MOSCOW SHORTS – JANUARY 2020 AWARDS


BEST FILM

NOVEMBER 1ST (2019)

Director: Charlie Manton

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 24:41

Synopsis: Traveling to witness the execution of her son’s murder, a mother is torn between retaliation and reconnecting with her estranged daughter.


BEST DIRECTOR

NOVEMBER 1ST (2019)

Director: Charlie Manton

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 24:41 Synopsis: Traveling to witness the execution of her son’s murder, a mother is torn between retaliation and reconnecting with her estranged daughter.


BEST SCREENPLAY

A fair deal (2019)

Director: Garry Savenkov

Country: Germany

Duration: 08:07

Synopsis: After shopping in an antique shop, Jan finds  a flyer that offers him an irresistible offer: ” Time machine for only € 350″. Although Jan knows that it can only be a joke, his curiosity forces him to stop by. Jan does not trust the seller, who nevertheless assures him that the machine works perfectly and can transport it at any time.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

NOVEMBER 1ST (2019)

Director: Charlie Manton

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 24:41

Synopsis: Traveling to witness the execution of her son’s murder, a mother is torn between retaliation and reconnecting with her estranged daughter.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

HARBOR (2018) 

Director: Paul Marques Duarte

Country: France

Duration: 24:55 Synopsis: When Adèle, an english teacher, spontaneously lets a young 15 years old migrant, illegaly board a ferry for england with her class, she is far from grasping the importance of her gesture and its consequences on this overnight trip.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

A fair deal( 2019)

Director: Garry Savenkov

Country: Germany

Duration: 08:07 Synopsis: After shopping in an antique shop, Jan finds  a flyer that offers him an irresistible offer: ” Time machine for only € 350″. Although Jan knows that it can only be a joke, his curiosity forces him to stop by. Jan does not trust the seller, who nevertheless assures him that the machine works perfectly and can transport it at any time.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

In the Footsteps of Ghosts / РПо следам призраков (2020)

Director: Geraint Rhys

Country: United Kingdom

Duration: 18:18 Synopsis: It is almost 30 years since the Soviet Union came to an end, yet contemporary Russia, and more importantly, contemporary Russian artists are still using this past to fuel their creativity.  One of the leading artists in this movement is Pavel Otdelnov. His works grapple with life growing up in the post-industrial landscapes of Dzerzhinsk, where abandoned chemical factories are numerous and continue to impact the environment which surrounds them.  Through his paintings Pavel explores ideas of loss, nostalgia, family, environmental damage and a deep sense of place.  These works have reverberated throughout Russia and beyond, being included in collections in the State Russian Museum, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Academy of Arts, Moscow Union of Artists, Kovcheg gallery, Gorbachev Foundation and private collections in Russia, United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and many other countries.  In the Footsteps of Ghosts takes us into Pavel Otdelnov’s studio in Moscow as he describes to us the inspiration behind many of his works.   Not only is this film an exploration into the mind and work of the artist, but also a deep reflection on the relationship between society and place.’


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Rain (2019)

Director: Piotr Milczarek

Country: Poland

Duration: 05:00

Synopsis: ‘The Rain’ is a simple animated film on collective consciousness. It talks about how no accountability for our actions pushes us to thoughtlessly follow the crowd, which may lead to a tragedy. The film also depicts a struggle of an individual with collective hypnosis and its consequences for both the individual and the crowd.


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

OMI (2020)

Director: Mira Ravald

Country: Finland

Duration: 13:44

Synopsis: OMI is an ode to water on a thin surface of a tight wire.   Inspired by mythologies of water deities, the short film OMI is a blend of dance and circus, combining elements of both afro-Cuban and Finnish folklore.  Exploring the similarities of these opposite cultures and balancing within duality, OMI pays homage to the water deity Yemaya and the serene Finnish landscape of lakes and forests.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Dolphin – J2000.0 (2019)

Director: Ivan Sosnin

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 04:33 Synopsis: It is a story about love, which left so little in our world. To revive it, humanity needs the help of an extraterrestrial civilization.  Alien artefacts in the form of space-shaped jewelry are able to return to Earth the sincerity and love described in the song.