2021

 Award Winners 

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Portrait

Directed by Keir Siewert

Filmed in:      United Kingdom

Completed:  June 14, 2020

Run Time:     13 minutes 5 seconds

Language:    English

Rhetta, an industrious model, sets up a shoot with a predatory photographer, notorious for his coercion tactics and aggressive actions. However, little does he realise that Rhetta has orchestrated this meeting as a sting to expose his inappropriate behaviour on an online video live stream. Winner of the Genera grant, Portrait is a tense drama built on research from interviews with 21 models about their experiences overcoming the abuse of power in the photography world.

Bulldog

Directed by Kieran Stringfellow

Filmed in:      United Kingdom

Completed:  May 1, 2020

Run Time:     6 minutes 30 seconds

Language:    English

After spending the night in a cell, a rough sleeper has a score to settle.

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HOME

Directed by Ben Craig

Completed:  April 29, 2020

Run Time:     2 minutes

Language:    English

HOME centers around one man recalling memories from his childhood. As the piece progresses we realise his recollections, in all their fond and sensory vividness, contain something more sinister. This is not just the memories of one man’s childhood, but of humankind’s memories of HOME.

EST

Directed by Antonio Pisu

Filmed in:      Hungary, Italy, Romania

Completed:  March 3, 2020

Run Time:     1 hour 43 minutes

Language:    Italian (English subtitles)

1989. A few weeks before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Pago, Rice, and Bibi, leave the calm city of Cesena looking for adventure in Eastern Europe, in those places where the Soviet regime is still alive. As they get to Budapest, they meet Emil, a Romanian fleeing from the dictatorship in his country. The man is worried for his family that still lives in Romania, so he asks the three Italians for help. It’s an easy task: take a suitcase to his wife and daughter. Out of pity and looking for a thrill, the three friends head to Bucharest, in the heart of Ceausescu’s dictatorship. Without knowing what is waiting for them, in a journey beyond their imagination, Pago, Rice and Bibi will find themselves in a country under the dictatorial regime, involved in surreal situations and surrounded by unlikely characters that will seriously put their lives at risk.

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I Am Vengeance: Retaliation

Directed by Ross Boyask

Filmed in:      Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland

Completed:  January 6, 2020

Run Time:     1 hour 22 minutes

Language:    English

Former special-forces soldier John Gold is given the opportunity to bring Sean Teague – the man who betrayed his team on their final mission in Eastern Europe several years ago – to justice. Gold would cheerfully see Teague dead, but he is convinced to help transport him to a military prison to pay for his crimes. Along the way, Gold will have to fight off Teague’s team who are attempting to extract him, as well as a sniper seemingly hell-bent on killing Teague before he can be secured.

Alta Vista

Directed by Joe Clarke

Filmed in:      United States

Completed:  October 14, 2019

Run Time:     November 1, 2020

Language:    English

A screenwriter struggles to cope with the loss of his father, while getting himself entangled in Hollywood's underworld.

Buddha of the Chadar

Directed by Sean Whitaker

Filmed in:      India

Completed:  December 1, 2019

Run Time:     27 minutes 53 seconds

Language:    English Subtitles

A father and son from the Indian Himalayas embark on a winter pilgrimage along an ancient way to deliver a heavy bronze Buddha statue to a remote mountain monastery. They follow a route called the Chadar along the frozen surface of the River Zanskar and through its deep gorges. The film is a celebration of the Chadar and an affirmation of the Buddhist faith, as well as an historical record of this ancient way, soon to be rendered obsolete by regional road-building schemes. The dialogue is in Ladakhi, with English subtitles.

Grandfather and Grandson

Directed by Ilija Piperkoski

Filmed in:      Macedonia, Republic of North

Completed:  December 6, 2019

Run Time:     1 hour 48 minutes

Language:    Macedonian

Nicholas is a doctor. While on duty in the hospital, one child dies on the surgery table. After the tragic death, Nicola is disappointed, loses faith and doesn’t see the purpose in his life anymore. This unfortunate moment will be the last drop of a series of unhappy events: the relationship with his parents is going under some stress and he recently found out his fiancée was cheating on him. So he decides to take some time off and go to his grandfather village, hoping to find the answers and a new perspective.

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Hong Kong - Ga Yau

Directed by Marco Di Noia

Filmed in:      Hong Kong

Completed:  February 14, 2020

Run Time:     50 minutes

Language:    English

Hong Kong - Ga Yau is a documentary about the protest movement that has been shaking Hong Kong since June 2019.
The movement was triggered by a proposed law that would have allowed the extraditions to mainland China of Hong Kong citizens, but soon it morphed into a larger revolt against China’s control over the semi-autonomous city.

Knives & Peaches

Directed by Adrian Botnariu

Filmed in:      Germany

Completed:  June 10, 2020

Run Time:     12 minutes 23 seconds

Language:    German (English Subtitles)

After 20 years, a blind blacksmith is visited by an old friend. When a long repressed memory surfaces, it becomes clear that only one man will leave with his life.

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Reflectivore

Directed by Kjell Kvanbeck

Filmed in:      United States

Completed:  August 2, 2020

Run Time:     31 minutes 8 seconds

Language:    English

As we began the process of marrying image and sound we realized that there were many layers of symbolism and literalism that reached beyond the piece. While the film is about loss, it is even more about the journey of a beautiful, intelligent, caring and inspirational person that served as mother, wife, and friend to some involved in this project. A person with a rare approach to making the most of her time, no matter how limited it was.

Same People

Directed by Saskia Rowlands

Filmed in:      United KIngdom

Completed:  June 15, 2020

Run Time:     24 minutes

Language:   English

Same People is a documentary which explores the lack of disability representation within the fashion industry. Based on my childhood friendship with Simone, who has Cerebral Palsy, and my subsequent frustration at the lack of disability awareness whilst studying fashion at university, the film follows my journey in search for answers. Featuring activists, icons and educators, Same People is a film about the social fragility of the disabled body within an industry obsessed with perfection, but ultimately, is a call to arms about the power of clothing to change people’s lives.

HUMN TRNDS

Directed by Charlie Luccini

Filmed in:      France

Completed:  December 31, 2020

Run Time:     50 seconds

Language:    English

8 artists teamed up to create a poetic patchwork that explores what makes us socially human. They go by the name of THE SLINGSHOT EIGHT. The film is divided in chapters blending art film featuring different types of performances from dance, graphic and Fashion film made during the year 2020. A Fashion film that explores the impact in the social trends of our society during that year

Armpit!

Directed by Mathieu Nolhier

Filmed in:      United KIngdom

Completed:  July 125 2020

Run Time:     19 minutes 48 seconds

Language:    English

In a rush to make the submission deadline for her dream school, an impulsive art student messes with the wrong telemarketer. In the span of one annoying cold call, her life as she knows it vanishes completely.

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Condemned

Directed by Luis Ferrer

Country:        United States

Length:         120 pages

Language:    English

Freed from death row after 23 years, a sweet, slow-witted, 40-year-old, trying to rebuild what's left of his life, finds that he may have been safer in prison than back home in a small, Texas town where people don't easily forgive or forget.