Winners June 2019
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
NINA by Maria Winther Olsen
‘NINA’ is a Faroese-Danish low-budget feature film about the aspiring author Nina who moves to the remote island country Faroe Islands together with her boyfriend William. He is set to start his new job as a doctor.
Nina meanwhile, is pregnant with their first child and is initially awestruck by the the magnificent Faroese nature. The young couple’s life seemingly couldn’t be more idyllic. But things are rarely how they appear. William works long hours at the hospital and Nina begins to feel increasingly isolated in the tiny village, surrounded by the tall mountains and endless ocean.
Nina then discovers the mysterious old Faroese myth of the Seal Woman, and her fascination with it grows to an obsession. She finds comfort in the company of the handsome local priest, Fríði, and suddenly Nina can see connections forming between the myth, her own life and the burning feeling of loneliness.
The lines between reality, dreams and the characters in her novel become increasingly blurred, until her mind threatens to cave in.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT by Matt Wolf
Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years from 1975 until her death in 2012. For Marion taping was a form of activism to seek the truth, and she believed that a comprehensive archive of the media would be invaluable for future generations. Her visionary and maddening project nearly tore her family apart, but now her 70,000 VHS tapes are being digitized and they’ll be searchable online.
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
DIVA & ASTRO by Angel Barroeta
A streetwise posse idly roams the evening in the hood they call home. Diva and Astro follow parallel paths in real time, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
CLOCKWORK MONSTERS by Ronni Thomas
This short film is a very rare look into the mind and process of legendary automata creator, Thomas Kuntz
ESTRELLITA (LITTLE STAR) by Daniel Houghton
A girl growing up on a Vermont dairy farm discovers a tragic reality about her family.
CUBAN QUEENS by Warren Bass
“Cuban Queens” is an experimental film that approaches hand-drawn animation as a structuralist and painterly art form. It rhythmically constructs, de-constructs and 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).
BEST STUDENT FILM
ЮНАК [juˈnʌk] by Georgi Stamenov
Юнак без рана не може – А brave fellow is bound to have wounds.
ЮНАК [juˈnʌk] is a word often used in the Bulgarian folklore to describe a brave and intrepid youth.
The work depicts a series of “unnecessary memories” from the director’s childhood. Reminiscences, not related to a significant event, unnecessarily stored in his mind. All shots in the film are abstract depictions of the director’s personal “unnecessary memories”.
BEST MICRO FILM
HIGHWAY TEA by Milton Adamou
A silent era, ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ tale of a budding romance between rich and poor, upper class and lower class, retold over a quintessential British ritual, High Tea.
BEST WEB SERIES
ALL ABOUT SEC 377 PILOT by Amit Khanna
first lgbt web series made in india