BEST IN FESTIVAL
WINNER: Ivan Noel
Judges’ special award to Ivan Noel as producer/director of the feature film Nine Meals from Chaos, which was also the runner-up in the Feature Film category.
WINNER: The Sleeper by the River
A dark comedy based on the award-winning book “Les Bottes Rouges” (“The Red Boots”) by Franz Bartelt. A story of love, sex, madness, homemade beer and the Zen of making French fries. A touching heart-breaking “dramedy” featuring Dominique Pinon, Marina Tomé, Delphine Depardieu and Pascal Turmo set in the bucolic French Ardennes. Director: Manuel Sanchez.
SECOND: Nine Meals from Chaos
Eight years after a cataclysm and disease ravaged the human race - leaving just one in every ten surviving -, all social structures have crumbled like sand castles. Too few still live for anything to have been reconstructed. All remaining animals have been consumed and no sowing has yet been possible. It is Man at his most basic, destitute level.
Two groups inhabit the desolate and abandoned land: packs of orphaned children in a feral state, living a nomadic life-style for their safety, and adults (with their offspring), barely surviving any better by living off their meat. Director: Ivan Noel.
WINNER: Tales from Tin Pan Alley
Britain’s own 'Tin Pan Alley' is Denmark Street, in London, which has been a Mecca for music makers since the late 19th century
It was home to songwriters, music venues, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, demo studios and music instruments shops, as well as being the birthplace of British Silent Cinema, before becoming London’s ‘Little Tokyo’ until World War 2.
In a carefully crafted and well researched documentary the film examines the story of “Tin Pan Alley”, aided by British broadcaster-authors Dan Cruikshank, Paul French, Joshua Levene and Will Self.
Contributors include singer Dame Vera Lynn, 'Skiffler' Chas McDevitt, The Small Faces' drummer Kenney Jones, David Bowie's bassist Herbie Flowers, Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock, Damned guitarist Captain Sensible, Beta Band’s Steve Mason, soul singer Linda Lewis, Tom Jones songwriter Barry Mason, Eurovision hit songwriter Bill Martin, Music Industry Legend Eric Hall,
This documentary concludes by illustrating how London is losing this creative hub to gentrification and redevelopment. Director: Henry Scott-Irvine.
SECOND: Life Begins at 90
'Life begins at 90 features a 95 year old World War 2 veteran, Ray Woolley. His approach to healthy ageing is inspirational and he is the worlds' oldest active scuba diver, a Guinness World Record title that he claimed on a dive in Cyprus, where he lives, to celebrate his 94th Birthday on August 28th, 2017.
During the war Ray travelled the Mediterranean with the navy. In September 1944, he was seconded to the SBS Special Force 281 to the Dodecanese and was one of the first of the allied forces to land on Rhodes, after the Germans left in May 1945. Director: Bejay Bowne.
This ‘experimental film’ marries poetry and cinema to move audiences with its beauty and visceral simplicity. Its director Yoann Suberviolle began his career in an audio-visual press agency. It was during this first professional experience that Yoann discovered a real passion for the "construction of the image", the relationship of the frame and the light, and decided to become a cinematographer.
After working on many clips and commercials, with Emptiness Yoann embarked on the realization of a personal and powerful film. Director: Yoann Suberviolle.
SECOND: No More Secrets: In association with the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts. The film tells the story of a priest obsessed with finding an arsonist, he is convinced killed his secret family. The edgy, uncomfortable movie depicts how he must traverse a tormented path to forgiveness. Director: Samuel Vartek.
WINNER:The Resurrection of 30 James St.
Property developer, Lawrence Kenwright, shares his story on resurrecting one of Liverpool's most iconic buildings. The home of the Titanic, 30 James St, undergoes an inspiring transformation from dereliction to UK's #1 hotel. Director: Ian Lysaght.
SECOND:Betrayal by Catherine Leen
Uncompromising retelling of the story of the 1919 Liverpool Race Riots, and the death of seaman Charles Wooten, who drowned after being chased by a mob. Director Catherine Leen.
Set in New Zealand and based on a personal family story with some challenging themes. The film is a tribute to the director’s mother and was scripted by his sister, as an exploration as to why the main character became a strong and fearless defender of children and women. Director: Paul James.
BEST CORPORATE VIDEO:
WINNER: The Learning Hub - The Movie
With a running time of just two minutes, this comedic promotion of a multi-use space in Vietnam features clever editing and exploits stop motion/animation to the full. Director: David Nguyen
WINNER: China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors
Captures the imagination of viewers, traveling back in time to a world of ancient China and unlock the mystery of a vanished empire. An inky journey through a war torn land, an ambitious Emperor and his journey to immortality. This cinematic trailer was made to support the China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition hosted at World Museum, Liverpool. Director: Scott Smith.
BEST SOCIAL MEDIA SHORT:
WINNER: No Strings Attached
Disturbing 8-minute short, designed for social media sharing. It tells the story of Paul, the horrors of his childhood and the pain caused by a bitter breakup. In the film he is meeting a new girl… or has he gone completely mad? Director: Chris Cahilig.
PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN:
WINNER: A Scribbled Memory
With sound-track from a Birmingham local radio caller’s harrowing story of domestic abuse, the work uses animation to create a movie that is short, yet full of impact. It opts for an abstract, messy and colourless animation which leaves viewers as stunned a listeners to the original radio interview. Director: Bhulla Beghal.
Other SHORT films being screened in the festival:
Beat It by Isobella Hubbard
Whilst on an early morning stroll up Arthur's seat in Edinburgh, two uni friends make a discovery...
Being Keegan by Stephanie Zari
Growing up in Liverpool Football Club’s 1970’s heyday, 10-year-old Jay and his best friend Sean spend their days playing football in the backstreets of marginalised Liverpool, gripped by the rise of celebrity footballer Kevin Keegan. When tragedy strikes, it changes their lives forever. We follow Jay’s journey as he returns home after 25 years and explore the ramifications of childhood trauma into adulthood.
Curfew by Cousin Brother Films
Struggling to connect with his grieving 12-year-old daughter, a father released from prison on an electronic tag fights against time to fulfil her desire to perform in a school play.
The Merciless Beauty by David Groom
Johnny is a farmhand in the splendour of the English Lake District: he leads a life of introspection, until the strange appearance of a mysterious beautiful woman. Unsure if she's a figment of his imagination or an actual physical being, Johnny succumbs to obsession.
A sensuous, timeless tale of love, infatuation, lust and the all- consuming bittersweet melancholy of suffering and heartache, based on the narrative poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats.
While It Lasts by Priyanka Tanwar
Nina and Mayur two strangers share a bench in the Public garden. Nina is an inquisitive senior citizen and Mayur an aloof college student.
In the course of their conversation they discover each other's lives unexpectedly
Manipulation by Matt Routledge
A London gangster, adept in the art of 'Manipulation', decides to challenge two of his fellow colleagues.
Carga by Yad Deen
Marta and Juan travel to Iraq to uncover the secrets of an abandoned cigarette factory.
By Blood by Guillaume Enard
Once a ruthless war lord who won his land by the sword, Mort-Lieu is now a sick old man. A mysterious knight appears; Mort-Lieu believes the stranger is Death himself coming to get him. Facing his own end, Mort-Lieu has to confront his legacy.