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Awards 

2023

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Best Film International Fiction

Please Hold the Line

by Tan Ce Ding 18' Malaysia

A young scam call operator is thrust into a moral dilemma as she navigates a life-changing situation.

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Best Animation

Christopher at Sea

by Tom CJ Brown 15' France

After embarking as a passenger onboard a cargo ship returning to Europe he begins to question his sanity and the very understanding of his perception of time in this romantic psychological thriller at sea. After a brief encounter with one of the shipmates, James, Christopher settles into life on board the ship. His life quickly falls into a routine that shapes his day-to-day existence, mirroring the monotony of the ship’s passage through open waters.

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Best Documentary

Shirampari: Legacies of the River

by Lucia Florez 15' Spain

In one of the most remote places of the Peruvian Amazon, an Ashéninka boy must overcome his fears and catch a giant catfish using just a hook to start his journey to becoming an adult.

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 Best Singapore Short Film

Yi yi (Time Flows in Strange Ways on Sundays)

by Giselle Lin 17’ Fiction

 

A mother, trapped in the comfort of memory and mourning, confronts her grief when she is invited to the wedding of her late son’s childhood sweetheart.

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Best film Architecture & Environment 

Women in Architecture

by Boris Noir 20’ Documentary I Switzerland

A film to inspire and encourage the position of women in our society.

 

A better built environment is also an inclusive one. That’s why diversity is key to our profession, as it expands our views of the world and connects us with the real needs of society. So we opened a window into the professional and personal lives of three women in architecture who bring something unique to the world, to inspire others.

 

We reached out to Toshiko Mori, Gabriela Carrillo and Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge, three architects in three different countries, in different contexts, at different stages of their life and career, but with a lot in common: recognized practitioners, with a passion for education, working with communities, and a sensibility towards the needs of society and the built environment.

visions of a more natural world.

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Best Greek Short Film

5PM Seaside

by Valentin Stejskal Fiction 26’ Greece

On his 40th birthday, Nikos, a solitary truck driver, arrives on a remote beach. He’s there to meet his former military buddy Christos, whom he hasn't seen for many years

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Best Film With Emphasis on Diversity

Our Males and Females

by Ahmad Alyaseer 11' Jordan

A father and mother are faced with the painful task of washing and shrouding their deceased transgender daughter. Shrouding is an Islamic religious practice that is deemed obligatory to carry out upon death. But when no one agrees to wash her and shame falls onto the family, how far is the father willing to go to make sure his "son" is washed?

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Special Mention Irini

Yarokamena

by Andres Jurado 21' Colombia

Yarokamena, a Uitoto indigenous person organized resistance to rubber exploitation in the Amazonas; he invokes the spiritual and cosmic forces of war, releasing its destructive power from its container creating a spiral of betrayal and death

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Best Screenplay

The Newt Congress

by Matthias Sahli, Immanuel Esser 16' Switzerland

For years now, giant talking newts have been used both for their labour and as laboratory animals. The Newt Congress takes place at a conference building surrounded by nature where participants have come together to optimize the exploitation of the animals. The short film is a free adaptation of Karel Čapek's "War with the Newts".

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Best Actress

Isabelle Anciaux

from the film "The Furniture" directed by Mehdi Pierret I Belgium

A contemporary art gallery organizes an exhibition presenting several art performances. ​ The cleaning lady Ilidia has trouble understanding the aim of such performances and gets irritated by the visitors' behaviors. The evening could end badly...

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Best Actor

Arieh Worthalter 

from the film "The Silent ones" directed by Basile Vuillemin I France

Jorick is one of five crew members of a small fishing trawler. After four days of an unsuccessful fishing campaign, he found himself faced with a difficult dilemma: return with the holds empty or to decide, against the advice of part of the crew, to go poaching in the prohibited zone

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Special mention best script

The Bottle Opener 

by Julien Dewitte 15' Belgium

Eric, an introverted bachelor, has been working at the same Belgian brewery for 20 years. While he wants to quit in order to break his routine, he realizes that he is the only one who can save the brewery by participating in a beer uncapping contest.

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