Tsumi, River men – Semi Finalist (Ecuador)
“Tsumi, River men” perform a tour of the Yaku (water) worldview of the men and women of the Kichwa Ancestral Town of Kawsak Sacha in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The documentary reflects spiritual and ritual aspects, territorial management processes, management of aquatic ecosystems and their strategic fauna, but also portrays the tireless struggle of a people to maintain their Kawsak Yaku (living water) in the face of extractivism and to continue living The Sumak Kawsay (life in harmony).
Indian Short Film Category
Thiru Thai Avale – Best LGBT Film, Best Actress Award for "Jeeva Subramaniyam" & Best Supporting Actress Award for "Priyadharshini"
“THIRUTHAAI AVALE” renders the suffering of a trans woman to become a mother.The plot is knitted with the struggle of a transwoman mother who puts her life at stake to give birth to her son and grapple to see his son. This film has touched the motherly nature of transwomen in the society.
International Short Film Category
Spizella – Best Director, Best Background Music, Best Sfx Award (Germany)
Spizella is a word with Latin and Greek origin and it means ‘sparrow’. Spizella is the story of a father and his daughter with troubled family relationships, which have become even more troubled after the death of the mother. The father keeps forcing his daughter to keep the mourning attitude alive and ongoing within the house and he tries to keep his communication with her very limited. This gloomy house is no different than a cage for this timid girl. The strong revival of her childhood memories and dreams by means of a souvenir suitcase left from her mother can bring the girl a glimpse of happiness.