Al Hmar (The Donkey)
Director: Tariq Keblaoui
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.
A Dream of Spring
Director: ShihHan TSAO
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.
Your Eyes, Will I Ever
Director: Félicien Colmet Daâge
Synopsis: in a house lost in the middle of the desert a man sees his girlfriend gradually transform into a butterfly.
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
Director: Jeronimo Acero
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
Director: Manuel Del Valle
Country: United States
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
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
Director: Pedro Solís García
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
Director: Eresha Sale
Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: A man’s dream about death seems to pursue him once he wakes up.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Alfonso – I’m happy
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.