Monthly winners

September 2019

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Journey to a Mother’s Room by Celia Rico Clavellino

Leonor wants to leave home but she doesn’t dare tell her mother. Estrella doesn’t want her daughter to go, but she isn’t able to keep her by her side. Mother and daughter will have to face a new time in their lives in which the world they share is wavering.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The Trial – The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov by Askold Kurov

Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker, Euromaidan activist and native of Crimea.
After the Russian annexation of Crimea, he became an active opponent of the occupation. In May 2014, he was arrested by the Russian security service, charged with planned terrorist attacks and transported to Moscow. After over a year in custody, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, despite the fact that the testimonies were given under duress and evidence was insufficient. Sentsov never pled guilty.

BEST SHORT NARRATIVE

Kingspin by Kasey Lum

A travelling french girl finds herself mixed up with an underground Romanian organization

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

After the silence by Sonam Larcin

Having fled his country, David had to leave behind the man he loves. He remembers him, their life together, the society that forced them to lead a clandestine life. In order to obtain refugee status, he will now have to speak for the first time about his secret life he has always kept hidden to himself.

BEST ANIMATION

A White Dog over the Fog by JUNG Seung-hee

A girl moves to a foggy seaside village and encounters a white dog living alone tied to an anchor next door ground.
The girl who is afraid of the outside world and the dog that has never got out of its world struggle to take a step toward the unknown world over the fog.

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Cloud of Petals by Sarah Meyohas & Trevor Tweeton

Rose petals cannot digitize themselves. At the site of the former Bell Labs, a gigantic hanger in the rural New Jersey farmland, sixteen workers gather to photograph 100,000 rose petals, one by one. Human hands must individually open the flower, pick the petal, place it under the lens, press the shutter, and upload the image to the cloud. The workers set aside one petal per rose that they consider most beautiful and put it in a press—preserving it as a physical artifact. From this trove of images, an artificial intelligence algorithm emerges, allowing for the creation of new, unique petals forever.

BEST STUDENT FILM

Paper Crane by Takumi Kawakami

Seven-year-old Korean girl, Sora, lives with high expectations from her family to be a violin prodigy. Without the opportunity to explore the world around her, Sora meekly obeys the instructions of her father. Upon a trip to her grandmother’s house for her seventh birthday, Sora sees a glimpse of the world outside of the one set for her.

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Star in the East by Katie Garibaldi & Marc Morgan

Folky songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s sweet and majestically produced original song “Star in the East” from her new album Home Sweet Christmas is the perfect match for such a creatively inspired music video. The claymation and stop motion video was made by artist Marc Morgan, which pays homage to the classic Christmas movies of the ’60s that we all know and love.

BEST MICRO FILM

GAL by Kasey Lum

A surreal take on jonesing for a cigarette.

BEST WEB SERIES

Caishen “The God of Fortune” (Episode 2) by Ding

A con man heavily in debt saves a life and gets an app that gives him the power to make anyone rich…just not himself.

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