AWARD WINNERS

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BEST FEATURE FILM

 

Boogie Man

Written by Andy Morahan & Simon Olivier

Directed by Andy Morahan

Synopsis:

A British-Indian teenager struggles with his cultural heritage in modern-day London. Whilst attending a 1970’s themed exhibition, he falls for an actress/model and sets out to woo her. 

Country: UK

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BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM 

 

Bulldog

Written & Directed by Kieran Stringfellow

Synopsis:

After spending the night in a cell, a rough sleeper has a score to settle.

Country: UK

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT FILM 

 

Uonted!

Written by Enrico Saccà

Directed by Daniele Bonarini

Synopsis:

Tiziano wants to go to "Cinecittà world" at all costs to finally visit the old West...Will he make it?

Country: Italy

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BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM 

 

Until The Last Drop

Directed by Tim Webster

Co-Directed by Ernesto Cabellos

Synopsis:

In an occupied land where water is a privilege, two farmers working the same land face increasingly unequal opportunities.

Country: Palestine/UK

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BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM 

 

The Box Assassin

Written & Directed by Jeremy Schaefer

Synopsis:

A pizza delivery boy finds himself in the middle of a clash between a gangster boss and a legendary assassin who the boy has unknowingly delivered instead of pizza.

Country: USA

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BEST DIRECTOR 

 

Nick

Written & Directed by Jose Pozo

Synopsis:

A young boy with a boundless imagination tries to solve a murder he witnessed. He is determined to track down the killer, even if it means risking his own life.

 

Country: Andorra

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BEST SCREENPLAY 

 

Incurable

Written & Directed by Renja Schmakeit

Synopsis:

Nurse Theresa helps patients with euthanasia. She is convinced that she's helping a lot of people. When her terminally ill son expresses his wish to die, she is to make a painful decision.

Country: Germany

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

 

Sycamore

Written & Directed by Mehmet Tığlı

Cinematography: Erkan Șimșir-Gokhan Deniz

 

Synopsis:

An old man spends the day wandering the streets of Istanbul. He communicates with the trees and seagulls rather than other people.

Country: Turkey

BEST EDITING 

 

The Velvet Abstract

Written & Directed by James Hughes

Editor: Patrick J. Don Vito

Synopsis:

A short film about the environmental age from a team spanning six continents.

Country: UK

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE 

 

The Velvet Abstract

Written & Directed by James Hughes

Music: Jean-Pascal Beintus

Synopsis:

A short film about the environmental age from a team spanning six continents.

Country: UK

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BEST SOUND DESIGN 

 

Percipience

Written by Rishik Patel

Directed by Daniel Oramas

Sound: Sean Michelsen

Synopsis:

A young man is forced to face his own concept of "perception vs. reality".

Country: USA

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 

 

And Breath Entered Them 

Written & Directed by Juan Belardi

Production Design: Juan Belardi

Synopsis:

A cemetery caretaker with a dark secret is haunted after the dead rise.

Country: USA

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BEST VISUAL FX 

 

Meeting With The Devil

Written by Asim Altokhais

Directed by Theo Kim

Synopsis:

The devil meets a human in a café shop to recruit him as his right-hand man in his army, but the human answer to the devil’s proposal never crossed the devil’s mind.

Country: Saudi Arabia/Canada

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BEST HAIR, MAKEUP & COSTUME 

 

Covered Sun

Written by Erica Andreose & Elia Rosa

Directed by Elia Rosa & Paolo S. Borgato

Costume by Elia Rosa & Erica Andreose

Synopsis:

In a world populated by humans and gigantic creatures called Konoc, San will face numerous pitfalls to lead Snoun, a girl with no past, to the Sorrowful Mountains, the oldest of all places.

Country: Italy

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BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER 

 

Uninspired Moments

Written & Directed by Kristen Brookman

Filmmaker: Kristen Brookman

Synopsis:

A chance encounter on a lonely night sparks the beginning of an unlikely friendship.

Country: UK

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BEST POSTER 

 

Two Autumns In Paris

Written by Gustavo Michelena, Francisco Villarroel & Gibelys Coronado

Directed by Gibelys Coronado

Synopsis:

Two Autumns in Paris (Dos Otoños en Paris) tells the love story of Maria Teresa and Antonio when they were young.

Country: Venezuela

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BEST ACTOR 

 

The Least

Written by Olli Slatter & Luke Martin

Directed by Olli Slatter

Actor: Luke Martin as James Bailey

Synopsis:

The deterioration of a warm, innocent young heart through traumatic events in the Second World War. James Bailey fights for his country and his life behind enemy lines.

Country: UK

BEST ACTRESS 

 

Como Se Dice

Written by Gwendolyn Hulet

Directed by GB Shannon

Actress: Sarah Hagan as Dianne

Synopsis:

Two employees at an all-night diner, each struggling with their own desperate situation, form an unexpected bond while attempting to help one another out of their hapless circumstances.

Country: USA

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BEST CHILD ACTOR/ACTRESS

 

The High Standard

Written by Rory B. Gardner & Clifton Samuels

Directed by Bruce Wabbit

Actress: Ayla Schwartz as Jennifer

Synopsis:

A man finds himself in an ironic situation between two family members 12 years apart.

Country: USA

BEST DRAMA SHORT FILM 

 

Reasoning Eyes

Written & Directed by Paolo Cipolletta

 

 

Synopsis:

An ambiguous sunset envelops Naples and the three stories that unfold, over a night that promises to be fire, mud and blood.

Country: Italy

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BEST COMEDY SHORT FILM 

 

Friday Night Fish

Written & Directed by Conor Forrest

Synopsis:

A three act performance taken place in a Japanese restaurant chronicling the protagonist, a philosophy student with ADHD named Gareth and his adventures in dating. 

Country: Canada

BEST HORROR SHORT FILM 

 

Cruel Tale, Friday Kills

Written by Taillard Julien

Directed by Guéguen Hugues

Synopsis:

In a hostel, managers from a big company are coming for a secret meeting. On behalf of the new bioethic Law, they plan a conspiracy about the slaughter of their own employees they want to layoff. 

Country: France

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BEST SCI-FI SHORT FILM 

 

Q: Ghostly Remote Effect

Written by Marcus Hanisch & Anna-Lena Theobald

Directed by Marcus Hanisch

Synopsis:

In the future. A hi-tech-lab. Scientist P is testing quantum-gynoid Q and sets off on a mission to an undiscovered nature.

Country: Germany/Iceland

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BEST HISTORICAL SHORT FILM 

 

The Least

Written by Olli Slatter & Luke Martin

Directed by Olli Slatter

Synopsis:

The deterioration of a warm, innocent young heart through traumatic events in the Second World War. James Bailey fights for his country and his life behind enemy lines.

Country: UK

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 

 

The Velvet Abstract

Written & Directed by James Hughes

Synopsis:

A short film about the environmental age from a team spanning six continents.

Country: UK

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BEST LGBTQ+ SHORT FILM

 

Alexander

Written & Directed by Alyssa Garoogian

Synopsis:

A young musician is locked in the same routine as he practices piano each day. When he discovers the beauty and color of his own imagination through an original piece, can he give himself the courage to express his creativity beyond just fantasy?

Country: USA

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BEST OPENING SCENE

 

Pirabok

Written & Directed by Ferman Narin

Synopsis:

Hatice lives in the field with her two children and lives hand to mouth. One day, the shepherd of the village, Recep, is killed by Pirabok. After this incident, their families send them from the village. 

Country: Turkey

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BEST CLOSING SCENE

 

A Remarkable Career

Written by Paul William Dawkins & Lauren Hamilton Neill

Directed by Paul William Dawkins

Synopsis:

Meet Ellen. She's famous. Really famous... An interview with a notorious woman takes unexpected twists and turns.

Country: Australia

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GRAND JURY AWARD 

 

Gameology

Written by Alessandra Cardone & Anna Siccardi

Directed by Alessandra Cardone

Synopsis:

Gambling is like a drug; it is for Carlo, who despite being stuck in a hospital bed because of a silly accident, he doesn't give up feeling the adrenaline of the bet, until his own life is in danger, in a continuous, exciting raise.

Country: Italy

BEST SHORT SCRIPT 

 

Out of the Mist: Battle in the Middle Realm

Written by Theresa Wilson

Country: USA

Finalists:

_elicit_ Written by Steven Jeram

First Contact Written by Nils A. Witt

Boy in the Back Seat Written by Scott Pickup

Digging Up the Past Written by Helen Rana

BEST FEATURE SCRIPT 

 

Grynszpan/Thompson

Written by Hal LaCroix

Country: USA

Finalists:

Chip Fat Written by Charlie Shine

On Par Written by Paul G. Andrews, Beth Kates

In the Land of Angels Written by Rich Vincent

McGovern Written by Kyle Gray

BEST TV PILOT SCRIPT 

 

The Story Shall Stay

Written by Renee Meland

Country: USA

Finalists:

The Dogpound Written by Gemma Willis

Stars & Stripes Written by Ron Whistman

We Are Family Written by Todd Jameson

Little Trees Written by Sarah O'Neal 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

With...Out

The Call

Monita

DeadMe

Drift

Mimi Meets Books

Mimi Says No

Guilty Bunch Of Flowers

The Scent Of The Abyss

Cold Coffee

Cast Of Eddies

Life's A Gas

Forbidden Power

Looking For Love

No One Is Perfect

We Cannot See In The Dark

What Is Reality

Tears In The Sky

Drift

Reclaimer

Deserted

When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright

Merry Christmas

Funeral March for a Sleepwalker

The Wheelchair And The Trap

All Of Me: Artists + Mothers

Boring Shmoring

No Place Like Lockdown

Memory Through Music

Second Day

OFF-Identikit

The Rock Bottom

Redline

Abyss

Headspace

Married And Loving It!