MOSCOW SHORTS – SEPTEMBER 2019 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Skin (2018) 

Director: Guy Nattiv

Country: United States

Duration: 20:00 Synopsis: A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.


BEST DIRECTOR

Skin (2018) 

Director: Guy Nattiv

Country: United States

Duration: 20:00 Synopsis: A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.


BEST SCREENPLAY

What If All Colours Were Blue? (2019)

Director: Hannah Elbke

Country: Denmark

Duration: 24:45 Synopsis: ‘What If All Colours Were Blue?’ is a sci-fi drama by director Hannah Elbke. The short film is an exploration of what it means to live in a society based on fear, and about following your own beliefs rather than other people’s expectations.  In the grey city of Nordby, where they fear everything blue, lives the hotel receptionist Anne. She dreams of becoming one of The Grey, the city’s protectors. One night Anne sees a blue cat by the hotel. She imminently calls The Grey to the scene, who unsuccessfully starts a mission to catch the cat. Meanwhile, a young and colourful couple, Al & Chris, arrive at the hotel. Their different way of looking at the world and dangers of the blue cat challenges Anne’s faith in The Grey. When the cat suddenly gets caught in a trap near the hotel, Anne has to decide whether she wants to free it and leave the city, or turn it in to The Grey and keep following the city’s strict code.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Killing Stacy (2019)

Cinematographer: Robin Holtz

Director: Liva Lervig Haue, Alexander Sørensen

Country: Denmark

Duration: 24:59

Synopsis: Marcus is the guitarist and leading force behind struggling rock band, Killing Stacy. On the night of their biggest gig yet, everything is falling apart and Marcus is desperately trying to save the show. Unbeknownst to his band mates, Marcus has gotten an offer to join a highly successful band if he plays an impressive show. Can Marcus overcome his band’s dysfunctional nature and pull of their best gig to date, all in order to leave his friends behind?


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

What If All Colours Were Blue? (2019)

Director: Hannah Elbke

Country: Denmark

Duration: 24:45

Synopsis: ‘What If All Colours Were Blue?’ is a sci-fi drama by director Hannah Elbke. The short film is an exploration of what it means to live in a society based on fear, and about following your own beliefs rather than other people’s expectations.  In the grey city of Nordby, where they fear everything blue, lives the hotel receptionist Anne. She dreams of becoming one of The Grey, the city’s protectors. One night Anne sees a blue cat by the hotel. She imminently calls The Grey to the scene, who unsuccessfully starts a mission to catch the cat. Meanwhile, a young and colourful couple, Al & Chris, arrive at the hotel. Their different way of looking at the world and dangers of the blue cat challenges Anne’s faith in The Grey. When the cat suddenly gets caught in a trap near the hotel, Anne has to decide whether she wants to free it and leave the city, or turn it in to The Grey and keep following the city’s strict code.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Persephone (2018)

Director: Dora Šustić

Country: Czech Republic

Duration: 05:06

Synopsis: On a Sunday morning, young Marie is preparing for the Holy Communion ceremony, dressing with the help of her mother. While having breakfast and waiting for her tea, Marie is pulled into a mysterious world of her fantasy, triggered by the vibrant red colour of the tea. In her dreamworld, she is playful in the company of her friends, with whom she shares the purity, innocence and childishness of her age. However, something is haunting Marie, calling her to explore the depths and darkness of a scary rocky forest. She is left alone upon her discovery of a lake where a mysterious voluptuous woman resides, offering her the Fruit of Fertility. The secret Marie keeps within becomes evident in her fantasy, and she passes it on to her mother, when waking up form a dream.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Consumption 101 (2019)

Director: Orkun Özcan

Country: Turkey

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: Do we live to consume or consume to live? That’s a question which has yet to be answered. A short documentary which consists of psychological and economical reasons behind the issue throughout history, and with a dynamic perspective.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Fire and Water (2019)

Director: Robert Brown

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 02:00

Synopsis: Opposites attract but the path to true love is never plain sailing.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

Daddy hockey (2019)

Director: Pasha Timofeev

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 02:03

Synopsis: If I knew how precious these moments would become, I’d catch every word you say, DAD!


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

NAIK BORZOV – REACTION TO THE SUN (2019)

Director: Artyom Ignatyev

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 05:08

Synopsis: This music video is a symbol of inner tension, tension that transforms into a breakout. This story is showed in a simple domestic language, using the visual symbols of society, where domestic violence, or child abuse is not only possible but very popular, even though it is not today’s hot topic. Nowadays you may say, that this violence is partly legalized, because we refer those crimes as administrative and not penal. Common image of the sun (father in this video) that gave life to a young girl, destroys her life. It can be anything that we depend on, that every person depends on individually.