MOSCOW SHORTS – FEBRUARY 2021 AWARDS


BEST FILM

DA YIE (2019)

Director: Anthony Nti

Country: Ghana

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: A foreigner in Ghana gets an assignment from his gang to find kids for a risky job that will take place later that evening. While spending the day with two energetic children, Prince and Matilda, he starts to question his decision and how it will affect their lives.


BEST DIRECTOR

DA YIE (2019)

Director: Anthony Nti

Country: Ghana

Duration: 20:00

Synopsis: A foreigner in Ghana gets an assignment from his gang to find kids for a risky job that will take place later that evening. While spending the day with two energetic children, Prince and Matilda, he starts to question his decision and how it will affect their lives.


BEST SCREENPLAY

DAVID (2020)

Writers: Zachary Woods, Brandon Gardner

Director: Zachary Woods

Country: United States

Duration: 11:40

Synopsis: David needs help. So does David. A severely depressed man reaches out for an emergency therapy session. He’s not the only one who needs help.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Second Seed (2019)

Cinematography: Alan Jensen

Director: Baye & Asa

Country: United States

Duration: 15:24

Synopsis: Second Seed is a dance horror film responding to D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation.  Griffith’s film is a veneration of the KKK, painting the Klan as saviors of a white race in danger as American culture and politics begin to shift after the American Civil War. It highlights a fundamental White supremacist delusion that continues to plague this country:  that White people are inherently superior, and that they are politically and culturally under attack.  Second Seed grapples with this White delusion.   


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

DAVID (2020)

Director: Zachary Woods

Country: United States

Duration: 11:40

Synopsis: David needs help. So does David. A severely depressed man reaches out for an emergency therapy session. He’s not the only one who needs help.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Painting Class (2021)

Director: Yifei Song

Country: China

Duration: 10:56

Synopsis: Feifei, the ten-year-old-girl who wants to enroll for a painting class but is refused by the parents, steals the money from her brother.


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

The Toymaker Hidden Heirloom (2020)

Director: Yağmur Kartal

Country: Turkey

Duration: 23:51

Synopsis: Sabahattin Parlar, an electrical master in his 90s in Istanbul, in the 1930s, has old Ottoman figures made of electrical cables in his house on the island of Avşa. These figures, which can be played as toys, are embarked on a joyful adventure by making time in their small workshop at home and traveling to the memories of childhood days. The life of his teacher, who discovered his interest in painting at a young age, was working in the electrical business for a long time due to the difficulties of his life in the primary school and the difficulties of his life that led him to art. However, his love of art and child-minded naivety, which have remained for years, start him.


BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM

Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea… (2019)

Director: Marion Lacourt

Country: France

Duration: 12:11

Synopsis: At night, while family members indulge in curious rituals before sleeping, a child invokes a wolf from the bottom of a box hidden under his bed. Disturbing sheep then besiege the door of his bedroom….


BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM

The Secret Walls (2020)

Director: Anne Charrin, Lise Charrin, Aude Charrin, Jean-Marie Gatin

Country: France

Duration: 14:25

Synopsis: (freely inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy)  A theatre in the rain, people outside crowding to get in. A tired man comes through the stage door where a child -the master of the place- has been waiting for him. Engulfed in that theatrical machinery and caught up in the beguiling cogs of time, guided by some unknown force, the man plunges deep into a maelstrom of many faces…     


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Cornwall (2021)

Director: Lasse Linder

Country: Switzerland

Duration: 06:06