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Best Retro Avant Garde Feature Film
The Minds of Men
Dir. Aaron Dykes and Melissa Dykes
A four part investigation into the mysterious and terrifying Cold War
experimentation into man's last bastion of freedom, the brain ; a
thorough history of mind control as it was attempted, covertly, to
obtain an understanding of the new man – programmed, overtly, for
life in in symbiosis with the machine. THE MINDS OF MEN is a 3+ year
investigation into the experimentation, art, and practice of social
engineering and mind control during the Cold War — a mind-bending
journey into the past that gives startling insight into the world we are
living in today. It reveals [redacted]
Best Retro Avant Garde Short Film
Dir. Anna Radchenko
Shot in Moscow by the award-winning director and photographer Anna Radchenko, Kokosmos is a tribute to Russia’s infatuation with space.
Somewhere between a fashion film, a music piece and an experimental video, Kokosmos embraces reality and extends it through magical realism by visually answering the question: what if?
The Cities Are Moving
Dir. Benjamin Esterlis
"In the silence of the night, the cities are moving" A short surreal music video animation.
Conversation With A Cigarette
Dir. Russell Brown
A cat and mouse game ensues when a
man faces his greatest enemy: A Cigarette.
Best American Feature Film
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Dir. Russell Brown
An inside look into the politics of the creative process, two friends,
both writers, face the daunting challenge of delivering negative
criticism, but learn that the process can become a catalyst for self
discovery and growth. Sam, an aspiring screenwriter, and David, a
successful magazine editor, have been pals for years. When David
doesn’t appreciate Sam’s latest screenplay, it opens a fissure in their
friendship, one that spreads through to the rest of their lives.
Ultimately, both men must reevaluate their motivations to write, their
need for praise and validation, and what it means to see yourself as
you actually are.
Best Foreing Feature Film
Heart of Africa
Dir. Tshoper Kabambi
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
A Congolese man runs from a terrible accident and finds himself at a
revolutionary camp, where he is told that he has a great destiny. He
tries to escape by going to another town, joining a religion, becoming
a missionary. Ultimately, though, he finds himself back in the very
place he tried to leave. He must face his fears and his shame, but also
his magnficent possibilities.
Talking to God
Dir. Maya Batash
After 12 nights of insomnia and feeling like her life is unraveling,
Rebecca travels to the Ukraine in a desperate attempt to find a
magic cure. There she finally sleeps and discovers the meaning of
life through an outrageous cast of characters including a man who
is truly happy despite having nothing.
WINNERS & AWARDS
Best Make Up and Hairstyling
Dio non ti Odia
Dir. Fabrizio La Monica
Dir. The Blink Fish
Best Original Music
Kazarken (As we Dig)
Dir. Guldem Durmaz
Dir. Bishara Shoukry
Dir. Paco Ruiz
Enticing Sugary Boundless or songs and dances about death
Dir. Tania Khodakivska
Dir. Tian Tang
Talking to God
Dir. Maya Batash
To Be Forgotten
Dir. Masa Gibson
Over the Line
Dir. Marcus Flemmings
The Role of a Lifetime
Dir. Marc Saez
Talking to God
Kazarken (As we dig)
Conversation with A Cigarette
Female Feature Film
Tania Khodakivska Enticing Sugary Boundless or
songs and dances about death
Male Feature Film
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Conversation with a Cigarette
Best Director Documentary
The Bajos wont Celebrate
Best Retro Documentary
Shenkman : The Last Flight
Dir. Alexander Martirosov
The wreckage of an unknown plane and people's remains were
discovered in the Ural mountains in 2017. The investigation revealed
the legendary director of an aircraft factory Matvey Shenkman
crashed here during World War II. He launched into production the
most mass-produced military aircraft in history. Stalin threatened
him and agreed with him. Denunciations to KGB demanded him to
be shot. All the newspapers in the country wrote about his death.
But over time, his name was forgotten, and the path to the grave
was lost. And only 75 years later, the authors of the film found his
grave in Russia - and another one, in San Francisco, USA. Is also
engraved the name of Matvey Shenkman on it. And his bust, made
by Stalin’s personal order, stands now in a California house.
A Tree remembers
Dir. Konstantinos Follas
This is the story of Lidice, levelled and – literally – eradicated by
the Nazis in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich
in Prague. However, despite the heavy death toll it paid, the Czech
village not only was not erased from the map but constitutes a
symbol in the fight against Fascism.
Best Retro Short Film
The Magic Hour
Dir. Michael LaRocco
A sorcerer casts a spell on a newlywed couple
Best Music Video
Bastille, Alessia Cara – Another Place
Dir. Anna Radchenko & Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
The Tell- Tale Heart – a musicabre
A musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic horror story. A man
is so disturbed by an old man's "vulture eye" he resolves to murder
and dismember him. But the murderer is driven to madness and
confession by the incessant beating of the victim's heart under the
Best Animation Short Film
Bookanima : Dance
Dir. Shon Kim
Best Expressionism Short Film
Dir. Veronika Vaculikova
A dance interpretation of the life cycles of insects. An infinite process of a creature’s birth in silent timelessness. An organism in a vibrating microcosm, transforming on the background of inorganic matter. Camera, focused on an eternal action which can be barely perceived.
Best Experimental Short Film
Dir. Warren Bass
CUBAN QUEENS (6 minutes) is an experimental film that approaches hand-drawn animation as a structuralist and painterly art form. It rhythmically explores ninety-nine evolving images of Havana's street divas. The production is a collaboration by Warren Bass (direction, animation and music), Lowell Boston (additional animation), and artist Liz Goldberg (original graphics, sketched on the streets of Havana). CUBAN QUEENS has been selected by the juries of 57 film festivals across 32 countries, and has received 6 international awards.
Best Psychedelic Fantasy
Two brothers, one dreamy and starry-eyed, the other earthy and
rational, are in search of their mother in the asteroid city of
Amsteroid, where she’s being held captive at the headquarters of
the evil mind control empire of Bob Van Horus. On the run from Van
Horus’ goons, they fall in with a group of teenage hustlers working
to blow up the asteroid.
Dir. Dave Sweeney
Dave Slade faces a myriad of internal and external struggles in trying to figure out what's real or surreal. He encounters the threatening presence of Terranova, a huge woman who claims she's from the future, and he experiences terrible nightmares that illuminate this dilemma she presents to him along with a Mystery Woman. His Landlord, Mary Lee, is a positive presence who helps him waddle through the murky waters of his polluted mind as Old Man mysteriously guides him to his destiny.
Best Surrealism Short Film
Dir. Emma Keehan
One masked dancer threatens the cycle of pursued acceptance
met by authoritative rejection when part of her facade falls away and she can truly see.
Best Surrealism Feature Film
Kazarken ( As We Dig )
Dir. Guldem Durmaz
A woman of Turkish ascent, following ancient anatolian healing rites,
dreams her way through fragments of memory, both personal and
collective. Guided by a mythological character, Kheiron the Centaur,
she travels freely between the ruins of an ancient Roman hospital and
the streets of a mountain village, high above the river Euphrates.
Time and space become dislocated, opening up passages between
worlds. An inner experience translated into a film poem, Kazarken
explores memory as a place of struggle against oblivion and the
violences of hidden history.
Best Horror Short Film
For the Record
Dir. Connor Sweeney
A man buys a mysterious record from a record store which leads to a series of dark occurrences.
Best Science Fiction
To be Forgotten
Dir. Masa Gibson
A recovering addict trying to erase the online records of his past transgressions gets a call from a mysterious company that claims it can help him be forgotten--not only by the Internet, but by all the people that ever knew him and by the natural world itself.
Best Web Series
Dir. Joseph Whelski
Three incredibly incapable men are tasked with guarding a mystical mansion, by any means necessary.
Best Comedy Short Film
Dir. Scott Michael Wagstaff
After misunderstanding his bosses comments and body language, and believing he is asking for a kiss, a young man starts to kiss his boss at the end of weekly meetings. Each week the kisses increase until the boss is finally forced to confront him in order to avoid a dangerous 'me too' situation in the work place.
Best Drama Short Film
Development of June
Dir. Joe Olmstead
Commercial development is planned for a field that holds June's dearest family memories. While she processes the devastating blows to her memory, she begins to come to terms with her state of mind and family.
“A stunning memory yarn condensed into what is just shy of 18 minutes, and full to the brim with heart!” - The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards
"Even if it seems to be a project about the disastrous effects of dementia, ‘Development of June’ is much more than that, since it goes beyond the pathology area to provide us a sensible stylistic exercise about the inner demons of the human soul." - The Monthly Film Festival
Best American Documentary Feature Film
Built on Graves
Dir. Joseph Mazzaferro
A groundbreaking documentary from the original "Built on Graves" series dealing with the real life, current situations of grave recycling, cemetery abandonment, and how developers build homes, stores, and business over top of old cemeteries. In many cases leaving the bodies in the ground and paving over them.
Best American Documentary Short Film
L’eau est la vie ( Water is life ) : From Standing
Rock To the Swamp
Dir. Sam Vinal
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are
ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and
preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to
protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel
companies that seek to poison it.
Best Foreign Documentary Feature Film
In Nicaragua , My Name is Chepito !
Dir. Cheve Jean Luc
Chepito’s travel diary. Chepito, alias Joseph Chevalier, an 87 year retired french farmer, helps small farmers in Nicaragua with many friends of the french NGO association Echanges et solidarité 44. He has 11 long stays in Nicaragua.
I accompany him in search of a seed drill that I had offered to the Nicaraguan peasants. His many friends testify to the situation in rural areas, during these 25 years after the revolution. Is it realy about ?
Best Foreign Documentary Short Film
New Faustian World
Dir. Piero Passaro
Bologna (Italy), 2018. In a resigned world where the human
fate seems to be returned outside of their chances, Raffaele
Quattrone tells, walking among the streets of the city, the
artistic practice of 17 international artists with a Faustian
Factor: a strong and recognizable artistic identity and an
exasperated virtuosity that allows them to be in rivalry with
the endless possibilities of the computer, with the precision
of the photograph, with the reactions and relationships of
video and performance. NewFaustianWorld is the world of these painters that as the Faust of Goethe, emblem of the modern man, have an inner tension with which they don’t be satisfied with ordinariness but let the extraordinary be their philosophy of life taking up the challenges ahead of them.
The visual language of the film, halfway between documentary and fiction, pays homage to the personality of each artist recreating in the single scenes the world that we find in the artworks of these artists. It is similar to enter the work, the creative world of the artist.
Based on the book of the same name by Raffaele Quattrone and published by 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE
Best Environment Feature Film
Dir. Ian Mauro
Narrated by David Suzuki, Beyond Climate explores the
human and environmental impacts of climate change in
British Columbia, and is a timely contribution to the
province and country as we grapple with climate change,
the paramount issue of our time.
Best Environment Short Film
The Kodiak Queen
Dir. Rob Sorrenti
The Kodiak Queen is about the ground-breaking transformation of a
decorated WWII warship that survived Pearl Harbour, into an artificial
reef and dive site by Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.
The essence of the project was to inspire a generation of ocean lovers.
But it soon revealed itself to be about something much bigger. On the
6th of September 2017, Hurricane Irma released it ferocious power
across the Caribbean and Florida Keys. Irma left behind a trail of uni-
maginable destruction, devastating the lives of thousands of people.
In this haunting film, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and award
winning filmmaker Rob Sorrenti remind us of the momentous task
ahead restoring the British Virgin Islands.
Dir. Milinkovic Dragomir Clauss
WE WILL BE KNOWN FOREVER BY THE TRACKS WE LEAVE
Degree of pollution made by humans especially to seas and oceans,
has stopped being only a concern long time ago, urging us to react
immediately. We are living in time when passiveness of countries and
institutions made all of us, with at least a trace of an ecological awar-
eness, take a personal initiative in cleaning and preservation of nature.
Fashion industry, as one of the major pollutant, has a huge liability and duty to act responsibly towards our living space which we share with other living creatures. Because of the human recklessness, our planet has been over-polluted, and animals and the entire ecosystem suffer from its damaging consequences. Unfortunately, the negligence about the cohesion between the humans and the nature, will eventually be the price for its survival.