MOSCOW SHORTS – DECEMBER 2019 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Backwater (2018)

Director: Brendan McCallion

Country: Ireland

Duration: 24:00

Synopsis: In the depths of rural Ireland, Tommy has done everything to look after his sick father, succumbing to a life of isolation in the process. However, letting go proves to be more difficult than he had ever imagined.


BEST DIRECTOR

Backwater (2018)

Director: Brendan McCallion

Country: Ireland

Duration: 24:00 Synopsis: In the depths of rural Ireland, Tommy has done everything to look after his sick father, succumbing to a life of isolation in the process. However, letting go proves to be more difficult than he had ever imagined.


BEST SCREENPLAY

The Monk (2017)

Director: Dan Grin

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 19:38

Synopsis: Ekaterina and her husband arrive at the dwelling of a young healer, hoping for a miracle. As she steps into the room, he recognises his lost love. Now they must confront their past.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The animal that therefore I am (2019)

Director: Bea de Visser

Country: Netherlands

Duration: 10:37

Synopsis: “What does the animal see when it looks at me?” Three animals and a woman in an enclosed space. As they study each other, their own methods of communication create a wordless conversation. We view them in close-up and from various perspectives, with the woman as a solitary species in this universe.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

The Monk (2017)

Director: Dan Grin

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 19:38

Synopsis: Ekaterina and her husband arrive at the dwelling of a young healer, hoping for a miracle. As she steps into the room, he recognises his lost love. Now they must confront their past.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Twinless (2019)

Director: Sapir Danan, Ronalee Israel

Country: Israel

Duration: 06:20

Synopsis: This is Millie’s story, the story of a young woman dealing with the pain and loss that have tormented her since the prenatal death of her twin sister. On her birthday, Millie is drawn through her birthday cake into the depths of her memory. This journey exposes her maturation process in the shadow of the lost twin, her feeling towards this lost opportunity brought about by fate, and her contemplations of what could have been.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Music Is My Life (2019)

Director: Alex Djordjevic

Country: United States

Duration: 25:45 Synopsis: Out of a population of roughly 2,500 Roma people in Vladincin Han (Southeastern Serbia), less than 10 are currently employed.  Even with help from several charitable organizations, this culture of unemployment is slow to improve.  Many of the youth in this community will face a future of collecting recyclables, working odd jobs, or living off social welfare.  While there is a growing emphasis for education among many of the families, music has always played an important role in the community when there was no other way to earn a living.  Children are raised to appreciate music and many seem to be born with a natural ability to perform.  Families who manage to earn income through performing are often able to reach a higher standard of living.   I tried to document the people and places of this region and the role music has played in shaping their communities over the centuries. I was especially interested in how music helped shape the lives of the youth, how and why they were drawn to the instruments they played, and what they hope to achieve in the future.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

ROBOT WILL PROTECT YOU (2018)

Director: Nicola Piovesan

Country: Estonia

Duration: 10:00

Synopsis: A sci-fi animation about a little girl’s search for meaning in a world without emotions.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

The animal that therefore I am (2019)

Director: Bea de Visser

Country: Netherlands

Duration: 10:37

Synopsis: “What does the animal see when it looks at me?” Three animals and a woman in an enclosed space. As they study each other, their own methods of communication create a wordless conversation. We view them in close-up and from various perspectives, with the woman as a solitary species in this universe.