BEST FICTION FEATURE FILM
Teen Aur Aadha. India / Ukraine. 2017
Director: Daria Gai
Producer: Anurag Kashyap
"Teen Aur Aadha" has been approached with a unique non-traditional perspective on storytelling, as the entire feature (121 mins) has been filmed in three long shots of 40 mins each (only three cuts in the film), however its the depth and magic of the narrative which really is fascinating.T'is the story of one house in three different eras. Where 50 years ago it was divided between a school and an apartment, in which a young boy struggles with the pressures of pre-pubescent school life, coupled with being compelled to share a tiny room with his paralysed, disconsolate grandfather. Who in turn has devious plans for the child’s 12th birthday which happens to fall on a leap year. The same building 20 years later becomes home to a brothel, where a young unexploited concubine is dealing with her self-proclaimed “first” client who has a strange inability to fulfil his physical desire unless obligated to the duress of a transaction to do so. Now, 30 years later these same walls surround a sublime home which belongs to a soul-stirring 75 year old couple who love, laugh and dance together. They whisper the secrets of time forgone and seemed to have overcome the undying need for love and escape which seems to have plagued the inhabitants of this house in the past.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
A Bridge Between Two Worlds. Canada. 2016
Director: Pascal Gélinas
Producer: Pascal Gélinas
A Bridge Between Two Worlds relates how Muslim and Catholic farmers, on the Island of Flores, Indonesia, overcome poverty and enhance their environment with the support of North American and European families. This astonishing chain of solidarity was initiated by Gilles Raymond, a Canadian volunteer from Québec who has forged deep bonds in Flores over the past 15 years. This is the beginning of a worldwide family, which distance cannot affect, a story that is punctuated by hard work, children’s smiles and ancestor worship. This engaging adventure builds a living bridge between our two hemispheres, at a time when foreign aid is too often being questioned.
BEST SOCIAL FEATURE FILM
LIVING ON THE EDGE - DEGLAMOURIZING BOLLYWOOD. India. 2017
Director: OPENDER CHANANA
Producer: OPENDER CHANANA
My documentary is startling revelation about the abysmal working conditions in Bollywood which is now laying claim to be global giant and churning out thousands of hours of content. The technicians and workers are deprived of social security and long punishing working hours take their toll on their health. The basic and fundamental safety measures are absent leading to accidents with unfailing regularity. Basic facilities such as clean toilets and hygienically prepared food are not accessible. In nutshell human rights are violated on sets and locations with impunity
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE FILM
THE MISSING SUN. USA. 2017
Director: Brennan Vance
Producer: Brennan Vance, James Christenson
After a solar flare powers down her remote community, Alma discovers her husband Terry comatose. Suspecting he is having an out-of-body affair with an ex-lover, Alma attempts to bring him back to reality with help from Terry’s estranged, drug-addled son and the leader of a new-age religion that specializes in astral travel.
BEST FICTION SHORT FILM
QUAND LES POULES ONT EU DES DENTS. France. 2017
Director: David Braun
Producer: Alpaga Films, Innervision & Alsace20 & David Braun
Year 2137, animals have so long disappeared that the younger generations do not even have a memory. While the reigning environmentalist dictatorship is trying to reintroduce a hen in the forest, the eco-citizens are formally banned on coming up to it. But Oscar, who illegally kept an ancient cookery book at his place, has a bee in his bonnet: eating it!
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
The Great Meandros. Turkey. 2018
Director: Yavuz ÖZER
Producer: Yavuz ÖZER
Our film telling the environmental disaster experienced by the Great Meandros River, which runs 600 km long with a basin of 25 thousand square km in the Aegean Region, Turkey has been completed within two years. The basin of the Great Meandros River comprises a very large area on the geography of Turkey. This basin has hosted civilizations for tens of thousands of years. Many important characters of the Greek mythology are related with these basin areas. Today, millions of tons of agricultural products are produced in this basin. This basin area has three different climates and main migratory routes of migratory birds. There are thousands of endemic species that are special to this region. Today, this basin area is being polluted by waste waters of three metropolitans (with a total population of approximately 7 million). In addition, the greatest industial wastes of Turkey are encountered in this basin area and these industrial wastes directly flow into the sea. Even worse: this basin area has unique natural fresh waters. However, these waters are used by geothermal energy power plants. Hot wastes of these power plants containing toxic chemicals directly flow into the Great Meandros River. In addition, tens of thousands of toxic drug containers are also thrown into the river due to unconscious agricultural applications.
The pollution of the Great Meandros River is not the environmental problem of only the Aegean region or Turkey. This disaster begins to affect firstly neighboring countries and then countries in the Mediterranean basin via the Mediterranean and the whole world. For example, it is a scientific fact that chemicals in pesticides mixing into the waters of the Meandros River are even encountered in polar penguins.
BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM
BEST SOCIAL SHORT FILM
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM
The Yellow Room. United States. 2017
Director: kitty mcnamee
Producer: Kitty McNamee & Jim Doyle
In a series of increasingly lush and intimate encounters, two dancers are forced to confront each other and themselves, exploring the expansion of identity beyond solely masculine or feminine.
We discover the isolated figures of Jessica and Junji, each encased in a solitary beam of warm light. They cautiously circle one another, collide and collapse. As Junji embraces Jessica she slips away into the darkness. We switch rapidly from one to the other, their fluid, controlled movement disintegrating in the same fractured way. Junji draws his hand along her back, setting off a series of enmeshed confrontations. Limbs entwine, tangle and extend, bodies release and are caught before they crash to the ground. Gradually they slow to face one another, opening and snapping shut to hide, opening again. Are they lovers? Are they one?
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Job. Mexico. 2017
Director: Baruq Gibran Seth.
Producer: Atto Attie
Through a series of visual techniques including painting, collage, photography, video and animation, Job takes us on a journey of a modern day interpretation of the incredibly complex biblical character, where we see the different transformations of his psyche and the developing characters in the story surrounding him.