Retro Avant Garde Film Festival

CAIRO

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RAGFF Cairo Egypt proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

Retro Avant Garde

Feature Film

 

Winner

Toprak 

Dir. Sevgi Hirschhäuser

Turkey

TOPRAK is the dramatic story of a simple family in rural Turkey dealing with poverty, family traditions, and religious heritage. Since the death of his parents, the teenage Burak has lived with his uncle Cemil and grandmother in a remote Turkish village. The small family unit has been trying to make a living by selling fruits. While the religious Cemil is satisfied to live his life in poverty, Burak struggles

to leave for the city and attend university. When grandmother falls sick, both Burak and Cemil have to make tough decisions that will change their lives forever.

 

 

Retro Avant Garde

Short Film

Winner

The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot

Dir. Ray Jacobs

United Kingdom

Tom is anxious, he holds a secret in his human heart, a wing beat and a flutter and its bursting to take flight. The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot is a tale of magical realism to be witnessed and shared. It is a tale of healing revealing how we can learn to live with the secrets of our more than human hearts.

Tom Lightfoot works as a calls operator for ‘We have the Answers’. A call centre, which answers anybody’s questions about absolutely anything. Tom, is secretly studying for a PHD in bird migration but this is not Tom’s secret life, his secret is inside of him

 

 

 

Best Surrealism Feature Film

Darkness of Otherwhere

Dir. Ayoub Qanir

Japan

 

 

 

Documentary Feature Film

Winner

A Voyage Against Time

Dir. Steve Mackay

Dir. Jonathan Ali Khan

Kuwait

 

This pioneering documentary follows a physically and mentally challenging kayaking expedition led by BASHAR AL HUNEIDI and accompanied by Colin Wong & Mansour Al Safran through six countries from Kuwait to Oman. After several dangerous brushes with death the Expedition is rewarded by Mother Earth with breathtaking scenery, marine and wildlife on the journey of exposing the regions plastic and pollution of The Gulf.

This spiritual journey raises awareness of the region’s natural beauty and rich biodiversity and highlights the urgent need for a sustainable strategy to protect the environment so fundamental to the region’s heritage and culture. Bashar overcomes treacherous physical, mental, and logistical obstacles to bring himself connect with nature, CONNECT TO PROTECT!

 

 

Best Short Documentary

 

Winner

Omm Sety

Dir. Basma Magdy Ismail

Egypt

Omm Sety tells a story of reincarnation of of a foreign woman with an Egyptian priestess from the 19th dynasty in the temple of Abydos in Sohag, Her journey begins in searching for the spirit of the priestess inside her and returning to her Home "abydos temple" in Egypt to revive the ancient Egyptian ritual and teach them to be passed on through generations through another woman.

 

 

Winner

What if Nothing ?

Dir. Monika Krupa

Poland

The main character Andrzej is seeking for a lost royal tomb in Egypt for 30 years. He truly belives that he is one step away from making a great discovery, despite the doubts of his colleagues. Ahead of him is the last mission and the last location where the tomb might be. The story about dreams that are more powerful than all the facts.

 

 

Mother Nature Manifestation in the Great Rift Valley

Dir. Francis Mwangi Irungu

Kenya

Hidden

Dir. Oliver Wilkins

United Kingdom

 

 

Fugetsu-Do

Dir. Kaia Rose

United States

 

 

Ghada

Dir. Ophelie Legris

France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Drama

Winner

La Der Des Der

Dir. Patrice Guillain

France

 

«If the last surviving soldier of the first World War wanted to get rid of the terrible burden that kept him alive ... his name would be Simon Rosenberg.»

 

Magda

Dir. Mahmoud Mahmoud

Egypt

 

 

Light Blue

Dir. May Ziady

Egypt

 

 

Just Like Water

Dir. Manos Triantafillakis

Greece

 

Boje

Dir. Andreas Cordes

Dir. Robert Kohler

Germany

 

 

 

Best Comedy

Winner 

Career Shift

Dir. Yasmine Wadi

Egypt

 

A usual day at a Psychiatric clinic turns into an un usual day when the patient escape from reality for a few minutes .

 

Jardins Paradise

Dir. Yza Nouiga

Canada

 

 

Paradox

Dir.Preetham Tiwari

India

 

 

 

 

 

Best Experimental

Winner

Exodus

Dir. Acci Baba

Germany

 

An experimental film to explore behaviors of an artificial system reaching the point of saturation. Central to the work is the aesthetic combination of geometry and life, expressed by collinear structure and living ants. The sugar water falls from the sky, artificially creating ecosystem for ants to survive. Ants walk along the infinite path, leaving pheromones for the others to follow. Soon one of the ant chose to escape from the saturated system, realizing they have been walking on a infinite path. The others followed and continued walking in to the void as they form an another circular loop. Through the perspective of micro organism, the artwork finds the relation between the viewers to reflect the formula emerging from the hyper reality.

Director Biography - Acci Baba

 

The Creator

Dir. Sergiy Pudich

Ukraine

 

 

 

 

Studies at Huningue / Basel or the tree to sleep

Dir. Lutz P. Kayser

Germany

 

 

10

Dir. Yousef Frisca

Egypt

 

 

We Were Never Really Here

Dir. Anika Salvesen

Norway

 

 

Empty Object with Music for two pianos

Dir. Stephen Richardson

Australia

 

 

Ophelia

Dir. Hadi Moussally

France

 

 

The Detached Observer

(L’observatrice Detachee)

Dir. Serena Marija

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Art

Winner

Hairless

Dir. Madyha Leghari

Pakistan

 

A fictional city grapples with an inexplicable, complete loss of hair. Posited both as an extension and the boundary of a body, hair occupies a liminal position between the animate and inanimate “dead” matter. Since the influence of evolutionary thought in the nineteenth century, comparative hairlessness in humans has been the subject of extensive cultural debate and resultant shift in its value. “Excessive” human hair is variously associated with sexual inversion, the primitive, the criminal, the pathological, the diseased, the beast or even the lunatic. The film satirizes these accounts by removing the supposed evolutionary obstacle posed by hair. However, the resultant world is that of tactile longing, sensory deprivation, and eco-anxiety. 

 

 

Best Surrealism

Winner

The Bearers of Memories

Dir. Migle Krizinauskaite-Bernotiene

Lithuania

With every moment - one more memory. But memory sometimes goes blind and what is left becomes hazy.

 

 

Best Science Fiction

Winner

Protector

Dir. Chris Lee

China

 

In 2235, human resources were scarce. In order to allow humans to develop more long-term, the World Resources Organization adopted a social contribution value elimination system, and adopted a clearing plan for those who made insufficient contributions. In the face of such tasks, intelligent robots performed well, but among them An intelligent robot is a little different... 

 

 

 

 

Best Fantasy

Winner

Clown Corner

Dir. Stephen Richardson

Australia

A fun-filled ‘slice of life’ mockumentary that reveals the hidden world of the Clown People for the first time.

Imagine a world where everyone in town is a clown!

Clown Corner is a live action short film/pilot that tells the story of the Clown People in a world where everyone in town is a clown!

This ‘slice of life’ mockumentary reveals the hidden world of the Clown People for the first time.

 

 

 

Best Horror

Winner

The Ferals

Dir. Stefan Ruiz

United Kingdom

 

A horror/thriller short film that follows the story of a young man who has washed up on a desert island following a shark attack. He soon discovers that he is not alone but the occupants on the island are not there to help him.

 

Best Noir

Winner

Reset

Dir. Adrien Yavo

Belgium

 

 In the defective psyche of an android, her memories and feelings mix up with her primary objective : to kill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Retro Short Film

Winner

Never Apply Salt to Attract a Potential Lover

Dir. Jethro Massey

Italy

 

Francesca likes music and complex mathematical equations. She also likes Bobby.

Bobby likes salt.

A short silent comedy shot on 16mm, filmed in Italy by an Anglo-French director who doesn't speak a word of Italian.

Best Animations

Winner

The Boy and the Mountain

Dir. Santiago Aguilera

Dir. Gabriel Monreal

Chile

 

Hernán is a child who likes to daydreaming, but in his studies he is not doing well at all. His father constantly urges him to improve, advising him that he must reach very high to succeed in life. Hernán dispenses with his dream, gradually forgetting it to devote himself to his studies. Over time, and already become a successful entrepreneur, Hernán achieves the dream that his father instilled in him, reach high, until one day he will realize that he has not really achieved something he always longed for. Then he will make the crucial decision to fulfill his dream, but fate will play tricks on him. Hernán will have to face a new challenge that will change the meaning of his life.

Kerfuffle

Dir. Courtney Carter

United States

On – Off

Dir. Nicolas P. Villarreal

Argentina

 

 

Subway

Dir. Liela Hafez

United States

 

Magic Dream

Dir. Tomas Welss Barkan

Chile

 

Blanket

Dir. Marina Moshkova

Russian Federation

 

Stay Home, Stay Safe , Stay Sane ?

Dir. Nick Hales

United Kingdom

 

Best Music Video

Winner  

Verdensrommet – Alene

Dir. Mzimasi Ndzombane

South Africa

 

Follows the story of a man struggling to piece together the memories he’s made throughout his life.

I Love you More

Dir. Makgalema Lennox Thobela

South Africa

 

I bow to thee O Mother

Dir. Aashish Rego

India

Award Winners

Best Director

 

Winner

Feature Film

Nikola Bozadzhiev

Shibil ( Adaptation of the Famous Bulgarian

 story written by Yordan Yovkov)

Bulgaria

 

 

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Mostafa Morad

“ May Twenty Seventh of this year ”

Egypt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Actor Feature Film

Winner

Demetrio Casile

“ Shocking Marriage ”

Italy

 

 

 

 

Best Actress Feature Film

Winner

“Angel of Beggars ”

Dir. Zhu Qing

China

 

 

 

 

Best Actor Short Film

Winner

Jihad Al Andari

“ Lahza – A Moment ”

Lebanon

 

 

 

 

Best Actress Short Film

Winner

Shelby Mckenzie

“ Gone ”

Australia

 

 

 

 

Finalist

Best Actor Short Film

Alsalt Alsyabi

“ When ”

Oman

 

 

 

Finalist

Best Actress Short Film

Leona Clarke

“ Charlotte and the Therapist ”

United Kingdom

 

 

Best Cinematography

Winner

Feature Film

Final Round

Dir. Mohamed Fekrane

Dir. Gustavo Cortes Bueno

Morocco

 

 

Winner

Short Film

The Last Pizza

Dir. Gert Kombate

China

 

 

Finalist

Manhedonia

Dir. Simon Bates

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Original Music

Winner

Feature Film

The Lifebelt

Dir. Yiannis Panayiotarakos

Greece

 

Winner

Short Film

Carbon Sky

Dir. Kent Tate

Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Edition

 

Winner

Feature Film

Shocking Marriage

Dir. Demetrio Casile

Italy

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Adam in Aeternum

Dir. Pedro Jaen R.

Spain

 

 

Finalist

UnWelcomed Justice

Dir. Courtlin D. Fields

United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Makeup and Hair Style

Winner

Feature Film

Wicked Inwards Monastery

Dir. Efriem Kahsay Quada

Eritrea

 

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Between Glances

Dir. Ivann willig

Brazil

 

 

 

 

 

Best Screenplay on Film

Winner

Feature Film

The Lifebelt

Dir. Yiannis Panayiotarakos

Greece

 

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Just Like Water

Dir. Manos Triantafillakis

Greece

 

Finalist

Dir. Mortinno Morton

Ghana

 

Finalist

Short Film

This Case & My Life

Dir. Ana A P Braunstein

United States

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