MOSCOW SHORTS – NOVEMBER 2019 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Touch (2019)

Director: Nir Berger

Country: Israel

Duration: 25:00 Synopsis: A dark romantic comedy in the age of social media. The film features no spoken dialogue, as its protagonist communicates solely through text messages. Adele is an aggressive, self-conscious 17-year-old girl who spends most of her time “trolling” (i.e insulting) her classmates online. When she is hit on by another internet troll, Uri, they flirt until he urges her to send a picture in which she is actually visible. But instead of sending her own picture, Adele sends Uri a picture of a random pretty girl from Syria – sparking another unexpected relationship.


BEST DIRECTOR

Once Upon A Time In…Sai Wan (2019)

Director: Nate Ki

Country: Hong Kong

Duration: 22:24 Synopsis: In 1989, there were rumors saying money became joss papers when a delivery guy returned to his restaurant after delivering food order to Room 4E of Sau Lai Building which was to be disassembled. Such rumors horrified restaurant staff members nearby as they all afraid that they would receive call from the ghost someday.  Shui, who was a staff member from Chiu Fat Restaurant, however, manipulated people’s superstition, claiming that he received order from the ghost. He stole all the money after delivering food orders while replacing the money with joss papers. His boss and colleagues were shocked as they had never thought that their restaurant was chosen and cursed!  Shui found that his trick succeed and thus decided to cheat money using the same tactics again and again…


BEST SCREENPLAY

Touch (2019)

Director: Nir Berger

Country: Israel

Duration: 25:00

Synopsis: A dark romantic comedy in the age of social media. The film features no spoken dialogue, as its protagonist communicates solely through text messages. Adele is an aggressive, self-conscious 17-year-old girl who spends most of her time “trolling” (i.e insulting) her classmates online. When she is hit on by another internet troll, Uri, they flirt until he urges her to send a picture in which she is actually visible. But instead of sending her own picture, Adele sends Uri a picture of a random pretty girl from Syria – sparking another unexpected relationship.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

PRASKOVYA (2019)

Director: Alexander Solovyov

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 05:17 Synopsis: Praskovya continues working in the Bank despite hunger in the freezing siege of Leningrad. Her husband went to war. The only thing he left is the ink pot. This gift is the onlyitem which makes Praskovya feel warm. In the most critical moment when no hopes or energy is left only the ink pot acts as a twist of destiny.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

The Loved Ones (2018)

Director: Oleg Vitvitski

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 21:27

Synopsis: Yekaterina is organizing her mother’s funeral while the rest relatives try to divide possessions of the deceased as soon as possible. Each of them pursues their personal goals but circumstances take a sudden turn.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Meatgrinder (2019)

Director: Vladislav Bakhanovich

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: Eighth-grader Dima starts a new life. A beautiful girlfriend, grown-up friends, night parties – everything he dreamed about is already starting to come true. It only remains for him to win the fight without rules in the tournament “Meat Grinder” and for this he will have to make a truly adult choice.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

65 Roses (2019)

Director: Murat Zherka

Country: Macedonia

Duration: 16:03 Synopsis: The documentary follows the story of a 14 year old from Prishtina, Yllka Leti, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Yllka has a great talent for art, especially for paintings. This documentary shows her day-to-day life, the obstacles that she has to ovrecome and the battle that she fights as a 14 yearold for her life.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Urbanality (2019)

Director: Evan McInnes

Country: Australia

Duration: 03:28 Synopsis: The city folk are about to get a wake-up call. But, will they stop and listen?   “Urbanality” explores the isolation of our modern environment, the resistance we have to change, and the beauty of going with the flow.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

At the Time (2019)

Director: Nathan Johnson

Country: United States

Duration: 10:00

Synopsis: “At the Time” follows an individual’s relationship with addiction and the internal struggle that is yoked with that relationship. It is inspired by a loved one’s personal story of what they had experienced, at the time when they were at their deepest struggle.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Sansara – Miami (2019)

Director: Ivan Sosnin

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 05:30

Synopsis: This video is about a dream of a young boy. Regardless of extending circumstances, you have to go to your dream. After all, it is not necessary to live in a hot country to surf. In the story, the main character who dreams of surfing quarrels with his mother and leaves home with his surfboard. It’s winter outside. He walks through the snow in an industrial Russia city. In his thoughts, he replaces reality with pictures of sunny Miami. Finally he comes to the coast of the Arctic Ocean and fulfills his dream.