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‘Home,’ ‘The Chop’ Receive Top Awards at Palm Springs Shortfest

Daniel Mulloy’s “Home,” a short from Kosovo chronicling a family’s involvement in a refugee migration, won the best of the festival award at the 2016 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

The shortfest, which is the only short film market in North America, screened 327 films from more than 4,100 filmmaker submissions. The awards were announced Sunday night, the festival’s closing night, and winners received more than $115,000 in prizes.

The judges said “Home” “devastated the jury with its portrayal of a family escaping danger.” “The film deftly elicits not just our compassion, but more importantly, our empathy,” the jury said in a statement.

The top jury awards went to three shorts from France, Mexico and Greece. Vincent Maury’s “Minh Tâm,” which follows a woman who uses men to escape from daily life, won the grand jury award; Aaron Schock’s “La Laguna,” a story of a young Mayan boy living in Southern Mexico’s rainforest who is confronted with the realities of growing up that might push him out into the world, won the best North American short award and Konstantina Kotzamani’s “Limbo” nabbed the future filmmaker award.

Audience awards went to “The Chop,” a live-action comedy about a Jewish butcher, directed by Lewis Rose; the documentary short “Phil’s Camino” about a Stage 4 cancer patient and directed by Annie O’Neil and Jessica Lewis; and the animated short “Taking Flight,” directed by Brandon Oldenburg.

“A common thread of immigration and compassion dominates our award winning films this year – echoing current issues around the world,” said Helen du Toit, festival director.

The 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival will be held Jan. 5-16.

JURY AWARDS

BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD
“Home” (Kosovo), Daniel Mulloy

GRAND JURY AWARD

“Minh Tâm” (France), Vincent Maury

PANAVISION BEST NORTH AMERICAN SHORT

“La Laguna” (Mexico), Aaron Schock

FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD

“Limbo” (Greece), Konstantina Kotzamani

NON-STUDENT COMPETITION AWARDS

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

“Glove” (U.S.), Alexa Lim Haas & Bernardo Britto

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINUTES

“Bon Voyage” (Switzerland), Marc Wilkins

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT 15 MINUTES AND UNDER

“Filip” (Sweden), Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

“Clínica de Migrantes: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (U.S.),” Maxim Pozdorovkin

STUDENT COMPETITION AWARDS

BEST STUDENT ANIMATION

“Mr. Madila” (UK), Rory Waudby-Tolley

BEST STUDENT LIVE ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINUTES

“Peacock” (Czech Republic), Ondrej Hudecek

BEST STUDENT LIVE ACTION SHORT 15 MINUTES AND UNDER

“Gabber Lover” (France), Anna Cazenave-Cambet

BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT

“I, Destini” (U.S.), Nicholas Pilarski & Destini Riley

JURY SPECIAL MENTIONS

“Thunder Road” (U.S.), Jim Cummings

“People of the Delta” (Ethiopia), Joseph Lawrence

AUDIENCE AWARDS

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

“The Chop” (U.K.), Lewis Rose

Runners-up: “Millions of Tears,” “Bon Voyage,” “Thanks for Dancing,” “The Babysitter Murders and Zoya”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

“Phil’s Camino” (U.S.), Annie O’Neil and Jessica Lewis

Runners-up: “Clinica de Migrantes: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” “These C*cksucking Tears and Alzheimer’s: A Love Story”

BEST ANIMATION SHORT

“Taking Flight” (U.S.), Brandon Oldenburg

Runners-up: “Violet and Alike”

SHORTFEST ONLINE AUDIENCE AWARD

“High Chaparral” (U.S.), David Freid

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

ALEXIS AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING STUDENT FILMMAKER

“Peacock” (Czech Republic), Ondrej Hudecek

HP BRIDGING THE BORDERS AWARD PRESENTED BY CINEMA WITHOUT BORDERS

“French” (France), Josza Anjembe

YOUTH JURY AWARD

“Taking Flight” (U.S.), Brandon Oldenburg

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