MOSCOW SHORTS – OCTOBER 2018 AWARDS

BEST FILM

By Halves

Director: Anastasia Melia Eleftheriou

Country: Greece

Duration: 16:13

Synopsis: A woman finishes a wooden boat in her workshop and then takes it to a beach. But she’s afraid to take the boat out on the sea. Watching the tide go away without her, she leaves the beach and abandons the boat, letting it deteriorate in a boat cemetery among other shipwrecks that she or other people have built. Back in her cabin, she starts with the construction of another boat.


BEST DIRECTOR

The Rabbit

Director: Lana Vlady

Country: Italy

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: Young sprinter Maria has to face the greatest race of her life in order to reunite with her best friend and find a long lost connection to her mother.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Hide and seek

Director: Venera Kairzhanova

Country: Kazakhstan

Duration: 28:30

Synopsis: Two little girls’ light childhood goes dark every time it contacts with the world of adults. Can they hide in the sunny world or the clouds of the stark realities of life will find them?


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

By Halves

Director: Anastasia Melia Eleftheriou

Country: Greece

Duration: 16:13

Synopsis: A woman finishes a wooden boat in her workshop and then takes it to a beach. But she’s afraid to take the boat out on the sea. Watching the tide go away without her, she leaves the beach and abandons the boat, letting it deteriorate in a boat cemetery among other shipwrecks that she or other people have built. Back in her cabin, she starts with the construction of another boat.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

Two’s Company

Director: Svend Colding

Country: Denmark

Duration: 09:57

Synopsis: A couple takes a bath together. It just doesn’t turn out to be as pleasant as they were hoping for…


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Valle de Goni

Director: Emilia Buchbinder

Country: Argentina

Duration: 09:49

Synopsis: In a town where animal sues are usual, a goat is put on trial for ruining Christmas Mass.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Nobody Dies Here

Director: Simon Panay

Country: France

Duration: 23:21

Synopsis: Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Daisy

Director: Yu Yu

Country: Taiwan

Duration: 09:42

Synopsis: Daisy is a young girl who is being cared by Ben, a caring robot during wartime. After a bomb attack, Daisy vanishes. This begins Bens’ search for her.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

The Curse of the Internet Man

Director: Benjamin Lister

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 04:30

Synopsis: An expressionist nightmare about our obsession with social media and fame. Merch is an online superstar influencer. He’s adored by millions online. But in the dark depths of his own mind he is faltered. He is deeply depressed and losing a grip on reality. The life he has created online is false, and the life he has in the real world is lonely and full of pain. He seeks help from a psychiatrist. But it is too late. This isn’t an illness, it’s a curse. The curse of the Internet Man. The only way out is for Merch to end it all, to rid himself of the pain of real world – and to embrace the nirvana of the silicon. The Internet man is a comment on addiction to the internet and virality, and the terrifying impact it’s having on our mental health.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Mgzavrebi – Promise

Director: Ivan Sosnin

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 04:59

Synopsis: A couple of elders escape from a retirement home, hijack a truck and drive to the sea. They go shopping, buying things for a handful of pills, swim in the pool, make selfies on a stolen phone, float on serf on the waves. Live their lives to the fullest.

Main heroes of the clip are 85 and 86 years old.

The whole video was filmed on the phone.