BUCKETS - BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

From its succinct and challenging take on societal roles to its mesmerizing set design, our Best Narrative Short prize is awarded to a film that struck a chord every time we watched it. We cherish the films that show a proficiency in filmmaking and storytelling, but it is rare to find something that sparks such an engrossing conversation about one's expectations and choices. For all these reasons, we are very proud to give this distinction to the captivating Buckets.  

 

I’M FREE - BEST DOCUMENTARY

I’m Free is a powerful film about what happens after we lose someone. The approach to this documentary -- from the gorgeous cinematography to artistic direction to story structure -- provided an emotional punch. The directors utilized reenactments along with the interviews of key characters, to offer an intimate and authentic look into the main subject’s life. This film is documentary storytelling at its finest, and it is with great pleasure that we award it Best Documentary Film at NFFTY 2017.

 

OK, CALL ME BACK - BEST EXPERIMENTAL

Ok, Call Me Back fires on all cylinders through an experimental lens: it is progressive, it is risque, it marries several unrelated concepts with its use of visuals, dialogue, and sound, it is unconventional in its storytelling, and above all - it is accessible while marrying the aforementioned qualities. The use of striking patterns and simplistic colors combined with the apathetic and monotone, yet simultaneously evocative and emotional, yearning of the protagonist’s voice leaving our culture’s least-desired of communications, a voicemail, provide an excellent conveyance for a surprising amount of character depth.

 

ATLAS WORLD - BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Best Music Video is awarded to Atlas World. At the heart of Atlas World is a compelling and creepy story that immediately centered around a girls’ sleepover and their ouija board. Excellent cinematography and a visual orchestration of light and darkness, childhood and the supernatural. Ultimately, this is a great concept and with excellent storytelling execution that allow for the song Atlas World (Solomun Day Remix) by Liu Bei to shine through as well. It’s with great pleasure that we award this Best Music Video.


PARCHED - BEST 360° FILM
Parched was awarded the 360º Jury Award for its effective use of the 360º landscape, strong production values particularly sound design, and crisp direction. In the early days of this new medium, it is the artists, like the makers of Parched, who manage to create collaborative teams to perform together at the highest levels in order to find language inside the 360º space that has been previously undefined.