May Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our May competition!

These projects will go on to compete in our yearly festival competition, the winners of which will be announced in December 2018.

Best Picture

The Last Divide

Colby Conrad stars In this day-after-tomorrow, world-gone-to-hell thriller about a drifter seeking revenge on Ryan (Holly Stevens), a gang leader he believes has killed his younger sister Chloe (Phoebe Rex). After learning that Chloe is still alive, he enlists a stranger named Kelsey (Tia Andriani) to help him find Chloe before it's too late.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBO-WrYiTZY

Best Short Film

Awakening

Özgür is a 28 years old white collar who works in the call center of a bank. He feels so suffocated of the routine of life, he reflects this depression by way of underperformance at work. This suffocating routine makes self questioning himself and becoming estranged.

https://vimeo.com/269491101

Best Drama, Best Music Score

Ambition’s Debt

Adapted from William Shakespeare's epic tale of honor, ambition, betrayal, hubris, and the supernatural. Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world, the story follows the downfall of Rome's most honored citizen, Marcus Brutus, as he conspires to assassinate Julius Caesar, in order to forestall tyranny and preserve democracy.

The film's stellar cast includes Nathan Darrow (House of Cards), Peter McRobbie (Bridge of Spies), and Kathleen Chalfant (The Affair). The movie also features Pernell Walker (The Deuce), and Carra Patterson (Straight Outta Compton). Filmed entirely on location in a Brooklyn industrial warehouse with an abstract expressionistic production design, it’s Mad Max meets William Shakespeare meets Lars Von Trier.

https://vimeo.com/144452166

Best Drama Short

Whoever Was Using This Bed

A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED is a multi-award winning short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Jane Birkin (Blow Up).

https://vimeo.com/122571165

Best Animated Short

Secret

a Secret can change your Life .... or your Death

Best Feature Documentary

BÎR

In the 1990s many people in Kurdistan were taken into custody and interrogated under torture; their killers disposed of the bodies by throwing them out of helicopters, or burying them in acid-filled wells. Thousands were murdered/disappeared by paramilitary forces—such as Jitem and Hizbul-Kontra—that were financed and supported by the state, though they have always stuck to the line: “We didn’t do it.” The documentary ‘BÎR’ looks at the case of seven people, including four children, who were disappeared from the town of Kerboran [Dargeçit] in 1995, and tells the story of their families’ tireless search for their bones.

https://vimeo.com/266669985

Best Foreign Documentary

Scorched Earth

November 1st 1943, in Conca della Campania, a tiny village in a south Italian province, 19 civilians are slaughtered by a Nazi patrol. Graziella Di Gasparro, daughter of one of the fallen, strenuously fought for years to keep alive the memory of that forgotten massacre. The murder of Graziella’s father was the brutal epilogue of the German occupation of that area. Graziella di Gasparro, on November 1st 2016 - after years of suffering and struggles - finally had a day of relief from her tragic family story. In fact, on the 73rd commemoration of the massacre, the German ambassador in Italy attended the institutional ceremony in order to demonstrate the commitment of German govern to reconcile the two European Countries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rhpu48re7Q

Best Producer

Octav

When an elderly man returns to his family home after decades of absence, the apparition of his childhood sweetheart triggers a rewind to the life-changing events from his youth.