China's 'Carry On' Wins Palm Springs

The Palm Springs International ShortFest celebrated its 20th birthday from June 17-23 as the largest short film festival in North America, screening 330 short films and 3,000 films in the market portion.

The Best of Festival award of $2,000 went to Yatao Li’s “Carry On,” the story of a Chinese father who does whatever he can to save his family during the brutal withdrawal of Japanese forces at the end of WWII. Other juried awards included best animation short to “Los Rosales,” by Daniel Ferreira, live action short over 15 minutes to “That Music” from Dario Vejarano, live action short under 15 minutes to “The Chicken” by Una Gunjak and documentary short to “Joanna,” directed by Aneta Kopacz.

Filmmakers from 37 countries attended the fest, which celebrated its anniversary with a party Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel.

“Our audience, filmmaker and industry attendance all soared, as did the striking talent we were able to showcase during our 20th anniversary year,” said festival director Kathleen McInnis.

Complete list:
JURY AWARDS

BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD

Carry On (China), Yatao Li

GREATER PALM SPRINGS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU GRAND JURY AWARD

Joanna (Poland), Aneta Kopacz

FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD – Winner received a $2,000 cash prize.

Whisker (New Zealand), Steven Saussey

PANAVISION BEST NORTH AMERICAN SHORT

90 Days (9O天) (Canada/Hong Kong), Timothy Yeung

AUDIENCE AWARDS

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Dragula (USA), Frank Meli Runner-up – Young Americans (USA), Kevin Lacy

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Showfolk (USA), Ned McNeilage

Showbiz vets residing at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Home share wisdom and inspiration (and a little song and dance) garnered over lifetimes in the business.

Runner-up – The War Photographers (USA), Steven Kochones

BEST ANIMATION SHORT

Bendik & the Monster (Norway), Frank Mosvold

Runner-up – The Gulf (Canada), Carl Beauchemin, Thomas Chrétien, David Forest

SHORTFEST ONLINE AUDIENCE AWARD

Juliet (Australia), Martin Høgberget

JURY CATEGORY AWARDS

ANIMATION SHORT

First Place -  Los Rosales (Italy), Daniel Ferreira

Second Place – Dwarf Giant (Nain Geant) (France/Switzerland), Fabienne Giezendanner

Live Action short over 15 minutes

First Place – That Music (Esa Música) (Colombia), Darío Vejarano

Second Place – The Nostalgist (UK), Giacomo Cimini

Live Action short 15 MINUTES AND UNDER

First Place – The Chicken (Germany/Croatia), Una Gunjak

Second Place – Oranges (Naranjas) (Colombia), Iván D. Gaona

Honorable Mention – Through the Breaking Glass (A través del espejo) (Spain), Iván Mena

Documentary short:

First Place: Joanna (Poland), Aneta Kopacz

Second Place  –The Dogwalker (Hundvakten) (Sweden), Caroline Ingvarsson

Honorable Mention – A Paradise (Un Paraiso) (Cuba/UK), Jayisha Patel

STUDENT CATEGORIES

BEST STUDENT ANIMATION

First Place – Mend and Make Do (UK), Bexie Bush

Second Place – The Little Cousteau (Maly Cousteau) (Czech Republic), Jakob Kouril

BEST STUDENT Live Action short over 15 minutes

First Place – The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375 (Egypt), Omar El Zohairy

Second Place – Serori (Japan/Netherlands), Pedro Collantes

BEST STUDENT Live Action short 15 MINUTES AND UNDER

First Place – Siham (Lebanon/USA), Cyril Aris

Second Place – Here (UK), Colum Eastwood

BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY short

First Place – Tyres (Myanmar), Kyaw Myo Lwin

Second Place – The Immaculates (Gil immacolati) (France), Ronny Trocker

BEST STUDENT CINEMATOGRAPHY

First Place – Aung Ko Ko (cinematographer), Tyres (Myanmar)

Second Place – Jeff Wong (cinematographer), 90 Days (9O天) (Canada/Hong Kong)

BEST US FILM SCHOOL STUDENT FILM AWARD

Pigs (Singapore/USA), Laura Mohai

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

ALEXIS AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING STUDENT FILMMAKER

First Place – Sun Can Blind (O Sol Pode Cegar) (Brazil), Toti Loureiro

Runner-up – He Took His Skin Off For Me (UK), Ben Aston.

HP BRIDGING THE BORDERS AWARD PRESENTED BY CINEMA WITHOUT BORDERS

First Place – Foad (Norway), Farzad Samsami

Runner-up – Kush (India), Shubhashish Bhutiani

 

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