MOSCOW SHORTS – APRIL 2020 AWARDS


BEST FILM

Silence (Ciúnas) (2019)

Director: Tristan Heanue

Country: Ireland

Duration: 12:35 Synopsis: A couple embark on a journey in the midst of a family crisis.


BEST DIRECTOR

Bully

Director: Adhip Iyer

Country: India

Duration: 23:57

Synopsis: A 12 year old boy struggles with bullying at school.


BEST SCREENPLAY

The Favor (2019)

Director: HENRY Bruno

Country: France

Duration: 14:24 Synopsis: CHRISTELLE works with PASCAL. They appreciate each other, are courteous to each other and are inclined to render each other mutually. But Christelle becomes strange, absent and bothered. One Sunday while Pascal is at home with his family, Christelle calls him and asks him to come because she has a problem. Worried, Pascal immediately goes home. There, she asks him to make him a child. Pascal, a good family man, is shocked and tries to bring her back to reason but the more he opposes, the more Christelle tries to convince and charm him.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Bully

Director: Adhip Iyer

Country: India

Duration: 23:57

Synopsis: A 12 year old boy struggles with bullying at school.


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

AMERICAN MARRIAGE (2018) 

Director: Giorgio Arcelli Fontana

Country: Italy

Duration: 14:45 Synopsis: Leonardo, an Italian immigrant who lives in New York, marries a Latina woman, Nikki, to obtain the American greencard. Through the comedy of it all Nikki and Leo fall in love “for real” but it looks like “Uncle Sam” will be the one to have the last laugh.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

All Good (2018)

Director: Luisa Ricar

Country: Switzerland

Duration: 18:58

Synopsis: All good. Party a little, some drugs, together suppress the seriousness of the world. All good. From weekend to another, open relationship, the occasional sex between friends. All good. Not being able to say no. Not being able to talk about. Not wanting to over react. Still, everything all good? – All Good is a drama about a young women who couldn’t say no but realizes that nothing is all good anymore.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Mothers Of (2019)

Director: Ross Lai

Country: Canada

Duration: 21:03 Synopsis: El Salvador has some of the most extreme anti-abortion laws in the world. It is one of a handful of countries in the world where abortion is banned under all circumstances, including cases of rape and when a pregnancy poses a clinically verifiable risk to a woman’s health. As an extreme consequence of the law, women who have naturally occurring obstetric emergencies are routinely imprisoned on homicide charges. When they seek emergency care after miscarriages or stillbirths, doctors report them to the police on the suspicion of having an abortion. Between 2000 and 2011, 129 women in El Salvador were prosecuted for abortion or homicide when the fetal deaths occurred in the last months of pregnancy.  ‘Mothers of’ explores the hyper-strict abortion regulations in El Salvador through the story of Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, a woman forced to serve over 10 years in jail after suffering a stillbirth in her 9th month of pregnancy. Through Teodora’s perspective, we begin to understand how loss and motherhood are felt in the face of bitter social injustice.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

To the dusty sea (2020)

Director: Héloïse Ferlay

Country: France

Duration: 12:23

Synopsis: Left alone in the deepest of the summer, Malo and Zoe are trying their best to catch their mother’s elusive eye…


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

Advocate Is Not Needed (2019)

Director: Artem Minakov

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 25:00

Synopsis: Vasiliy Chertkov is accused of murder and is questioned by high-class lawyer from a big company who is sent to verify qualification. The lawyer convinces Chertkov that there will be no ‘case’ at all if he goes to one very profitable deal. What price should Chertkov pay to clear all the charges? And what secret is hidden behind the lawyer’s expensive suit?


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Sounds (2019)

Director: Leonid Kolosovskyi

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 12:07

Synopsis: Couple in love capture sounds surrounding them. These sounds become the symbol of their feelings and one day they are reborn to the songs. Eventually, feelings change, sounds change and songs change too, till they’re gone forever. This film shows the parallel between couple relationship transformation and surrounding them sounds.