Tolfa Short Film Festival

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THE WINNERS OF THE 2013

BEST NATIONAL FILM
Zini and Amì
by Pierluca Di Pasquale
Overlooked by the producers, and therefore ignored by our national public, the fantasy genre does not belong to our cinematic tradition.
Still, with a touch of a perfect Italian comedy, "Zini and Ami" shows that we are absolutely able to appropriate and reinterpret it, without losing any of its visual potential.
 
 
 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
That wasn't me
by Esteban Crespo
Stunning photography, lashing installation. Excellent directing actors. For a subject very difficult to make without falling into pietism or superficiality.
We are facing the hand of a real director, merciless gaze, in a small work of art that, like the great films, manages to cloak of beauty even the more atrocious facts .


 
 
BEST FILM OF ANIMATION
Luminaris
by Juan Pablo Zaramella
Ironic cover of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the short turns alienation into a tender love gag, closer to Chaplin's slapstick than to that German Expressionism: even the mute comes back in the animation.
 
BEST FILM OF ADVENTURE
Sunset
by Roberto Urbani
A twilight western, harsh and merciless as the lives of men of the frontier. The narrative line is marked by a succession of past and present, through a skilled and balanced assembly.Excellent photographic management and direction that enhance the atmosphere typical of the genre making a homage to the tradition of Italian cinema.
 
 
 
THE BEST COMEDY
División Azul
by Sergi Martí
For the originality of the story in which the grotesque is mixed with the drama of the situation in which the pace becomes more and more urgent with the succession of scenes.
 
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Nomos
by Andrea Gadaleta Caldarola
Nomos is a documentary par excellence. He describes through poignant interviews and compelling images a tragic reality, investigating it with respect and attention. It offers a deep interpretation, based on the philosophical text of Agamben that scours the current society, portraying it as bare life before the power.
But Nomos is especially the testimony of the search path of the director Andrea Gadaleta Caldarola, who, with the intention of investigating the contemporary concept of community, faced a bold and lonely journey through living spaces that tell a Kenya ravaged by power and fear; he has been able to return this path with a work that shakes the audience through unsettling themes and a rhythm marked by contrasts.
 
 
BEST PICTURE DRAMA
The visit
by Marco Bolla
The story in pictures becomes deception and erases the line between "normal" and madness. An idea so simple and immediate as surprising, and for this very cinematic.


BEST FILM FANTASY
Mémoires Vives
by Fabrice Mathieu
The contrast between the life of the security and the hero's death triggers a series of questions that the short does not even mention answer, the better to unleash the imagination of the viewer.
Intelligent and well kept scenic, well played.
 
 
BEST FILM MUSIC
Sakura
by Alessandra Pescetta
For telling the Japan hit by the disaster in Fukushima with a work devoid of spatial and temporal boundaries that through music, words and body language, drags the viewer into a poetic synesthesia who wants to bring him back to dialogue with nature and reshape the archaic code of the Noh drama through the interpretations of our contemporaneity.
 
 
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Retrocognition
by Eric Patrick 
In order to be able to build and deconstruct the golden age of America through a talented exercise of found footage, based on photographs and audio recordings of sitcoms of the period, which gives us a critical image of American models and the influence of the media on them. For being able to question the aesthetics of contemporary surface, founding from them its own elements and its own innovative language.
 
 
BEST THRILLER
Aner
by Unai Garate
After a picnic among the families of old friends, the apparent disappearance of one of the children triggers tensions that make explode contradictions and standing grudges. And when the child in question runs across the open space, it is as if he were a ghost, ignored by all adults caught up in the suspense of their repressed feelings, normally hidden under a veil of formal normal. The same contradiction expressed by the terrible press releases that close the movie, confirming the shift of the "thrilling" from the violent acts to the emotional violence.
 
 
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Love
by Mario Parruccini
The photography and editing were able to characterize the product as a videoclip of the highest level
 
CRITICS AWARD
That wasn't me
by Esteban Crespo
For completeness and accuracy of exposure in dealing with a sensitive topic, always too little stated: the 'stolen childhood to form children / soldiers.,The video is a real film in only 24 minutes. It knows how to excite and amaze until the final. Raw moments alternate with many furtive moments of tenderness, typical of the childhood, which should never be violated or taken away with bullying for ignoble causes A film that wants to give back to the children their dignity and not truncate the natural course of life to make them grown up without being forced.
 
SPECIAL MENTION OF CRITICS
Lilah
by Simone Barbetti and Joel Ramirez
The jury of Tolfa short film festival has decided to award, exceptionally, a special mention to LILAH by Simone Barbetti and Joel Ramirez. A true story, that of Lilah, a twelve year old Thai that you try to save from prostitution.  A violence that the sex business condemns girls and boys from the tragic family conditions, denounced cinematically with a linear narrative structure that keeps the contents in the foreground, fleeing abused spectacularisation.
 
PRIZE CINEMADOCUMENTARIO.IT
Camille. Une vie, an appartement
by Anne Sophie Bosc
Simply poetry in the eyes and in the words of Camille, witnessed almost a century of history and protagonist of a friendship that has made this film a "small masterpiece" of sweetness.
 
PRIZE Nerocafe '
Zinì and Amì
by Pierluca Di Pasquale

The cultural association Nerocafe is proud to assign the Black Cafe Award for the short films of science fiction / fantasy / horror to Zinì and Amì by Pierluca Di Pasquale,  that wins for the high technical level shown, the originality of the plot and irony. He impressed the jury because it uses the futuristic setting to tell the loss of values and humanity of our day, with the help of comedy and a certain taste for mystery. To underline the acting of first-rate actors, among which Alessandro Tiberi, Sacha Zacharias, Roberto Zibetti and Silvio Orlando.
 
 
AUDIENCE AWARD
Body Pieces
by Maxim Derevianko