Winners – Summer 2016
Moonlight Sonata, Dir: Anna Mironova, Russia
A secret meeting of ministers headed by a president of some country turns to the unexpected… It turns out to be a rule-breaking act in a mental institution.
Shannon McLemore in Home, Dir: Thanika Jenjesda, United States
Samantha, a hardworking 28 year old nurse, brings home an old homeless man. She feeds him, gives him clean clothes and shelter for the night. She wakes up in the middle of the night to the sound of a broken window, only to find out that her home has been robed by the homeless man. Her precious watch, her father’s gift, was stolen from her own bedroom. She runs to the public park that she originally found him in, and discovers that he is being attacked by two thieves, who try to take away bags of stuff that he stole from her. Will she be able to help him? Why is the watch so important to her that she would run out after it in the middle of the night?
Térence Carron in Quelle Vie, Dir: Joakim Scheidegger, Switzerland
Rémy is moving into an apartment, in an old house. The problem, he can’t hear the principle bell, so he goes to the home owner, Henry, to ask if he can do anything. Henry categorically refuses to do something. Amélie, Rémy’s girlfriend, puts pressure on Rémy to have the double of the key.
Alegria – A Humanitarian Expedition, Dir: Christoph von Toggenburg, Switzerland
Alegria – A Humanitarian Expedition tells the story of an epic solo expedition across the Himalaya that changed the life of hundreds of people in need and reached millions around the world. In 2010, Christoph von Toggenburg cycled alone 3200km along the world’s highest tracks pulling a 30kg trailer packed with survival gear in support of leprosy patients and mentally destitute women in India. With little air to breathe and temperatures between minus 15 to plus 45 degrees Celcius he crossed mountain passes higher than 5500m mastering a total of 50’000m. Crossing Nepal during the Maoist unrests, conflict stricken Kashmir, he encountered wonderful hospitality, found new friends, and saw some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes of this planet. He became film-maker, actor, fund- and awareness-raiser in one person filming and editing this touching adventure entirely by himself, making this a zero-budget production.