WINNERS OF THE JULY 2019 MONTHLY EVENT
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
WHEN THE STORM FADES
by Sean Devlin
Writer: Sean Devlin
Producer: Chris Ferguson
Cast: Kayla Lorette, Ryan Beil
A genre defying docudramedy starring a real Filipino family re-enacting their daily struggle to recover from the strongest storm in recorded history – 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan. Their journey intertwines with a pair of inept white saviours.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
WHEN THEY LEFT
by Verònica Haro Abril
Writer: Verònica Haro Abril
Producer: Diego Mondaca
For the last 15 years, the grandfathers have been dying one by one, the sons migrated, and the grandchildren grew up. The filmmaker returns to Plazuela to portray the life of the grandmothers, which with their memories, wisdom, and wittiness, give the meaning back to this space that will disappear along with them.
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
by Lou Rambert Preiss
Writer: Lou Rambert Preiss
Producer: Lionel Baier, Hélène Faget
Cast: Raphael Barman, Cédric Imwinkelried, Hilmi Questaj, Sidney Wernicke, Yves Paudex, Irène Oswald
In a vast stone quarry, an explosion reveals an object from the past.
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
AFTER THE FIRE
by Derek Knowles and Spencer Seibert
“After the Fire” follows residents of Sonoma Valley as they struggle to find their places in a community that has been reshaped overnight by the historic Northern California wildfires. It is an intimate look at what they’ve lost, what they’ve gained, and what happens next, after the fire.
by Gilles Aubry
In 1960, a violent earthquake destroyed Agadir. By a coincidence, the film Godzilla had been shown that same night at the Salam theater. Aubry leads an investigation and tries to spot distant or tenuous traces left by time. Dinosaur tracks, newsreels, or even seismic surveys can resonate with poetic verses sung by Ali Faiq, or the movements of Haha dancers.
SOHRAB AND RUSTUM
by Lee Whitmore
Writer: Lee Whitmore
Producer: Lee Whitmore, Mark Stiles, Jingjing Ma
Sohrab and Rustum is the story of a young English teacher reading a poem to a class of teenage girls in 1960s Sydney. Through the poem, the girls are transported to ancient Persia where they witness a legendary fight between two warriors. The girls are confronted with the reality of death.