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The winners of the third edition of Tolfa Short Film Festival

Tolfa, June 22, 2014.With the awarding of the competition ends on the third edition of the   Tolfa Short Film Festival.During the ceremony, which was held in the Theatre Claudio, in the presence of numerous guests and authorities, were declared the winners.

563 works were projected from 50 countries on 5 continents, 3 books presented, a concert of film music, 2 large movie nights, the first prize Tolfa Cinema, in collaboration with Amnesty International, the one day event (in collaboration with the Festival Troisi) dedicated to Massimo Troisi. 

Here are the prizes:

The absolute Jury, consisting of: Romano Milani (Secretary General of the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

and co-director of Cinemagazine), Elettra Ferraù (journalist, co-editor and general manager of the Yearbook of Italian Cinema & Audiovisual), Kiara Van Ellinkhuizen ( Dutch filmmaker, an Oscar nominee for the film Happy Hour), Donatella Baglivo (director, producer, film editing expert, entrepreneur and author Rai), Tommaso Liguori (TV journalist, news editor at Sky Sports), Luc Toutounghi (CEO of Se. ma.for. Produkcja Filmowa, director of 'International Animation Festival SMF), Gianluca Dentici (visual effects supervisor, digital environment artist and stereographer), decreed the following winners:

* (The works highlighted in red are the winners in each category) 


Thriller / Mystery / Noir:

For heaven's sake (Italy) by Flavio Costa

The heat   (Poland) by Bartosz Kruhlik

The Hill (USA) by Omar Protani, Marco Farina 

For the following reasons:

"Classical psychological horror with a few words but a lot of suspense, which opens with the most innocent and tender sequences: the lovers on the shore of a lake.She walks away in a grove with no return and we rush in fear, emotional instability, in ghosts, in the disorders of the boy closely followed, threatened, raped by a relentless stalker, replacing - in the imagination or in reality? - the missing girl". 

Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Horror

Charles and Clara (USA) by Giulio Mastromauro

No Mires Ahí (Spain) by Daniel Romero

Unboxing Annie   (Italy) by Claudio Di Biagio


For the following reasons:

"Even the androids fall in love and out of love, they kill. With a bold counterpoint between artificial intelligence and Alberto Rabagliati - singer raged on the radio since the early 40s - with the complicity of black and white and some cult quotes, director conducts with a sure hand the love story with crime at the time both romantic and futuristic, including a passionate doll-robot and a young actor".



En la Orilla (Uruguay) by Stefano Tononi

The room (France) by Massimiliano Battistella

Le Livre des Morts   (The Book of the Dead) (France) by Alain Escalle 

For the following reasons:

"How ever true is the formula of relativity, where everything changes and nothing is lost and, I might add, everything remains in the" memory ". Not enough destruction of buildings, the dead buried, hidden, burned to erase what was the Holocaust. There remain, however, the traces in objects, in books, photographs and, above all, in the memory of those who lived it and those who have heard ... and life again". 


Action / Adventure / Western:

De Cómo Hipolito Vazquez Encontro Magic Donde No Buscaba   (Argentina) by Matías Rubio

The Man Who Made a movie (Sirya) by Ahmad Ibrahim Ahmad

Strong Arm of the Law (United Kingdom / United States of America) by Paul Vernon 

For the following reasons:

"Some authors, such as Argentina's Osvaldo Soriano, has revealed a mythographic aspect of football , which is inspired by events experienced as a player or a spectator, or feelings caught in the flow of memory, sniffed in the poetry of an athletic gesture, evoked by the smell of grass on a sports field. In this case, everything comes from a remote circus, where our Hipolito Vazquez comes across a new "wizard" of the ball. "



Drama / War:

A descoberta (The Discovery) (Brazil) by Ernesto Molinero

Last Christmas   (Germany) by Uta Seibicke

Memorial (Italy) by Francesco Filippi 

For the following reasons:

"Short but not small masterpiece, summed up in a minimalism all concentrated in a taxi, the perpetual dramas of German first divided and then, perhaps, not yet united. Prime example of drama inherent in things and not designed as a genre. " 



Alfred y Anna   (Spain) by Juan Manuel Suárez

Cantarella (Italy) by Diego Dada

Zweibettzimmer (Double Occupancy) (Germany) by Fabian Giessler 

For the following reasons:

"Timing and rhythm right, and well-defined characters, allowing the viewer to fluctuate between the feelings and actions of the two main characters and secondary, that guide us towards the peaks of feeling, as if to confirm the feelings that arise in the viewer, giving even more power to the story when they become certainties. The director, with great simplicity, makes us touch the daily lives of the couple's relationship in a fairy tale, but at the same time true and deeply human, leaving us surprised and bewildered, and somehow also thoughtful about ourselves. Impossible, for someones, not identify with the married couple. " 


Music Video Clip:

Li culura (Italy) by David Vigor

Momentary Dystonia (Spain) by Roberto Miranda, Carlos Miranda

Valse de Meduse   (Italy) by Joy Di Biagio, Sara Taigher 

For the following reasons:

"Excellent visual transposition, non-mechanical and non-fiction, a piece of music in many ways extraordinary, as if the orchestra in Piazza Vittorio gave it to pop music." 


Comedy / Humor / Grotesque:

Actually   (Στ'αλήθεια) (Greece) by Konstantinos Fragkoulis

I ... woman (Italy) by Pino Quartullo

Sinceridad (Spain) by Andrea Casaseca 

For the following reasons:

"Film with tragically comic and universal rhythms and cadences. Every act is well defined. We could be in any country and in any place. The director, in a short time, manages to create empathy towards the characters well defined and the relationship between them, giving the viewer the impression of being present and just a few meters from the absurd scene that is taking place, and leaving him stunned and smiling . " 



Bono (Spain) by Cyrus Altabás

Je t'aime   (Finland) by Joel Rahkonen

The moment of Wind (Italy) by Nicholas Sorcinelli 

For the following reasons:

"Je t'aime, moi non plus: so memorable as the music of Serge Gainsbourg in duet with Jane Birkin, translates the sentimental and erotic pair in a surprisingly downplaying actuality, with a high educational and antirhetorical function." 



Ahora, No Aquí   (Chile) by Stefano Cipressi, Pamela Wulf

Coffee with Jodi Bieber (Spain) by Luigi Varese Abanto

Looking for a friend (Italy) by Karma Gava 

For the following reasons:

"On September 11, 1973 in Chile, a coup endorsed by the United States overthrew the junta led by Salvador Allende, democratically elected and died in the defense of the presidential palace, and gave off the bloody military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, lasted until 1988. 40 years later, that a people without memory is a people without a future, this documentary renews the memory of those tragic years. A film of Memory, then, not to forget all those men and women who fought and gave their blood for democracy, not only in Chile. "


The Jury of the Tourism section, composed by Franco Fenili (founder of 4Winds, tour operators), Esther Paparozzi Ippolito (journalist, editor of Tourism & Current),  Annarosa Toso (press secretary, correspondent and contributor to Travel Guide), Pamela Marchetti (President of Hiccup, a cultural association to promote tourism in the area, a tour guide), Antonio Castello (journalist, writer, Head of Press Office of Tourism Exchange Association and Associate) decreed the following winner: 

 Best Tourism Promotion Movie:

Barossa - Be consumed (Australia)


Special Mention of the Jury for the Web-Series:

Johnny - The Series (USA) by Roberto D'Antona


Audience Award for the Web-Series:

# Il10percento (Italy) by Andrea Baglio


Audience Award:

Asante Sana (United Kingdom - Tanzania) by Emanuel Jicmon


Nerocafe Award:

Anger of the Dead (Italy) by Francesco Picone


Critics Award:

The Man Who Made a Movie   (Syria) by Ahmad Ibrahim Ahmad

For the following reasons:

"For its high film values, for the open-mindedness and courage of ethics.  Take on without rhetoric, with painful cleaning, which also grants the irony and an almost unbearable tension and drama, the horror of a film festival that becomes the scene of a terrorist flood of fantasy rather than reality, to warn that the genesis of aggressive behavior arises from the unconscious, before becoming intolerable political tool. "  


 Best Italian Short:

Carlo e Clara   (Italy) by Giulio Mastromauro 

For the following reasons:

"To overcome our fears often we end up holding on to science. In a society where everything is planned and built, the desires can be realized with the support of medicine; do not settle for a life but wanting to "new" is the system to continue to love what you've always loved, not believing in eternal life. "

 Best International Short:

No Mires Ahí   (Spain) by Daniel Romero 

For the following reasons:

"A full-blown horror, that makes you forget the classics - Poltergeist and Rosemary's Baby - which the director himself admits to be inspired.The atmosphere, the ghosts, the unknown, the inexplicable, are served with wicked sparingly until the last shot. Tension and family quiet are carefully measured, taking the viewer constantly vigilant. " 


Award Tolfa Cinema (Cinema Award Tolfa):

Orso Maria Guerrini