BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
by Hector Valdez
Writers: David Maler, Hector Valdez, Angel de la Cruz, José Pastor, José Ramón Alamá
Producer: José Ramón Alamá
Cast: Luis Bryan Mesa, Ariel Diaz, Wigberto Dechamps, Vicente Santos, Marie Michele Bazile, Peter Jean Baptiste, Pepe Sierra
Candido and Braulio are twin brothers growing up near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While Candido stays home secluded due to his albinism, Braulio helps his grandfather sell coal in the market. Their life takes a turn for the worst after the unexpected death of their grandfather. Now Braulio will need to look after his brother and will attempt to make ends meet in the border town market. All the while, Candido dreams of the eventual return of their absent father.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
by Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff
Writer: Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff
Producers: Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff, Guilhem Olive
Cast: Thomas Pesquet, Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitski
On November 17th 2016, Thomas Pesquet takes off for his first mission in space. 450 kilometers from Earth, for six months where the world seems to fade into the unknown, a dialogue is woven between the astronaut and Saint Exupéry’s visionary book, which he took with him on the space station.
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
THE SAND THAT ATE THE SEA
by Matthew Thorne
Writer: Matthew Thorne
Producer: Matthew Thorne, Steven Garrett
Cast: Nicolai Lafayette, Sebastian Quilliam, Patrick Graham, Kate Rutherford, Lara Lukich
In the opal mining red dirt of Andamooka, South Australia; a son faces the memories of the mysterious disappearance of his father in a great flooding storm, while the same storm appears on his own horizon.
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
DO NOT SPLIT
by Anders Hammer
Producer: Charlotte Cook
The story of the 2019 protests in Hong Kong, or the Anti-ELAB Movement, told in a series of eventide demonstrations by a group of local protestors, all of which escalate into conflict when highly armed police appear on the scene.
UP AND THROUGH
by Kamen Stoyanov
THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN
by Kevin McTurk
Writer: Tab Murphy
Producer: Lisa Henson
Cast: Jason Scott Lee, James Hong, Christopher Lloyd, Franka Potente
In this handcrafted epic puppet film set in a world of demons and ghosts, a lone samurai and his odd companion, a cursed severed head, seek vengeance in a haunted world.