Winners December - January 2023

May the Force be with you!
"Best Short Film"
O Mà!
Ange-Marie is a 45 years old fisherman in Cap Corse in Corsica. He lives with his brother and his old mother in a secluded place, where women are becoming scarce. One day, on returning from fishing, Ange-Marie finds himself alone on the "cow beach" and sees three beautiful swimmers. The image of these women then haunts him and draws him out to sea.

Directed by: Vincent Launay-Franceschini
"Best Feature Film", "Best Director Debut"
The Muse
Once successful novelist Mark is fighting for his sanity struggling to finish his book. Mark explores his difficult relations with his father and the sense of fear as an enemy of creativity. Will Mark sacrifice himself to finish his book on time?

Directed by: Max Karpylev
"Best Animation"
A courier Droid marches through a dystopian wasteland on a quest for redemption.

Directed by: Joseph Daniel Rodriguez
"Best Short Documentary", "Best Editing"
The Hummingbird
Le Colibri (french for The Hummingbirg) is the story of Berthet One, a street artist and comics creator, formerly convicted to a 10 years penalty for arm robberies.
It was behind bars that his talent as a drawer was revealed...

Directed by: Nicolas Pouilley, Sébastien Chambard
"Best Feature Documentary"
Agniyogana - Lower the head, Invoke the fire
AGNIYOGANA is a meditative inquiry into the lost art of classical Hatha Yoga.

Offering an experiential collage of action and stillness, light and darkness, sound and silence, AGNIYOGANA explores the richness of traditional Hatha Yoga teachings and the deeply connected states of heart, mind, and freedom these practices deliver to sincere truth seekers.

AGNIYOGANA takes the viewer on a journey through time and space to rediscover the inner dimensions of Hatha Yoga and reconnect the human spirit to the true meaning of “yug,” the connecting root of all yogas.

Directed by: Emma Balnaves
"Best Feature screenplay"
The Four Of Us Are Dying
While on a road trip through the American southwest, a twenty-something fugitive-antihero and her naive, romantically-involved male partner kidnap a random male/female “couple” that the fugitive plans to include in a human sacrifice— that also includes herself and her partner, by incorporating the four of them into a single-living, fusion-based organism— in order to fulfill her lifelong quest to become sexually compatible with the extra terrestrial that abducted her when she was a small child.

Written by: Jesse Dorian
"Best Short Screenplay"
El Vals (The Waltz)
With their mother deported and young Danny now the man of the house, acquiring a Quinceañera dress for his older sister means everything - yet how will he do it with no money and CPS closing in?

Written by: Alycya Magaña
"Best Original Screenplay"
Home Away
Mr. Zhou, in order to purchase the VIP membership of a nursing home, wants to seize the opportunity of the relocation of his house by arranging a fake marriage with Mrs. Dong to acquire more money out of the compensation.
But Mrs. Dong, fearing karma, has her doubts all along. Zhou Ping, Mr. Zhou's son, on the other hand, sees the relocation as an opportunity to buy a school estate for his daughter.
Yun, Mrs. Dong's nanny who's from Sichuan Province, is suddenly informed that her brother has been hit by a car in her hometown, and, therefore, in urgent need of 100,000 RMB to pay for the operation. When she comes to know of Mr. Zhou's plan of the "fake marriage", she offers to help him out but asks for 100,000 RMB in advance. Having learned about her father-in-law's intention of marrying Mrs. Dong, Huang Lili, Zhou Ping's wife, has stolen his household register. As a result, Mr. Zhou, when he is about to give the bankbook with a deposit of 100,000 to Yun, finds that his household register is gone in which the bankbook is tucked.

Written by: Oliver Yan
"Best Music Video"
A young woman pays tribute to her late husband by hanging photos on a wall and reminiscing old memories.

Directed by: Arthur de la Rambelje
"Best Dance Video"
Dolores, A Triptych
Dressed in her clothing and using improvised movement based on memories, three dancers channel the complex yet playful spirit of Dolores Eugenia, the filmmaker's mother, in an effort to exorcise demons, celebrate her life force, and process grief. related to her passing

Directed by: Gina Ann Margillo
"Best Student FIlm", "Best Lgbtq+ Film"
Washing Off Makeup
Percy, a timid high school student, joins a few classmates he’s getting to know in a dress shop. He encounters another classmate, James, trying on a dress and wants to spend more time with him. After a difficult encounter with his mother, he spends the next day with James trying on makeup. James comes home to disapproval and a physical encounter with his father causing him to question how he identifies all together. The two find strength and validation within each other and find that he must do what’s right for them, even in the face of disapproval.

Directed by: Elliott Gerard Dynes
"Best Experimental FIlm"
Wither With Her
Wither with her is an experimental short film, revolving around a couple, Ivan and Kayla, who are heroin addicts who have overdosed and died. The film follows them through their final days, blurring the lines between documentary and classic narrative, to create something uniquely surreal.

Directed by: Jason W Hammond
"Best Photpgraphy"
The World Around Us
Forging connections through art for conservation efforts.

Photographed by: Christie Goldstein
"Best No-Dialogue Film"
A million moments in time of a relationship at a crossroads is juxtaposed with the question about the future of physics and the existence of a multiverse.

Directed by: Barbara Stepansky
"Best Director", "Best Actress"
Breaking & Entering
A young woman’s conflicted life battling multiple addictions and questionable choices culminates with an autopsy-like introspective journey when she finds herself locked in a morgue with the body of a long-lost love.

Directed by: Michael William Hogan
"Best actor"
I´m a pedophile

Petter is forced to face his siblings and tell them he is a pedophile after having lived with this in secret for many years. Questions about empathy and understanding are put to the test when he chooses to be honest for the first time.

Acted by: Olle Sarri
"Best young Actress"
The Visitation
Jarmo Salo’s debut direction Visitation is based on her wife Kyllikki Salo’s songs. They started filming Visitation 2015 a year after they met first in a dating sites in the internet. Jarmo had a mark in culture and Kyllikki noticed him because of that mark.

Acted by: Emilia Eerola
"Best Supporting actor", "Best supporting actress", "Best Makeup"
Scowling Dusk: The Haunting Of The Midshipman
Following on from the events of Valdís (web-series) this prequel to the Scowling Dusk Trilogy. An epic arthouse Grand Guignol presented in two parts. Set in a strange 'limbo' world between life and death and close to the river Styx, we meet a puppet who begins to tell us about his friends who may or may not be already dead...

Acted by: Tom Sutton, Jessica King
"Best Cinematography"
Bon In Dolpo
Ancient Zhang Zhung Kingdom in remote Dolpo, Nepal where Tibetan Bön practices have persisted for centuries in an unbroken lineage.

Produced by: Andrea Heckman
"Best scenography", "Best costume design", "best producer", "Best web series"
Chateau Laurier -Season 2
Edwardian newlyweds Hattie and Vivian navigate their lives on the other side of happily ever after and learn that life as heirs to the grand Chateau Laurier hotel comes with slings, arrows, enemies, opportunities and strife.

Directed by: James Stewart
"Best Composer", "Best original soundtrack", "best original score"
North Star
A raw, heartfelt acoustic score that highlights the struggles and difficulties of poverty, isolation and grief between a rural rancher and his ailing husband. | Genre: Americana, Roots, Folk

Composed by: Jon Altham
"Best original song"
Latest music video by award winning Rock Band LUNARCODE. this is off their first album "Stories Untold" available on iTunes, Spotify and all major platforms

Composed by: LUNARCODE
"Best Color editing"
Haruan: The Snakehead
Do bad deeds always beget badness?

A dark tale of a magical fish and its flawed human friends.

10-year old Ikan lives with his older sister Salomah and their stepfather Deris. Ikan adores his sister and loves all fish, especially his pet snakehead fish Haruan. Some snakeheads eat their young. Apparently, some humans do too. Like the snakeheads, hungry Deris has no natural predator. Like the snakeheads, Salomah is a survivor. Ikan and Haruan will do anything to save their beloved Salomah. Deris must be stopped, at whatever cost...

Directed by: Razli Dalan
"Best thriller"
A chief security director of a Las Vegas casino is inadvertently drawn into helping with a hostage situation, when a man known only as The Duke, takes his former Mentor's son captive.

Directed by: Kyle Acosta
"Best Horror"
Enter the Room
A young adult (Brian) is visited by his brother, Jeremy, who needs a place to stay as he settles into his new city. The two polar opposite personalities begin to clash as Jeremy's presence poses a threat to Brian's way of life. Brian's uptight personality and unreasonable living standards rub off on Jeremy, creating an incredible amount of tension. Bad blood, stemming from a traumatic past event reveals the shocking truth of the brothers' current situations, as Brian struggles to differentiate between reality and his worst nightmares.

Directed by: Harry Waldman
"Best Drama", "Best Black&white Film"
Night from the 4th to 5th

Night from the 4th to 5th tells of a sexual assault and the young woman who fought back. But her memory is playing tricks on her. She tries to remember what happened and the face of her attacker, but she’s plagued with memory lapses and fleeting images.

Directed by: Isabelle Bartkowiak
"Best Comedy"
La Zingara et Les Jeunes Gens
A cleaning lady warns employees of a company about the choices they make for the future. According the fable "Swallow and the small birds" by Jean de La Fontaine.

Directed by: Julie Ducrocq
"Best sci-fi"
The future: a totalitarian regime imposes on the world's population "Nectar", an experimental serum whose administration Yul Franken will escape, since the alternative is to be isolated in colonies on the Moon. But his journey beyond the forbidden borders will not be without its unknowns.

Directed by: Luigi Bonizzato
"Best Detective"
The Long Hollywood Night
A lounge singer and a screenwriter attempt to solve a murder and uncover a kidnapping over the course of a night in Hollywood in 1962.

Directed by: Joss Refauvelet
"Best Eco work"
Landholders and ecologists are working in Hume City Council's Green Wedge to restore and manage land in harmony with nature, hopefully saving critically-endangered grasslands from extinction.

Directed by: Brendan Joseph Guerin
"Best Educational Film"
Finding the Line - An Exploration of Structural Integration
This movie tells the story of an adventure - an adventure that will take the viewer into Ida Rolf's world of Structural Integration. At the heart of the movie are 8 students and their quest to understand Ida Rolf's philosophy during their 3 year Basic Trainings in Milano, Prague and Warsaw. The movie also explains the basic ideas behind Structural Integration and discusses the most recent research into fascia.

Directed by: Aleš Urbanczik, Grzegorz Oleksa
"Best Erotic Film"
Robin On the Beach
An erotic fantasy with Robin enjoying at day at the beach on a photo shoot. She is eventually catapulted into a dance fantasy sharing a love poem from the heart with the viewer. A journey back in time to a La Jolla beach in the 1980s.

Directed by: Patricia Mooney
"Best BLM Film"
In a Whole New Way
Ensnaring almost four million Americans, probation has evolved from a second chance to avoid prison to a sanction actually feeding mass incarceration. Supported by neighborhood allies, some people of color set out in a whole new way to change all this—equipped only with cameras.

Directed by: Jonathan Fisher
"Best Covid-19 film"
La Variante Gamma
The outbreak of a new variant of Coronavirus unknown so far surprises Damian and Vera during the first day of their long-planned vacation. Damian ends up isolated in a hotel, Vera in a hospital. Damian can’t wait for them to get back together.

Directed by: Ramiro Díaz, Juan Dauquen Chabeldin
"Best Mobile film"

Un precendated murders in the local community are spreading fear, anxiety and isolation to a man who watches the world through the eyes of a determined news presenter and from the from the confindes of his home. As his isolation and mundane life progresses more details emerge as the Mask begins to slip.

Masks... we all hide behind them

Directed by: Shiraz Khan
"Best Television script"
High Water
17 year old drag racer, Johnny’s, underground drag racing circuit becomes compromised after a bad bet. With the help of Daniel, the unpopular jock, and Edith, a brilliant pre-med, the trio must escape the seedy underground of illegal drag racing and the turbulence of the late 1960s.

Written by: Caitlin Brands
"Best Fantasy"
A fate befalls the society. The governor decides to reunite the members of the board.
According the fable by Jean de La Fontaine
"The animals sick of the plague".

Directed by: Julie Ducrocq
"Best Romance"
Oscar's lovers
Arthur, 22, has a virtual relationship with Oscar. When Arthur asks Oscar to return the money that Arthur lent him, Oscar disappears. Arthur writes to all of Oscar’s contacts on Messenger, hoping to find Oscar. Only one person replies, Jade. She tells Arthur to go away because Oscar is her boyfriend. However, Jade decides to meet with Arthur.

Directed by: Lottie Andersen
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