During the 10 days of the festival we held over 70 events and screenings, with 199 films from 22 different countries screening in competition for the festivals official category awards. We are now delighted to announce the 14th Rushes Soho Shorts Festival Award winners.
SHORT FILM AWARD
LONG DISTANCE INFORMATION
Running Time: 07:40
Director: Douglas Hart
Producer: Ohna Falby & Beth Montague
Production Company: HSI London
Set one Christmas Day, between East Kilbride and London, ‘Long Distance Information’ is a black comedy that explores the strained relationship between fathers and sons. Alex is in his early twenties, and has lived away from home for several years now. He and his father are as distant emotionally as they are in miles. In the waning light of the afternoon Alex phones home.
Running Time: 08:30
Director: Pierre Ducos/Bertrand Bey
Producer: Pierre Ducos/Bertrand Bey
Production Company: Not To Scale
In a trench during the First World War, a French soldier becomes paralyzed with fear. His mind disconnects from reality and he escapes to a world where wars are fought by toys.
Running Time: 09:16
Director: Afarin Eghbal
Producer: Kasia Malipan
Production Company: National Film & Television School
In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances means she will be forced to wait over 30 years. Using real-life testimonials this animated-documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.
Running Time: 08:40
Director: Arnaud Brisebois/Francis Leclerc
Producer: Anton Cozzolino
Production Company: Cirrus
A metaphorical tale of adversity. A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.
LONG FORM AWARD
PETER AT THE END
Running Time: 22:25
Director: Russ Lamoureux
Producer: Lorraine Yurshansky
Production Company: Pushbroom Pictures Inc
Facing an uncertain future, Peter travels home for a final visit with family and friends.
MUSIC VIDEO AWARD
KEATON HENSON // SMALL HANDS
Running Time: 03:39
Director: Joseph Mann
Producer: Joseph Mann, Tamsin Glasson, James Bretton
Production Company: Blinkink
Echoing the deeply personal sentiment of the track, “Small Hands” is a tale set in a beautifully handcrafted forest inhabited by wild animals.
THE NORTH LONDON BOOK OF THE DEAD
Running Time: 14:59
Director: Jake Lushington
Producer: Shelley Rubenstein
Production Company: Pinata Productions
A comic story of loss and acceptance coupled with a surreal vision of the afterlife, ‘The North London Book of the Dead’ tells the comic tale of a grown man, struggling to come to terms with the death of his domineering mother, only to discover she is spending her dead existence very happily in a small flat in Crouch End.
PUSHING BOUNDARIES AWARD
GOOD BOOKS – METAMORPHOSIS
Running Time: 02:42
Production Company: Friend
Buck delved into their inner Gonzo to create this psychonautic, flow-of-consciousness hallucination of a spot to promote not-for-profit company Good Books. As a homage to HST it is most flattering, as an exercise in cell animation, combining ideas and transitions it is as high quality and entertaining as it gets.
Running Time: 07:45
Director: Calum Macdiarmid
Producer: Alexei Slater/Jessica Turner
Production Company: Turn the Slate Productions Limited
A postman lets us into his dark world in quiet suburbia.