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Best Retro Avant Garde Feature Film

 

The  Minds of Men

Dir. Aaron Dykes and Melissa Dykes

United States

 

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

 

Kokosmos

Dir. Anna Radchenko

United Kingdom

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?

 

 

 

Finalist

The Cities Are Moving

Dir. Benjamin Esterlis

Israel

 

"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

United States

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.

Finalist

Talking to God

Dir. Maya Batash

United States

             

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

 

Feature Film

 

Dio non ti Odia

Dir. Fabrizio La Monica

Italy

 

Short Film

Hotel MFW

Dir. The Blink Fish

Italy

 

 

 

Best Original Music

 

Feature Film

 

Kazarken (As we Dig)

Dir. Guldem Durmaz

Belgium

 

 

Short Film

 

A Leaf

Dir. Bishara Shoukry

Egypt

 

Finalist

 

Insidia

Dir. Paco Ruiz

Spain

 

 

Best Edition

 

Feature Film

 

Enticing Sugary Boundless or songs and dances about death

Dir. Tania Khodakivska

Ukraine

 

 

Short Film

 

The Butcher

Dir. Tian Tang

United States

 

 

 

Best Screenplay

 

 

Feature Film

 

Talking to God

Dir. Maya Batash

United States

 

 

Short Film

 

To Be Forgotten

Dir. Masa Gibson

United States

 

Finalist

 

Over the Line

Dir. Saba

United States

 

 

 

 

Best Cinematography

 

Feature Film

 

Palindrome

Dir. Marcus Flemmings

United Kingdom

 

Short Film

 

The Role of a Lifetime

Dir. Marc Saez

France

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Actress

 

Feature Film

 

Maya Batash

Talking to God

United States

 

 

Short Film

 

Julia Strassmann

Greater Fool

United Kingdom

 

 

 

Best Actor

 

Feature Film

 

Denis Lavant

Kazarken (As we dig)

Belgium

 

Short Film

 

Ian Hart

Conversation with A Cigarette

 

Best Directors

 

 

Female Feature Film

 

Tania Khodakivska Enticing Sugary Boundless or

songs and dances about death

Ukraine

 

Male Feature Film

 

Russell Brown

The Blue Tooth Virgin

United States

 

Female Shortfilm

 

Leanne Nicole            

Okay

United States

 

 

Male Shortfilm

 

Russell Brown

Conversation with a Cigarette

 

 

 

Best Director Documentary

 

Tariq Akreyi

The Bajos wont Celebrate

Iraq

 

 

 

 

 

Best Retro Documentary

 

 

Feature Film

 

Shenkman : The Last Flight

Dir. Alexander Martirosov

Russian Federation

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.

 

Finalist

 

A Tree remembers

Dir. Konstantinos Follas

Greece

 

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

United States

 

A sorcerer casts a spell on a newlywed couple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Music Video

 

Bastille, Alessia Cara – Another Place

Dir. Anna Radchenko & Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux

 

Best Musical

 

The Tell- Tale Heart – a musicabre

Danny Ashkenasi

United States

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

floor boards.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Animation Short Film

 

Bookanima : Dance

Dir. Shon Kim

South Korea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Expressionism Short Film

 

Cycles

Dir. Veronika Vaculikova

Czech Republic

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

 

Cuban Queens

Dir. Warren Bass

United States

 

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

 

Feature Film

 

Amsteroid

John Higbie

United States

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.

Short Film

 

Twenty Twenty

Dir. Dave Sweeney

United States

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

 

Ouroboros

Dir. Emma Keehan

United States

 

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

Belgium

 

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

United States

 

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

United States

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.

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Best Web Series

 

Mystery Mansion

Dir. Joseph Whelski

United States

Three incredibly incapable men are tasked with guarding a mystical mansion, by any means necessary.

 

Best Comedy Short Film

 

Boss Kiss

Dir. Scott Michael Wagstaff

United Kingdom

 

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

United Kingdom

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 Documentaries

 

Best American Documentary Feature Film

 

Built on Graves

Dir. Joseph Mazzaferro

United States

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

United States

 

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

France

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

Italy

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

 

Beyond Climate

Dir. Ian Mauro

Canada

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.

 

Finalist

 

Charmolypi

Dir. Milinkovic Dragomir Clauss

Greece

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.