AWARDS 2018

THE 20th EDITION OF MECAL PRO, INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL, CLOSES ITS FIRST WEEK WITH THE FOLLOWING AWARDED:

INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIX:

Awarded to the Best Short Film in the International section by the International Jury

Lower Heaven – Emad Aleebrahim-Dehkordi (France, Iran)

The jury was seduced and impressed by the subtlety of the script, the directing of the actors and the cinematography. The director made a very strong and moving story that touched all of us in every aspect of the film.

INTERNATIONAL JURY’S HONORABLE MENTION:

Ela – Szkice na pożegnanie (Ela – Sketches on a Departure) – Oliver Adam Kusio (Germany)

The jury wants to give a special mention to “Ela : sketches of departure” by Oliver Adam Kusio. We were touched by the subtle way the existential and social issues were played out by a well crafted script and subtle directing.

CRITICS AWARD:

Awarded to the Best Short Film in  the International section by the Critics Jury.

Lower Heaven – Emad Aleebrahim-Dehkordi (France, Iran)

The jury has decided to give the Critic’s Jury Award to the short film Lower Heaven, by Emad Aleebrahim-Dehkordi (France/Iran) for its impressive mise-en-scène, its ability to create an oppressive atmosphere, and for showing how lack of protection can drown children’s dreams in an unadulterated story that avoids Manichaeism.

CRITICS JURY’S HONORABLE MENTION:

Vétérane (Veteran) – Pier-Philippe Chevigny (Canada)

Additionally, this jury has decided to give an honorable mention to the short film Veterane, by Pier-Philippe Chevigny (Canada) for the sincerity and authenticity in a work that shows prostitution in an honest way and transmits the protagonist’s angst and hopelessness, as well as her inability to fight against time.

FILMIN OBLIQUA GRAND PRIX:

Awarded to the Best Short Film in the Obliqua section by the Obliqua Jury. The award includes the distribution of the short film in Spain (through the Filmin community) valued at 500 euros.

J’attends Jupiter (Waiting for Jupiter) –  Agathe Riedinger (France)

The filmmaker creates fresh movements with a very personal and contemporary voice. The characters show something very personal through the frustration of the working class’ teenage years. She talks about misery through outstanding aesthetics, a fake luxury. She talks about the way dreams end, but she encourages you to dream. A brilliant portrayal of the suburbian youth with “no future”.

Skuggdjur (Shadow Animals) – Jerry Carlsson (Sweden)

An experiment on human condition and hypocrisy. On socially accepted conventionalisms, We valued the fresh and intimate point of view of the little girl as a protagonist. A very well obtained atmosphere within the four walls of a house that hides the shadows of adulthood. Disturbing and mysterious. “The dance of hypocrisy”.

“Thank you! We are incredibly happy to receive this award especially since this is our Spanish premiere! First I would like to say thank you to the Oblique Jury for the award. This film started with an image of a woman having her entire fist stuck inside of a man’s mouth, not being able to pull it out. That was it. And I’m very happy and grateful that my producer dared to believe in the artistic process of how that image could develop and grow into the dancefilm drama that it is today. This process was only possible because of the amazing ensemble and team, a huge thank you to all of you for all of your effort! A big thank you to the festival for screening our film and to the audience who came to see it here in Barcelona!”

OBLIQUA JURY’S HONORABLE MENTION:

Stay Ups – Joanna Rytel (Sweden)

Heavily symbolic, made with very little means. A damaged body, a criticism of the price of motherhood from a feminist perspective.

ARTIC AWARD:

Awarded to the Best Spanish Picture Production by the Obliqua Jury. The award consists of giving away all the equipment, space and technical staff needed for the completion of the color grading of a short film, valued at 2,400 euros.

Los Desheredados – Laura Ferrés (Spain)

Awarded to the Best Special Effects of Spanish Production by the Obliqua Jury. The award consists of a post-production room valued at 2,400 euros.

Coral Colors – NNtonio Rod (Spain)

VIDEOLAB AWARD

Awarded to the Best Spanish Short Film by the International Jury. It consists of giving away all the equipment, space and technical staff needed for the realization of a short film, valued at 2,000 euros.

 La fuga de los 45 –  Cristina Caamaño Pérez (Spain)

The jury was intrigued by the story and the way of telling it through a phone call with one of the escapees.

VIDEOLAB HONORABLE MENTION:

Los Desheredados – Laura Ferrés (Spain)

The jury award a special mention to: “Los desheredados” by Laura Ferrés, in which the intimate drama echoed to a social drama in a very subtle way.

AVISUAL PRO AWARD:

Awarded to the Most Innovative Short Film of Barcelona Cinema Schools, with a prize worth 2,000 euros in renting material for an entire year. Awarded by the audience.

Ninda – Marc Prat (Spain)

ALMA AWARD:

Awarded to the Best Spanish Script by the Alma Jury. The prize is valued at 300 euros. The winner may also belong to the Alma scriptwriters’ union during the 12 months following the materialization of the prize.

Bendito Machine VI – Carry On – Jossie Malis (Spain)

The jury has chosen this short film mainly for its originality. It is an innovative and surprising proposal with an outstanding use of the audiovisual language applied to animation.

YOUNG JURY AWARD:

Awarded to the Best Short Film in the Obliqua section.

Ella’s men – Oren Adaf (Israel)

For its coherence between the subtle narrative on masculinity within femininity and for its mise-en-scène that combines lighting and space in order to achieve a claustrophobic atmosphere, as well as portraying the transgender’s identity in a complex social context.

ANIMATION GRAND PRIX:

Awarded to the Best Short Film in the Animation section by the Animation Jury.

Kötü Kiz (Wicked Girl) – Ayce Kartal (France, Turkey)

In this French/Turkish co-production, the director decided to talk about a very hard subject, sexual abuse on children, and thanks to a very good timing, a charming voice-over as well as a very subtle and strong graphic design he managed to deeply touch the audience without falling in the trap of an easy miserabilism or pathos

The author managed to make a touching and witty short film in combination of strong graphic design, narrative style in terms of complexity of the subject.

The artistic choice of the graphic design and the young girl’s voice over, fun and original. It creates an amazing lag between the image, the sound and the very hard subject.

ANIMATION SECOND PRIX:

Negative Space – Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata (France)

Great short film with strong timing. A lot of good things in this short… the script, the staging, the graphic design. I love the end of the film who give us a strong and chilling impression.

ANIMATION THIRD PRIX:

Enough – Anna Mantzaris (United Kingdom)

Very nice and short student work which shows the strength of short footage of animated film. Also it’s a good sample for others.

So fun! I will lay down now when I am missing my bus …

ANIMATION STUDENTS AWARD:

A jury made of animation students will grant this award to the best short film in this section.

The Full Story – Daisy Jacobs, Chris Wilder (United Kingdom)

The members of the animation students jury of Mecal Pro 2018 have decided, after a long deliberation, that for its creative ability to create two multidimensional worlds fully compenetrated where stop motion animation and live action come together to tell an everyday story, to award The Full Story, since it gives a new artistic perspective to daily problems like family separation. The memories that Toby re-lives at his old home have absorbed us completely from the beginning to the end.

ANIMATION AUDIENCE AWARD:

Awarded to the best short film of the Animation section.

Enough – Anna Mantzaris (United Kingdom)

PLANÇÓ AUDIENCE AWARD:

Runaway – ECIB Escola de Cinema de Barcelona

SHORTS TV AWARD:

Shorts TV channel will purchase the rights of the Best Short Film in competition. Awarded by the Shorts TV Jury.

La Família Hernández Cruz (The Hernandez Cruz Family) – Anaïs Pareto Onghena (Mexico)

Retouch – Kaveh Mazaheri (Iran)

EL PERIÓDICO DE CATALUNYA AUDIENCE AWARD:

Awarded to the Best Short Film in the Documentary section by the audience.

 La fuga de los 45 –  Cristina Caamaño Pérez (Spain)

DOCUMENTARY GRAND PRIX:

Awarded to the Best Short Film in the Documentary section by the Documentary Jury.

The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do – Juanita Onzaga (Belgium, Colombia)

DOCUMENTARY SECOND PRIX:

Volte – Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzala (Poland)

DOCUMENTARY THIRD PRIX:

Salade Russe – Eileen Hofer (Switzerland)