WINNERS

 

BEST FEATURE

Covid-19

Dir. Iman Azar

Canada 2020

In the middle of a global pandemic, a ride service provider is now an essential worker. Through uncertainties he has to continue his job to provide for his family. Fear and anxiety between him and his passengers drive them apart to stay socially distanced, yet they feel closer through their struggles. Everyday tasks are now big challenges for those who risk their lives to leave their homes. Minutes feel like hours and time is at a stand still.

BEST SHORT

Boxman

Dir. Manouchehr Teimourzadeh

Iran 2019

In search of success, a reporter is making a film about a teenager who lives in a wooden box. At end, the reporter changes his mind about making the film and is drawn to the teenager’s world.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Prayer on the Square

Dir. Gabriel Dettre

Germany 2019

An old couple and their son sing on a square in the middle of Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Their song is a prayer for the past, the present and for the dark future of the country that has been ruined in front of our eyes by war, famine and destitution.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Clatter

Dir. Remi Rappe

France 2019

Isolated on the Salvation Islands, a troop of monkeys and a couple of peacocks are living a mysterious epic. The fauna and flora are slowly erasing the vestiges of this remembrance place, known for being the home to one of the toughest penal colony in French Guiana.

BEST ACTRESS, BEST ACTOR

Tatjana Anders, Kyle James

Your Reality

Dir. Top Tarasin

United Kingdom 2019

Your Reality film tackles the current topic of Gaslighting, with the goal to raise awareness of this dangerous mental abuse and help the victims recognise its signs.
The film follows a successful young marketing executive, who after moving in with her charming photographer boyfriend is in danger of losing everything, as she becomes increasingly unsure of her ability to trust her own memory.

BEST DIRECTOR

Survive

Dir. MARC DESSUP

France 2019

«After a planetary cataclysm, a man taking refuge in an underground shelter struggles to survive»

BEST EDITING

MISSED

Dir. Marco Santi

Italy 2019

A man dances for his wife to say sorry for all the wrongs of this world.

BEST ANIMATION

GOLEMA

Dir. Geena Gasser, Amon Zucker

Switzerland 2019

Driven by an mystical legend an old man tries to awaken a clay figure to free himself and a little girl from a hopeless imprisonment.

BEST VIDEO ART

Fixing a Hole

Dir. Pierre Ajavon

France 2019

By trying to fix a hole to stop my mind from wandering on the other side…
Electronic music composition mixed with a lunar sound recording from NASA.

BEST TRAILER

Melody, my older brother

Dir. Peter Yu

Taiwan 2019

Some say music is the gift from God, but some melody from it may not as harmonious as others.

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Thoughts Out Of Season

Dir. Sibi Sekar

India 2019

The miniature plant pot, the mother, the son and the dusty ceiling fan. Unmasking is poetry is self .

Thoughts Out Of Season is a contemplation of loss and grief as much as it is a search for identity and peace. The film concerns the transformation of an eternally wandering soul and his fragmented understanding of home and motherhood.

BEST MUSIC

Broken Treasures

Dir. Sondra Sottile

Music by Ron Jones

Italy 2019

A 1000 yr old legend of an egg never found and how it holds a city in the balance of destruction. A story where brokenness reveals the sole element of hope for the tired and torn city of Naples, Italy.

BEST SCREENWRITER

Free Yourself

Writer Kelly LaCombe

United States

A drama, based on a true story, about a young woman from a broken foundation who is on a Hero’s Journey to transform herself between 1970-1990; a transformation she was told she would not be able to make.

BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY

Made In America

Writer BK

United States

Made In America is about a real girl named Rikki Rivera whose life parallels the inception of the notorious MS13. From having a father who fought as a guerrilla soldier in El Salvador’s civil war, her challenging escape with her mother into America and growing up on the violent streets of East LA as an active gang member, Rikki was exposed to much but somehow managed to never allow her integrity to be compromised — even when facing perilous conditions. In the end she becomes pregnant and is forced to emulate the path of her past to escape the treacherous world she inherited in order to rescue her unborn child from the chains of a similar fate.

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY

The confession

Writer Diego Trovarelli

Italy

A 50-year-old man has had everything he could wish for from his wealthy and fulfilling life. Yet, there’s something wrong: the grip of a sense of guilt that grew in his past, an oppressive burden he has been carrying for 30 years. A past where the life of a young man was shocked because of him. That’s the reason why he decides to get rid of this weight on a cold winter afternoon going to confess to Father Leonardo, the priest of the town, whose ear, he hopes, can help him find forgiveness and, perhaps, peace.