BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Sesang by Jules Suo
10 AM JFK airport, Han-chul waits for Nari near the air-train. Han-chul is a documentary filmmaker visiting from Tokyo. Nari, a working actress living in New York City. The two reunite after a year apart only to discover that living in different hemispheres has affected their relationship. One day, free-spirited Han-chul travels to Berlin on a job assignment, only to return to New York City and discover that Nari had left to Korea to star in a new drama.
Han’s nomadic lifestyle leads him back to Korea… with the wind in his hair and the ground beneath his feet is now solid. He has returned, and one could ask of him: “Have you changed?”
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
Misdirection by Carly Usdin
Camila is your average college freshman with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a big, gay crush on her roommate. After both situations come to a head in a near car crash, Cam is stuck trying to find a distraction. A chance encounter with a street magician teaches her to channel her misguided energy into a new hobby, and to open her heart to new possibilities.
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
The Forbidden Face by Rahman Alemi
The director travelled from London to Afghanistan to find Roqia, a 7-year-old girl, who played in his movies 16 years ago to give her a prize and also ask her to play in a new movie about cinema in Afghanistan. The main character is Roqia, who disappeared in Kabul and for whom the director is searching in many locations inside and outside of Kabul – including schools, universities and households which she had any relation with. However, he does all this hard work to find out that Roqia was murdered by extremists who had disagreed with her occupation – acting.
The Man With Birds by Marcault Quentin
Seasons turn and spring is sprung when a boy flies the coop but lands the flock.
Gede Vizyon by Marcos Serafim
BEST STUDENT FILM
The Apricot Tree by Gideon van Eeden
A bigoted widower fails at maintaining his late wife’s apricot tree. When his attempts are interrupted by a refugee found sleeping in his garden shed, he learns how to find closure.
BEST MICRO FILM
Arriving by K.PRADA & J.PRADA
Hunter K-009 embarks on a contract that may be too much to chew.