WINNERS OF THE DECEMBER 2018 MONTHLY EVENT

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BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

OUT OF CRIMES
by Peter ZUO

Producer: CHOW Keung, LI Xin
Writer: Peter ZUO
Cast: WANG Haitao, REN Quing’an, DING Jianjun,
LONG Shuilin, LI Jue

Miner Junpo’s daughter was seriously ill and in urgent need of treatment. Junpo rode his motorbike to find the mine owner Liangui, demanding for the compensation of his work injury. Liangui already prepared money for Junpo, but used the money to help Director Qin out, who was blackmailed by Liang Yi. Junpo could not raise money from anywhere, in desperate, he kidnapped Liangui’s daughter.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

THE SERENGETI RULES
by Nicolas Brown

Producer: David Allen
Writer: Nicolas Brown
Cast: John Terborgh, Bob Paine, Mary Power,
Tony Sinclair, Jim Estes

Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, back in the 1960s five young scientists discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now they share how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.

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BEST SHORT NARRATIVE

WALTER
by Patrick Hodgson

Producers: Patrick Hodgson, Jerrica Madden, Clara Altimas, Michael Buchanan, Stephanie Brister
Writer: Clara Altimas
Cast: Matthew Gouveia, Allison Busner, Rebecca Amzallag

A dysfunctional hardware store manager struggles to express his love for an employee.

 

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

TRACING ADDAI
by Esther Niemeier

Producer: Britta Strampe
Writers: Esther Niemeier, Sarah-Christin Peter, Britta Strampe
Cast: Kais Setti, Benito Bause

In his early twenties Addai leaves his entire life behind and moves to Syria to help victims of the civil war. At first he is assigned kitchen duty together with Ilias. Addai writes to his mother: “Don’t worry about me, I’m fine.” Two years later Addai’s mother receives a letter from prison. Ilias has been sentenced for terrorism by a German court. He wants to meet her and writes: “One thing you have to believe me, we went there with good intentions.”

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

APARTMENT MONOLOGUE
by Roman Szczesny, Hedda Schattanik

Producers: Roman Szczesny, Hedda Schattanik
Writer: Hedda Schattanik
Cast: Hedda Schattanik

In the shortfilm “Apartment Monologue” the apartment seem to be the only witness that survived a fatal dispute between a woman and a man. The place itself tries to remember what happened and recites a monologue.

 

BEST ANIMATION

MAMOON
by Ben Steer

Producer: Blue Zoo Animation Prod. Studio

Told entirely using projected animation onto polystyrene film sets, Mamoon follows the story of a mother and her infant child who are forced to leave their home when mysterious, dark shadows envelop the light in which they exist. As her own light begins to fade, she is forced to use a strange red light to save her child.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

SCRAPS OF PAPER
by Sven O. Hill

Producer: Salto Film
Writer: Sven O. Hill

This film visits a Stasi records department to observe the people whose job it is to manually piece together millions of scraps of paper from torn-up Stasi documents. But reconstructing all the Stasi documents this way will take another 700 years. And who wants to wait that long?