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Nominations Winter/Spring 2020

Nominated: Best Short, The Best Director, Best Fantasy/SiFi, The Best Edit, The Best Original Score
The Light Thief
The Light Thief

Director/Writer: Eva Daoud

Editing: Sergio Rozas

Music: Jorge Magaz, Pablo Martin Caminero

Country: Spain

Overview: When the essence of Love is snatched from someone and locked away in a vessel with no name , what happens to those persons and how do they change? How can the broken hearted souls break that curse and recover from their pain? Can they regain their spark by overcoming dark supernatural forces?

Nominated: Best Short, Best Drama Short, Best Director

ANNA

Director/Writer/Producer: Dekel Berenson

Producers: Merlin Merton, Olga Beskhmelnytsina

“Anna”: Svetlana Barandich

Country: United Kingdom

Overview:Cannes Official Selection 19' - Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.

Nominated: Best Short, Best Drama Short


Jonathan Commits

Director/Writer: Adrian Dean

Producer: Paul Howard

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: Jonathan did a terrible thing when he was younger. He took a life. He went to prison, but even after he’s paid his debt to society, his Mum won’t forgive him; but worse than that, he won’t forgive himself. He has come to a decision that he needs to even the score, a life for a life. But his plans for suicide are interrupted by an accidental stranger.

Nominated: Best Animation Short


Six Day Back

Director: Scott Cierski

Animation: John Galzote

Music: Steve Archibald

Country: United States

Overview: Three bodybuilders sing about a revolutionary new workout regimen.




Nominated: Best Animation Short
Offcut

Director/Writer: Petroc Menuhin

Editor/Producer: Tosin Ogunleye

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: An offcut wood shaving learns the power of music.

Director Statement: I wanted to make a film exploring the joy and strength of music, how it can reach everyone with its power to touch our lives.

Nominated: Best Animation Short
Division Series
Division Series

Director/Writer: HO KWON KIM

Producer: JIN SOO LEE

Country: Republic of Korea

Overview: Prime Minister Abe goes into KFC(Kennedy Fried Chicken) stores to buy chicken, but chicken is already sold out. At the next table, presidents from various countries start playing cards to win the last chicken basket.

Director Statement: For World Peace & Better Life.

Nominated: Best Animation Short
Jelly Cars

Director/Writer/Producer: Lee Caller

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: A VW Beetle must find the last parking space in the city.

Director Statement: Jelly Cars is a short film about the power of persistence. I wanted to make a short fun film about a character that never gives up.

Nominated: Best Documentary Short
TSTIGMA
STIGMA

Director/Writer/Producer: Jaafar Muraad

Country: Iraq

Overview: The story of Iraqi victims who were tortured and humiliated by the Saddam Hussein regime because they refused to fight in the first Gulf War and their struggle for fair recognition. After the first Gulf war and the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, the Iraqi Dictator, Saddam Hussein, eventually regained control of Iraq. He issued the Order NO. 115 to capture and punish all Iraqis who had refused to fight due to their opposition to the policy of the regime.

Director Statement: As an Iraqi Director, having achieved my Masters Degree in Film Production in the UK I can use my experience to explore the values of Middle Eastern and European cultures. In Le Voyage I discuss the impact of the Saddam Regime on an individual living in fear in the UK. I explore the psychological impact in a comedic satire way. In Back To Victoria I explore the misconceptions of western society on Middle Easter living in UK. In Behind The Mirror I test Middle Eastern values on sexuality and sexual freedoms in a western setting.




Nominated: Best Documentary Short


Reclaiming The Negative
Reclaiming The Negative

Director/Producer: Mike Beech

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, roughly 31,000 North Koreans have defected from their home country to South Korea. In 2018, photographer Tim Franco began shooting a series of large format portraits using an unusual technique for a book detailing some of their experiences.

Director Statement: This film looks at a North Korean defector's extraordinary and harrowing escape from her country of birth and the artistic process of a large format photographer who captures a series of stunning portraits of North Korean defectors living in Seoul, South Korea. The film takes a more intimate look at the human side of the highly political subject matter.

Nominated: Best Art/Experimental Short, The Best Sound Design, Best Student Director
The Day You Long For

Directors/Writer: Benoit Ganesan

Producer: Ciaran Page

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: A surreal drama set on Christmas Day. Sebastian spends this festive season in the hospital after being involved in a car accident. He tortures his mind and soul by reliving the moments that led him down the path of self-destruction to the present moment.

Director Statement: With the story of “The Day You Long For”, I wanted to create a somber and atmospheric experience for the audience. Delving deep into how we as individuals feel when trying to figure out our purpose within this world. The film focuses on the theme of living within the moment. A life lesson to both myself and to the viewers to stop focusing on chasing that next “big” opportunity around the corner but taking the chance to see the beauty in life in front of you.

Nominated: Best Art/Experimental Short


GOT CANCER!

Director/Writer/Producer: Ruhi aka Rohini Hak

Director: Kankana Chakraborty

Country: United States

Overview: True facts in the short film show how nutrition, love and care can reduce the mortality rate and awareness of how we can help kids & adults globally fight this disease with the right attitude and the right nutrition in addition to the medication.

Director Statement: The well written story is a profound film very close to my heart as both my parents are doctors in oncology. As a director on the ground i found visually able to connect with Ruhi aka Rohini Hak who is the writer and creative producer , as she had a clear vision of what was wanted to be seen on screen with the heartfelt and very true dialogues inspired by real characters in life.

Nominated: Best Microfilm


Draw

Director: Martin Kamminga

Producer: Conway Dobbs

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: Two kings do battle for supremacy on the chess board

Director Statement: I wanted to create a film in which the audience is drawn into a world we have never seen before; in this case two chess pieces battling for victory. In "Draw" we see the hidden violence concealed behind the gentleman's game of chess.




Nominated: Best Microfilm
To Love the Sea

Director/Writer: Jared Jacobsen

Producer: Jocelyn Flores

Key Cast: Lorena Diaz

Country: United States

Overview: A surfer receives a surprise after her journey to the ocean.

Director Statement: This film was shot on location in Tijuana, BC, Mexico with an amazing binational cast and crew.

Nominated: Best Drama Short
Jackpot
Jackpot

Director/Writer: Alexander Brown

Writer: James Price

Producers: Sweetshop, Ben Swift

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: When a young boy finds a large sum of money hidden in a discarded mattress, good fortune turns to anxiety as his windfall transforms him into a reclusive and paranoid creature who will do anything to protect his jackpot.

Nominated: Best Drama Short
HYPO
HYPO

Director/Writer/Producer: Jordan Robinson

Writers: Jon-sel Gourkan, Serenay Yilmaz

Producers: Jon-sel Gourkan, Jondon

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: A short film following the life of a professional footballer living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Director Statement: When I first heard about the story of HYPO, it really struck a cord with me. I too had a dream of being a footballer when I was young so I could relate with the utter devastation of being told that that dream was over. I’ve always wanted to make a difference in this world. To tell stories that haven’t been told and to raise awareness about the struggles that people go through. HYPO will aim to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes but more specifically how type 1 is dealt with in the sporting industry.

Nominated: Best Short
To. V.oyage
To. V.oyage

Director/Writer/Producer: Aram Atkinson

Country: United Kingdom




Nominated: Best Comedy Short


Mind Over Matter
Mind Over Matter

Director: Paul Cheung

Writers/Producer: Al Eales

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: Mind Over Matter is a short film set in the not too distant future that pays homage to the art scene... warts and all. We join the opening night of an anonymous Artist's new exhibition of work as he unveils his most daring collection of art to date. What price would you pay for art?

Nominated: Best Comedy Short


Please, call me David
Please, call me David

Director/Writer/Producer: Sarah-Stephanie Skjoldevik

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: Mo Chou a neuroscience student, is engaged. Online she finds David, a retired man, with a rather mundane life. She convinces David to teach her sex to impress her future husband. As their relationship develops over a few months, David is tangled in a web of lies so confusing he can’t keep up himself. “Please Call me David” is a heartfelt comedy about a nontraditional relationship and the randomness of online meetings.

Director Statement: In a time where online dating has become the most common source of new relationships, I wanted to shine a light on all the nontraditional new acquaintances people make. Leading the story with a strong female character eager to explore her own sexuality, removing shame from the sex equation. I hope the film can help people be less embarrassed in conversations about sex.

Nominated: Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Short, Best Cinematography, Best Edit, Best Sound Design
The Beacon
The Beacon

Director: Chris Staehler

Producer: Christopher P. Purdy

Cinematographer: Christopher P. Purdy

Editor: Nicole Acevedo

Sound Designer: Bo Pang

Writers: David Quandt and Chris Staehler

Country: United States

Overview: This short film tells the story about a young shipping pilot, searching for his missing wife.

Nominated: Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Short


Siren: A cyberpunk story

Director/Writer: Steven Gurney

Producer: Claire Walsh

Country: United Kingdom

Overview: Siren tells the story of Emily – a disenfranchised twenty-something struggling to survive in an unfriendly near-future world. When she returns from a month-long clinical trial with no recollection of what she’s been through, Emily begins to question her own sanity. In less than 48 hours she finds herself succumbing to an all-consuming bloodlust.

Director Statement: Siren is an uncompromising and brutal short film that firmly establishes my style as a director. I set out to create new sci-fi worlds and tell the remarkable stories of the individuals who inhabit them.




Nominated: Best Mobile Short, Best Actor/Actress (Melissa Celikovic)
Resilience

Director/Producer: Antonio Chavez Trejo

Writer/Producer: Melissa Celikovic

Key Cast “Eris”: Melissa Celikovic

Country: United States

Overview:Eris a young tormented woman goes into an introspective path as her depression grows, forcing to question herself the reasons of her existence while the darkness within her begin to tempt her to put an end to the depression and pain once and for all.

Nominated: Best Drone Short

Winterdream in Bavaria
Winterdream in Bavaria

Director/Writer/Producer: Paul Hoehenberger

Country: Germany

Overview: WINTERTIME on a small lake on a cold winter morning in the district Landsberg am Lech in the south of Bavaria.

Nominated: Best Art/Experimental Short

Making Men

Director/Writer: Antoine Panier

Writer/Choreographer: Harold George

Producer: Dunia Dance Theatre

Country: Belgium

Overview: Making Men examines the question of masculinity. This dance film zooms in on 4 individuals in the process of becoming men. As is expected, they proceed unquestioningly into manhood through various stages of their lives, adopting the clearly coded characteristics allowed by society. However, a feeling of unease, in the very depths of their being, oppresses them. They feel uncertainty but also something else, harder to define… Shot in the breathtaking landscape of Zimbabwe, the film features strong and rhythmical choreography but also a special camera work that intensifies emotions inspired by the movement.

Nominated: Best Drone Short

OUTRUN

Director/Writer/Producer: Martynas Charevicius

Country: Lithuania

Overview: This is my short movie about animals in Lithuania, both domesticated and wild. The material you see was captured in two years time using a drone only. The footage was carefully selected and stored to make this video. Limited by the battery time, wind, the sound of propellers but not by my passion for photography, I looked for cinematic shots combined with natural light and beautiful surroundings. I spent hours and hours of driving and trying to succeed in capturing footage of birds, horses, deers and even a fox. I used my beaten up but trusty DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ drone both for stills and videos. While it's certainly fast and agile it's still no match for animals therefore the movie name is OUTRUN.




Nominated: Best Student Director

Endless Dream
Endless Dream

Director/Writer/Producer: Xinyao Li

Country: China

Overview: A young woman Lin goes to see the doctor. When the psychologist does hypnotherapy for Lin, she finds Lin has the scar that she accidentally kills the neighborhood boy in childhood. Lin has an argument with the psychologist after she wakes up and she kills the doctor unexpectedly. Then Lin is in a coma and she has a dream. In this dream,she wakes up again and does not kill the doctor, who is still treating her. However, when Lin really wakes up, what is the truth that she sees…

Director Biography: I am interested in dreams and I do a lot of research to make a movie about dreams. The story of the short film is based on my dream and I adapt it for the film. Before I wrote this story, I read The Interpretation of Dreams. From this book, I knew more about dreams. “Dreams are the fulfillment of wishes”, I learned a lot and I put these thoughts into my script.

Nominated: Best Actor/Actress (Vedant Gill)
The World In My Dreams
The World In My Dreams

Director/Writer/Producer": Anusha Srinivasan Iyer

Producer: Krishnaveni Srinivasan

Key Cast: Vedant Gill

Country: India

Overview: The short is about the journey of a mute boy Raju. The mute child who works in a teastall as a helper boy. Raju refuses tips and once gets rewarded with Rs 500. He has dreams... Big dreams for a poor child... But the teenager sacrifices it all in seconds to feed a little child. After all, the world is in his dreams.

Director Statement: As people, we always tend to have dreams and expectations. But the best dream is to fulfil someone else's dream... And that is what our protagonist does... Signifying, he who has nothing really has everything.... The World In My Dreams is thus the journey of a child who is mute, but speaks volumes for humanity...

Nominated: Best Trailer/Teaser

Code 13: Unreadable
Code 13: Unreadable

Director/Writer: Seth Chitwood

Director: Seng 2kx

Writer/Producer: Charlie Alejandro

Producer: Mel Alejandro

Country: United States

Overview: The official trailer for the upcoming police drama "Code 13: Unreadable".

Nominated: Best Trailer/Teaser

Believe in You
Believe in You

Director/Writer/Producer: Isioro Tokunbo Jaboro

Country: Canada




Special Award: Best Inspirational Short
Little Boy

Director/Writer/Producer: Clément Papillon

Country: France

Overview: Do you see inside the person as we see his smile. It is not prevention but a message filled with love. Little boy loves you, little boy will welcome you with open arms. A film that aims to overcome suicide and depression.

Director Biography: Clement Papillon born in 1997 at Lagny sur Marne (France) Director of 23 years old. He wrote and directed his film. He has always wanted to engage in the art of cinema to demonstrate the injustices of our world.