Congratulations the winners

February 2020

BEST FILM ~ SMALL SHORTS

Wali

Tobias James & Duncan Nicholls (United Kingdom)

Whilst working as an Interpreter for the British Army in his home country of Afghanistan, Wali Noori was involved in a Taliban ambush and suffered serious injuries as well as the loss of his sight. 'Wali' is a documentary sharing his story of how he found inspiration and healing through sport.

BEST FILM ~ MICRO SHORTS

Kevin & Irena

Prashanti Aswani (United Kingdom)

An animated recreation of an interview from the British Sound Library between Kevin, 1954 (male, University professor) and Irena, 1948 (female, retired) from Warwick on how they met. 

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ SMALL SHORTS

Kenya's Symphony

Carlos Douglas Jr. (Munster, IN)

A bold young girl discovers a hidden musical gift during her first symphony concert. A wild animated ride that mixes childhood emotions and a soaring score.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ~ MICRO SHORTS

Huh?

Phakchayot Charrunchon (Thailand)

A relationship comedy about a young girl named Sainam who gathers the courage to show her feelings for her senior crush.

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OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ~ WINTER 2020

(in order of appearance at the screening)

 

Good As Gold

1

Two friends discover a washing machine that turns everything in to solid gold. But things quickly go downhill as greed gets the better of them.

United Kingdom

Tobias James & Derek Man

Two friends discover a washing machine that turns everything in to solid gold. But things quickly go downhill as greed gets the better of them.

Postal

4

A film on mental illness, and the madness of those who don't understand.

Brooklyn, NY

Naaji Adzimah

A film on mental illness, and the madness of those who don't understand.

Window

7

Her window is open. Was it always open? Or did something else happen while she was asleep?

Chicago, IL

Emily Ember & Zach DeNardi

Her window is open. Was it always open? Or did something else happen while she was asleep?

Rust Bucket

10

A portrait of a Canadian artist and his unlikely canvas.

Brooklyn, NY

Morgan Wynne & Roddy Hyduk

A portrait of a Canadian artist and his unlikely canvas.

Martin The Sea Turtle

13

Martin the sea turtle recalls how he turned his traumatic past of being abandoned on the beach into a thriving present working at a local resort.

United States

Molly Clark

Martin the sea turtle recalls how he turned his traumatic past of being abandoned on the beach into a thriving present working at a local resort.

Breaking & Entering

16

Two burglars out of their element break into a house to find the occupants have just moved in, making it difficult, and awkward, to find anything valuable in the unmarked boxes.

Chicago, IL

Nancy Khurana

Two burglars out of their element break into a house to find the occupants have just moved in, making it difficult, and awkward, to find anything valuable in the unmarked boxes.

CUCKOO PILLS

19

A lovely granny who accidentally takes the wrong pills making her go on a fun disco-like trip.

United States

Cynthia Bravo

A lovely granny who accidentally takes the wrong pills making her go on a fun disco-like trip.

WALI

22

Whilst working as an Interpreter for the British Army in his home country of Afghanistan, Wali Noori was involved in a Taliban ambush and suffered serious injuries as well as the loss of his sight.  'Wali' tells his story and how he found inspiration and healing through sport.

United Kingdom

Tobias James & Duncan Nicholls

Whilst working as an Interpreter for the British Army in his home country of Afghanistan, Wali Noori was involved in a Taliban ambush and suffered serious injuries as well as the loss of his sight. 'Wali' tells his story and how he found inspiration and healing through sport.

Huh?

25

Sainam gathers the courage to show her feelings for her senior crush.

Thailand

Phakchayot Charrunchon

Sainam gathers the courage to show her feelings for her senior crush.

The lost art of being mediocre

28

As a truth-or-dare game gets out of hand the players find themselves confronted with their own banality.

Germany

Kolja Haaf

As a truth-or-dare game gets out of hand the players find themselves confronted with their own banality.

Village of the Gramned

2

A selfie taker at a party learns just how deadly social media can be!

Los Angeles, CA

Joanna DeLane & JP Leigh

A selfie taker at a party learns just how deadly social media can be!

Lotus, Clam, Antlion

5

I don't know how to accept but swallow.

Japan/Astoria, NY

Sanae Hayashi

I don't know how to accept but swallow.

Pizza Party

8

In a world made of pizza, unpopular toppings have to fight for equality and respect.

Germany

Max Holicki, Áron Farkas & Stefan Kreller

In a world made of pizza, unpopular toppings have to fight for equality and respect.

Trash

11

A car accident spurs an innocent man to go on an impromptu killing spree.

United States

Dylan Monroe

A car accident spurs an innocent man to go on an impromptu killing spree.

Urbanality

14

The city folk are about to get a wake-up call, but will they stop and listen?

Australia

Evan McInnes

The city folk are about to get a wake-up call, but will they stop and listen?

6:23 AM

17

Never forget who you've fallen in love with...

United Kingdom

Geoffrey Breton

Never forget who you've fallen in love with...

Kevin & Irena

20

An interview from the British Sound Library between Kevin, 1954- (male, university professor) and Irena, 1948- (female, retired) from Warwick on how they met.

United Kingdom

Prashanti Aswani

An interview from the British Sound Library between Kevin, 1954- (male, university professor) and Irena, 1948- (female, retired) from Warwick on how they met.

re/cycle

23

With input from actor and writer Jan Hlobil, director and cinematographer Rene Smaal presents a film in the true surrealist tradition, in the sense that only 'found' elements were used, and that it defies interpretation based on ordinary cause-and-effect time sequence.

Netherlands

Rene Smaal

With input from actor and writer Jan Hlobil, director and cinematographer Rene Smaal presents a film in the true surrealist tradition, in the sense that only 'found' elements were used, and that it defies interpretation based on ordinary cause-and-effect time sequence.

Kenya's Symphony

26

A bold young girl discovers a hidden musical gift during her first symphony concert.

Munster, IN

Carlos Douglas Jr

A bold young girl discovers a hidden musical gift during her first symphony concert.

Cash, Credit, Or Combat?

29

A customer chooses combat as a method of payment for their coffee.

United States

Aaron Roman

A customer chooses combat as a method of payment for their coffee.

Hawthorne

3

Hawthorne intersects a physical existence and sub-reality through the celluloid manipulation of space, memory and sensory systems to explore spaces cloaked within the familiar.

United States

Gary Hankins

Hawthorne intersects a physical existence and sub-reality through the celluloid manipulation of space, memory and sensory systems to explore spaces cloaked within the familiar.

Uncle Jake's Place

6

A loner practices self-care with the help of his favorite childhood show.

Denver, CO

Mack Judd & Don Markus

A loner practices self-care with the help of his favorite childhood show.

Peer

9

Through use of movement and puppetry, a child imagines the progression and eventual unraveling of her parents' marriage.

New York, NY

Shayna Strype & Ada Defriez

Through use of movement and puppetry, a child imagines the progression and eventual unraveling of her parents' marriage.

How to Make a Phantastik Film

12

A satirical look at a prototype retro housewife and her attempts at counter-culture. Brought to you by Phantastik!

Canada

Lindsay McIntyre

A satirical look at a prototype retro housewife and her attempts at counter-culture. Brought to you by Phantastik!

Dark Passage

15

A part time drivers last ride of the night maybe the last ride of his life.

Burbank, CA

Roshni "Rush" Bhatia

A part time drivers last ride of the night maybe the last ride of his life.

Bacon Squares & Moondust

18

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing here's a look at some of the lesser known fun facts from the Apollo 11 mission.

United Kingdom

Mark Pyper, Lewis Farrow & Max Sherwin

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing here's a look at some of the lesser known fun facts from the Apollo 11 mission.

Yet Another

21

Cooped up in the house on a beautiful fall day, a young boy sneaks out to find adventure-- but it's not the first time.

Annadale, NJ

Tim Disbrow

Cooped up in the house on a beautiful fall day, a young boy sneaks out to find adventure-- but it's not the first time.

Just Friends

24

The thrill when starting a new relationship leads to a downfall of irrepressible emotions. Our main character leaves an intimate voice message while confronting her doubts. She is looking for closure without anyone else’s approval.

Spain

Marc Lesperut

The thrill when starting a new relationship leads to a downfall of irrepressible emotions. Our main character leaves an intimate voice message while confronting her doubts. She is looking for closure without anyone else’s approval.

GREENLIGHT.

27

A flashing smoke alarm sends a sleepless man into an existential crisis of self-doubt.

United Kingdom

Josh Brown

A flashing smoke alarm sends a sleepless man into an existential crisis of self-doubt.

Take it

30

He has shot his camera thousands of times and yet he has never taken a picture. Take it!

Spain

Txemi Pejenaute

He has shot his camera thousands of times and yet he has never taken a picture. Take it!