WINNERS OF THE NOVEMBER 2018 MONTHLY EVENT

 

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

FACING THE WIND
by Meritxell Colell

Producer: Carles Brugueras, Maxi Dubois, Nathalie Trafford
Writer: Meritxell Colell
Cast: Mónica García, Concha Canal, Ana Fernández

Mónica, a 47-year old dancer, receives a call from Spain: her father is terminally ill. After 20 years, Mónica must return to the remote village where she was born. When she arrives, her father has already passed away and her mother decides to sell the family home asking Mónica to stay to help her. Facing the Wind is an inner journey to learn again how to live and love better.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

THE FIFTH SUN
by Cristiana Pecci and Matteo Maggi

Producer: Cristiana Pecci, Matteo Maggi
Writers: Cristiana Pecci, Matteo Maggi
Cast: Brando Giannoni, Cristiana Pecci, Panu Heikkurinen

Is travelling a form of vagrancy, or is it more of an inner journey that completes you, when you finally reach the end of the road? 
This is one of the questions that directors pondered, deciding to follow Finnish traveler and former fire-fighter Panu in a road trip from Finland to Australia. The Fifth Sun is a glimpse into a lifestyle where your whole life fits into a backpack, trying to make you consider your own ideas about freedom.

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BEST SHORT NARRATIVE

UNNATURAL
by Amy Wang

Producer: Autumn Watlington
Writer: Amy Wang, Randy McKinnon
Cast: Blaine Maye, Anna Maiche, Simone-Élise Girard

Desperate to escape his past, James, a reclusive teenager moves into a new town with his strict parents. He is eager to fit into a new high school and befriends Izzy, a rebellious girl from his class. Izzy is a breath of fresh air and offers James the freedom and friendship he’s longed for his entire life. But James has a secret. A secret so destructive; it could put his life in danger.

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BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

FINDING BIG COUNTRY
by Kathleen Jayme

Producer: James Brown, Michael Grand, Kathleen Jayme
Writers: Kathleen Jayme, Michael Tanko Grand, Greg Ng

Since former NBA player Bryant “Big Country” Reeves vanished from the league, no one in Vancouver or the NBA has seen or heard from him. He’s the only Vancouver Grizzly who never publicly commented on his time with the team. But one childhood fan, turned filmmaker, Kat Jayme has tracked Big Country down to a cattle ranch in his hometown Gans, Oklahoma and she’s dead set on breaking his silence.

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

THROUGH THE SUPERMARKET
IN FIVE EASY PIECES
by Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri

Producer: Petteri Lehtinen
Writer: Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri
Cast: Jenni Elina von Bagh, Andrius Katinas, Eedit Patrakka

In this dance film a family tries to manage through the weekly grocery shopping without disintegrating. The moment they enter the supermarket the children go off in separate directions and the parents face the ovewhelming load of merchandise under the time pressure of a closing store. The story is also a metaphor to the five classical elements earth, air, fire, water and aether, of how they strive into different directions but still keep together as one. 

 

BEST ANIMATION

TWEET-TWEET
by Zhanna Bekmambetova

Producer: Zhanna Bekmambetova, Timur Bekmambetov, Alexander Gorokhov
Writer: Zhanna Bekmambetova
Cast: Irina Grishina, Kirill Komarov, Tatyana Kosmacheva

Our life is like walking on a tightrope. In times we are scared or lost we lose balance. When we are happy and excited we forget we walk on a rope. We can even fly! 
Main characters are girl Luba and her friend Sparrow. Silly Sparrow doesn’t know fear. By playing with him Luba forgets she is on a rope…

 

HONORABLE MENTION

THE ELEPHANT’S SONG
by Lynn Tomlinson

Producer: Lynn Tomlinson
Writer: Lynn Tomlinson, Sam Saper
Cast: Trucker Talk, Deletta Gillespie, Brooks Long

The sad but true story of Old Bet, the only elephant in America from 1805-1816, and the menagerie that started the American circus. Their story is portrayed in colorful, handcrafted animation, created frame by frame with clay-on-glass and oil pastel animation.