goes to: "Virginia kochan"

Romance

Film Directed by: Giorgi Tkemaladze (Genre: Short)

"Henry is a 20 year-old American studying Georgian folk music.
He is gay and has a strange habit. At night he likes to sing in the park for his amusement. One night, this strange habit gets him into an adventure where he will be a hostage, victim, fiance, sweetheart, knight and participant in a strange exotic tradition and finally the gay boy’s humanity character saved one girl’s Life."

 

Best Production Design

"Not Enough Entries"

Front Stage Award
 

Best Performance (Male)

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Award goes to: "Alan Del Castillo"

Kettling

Film Directed by: Alan Del Castillo (Genre: Short)

"Facing the 2020 pandemic alone, Carlo reaches boiling point.

When COVID-19 arrives in 2020, Carlo finds himself alone and confined to his home, where he has to deal with the mental and physical health struggles faced by many during the pandemic."

Trailer of "Kettling"

 

Best Performance (Female)

"Not Enough Entries"