All WINNERS of Categories
Films selected to the Live Screening
The Kicksled Choir (Norway)
Director: Torfinn Iversen
- Best Short Film (for audience 12 Years Old and under)
Ten-year-old Gabriel loves to sing and has one desire: to sing in the local choir. The group rides kick-sled through the snowy landscape of Northern-Norway and is known for their kindness and charity towards the village refugees. But when Gabriel’s father gets into a fight with one of the local refugees, Gabriel’s quest to join The Kicksled Choir becomes challenging.
Shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards for Live-Action Short
Mila (United States)
Director: Cinzia Angelini
- Best Animated Film (for audience 13-18 Years Old)
- Best First Time Director
MILA is a war story that takes on a child’s perspective. Inspired by World War II stories from the director’s mother, the character of Mila represents the best of humanity. Although she has lost everything – her family, her house, her peace – she still clings to hope. With a little more than imagination and humanity, Mila manages to profoundly impact others, including a caring stranger who saves her.
The Boy and The Mountain (Chile)
Director: Santiago Aguilera & Gabriel Monreal
- Best Animated Film (for audience 12 Years Old and under)
Hernán is a child who likes to daydreaming, but in his studies he is not doing well at all. His father constantly urges him to improve, advising him that he must reach very high to succeed in life. Hernán dispenses with his dream, gradually forgetting it to devote himself to his studies. Over time, and already become a successful entrepreneur, Hernán achieves the dream that his father instilled in him, reach high, until one day he will realize that he has not really achieved something he always longed for. Then he will make the crucial decision to fulfill his dream, but fate will play tricks on him. Hernán will have to face a new challenge that will change the meaning of his life.
Hanna's Shabbath Dress (Israel)
Director: Ranny Magier
- Best Comedy Film (for audience 18 Years Old and under)
A cinematic rendition of the children’s book, “Hanna’s Sabbath Dress”, by Isaac Dmiel Scweigger – an 80-year-old Israeli classic, a magical Jewish fairytale that transcends generations. It’s the story of Hanna, who receives a brand-new white dress, and goes out on an adventure and discovers that the kindness of her heart can create miracles. The film features a wide range of classic Israeli children’s songs by leading Israeli poets and songwriters – Haim Nachman Bialik, Ehud Manor, and more.
Making the Journey of Life (USA)
Director: Adrian Baragan
- Best Documentary Film (for audience 18 Years Old and under)
This short documentary provides an epic example of how changing the meaning of an undesired outcome that one can’t control into a positive event can be the perfect motivation for success, by simply harnessing the ultimate gift humans share: storytelling.
The film portrays an emotional journey of a young filmmaker, who’s passion for storytelling can only be exceeded by the positive impact a well constructed story may have on its most avid for knowledge and growth readers: children.
No Internet (Canada)
Director: Kyle Lawrence
- Best Short Film (for audience 13 – 18 Years Old)
A group of teens have to go an entire year without the internet. They discover there’s a clandestine organization pulling the strings and it’s up to them to save their town.
Bi-2 - God of the Jilted (Russia)
Director: Vladimir Besedin
- Best Youth Music Video
A person deprived of love can become a monster is the main idea of the video. This is the story of the ugly duckling. But unlike Andersen’s fairy tale, where the hero’s suffering is rewarded and he becomes a beautiful swan, there is no happy ending here – revenge follows the insults.
Director: Alexander Feichter
- Best Child/Teen Acting
Being a quiet child, Felix is a bit of a loner. When the other boys play soccer during the school break, he climbs up a big tree and watches the world go by. During class, he draws little paper figures. In his fantasy, he sends them out on heroic adventures. This regularly gets him in trouble with his teacher. His mother often scolds him as well.
On / Off (Argentina)
Director: Nicolas P. Villarreal
- Best Director
Endless distractions threaten to destroy creativity.
Your Silhouette (China)
Director: Haoyue “Caroline” Wu
- Best Short Film by a Young Filmmaker (filmmaker 18 Years Old and under)
The boy runs for his dream; The girl runs for her own life. They tries to connect with each other that ignores the gap between them which is caused by their family background. They are the medicine for each other, but they still need to face the reality.