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Palm Springs Shorts fest awards prizes

'Bahiya and Mahmoud' tops ShortFest

“Bahiya and Mahmoud,” from Jordan’s Zaid Abu Hamdan, won the Palm Springs ShortFest’s best of festival award at the June 21-27 event. The fest screened 331 short films as well as another 3,000 in the market and gave out $14,000 in cash awards.

The Panavision Grand Jury award went to Australia’s “Umoja: No Men Allowed,” director Elizabeth Tadic’s story of a Kenyan village where no men are allowed. “Tsuyako,” directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki, won the future filmmaker award for a story inspired by her grandmother, a 1950s Japanese housewife who may have had a female lover.

Live-action and animation category winners become eligible for Academy Awards consideration, with the live-action awards going to “Cat and Mice” and “The Hours Home.” Best animation short was “The Lost Town of Switez,” while the docu short winner was “75 Watts.”

A jury special citation for excellence in filmic storytelling went to “Nullarbor,” also from Australia, which repped 10% of all films at the fest. The online audience award went to “Stephany + Me,” which is available for viewing at psfilmfest.org for three months.

Complete list of winners:

JURY AWARDS
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD
Bahiya & Mahmoud (Jordan/USA), Zaid Abu Hamdan

PANAVISION GRAND JURY AWARD
UMOJA: No Men Allowed (Australia), Elizabeth Tadic

FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD
Mitsuyo Miyazaki, Tsuyako (Japan/USA)

JURY SPECIAL CITATION – The jury presented a special citation for Excellence in Filmic Storytelling to Nullarbor (Australia), co-director and writer Patrick Sarell and co-director Alistair Lockhart.

AUDIENCE AWARDS

AUDIENCE FAVORITE LIVE ACTION SHORT
dik (Australia), Christopher Stollery
Runner-up – Tsuyako (Japan/USA), Mitsuyo Miyazaki

AUDIENCE FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Johnny & Lyman: A Life Together (USA), Paul Detwiler, Michael Chen
Runner-up – The Unforgettable Hampton Family (USA), Julie Cohen

AUDIENCE FAVORITE ANIMATION SHORT
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (USA), William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
Runner-up – Danny & Annie (USA), Dave Isay, Tim Rauch

SHORTFEST ONLINE AUDIENCE AWARD
Stephany + Me (USA), Peter Shanel

JURY CATEGORY AWARDS
BEST Live Action short 15 MINUTES AND UNDER
First Place – Cat and Mice (Kattenkwaad) (Netherlands), Nova Van Dijk
Second Place – Nowhere Elsewhere (Au Milieu de Nulle Part Ailleurs) (Canada), Annick Blanc
Jury Special Citation – Pass the Salt, Please (USA) for Best Onscreen Pairing

BEST Live Action short over 15 minutes:
First Place – The Hours’ Home (A Casa das Horas) (Brazil), Heraldo Cavalcanti
Second Place – The Shore (UK), Terry George

BEST AnimatION short:
First Place – The Lost Town of Switez (Poland/Canada), Kamil Polak
Second Place – Interregnum (Canada), Nick Fox-Gieg
Jury Special Citation – The Cord-Woman (La Femme Á Cordes) (France) for Best Sound Design

BEST Documentary short:
First Place – 75 Watts (Canada), John Cullen
Second Place – Collaboration Horizontale (Ireland), Ciaran Cassidy

STUDENT CATEGORIES
BEST STUDENT Live Action short 15 MINUTES AND UNDER
First Place – The Promised Land (Israel), Vanessa Knutsen
Second Place – Kiss (Australia), Alex Murawski

BEST STUDENT Live Action short over 15 minutes:
First Place – Bekas (Sweden/Iraq), Karzan Kader
Second Place – Negative (Israel), Yoav Hornung

BEST STUDENT ANIMATION:
First Place – The Birds Upstairs (USA), Christopher Cinq-Mars Jarvis
Second Place – Heavy Heads (Denmark), Helena Frank

BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY short:
First Place – Goodbye Mandima (Kwa Heri Mandima) (Switzerland), Robert-Jan Lacombe
Second Place – Wajeh (Israel/Palestinian Territories), Murad Nassar

AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT CINEMATOGRAPHY
Taj Musco (cinematographer), Eh Jeung (South Korea)

Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker:
“Eh Jeung” (South Korea), directed by Taj Musco

Bridging the Borders Award:
“Bekas” (Sweden/Iraq), directed by Karzan Kader

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