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‘The Christmas Gift,’ ‘Guaxuma,’ ‘King Wah’ Win Top Awards at Palm Springs ShortFest

The Palm Springs International ShortFest wrapped Sunday with top prizes going to “The Christmas Gift,” directed by Bogdan Muresanu, for best of the festival, Nara Normande’s “Guaxuma” for best international short and Horatio Baltz’s “King Wah (I Think I Love You)” for best North American short.

The festival is the largest shorts-focused event in North America, screening 369 films during the festival as well as 5,600 in the film market. Juried award winners of some categories are qualified to enter the shorts categories for the Oscars.

Best U.S. short went to “Manila is Full of Men Named Boy,” by Andrew Stephen Lee, while Best animated short went to “Dani” directed by Lizzy Hogenson. The local jury award went to “Couper Was Here,” directed by Nicole Foley, and “The Clinic,” from Elivia Shaw.

Audience awards went to Marshall Curry’s “The Neighbors’ Window,” for live action short; “Between the Shadows, from Monica Santos and Alice Guimaraes for animated short; and “Lowland Kids,” by Sandra Winther, for best documentary short. The audience award for student short went to “Tree #3” from Omer Ben-Shachar.

Full list of winners below:

JURY AWARDS 

BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD – The Christmas Gift (Romania/Spain), Directed by Bogdan Muresanu

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT – Guaxuma (Brazil/France), Director Nara Normande

BEST NORTH AMERICAN SHORT – King Wah (I Think I Love You) (USA), Director Horatio Baltz

BEST U.S. SHORT –  Manila is Full of Men Named Boy (USA/Philippines), Director Andrew Stephen Lee

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Dani (USA), Director Lizzy Hogenson

Special Mention:

Caterpillarplasty (Canada), Director David Barlow-Krelina

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINUTES (Awarded by the International Jury)

Summer Hit (Germany), Director Berthold Wahjudi

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT 15 MINUTES AND UNDER (Awarded by the International Jury)

Youth (Egypt/USA), Director Farida Zahran

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT (Awarded by the Documentary Jury)

Inferno (Australia/Mexico), Director Patrick Fileti

Special Mention:

Brother, Move On (Switzerland/India), Director Antshi von Moos

STUDENT COMPETITION AWARDS 
BEST STUDENT ANIMATED SHORT (Awarded by the Animation Jury)

Nosis (Germany), Director Vincenz Neuhaus

Special Mention:

Wild Love (France), Directors Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux

BEST STUDENT LIVE-ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINUTES (Awarded by the Student Jury)

A Little Break (France), Director Louise Groult

Special Mention:

What Do You Know About the Water and the Moon (China), Director Jian Luo

BEST STUDENT LIVE-ACTION SHORT 15 MINUTES AND UNDER (Awarded by the Student Jury)

Night Swim (USA), Director Victoria Rivera

Special Mention:
Sir Thomas (Israel), Director Raanan Fogel, Michael Amir

BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT (Awarded by the Documentary Jury)

Seeds of Deceit (Netherlands), Director Miriam Guttmann

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

 

VIMEO STAFF PICK AWARD – The Culture (Norway), Director Ernst De Geer

BRIDGING THE BORDERS AWARD PRESENTED BY CINEMA WITHOUT BORDERS – Ahmed’s Song (France), Director Foued Mansour

Special Mention:

Green (USA), Director Suzanne Andrews Correa

FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD – Winner received a $1,000 cash prize.  Honors a non-student filmmaker whose work demonstrates that they are poised to take a significant next step in their career.

sometimes, i think about dying (USA), Director Stefanie Abel Horowitz

Special Mention:

Magnetic Harvest (France), Director Marine Levéel

BEST EMERGING STUDENT FILMMAKER – Stone Age (Switzerland), Director Lou Rambert Preiss

Special Mention:

Truck Slut (USA), Director Ryan Craver

YOUTH JURY AWARDS –

KIDS’ CHOICE (Ages 13 and under)

All In Good Time (Ireland), Director Bonnie Dempsey

Special Mention:

Goldie (USA), Director Emily Brundige

YOUNG CINEASTES (Ages 14-17)

Ale y Yose (USA), Director Erin Semine Kökdil

Special Mention:

Something About Alex (Netherlands), Director Reinout Hellenthal

 

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