MOSCOW SHORTS – OCTOBER 2019 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Black Forest

Director: Jean-Marc E.Roy, Philippe David Gagné

Country: France

Duration: 19:47

Synopsis: Jura, in France. A judge asks for a reconstruction of a crime scene to shed light on all the unresolved questions of a murder. The accused, a family of three Quebecois, have to strictly recreate the crime’s day in front of Justice.


BEST DIRECTOR

Chose mentale

Director: William LABOURY

Country: France

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: Ever since she became electro-sensitive, Ema lived isolated in her home, cut from the world. Her only link with the outside is mental, through her out-of-body experiences. But one day, two boys break into her house, thinking that they were burgling an empty house. This meeting will throw Ema into her fears and shake her certainties.


BEST SCREENPLAY

Black Forest

Director: Jean-Marc E.Roy, Philippe David Gagné

Country: France

Duration: 19:47

Synopsis: Jura, in France. A judge asks for a reconstruction of a crime scene to shed light on all the unresolved questions of a murder. The accused, a family of three Quebecois, have to strictly recreate the crime’s day in front of Justice.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Chose mentale

Director: William LABOURY

Country: France

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: Ever since she became electro-sensitive, Ema lived isolated in her home, cut from the world. Her only link with the outside is mental, through her out-of-body experiences. But one day, two boys break into her house, thinking that they were burgling an empty house. This meeting will throw Ema into her fears and shake her certainties.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

Tomatic

Director: Christophe Saber

Country: France

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: Three best friends, Jimmy, Samy and Sofi, have the trailblazing idea: to turn a chocolate dispenser into a pot-vending machine. Also, there’s a dog in the film.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

The Harakiri (2019)

Director: Roman Blatman

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 18:00

Synopsis: A young frustrated poet moves into an old communal apartment in Saint Petersburg. Incompetence leads him to the constant contemplation of a suicide and anticipation of a post-mortem fame. However, apartment he’s settled in is not suitable for meeting one’s end because of the lack of hot water. Disconnected long time ago, absence of hot water doesn’t bother the apartament tenants since they’re too afraid of a mysthical ‘Babay’ (Boogeyman) allegedly killing everyone who dares to fix it. Our protagonist refuses to accept these terms and challenges Babay (Boogeyman) confonting him in his own room. The young poet could’ve given up if not for a beautiful neighbor he falls in love with. Because of her he now has to become a warrior and fight a real war against an illusory enemy.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Spirit (2019)

Director: Jane Dyson, Ross Harrison

Country: Australia

Duration: 18:59

Synopsis: When Saraswati arrives as the first educated daughter-in-law in a Himalayan village, she wonders how she will ever feel at home. But faced with the scepticism of an older generation of women, she grows determined to succeed. As the village’s ten-day Pandav Lila festival approaches, the film offers a window onto the everyday work and spiritual practices that bind people to each other and the land. An intimate story of longing and belonging in India’s sacred mountains, ‘Spirit’ explores what it takes to make a home in a remote community in the thralls of change.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

He can’t live without cosmos (2019)

Director: Konstantin Bronzit

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 16:00

Synopsis: This story is about mother and son. It is also about love and destiny.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

BUOY (2019)

Director: David Magnier

Country: Ireland

Duration: 05:34

Synopsis: A young man throws himself off a lighthouse to end it all, but it’s just the beginning.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Astronaut (2019)

Director: Pierre Ponchant

Country: France

Duration: 05:21

Synopsis: Once upon a time, there was a broke guy who left the earth in a thrift store space suit.  Astronaut is a no budget Space Odyssey, a voyage into the imaginary world of a hero who, night after night, explores the universe seeking for a safe haven.