WINNERS – 1st SEASON 2017


Best Film

Pure Madness, Dir: Lander Haverals,  Belgium

In 2007 Jelle Haverals chose to take his own life. He did this after a long and intense battle  against all his fears and demons. A few months before his suicide he wrote a play about his own mental suffering and about his life. This short film is based on this script.


Best  Director

Roxy, Dir: Fabien Colas,  Luxembourg

Roxy is an aging prostitute, working in a lovemobile on the german-luxembourgish border. After being rescued from a brutal rape, she meets Jeff, a young man, whose intentions seem unclear to her.


Best  Screenplay

Squares, Dir: Bernard Kordieh,  United Kingdom

Noah journeys through a world outside time and space to relive moments with his soul mate that has passed away. Unable to exist in the present with the threat of being incarcerated, he is intervened by a friend with a message.


Best  Editing

Bad Sheriff, Dir: Ben Bernschneider,  Germany

When an ex-police alumni turned vigilante killer – who goes by the name of ‘Bad Sheriff’ – walks into a bar to pick up his girl and leave town forever, he bumps into his old instructor – to soon find out that he is the man trying to hunt him down. A love letter to early 80s crime movies and a wake up call for German genre cinema. From a time when neon was a given, romance tasted like blood and ambivalent heros said little, but spoke through their guns.


Best  Cinematography

Orazio’s Clan, Dir: Riccardo Bernasconi & Francesca Reverdito,  Switzerland

Three gypsy vampires have sworn not to drink human blood until the finding of an unconscious young woman destroys their will power. Things get complicated when they aren’t the only ones interested in the girl.


Best  Actress

Celeste Casciaro in  Sindrome, Dir: Rina La Gioia, Italy

About to turn fourty, a woman realizes she is tired of the emptiness that surrounds her and decides to give her life a meaning. The desire for motherhood starts arising in her. But the difficulties in getting pregnant will accompany her during the tortuous journey.


Best  Actor

Ariel Doukhan in Psychology of a Pressure Cooker, Dir: Pierre Géraud-LiriaFrance

A terrorist falls in love before committing an attack.


Best  Documentary

Strongest I’ll Ever Be, Dir: Phil Ebiner, United States

After being handed a heartbreaking diagnosis of ALS, award-winning photographer Anthony Carbajal confronts the disease that robs him of his abilities and his future, in order to create a meaningful life during what time he has left.


Best  Animation

The Box, Dir: Merve Cirisoglu Cotur, United Kingdom

The happy life of a Syrian kid alters instantly with the sudden war and he finds himself in a state of struggle. The war changes not only lives, but also the role of his box; first as a carefully built toy house, then as a place to take shelter in a refugee camp with full of dangers and finally as a boat that sails for a journey towards hope.


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