WINNERS OF THE 2023 DUMBO FILM FESTIVAL

2023 GRAND BRIDGE AWARD

BEST FILM OF THE YEAR

BLEEDING LOVE (previously titled You Sing Loud, I Sing Louder)

directed by Emma Westenberg

Narrative Feature

Country: United States
Runtime: 01:36:53
Writer: Ruby Caster
Producers: Christine Vachon, Greg Lauritano, Mason Plotts, Clara McGregor, Vera Bulder, Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff
Key cast: Clara McGregor, Ewan McGregor, Vera Bulder, Jake Weary

A father takes his estranged daughter on a road trip in an effort to get her out of trouble. Along the way they meet all types of strangers, as their strained relationship is put to the test.

BEST IN CATEGORY AWARDS

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

BEWARE OF DOG

directed by Nadia Bedzhanova

Country: United States
Runtime: 01:25:00
Producers: Lilit Abgarian, Olga Korovkina
Key cast: Buddy Duress, Kevin Iso, Paula Knüpling

Alienated in politically-ambiguous Moscow, a young woman deals with severe OCD, while her cousin in Berlin tries to build a romantic relationship ignoring her own condition. In a parallel New York City realm, a heartbroken boxer struggles with addiction, self worth and online anxiety.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

YOU CAN’T BE AN ARTIST!
AN ONLY IN NEW YORK STORY

directed by Krystsina Sinkevich and Yaseen Alshawabkeh

Country: United States
Runtime: 01:25:06
Producer: Yaseen Alshawabkeh
Key cast: Michael Saviello

This is a story of a 61-year old barber shop manager from New York, who decides to follow his lifelong dream of being a painter, becoming an inspiration and an unexpected leader for the local community of artists.

BEST SHORT NARRATIVE

TU NIÑO (YOUR KID)

directed by Sergi Castellà

Country: United States
Runtime: 00:15:00
Producer: Cristina Trenas
Key cast: Yiyo

El Niño left his conservative community and loses himself to the underworld of a decaying society. A visual poem set to the rhythm of his “taconeo” that explores the individualism and alienation that comes when one leaves home.

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

OF MONSTERS AND MEN – TIU

directed by Dean Deblois

Country: Iceland
Runtime: 00:48:00
Producer: Heather Kolker

 

This short documentary follows the band Of Monsters And Men as they commemorate the 10th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album My Head Is An Animal.

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

MARIPOSA APARTMENT

directed by Ji Jinglu

Country: China
Runtime: 00:14:28
Producer: Jinglu Ji
Key cast: Huaiyu Niu, Yiyi Liu, Jingjing Han, Wei Wu

 

Real-life documentary soundtracks are combined with fictional images performed by actors in a domestic environment. Dance is used to explore the reality and consequences of an abusive relationship.

BEST ANIMATION

THE EGRET RIVER

directed by Wan-Ling Liu

Country: Taiwan
Runtime: 00:19:56
Writers: Wan-Ling Liu, Jett Chang
Producer: Care Chiu

 

Among the tall buildings of the city, the lonely guard hides a beautiful field that no one knows, and meets an egret there; but the expansion of the city never stops, one day the field is destroyed, the egret escapes without a trace, he begin to see mysterious illusions…