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2015 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL WINNERS


 

2015 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES
FESTIVAL WINNERS

 

Carry On Receives Best of the Festival Award 
Submarine Receives Future Filmmaker Award;

The Way of Tea, Body Team 12 and Bear Story Receive Audience Awards;

 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 21, 2015) –  The 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 21, 2015.  330 short films screened throughout the Festival along with more than 3,000 filmmaker submissions available in the film market.  More than $115,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in cash awards were awarded in 21 categories.  Held from June 16-22, 2015, the Festival had another record-breaking year in attendance for ticket buyers, filmmakers and film industry delegates.

 

It's been a spectacular success on all fronts for ShortFest this year, with a uniformly ecstatic response from audience and filmmakers alike for the screenings, the panels and seminars and the special events the Festival mounted,” said Festival Director Darryl Macdonald. “With record numbers of attendees and filmmakers, the Festival lived up to its growing reputation as one of the most important events of its kind in the world.”

 

The 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest award winners are:

 

JURY AWARDS

BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD – Winner received $5,000 cash prize courtesy of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Final Cut Pro X courtesy of Apple Computer.  The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration.

Carry On (Esel) (Austria), Rafael Haider

This sublime tale focuses on an elderly couple who tend to what’s left of their once-thriving farm with the help of an aged donkey on its last legs. But when the time comes to face reality, can the farmer do what is called for?

 

GRAND JURY AWARD – Winner received $2,000 cash prize

Over (UK), Jörn Threlfall

What has happened in this quiet, suburban neighborhood? Has there been a murder, a hit-and-run, an accident? The reality is both profound and deeply unexpected, and unfolds in reverse in this quiet mystery that rewards the patient viewer.

 

FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD – Winner received a $2,000 cash prize. 

Submarine (Brazil), Rafael Aidar

Love and loneliness waltz in this slow reveal of a man whose connection to his lover keeps him finding new ways to re-ignite his past.

 

PANAVISION BEST NORTH AMERICAN SHORT – Camera package valued at $60,000 courtesy of Panavision.

Marta Rosa (USA/Mexico), Barbara Cigarroa

In the aftermath of a tragedy, a mother is forced to deal with her own internal grief as well as the harsh realities of the world around her.

 

BEST STUDENT FILM AWARD (From a US Film School) - $1,000 cash prize courtesy of KQED San Francisco and camera package valued at $10,000 courtesy of Radiant Images

It’s Better in Italian (USA/Italy), Jordan Ledy

A delightful look behind the scenes at the world of dubbing American movie stars in films for the Italian market.

 

HONORARY MENTIONS

Exceptional Performance by an Actress - Miriam ZoharParis on the Water (Paris Al Amayim) (Israel)

Exceptional Cinematography – August (Poland), Tomek Slesicki

 

 

AUDIENCE AWARDS

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

The Way of Tea (les frémissements du thé) (France), Marc Fouchard

Set in a small town in northern France, The Way of Tea explores the meeting of Alex, a young skinhead, and Malic, an Arab shopkeeper, who meet one fateful night that tests the mettle of both men. An eloquent statement about prejudice and stereotypes.

 

Runner-up – Contrapelo (Mexico/USA/UK), Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Body Team 12 (Liberia), David Darg

A glimpse into the work of a group of courageous people tasked with the removal and disposal of bodies during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Both gut wrenching and inspiring, the film focuses on the sole woman on the team, and her perspective on the crisis in her country.

 

Runner-up – It’s Better in Italian (USA/Italy), Jordan Ledy

 

BEST ANIMATION SHORT

Bear Story (Historia de un Oso) (Chile), Gabriel Osorio

Through the magical prism of a marionette theater, a world-weary bear tells his life story.

 

Runner-up – SOAR (USA), Alyce Tzue

 

SHORTFEST ONLINE AUDIENE AWARD

The Deadman (Peru), Franco Finocchiaro

A young man who everyone assumed was dead reappears at his parent’s house mysteriously after seven years, shortly followed by two detectives with more questions than answers.

 

JURY CATEGORY AWARDS

Awards in the non-student and student categories were selected by ShortFest jury members David Ansen (Writer), Gregg Kilday (Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter), Steve Greene (Assistant Editor of Indiewire's Criticwire Network), Dan Ireland (Writer/Director/Producer), Roberta Munroe(Writer/Director/Producer), Barry Primus (actor),  Kim Waltrip (Independent Film Producer)All first place winners in the non-student categories received a cash award of $2,000.  First place winners in the non-student Animation and Live Action categories may be eligible for Academy Awards consideration.  Second place recipients received a $500 cash prize. 

 

BEST ANIMATION SHORT

First Place ($2,000) - Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso) (Chile), Gabriel Osorio

Through the magical prism of a marionette theater, a world-weary bear tells his life story.

 

Second Place ($500) – The Orchestra (Australia), Mikey Hill

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINUTES

First Place  ($2,000) - The Good Life-Over There (Det Gode Livet, Der Borte) (Norway), Izer Aliu

Sami, an Albanian immigrant to Norway, spends the day babysitting his boss’ spoiled adolescent son who teaches him a surprising lesson about the sacrifices he's made for his family back home.

 

Second Place ($500) – Submarine (Brazil), Rafael Aidar

 

Special Mention– Brothers (UK), Thordur Palsson

 

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT 15 MINUTES AND UNDER

First Place ($2,000) - August (Poland), Tomek Slesicki

A teenage boy hangs out with a pretty girl and a young boy and his dog in the fields. Over his shoulder is slung a bag with unknown contents, which will eventually prove the cost of first love.

 

Second Place ($500) – Over (United Kingdom), Jörn Threlfall

 

Special Mention – Ave Maria (Palestine/France/Germany), Basil Khalil

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

First Place ($2,000) - Pink Boy (USA), Eric Rockey

This remarkable documentary introduces us to Jeffrey, a young, ‘gender non-conforming’ boy being raised by his lesbian moms in conservative rural Florida who provide him with exactly the kind of support and guidance he needs to make his way in a potentially hostile world.

 

Second Place ($500) –Pebbles At Your Door (Denmark), Vibeke Bryld

 

STUDENT CATEGORIES

All first place winners in these categories received a 1-year download membership to Videoblocks, AudioBlocks or GraphicStock. 

 

BEST STUDENT ANIMATION

First Place – SOAR (USA), Alyce Tuze

A precocious young girl makes a new friend when a tiny boy pilot drops out of the sky on a broken flying machine. Now she must race against time to return him home, before her new friend becomes stranded on Earth forever.

 

Second Place – After the End (UK), Sam Southward

 

Honorable Mention – The Present (Germany), Jacob Frey

 

BEST STUDENT LIVE ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINUTES

First Place – Paris on the Water (Paris Al Amayim) (Israel), Hadas Ayalon

Bathya and Michel – both actors - have been married for 50 years, and while Michel has continued to have a successful career in a TV medical drama series, her once-thriving career has gone dormant. Then Bathya finds herself up for a potential key role in a new movie, bringing her hopes for a career revival, but on the morning of her audition, something happens that forces her to reassess her priorities in life.

 

Second Place – The Little Death (Den Lille Døden) (Norway), Simon Tillaas

 

BEST STUDENT LIVE ACTION SHORT 15 MINUTES AND UNDER

First Place – Marta Rosa (USA/Mexico), Barbara Cigarroa

In the aftermath of a tragedy, a mother is forced to deal with her own internal grief as well as the harsh realities of the world around her.

 

Second Place – Zelos (USA/Iceland), Thoranna Sigurdardottir

 

BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT

First Place – It’s Better in Italian (USA/Italy), Jordan Ledy

A delightful look behind the scenes at the world of dubbing American movie stars in films for the Italian market.

 

Second Place – The Tour Guide (Ha Madricha) (Israel/Germany), Amos Geva

 

 

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

 

ALEXIS AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING STUDENT FILMMAKER – The Alexis Award is selected by the Festival’s programming team and was created in honor of Alexis Echavarria, a young filmmaker, whose talent as a budding filmmaker and gift for inspiring excellence among his fellow students were cut short suddenly in 2005 at age 16.  The recipient received Final Cut Pro X courtesy of Apple Computer. 

First Place - Zelos (USA), Thoranna Sigurdardottir

As a modern woman you have an endless to-do list. Between your family, your career, and your hobbies, you want to do it all, and do it all well. With Zelos, YOU CAN...

 

HP BRIDGING THE BORDERS AWARD PRESENTED BY CINEMA WITHOUT BORDERS - The winner received the award’s diploma and an HP ZBook Mobile Workstation with a color critical HP DreamColor display and Thunderbolt™ 2, an approximately $3000 value.  The runner received a certificate for an upcoming Method Acting Intensive Workshop provided by The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute with a value of $2000

 

First Place  Ave Maria (Palestine/France/Germany), Basil Khalil

A Jewish family's car breaks down outside a nunnery during Shabat, inadvertently knocking off the head of the Virgin Mary. The driver’s mother and wife are eager to return home. After exhausting all options they turn to the nuns for help.

 

Special Jury Prize – Rangan 99 (Iran), Tiyam Yabandeh

 

 

About Palm Springs International ShortFest

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA and BIFA as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, will take place in Palm Springs on June 16-22.  Now in its 21st year and recently taking 8th place in the annual USA Today 10Best poll, ShortFest will showcase over 300 short films from more than 50 countries. The concurrent Short Film Market will feature a library of more than 3,000 films available to film buyers, industry and press, the only Short Film Market in North America.  The ShortFest Forums are four days of panels, roundtables and master classes staged free of charge for attending filmmakers.

 

The Title Sponsor is the City of Palm Springs with Presenting Sponsors The Desert Sun and Spencer’s.  Major Sponsors include:  Panavision, Stampede Post Productions, LA Creative, the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, the Casting Society of America, Radiant Images, Vacation Palm Springs, Smart Source/CRE and The Australian Consulate General in Los Angeles. The official host hotel and media center is the Renaissance Palm Springs and the official rental car is Hertz.  For more information and tickets, call (760) 778-8979 or (800) 898-7526 or visit the website: www.psfilmfest.org.

 

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will be held January 1-11, 2016.