MOSCOW SHORTS – NOVEMBER 2018 AWARDS

BEST FILM

Al Hmar (The Donkey)

Director: Tariq Keblaoui

Country: Lebanon

Duration: 22:00

Synopsis: In Ancient Phoenicia, an old man is conned into believing that he had sinned by treating a man as his work-donkey for many years, and seeks forgiveness from the Gods to relieve himself of his wrongdoing. Loosely based on the 10th-century folktale: The Simpleton and the Sharper, from A Thousand and One Arabian Nights.


BEST DIRECTOR

A Dream of Spring

Director: ShihHan TSAO

Country: Taiwan

Duration: 21:49

Synopsis: In 1949, the Chinese Civil War forced many teenagers to flee to Taiwan with the Nationalist KMT. They never returned home and many of the men, never got married. Today, each veteran’s tragic and heartbroken stories have faded into the silence as each of them pass, one by one. This is the story of the survivors’ fear of being forgotten and their desire to be remembered until their remaining days.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Your Eyes, Will I Ever

Director: Félicien Colmet Daâge

Country: France

Duration: 04:22

Synopsis: in a house lost in the middle of the desert a man sees his girlfriend gradually transform into a butterfly.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Inner Voice

Director: Andiamo

Country: Poland

Duration: 07:33

Synopsis: Inner Voice is a creative portrait of one of the most talented Polish opera singers of the young generation Jakub Jozef Orliński (1990) . It is a story about the physical nature of singing, origins of sound and addictive character of it. Boy who literally has made his whole life subordinated to vocal cords, started his career from dancing. Breakdance has accompanied Jakub since he was a child and he did not decide to abandon it for the opera. On the contrary – thanks to breakdancing exercises, he has understood his body even better and managed to emit sound freely. He improved his vocal range which allowed him to become a countertenor and to sing parties intended for castrats. “I am an instrument” – he says about himself. But there are costs that must be incurred to be the best. Unbroken journey, isolation and exhausting hours of singing arias are a dedication to his career.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

P.O.V

Director: Jeronimo Acero

Country: France

Duration: 14:59

Synopsis: The simple story of an encounter between HE and SHE, two almost thirty-year-old urban, torn between the need to laugh at everything, a certain prescription of enjoyment, and too much texting. In subjective camera, integrally.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Bloodhound Disciple

Director: Manuel Del Valle

Country: United States

Duration: 18:19

Synopsis: A renewed ex-gang member who converted into a Catholic priest is determined to get back his younger brother who is in serious danger at the hands of his old crime partners.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

The Colorado Street Bridge project

Director: Guy Zhuoqin Yang

Country: China

Duration: 17:19

Synopsis: Built in 1913, the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California is known as an example of Beaux Art Architecture. Unfortunately it has also been known as the Suicide bridge ever since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Recently there has been a dramatic increase in suicide attempts which has caused great discomfort to the local residents and further threatens the reputation of the bridge as a historical landmark. The documentary takes the audiences on a journey to find a solution to deter suicide.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Cuerdas

Director: Pedro Solís García

Country: Spain

Duration: 10:00

Synopsis: María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

It Follows

Director: Eresha Sale

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 07:10

Synopsis: A man’s dream about death seems to pursue him once he wakes up.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Alfonso – I’m happy

Director: William9

Country: Italy

Duration: 03:32

Synopsis:  Director Statement. It was a summer afternoon when for the first time I listened to “Son contento”, a song by Alfonso. As soon as the song stopped, I called a friend of mine who works in the recording industry and I told him “I definitely have to meet Alfonso”. While I was listening to this song, my head was already creating a movie. This is an outstanding song because of its musical arrangement, that differs from the current trends, and the social commitment behind it. I was absolutely surprised by the disarming cynism of Alfonso expressing in this song the events of his life, as the inability to communicate or that time when he lost his house and he felt good as well thanks to his mobile phone. I thought that a song like that deserved a marvelous film.