Orson Rehearsed – Special Mention Award (United States)
Orson Welles’ heart has just stopped. We enter his mind in this moment, on the threshold between life and death. In the bardo Orson’s thoughts unspool as a stream of consciousness that loops back on itself, like a mobius strip. Three avatars onstage in the theater of his mind are paired with three films within the film as he shuffles through his memories, loves, regrets, like a magician preparing for one last magic trick. Is he ready for what comes next?
The Oasis – Best Documentary Award (India)
In the desert of concrete and pollution in Kolkata there is an oasis. The architect of this oasis is Mr. Dhananjoy Chakraborty, popularly known as Bapi da. He has two cars—a Yellow Taxi and a Cartoon car. The Yellow Taxi is used to ride in routes and the Cartoon car is used for private riding. He has made his two cars gardens full of grass and plants. The roofs of the cars are covered with velvety green grass and there are many plants at the back of the seat. Every day in the morning he looks after the vegetation in the cars with his own hands. All day long this oasis moves across the city tirelessly to purify the desert of concrete. The passengers are very much pleased riding in this Taxi. Actually Dhananjoy is a votary of nature. He lives in a small room teeming with plants. Leaving the family in other place Dhananjoy lives alone in nature and with nature. He dreams of a pollution-free green world.
Indian Short Film Category
KUKLI – Best Short Film Award
Pukli is a village girl who belongs to an indigenous community of rural India. The lively little girl is known for her endless questions and curiosity towards anything unknown to her. But one fine day she suddenly stopped talking to everyone. No one had any clue about her silence. Her parents, villagers, and school teacher have tried a lot to find out her doubt. But they all remained speechless when they heard her foremost unanswered question.
Animation Short Film Category
Creatures In My House – Best Stop Motion Animation & Best Women Filmmaker Award (United States)
The exquisitely handcrafted world in this stop motion animated short, follows a house full of peculiar monsters waking up amuck in this askew home. This quirky and tactile household is full of frenetic energy set off by the morning alarm. Discover what the ruckus in the kitchen is really about in this colorful nod to film noir and German expressionism. It’s horrifyingly delightful.