RedWood Film Festival team glad to announce the list of Winner of May 2020 Edition. 

BEST CATEGORIES AWARDS

BEST SHORT FILM

Film: CRACK A SMILE

Directed by: LEVY CLAUDE


Synopsis: On a sunny day, the lives of 9 young people intertwine in Paris, against a backdrop of pop culture, passion about photography and relationships between men and women.















BEST ONE MINUTE SHORT FILM

Film: House For Sale

Directed by: Cynthia Bergen


Synopsis: A real estate agent captures a horrifying entity on film.





BEST LGBT FILM

Film: Vidhān (Writ)

Directed by: Manoj Rai


Synopsis: Vidhān (Writ), a romantic drama, is a take on relationships. A casual conversation on the use of appropriate language sets off a whirlwind romance between Pranay and Akshar (Abhishek). They start meeting regularly and the romance blossoms. However, there is one issue - Akshar is a sex worker. The film takes us through the vicissitudes of their romantic journey.


BEST STUDENT FILM

Film: Gay as in Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy

Directed by: Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim


Synopsis: An experimental autoethnographical documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.














BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Film: Undertow

Directed by: J.B. Lawrence


Synopsis:






BEST WEB SERIES

Film: THE UNWILLING SERIES PILOT

Directed by: Antonio Jefferson


Synopsis: A story of six men after prison as they try to get their lives back after their release and hoping to change their future by mending there past.



BEST GENRE CATEGORIES AWARDS

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Film: Return to Foretop's Father

Directed by: Preston Randolph


Synopsis: Return to Foretop's Father follows, 78-year-old, Crow tribal elder and pipe lighter, Grant Bulltail as he travels from Crow Agency in Montana to Heart Mountain in Wyoming.

Through his journey he reveals a dark past of genocide, ethnocide and the destruction of the land.

Grant’s mission is to bring awareness regarding the disconnect between people and nature, culminating in the universal impacts of climate change.

By connecting stories that have been passed down to him from generations of Native Americans, he presents his perspective on the modern crisis through a historic pipe ceremony at the base of the sacred Heart Mountain.


BEST ANIMATION FILM

Film: Magic Dream

Directed by: Tomás Welss Barkan


Synopsis: A magician wants to convince with his magic and brilliance, but his capability exceeds the limits of his own control, leading him to a show full of violence and abuse.














BEST DRAMA FILM

Film: The Straight Man

Directed by: Paul Laudicano


Synopsis: After 20 years, the surviving member of a comedy team is down and out. Nobody wants The Straight Man. However, a chance encounter with a young reporter may lead him towards redemption.














BEST EXPERIMENT FILM

Film: Wisper

Directed by: Russ Emanuel


Synopsis: A unique experimental found footage take on an anti-hero protagonist. ‘Wisper’ is the true story of the murder of a middle-class African American family in Northern New Jersey. In the summer of 2016, three children and their mother were found shot to death in their large suburban home. Loosely based on the personal videotapes and diaries owned by the father of the victims.







BEST HORROR/THRILLER FILM

Film: Occupants

Directed by: Russ Emanuel


Synopsis: 'Occupants' is a film about Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian and her husband Neil. Annie and Neil embark on a '30 Days of Clean Living' documentary, setting up cameras all over their house to document, via the Internet, their new eating habits. By doing so, half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves - a version that ultimately unravels and threatens their very existence.








BEST ROMANTIC FILM

Film: Learning to Fly

Directed by: Anthony J. Turek


Synopsis: A college freshman, Andy, couldn't bring himself to break up with his girlfriend, Jen. Now he must navigate teenage fatherhood with her.













BEST JURY AWARD

Film: The Texture of London

Directed by: Diego Di Iorio


Synopsis: "All over the city old and new buildings sit side by side, each speaking the language of its native cultural moment: pre-war or mid-century or post-modern. I am especially entertained by how often two buildings built a century apart but for the same purpose will speak in similar tones: with bravado or earnestness or charm. For me these architectural moments, whether random or planned, define the character and texture of the city." - Ruth Keffer (The Urbanist)






BEST AWARDS TO PEOPLES

BEST DIRECTOR

Award goes to: Russ Emanuel

Film: Wisper

Directed by: Russ Emanuel


Synopsis: A unique experimental found footage take on an anti-hero protagonist. ‘Wisper’ is the true story of the murder of a middle-class African American family in Northern New Jersey. In the summer of 2016, three children and their mother were found shot to death in their large suburban home. Loosely based on the personal videotapes and diaries owned by the father of the victims.






BEST D.O.P

Award goes to: Ray Karwel

Film: The Assassin's Apprentice

Directed by: Russ Emanuel


Synopsis: A coming of age story about Kaylee (Tarah Paige), an apprentice assassin, and her relationship with Pete (Robert Picardo), her trainer, and Miranda (Marina Sirtis), their handler. Kaylee, like a rebellious teenager, simultaneously wants approval and independence from Pete and Miranda. When assigned her first solo hit, Kaylee immediately disobeys orders and goes off course, chasing a Freerunner drone, often with hilarious results. In the end, Kaylee accomplishes her mission, but realizes that she is not yet ready to go it alone.




BEST SCREENWRITER

Award goes to: Vilma Kartalska

Film: My Gypsy Road

Directed by: Vilma Kartalska


Synopsis: An inspiring story about the winding road of the first Roma actress in Bulgaria, officially graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts. From the everyday life’s challenges, to the sacrifices in the name of theater, and the trust in the great Roma cause – education for the ghetto. Nataliya Tsekova – THE WOMAN, THE ACTRESS, THE PERSON.








BEST EDITOR

Award goes to: Emile Haris

Film: The Assassin's Apprentice

Directed by: Russ Emanuel


Synopsis: A coming of age story about Kaylee (Tarah Paige), an apprentice assassin, and her relationship with Pete (Robert Picardo), her trainer, and Miranda (Marina Sirtis), their handler. Kaylee, like a rebellious teenager, simultaneously wants approval and independence from Pete and Miranda. When assigned her first solo hit, Kaylee immediately disobeys orders and goes off course, chasing a Freerunner drone, often with hilarious results. In the end, Kaylee accomplishes her mission, but realizes that she is not yet ready to go it alone.




BEST ACTOR (MALE)

TO BE ANNOUNCED


BEST ACTRESS (FEMALE)

Award goes to: Athira Madhav

Film: Devika

Directed by: Jibin George James


Synopsis: Devika, a model claims that she was sedated and raped during a film's audition. At the same time a model coordinator Naresh, a friend of Devika, comes forward and claims that he was with her that day and both had sex with each other's consent, and it wasn't a rape. The situation is again discussed through an interview session, revealing both of their characters and the truth.

The movie demonstrates the common attitude of the Indian society towards women. Our society has defined woman's personality within the constraints of her form and dress and if anything, less than what is expected by them is seen in their petty vision, she is labelled as a slut. This perspective should be challenged.

Woman should be treated as an independent personality. She also has all the rights and freedoms of a democratic country. It’s not a generosity by men.

Through Devika, we are trying to convey is the general attitude of people. When a person narrates or describes an event, he doesn't reveal certain details. Thus, the truth which being told will change. The truth is what we find while uncovering all the blind spots and angles. The real truth can only be identified by looking at it from all the sides.

Updated: May 30


Redwood Film Festival May 2020 Official Selection Films

RedWood Film Festival announces the list of Official Selected films of May 2020.

  • Redwood Film Festival is an Online Film Festival. 

  • Our Jury screens the selections Privately and from there we select the winners. Only the winning films will get a chance to participate in a second selection at the end of the year. If they pass the second selection, we'll screen them at our annual live online screening. Where one film from each category will be awarded. 

Short Films

  • Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh | Saheer Abbas


  • KUKLI | SHYAMA SUNDAR MAJHI


  • Background | Dylan Chow


  • Four Truths | Sylvain Govaert


  • I See Dead People | Andrew Ball-Shaw


  • La couleur du vent | Lionel Rigal


  • My Gypsy Road | Vilma Kartalska


  • Piklu | Mrinmoy Nandi


  • The Heart of a Sunset | Eric willis


  • "TH SR" Second Version | Mimi Garrard


  • Afterwards | Marcello Quintella e Boynard


  • The Assassin's Apprentice | Russ Emanuel


  • CRACK A SMILE | LEVY CLAUDE


  • WORTH | Dr. Constance McInyre


  • True Colors | Cabell Vildibill


  • Road.Dogs | Ez Eldin Deng


Student Short Films

  • Gay as in Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy | Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim


  • Perfect | Nathan Ragland & Church Barnas


  • SHIFTED | Nathan Ragland


  • 9A | Giorgio Molteni


  • l u c i d i t y | Rachel Solomon


  • Hygiene Hijinks | Jack Thomas


  • Valak | Diego Di Iorio


LGBT Films

  • Vidhān (Writ) | Manoj Rai


  • I'm Moshanty. Do You Love Me? | Tim Wolff


  • Background | Dylan Chow


  • Shadow of Love | Dylan Chow


  • Distance | Dylan Chow


Web Series

  • THE UNWILLING SERIES PILOT | Antonio Jefferson


  • Rebound | Andrew Ball-Shaw


  • Green Fingers | Velton J Lishke


  • Trillo & Suede Web Series | Jonathan Geffner


  • Stuck on Probation | Larry Hardison


  • Kahdiak's Kitchen: Season 2 - Episode 1 | Seng 2kx


Music Video

  • MARIBOR & SAXOPHONE | FRANC KOPIC


  • Manifesto | Les Owen


  • The Sun Will Fool You | Daniel Bigelow & Talon Nightshade


  • Washington | Preston Randolph


  • Six Day Back | Scott Cierski


  • Undertow | J.B. Lawrence


  • The Texture of London | Diego Di Iorio


1- Minute Short Films

  • THE LAST SIP.....?? (1) | MANISHA GUPTA


  • House For Sale | Cynthia Bergen


  • Let Me Dance | Tania Kamal-Eldin


Animation Films

  • The First Armageddon | ALDIVAN TEIXEIRA TORRES


  • Magic Dream | Tomás Welss Barkan


Drama Films

  • Reality Therapy | Robert Fritz


  • SHIRONAM | INDRANIL GHOSH


  • The Straight Man | Paul Laudicano


  • Adult Humans | James Zeiss


  • Ellipsis | Ben Parsons


Documentary Films

  • I'm Moshanty. Do You Love Me? | Tim Wolff


  • Wave | Zhang Xiaoan


  • I woke up in Myanmar | Valentina D'Annunzio


  • Lakshmi - Untold truth | Kalpana Kumar


  • Diversity in the Long Gray Line | Les Owen


  • The Last Day on Duty | Jon Cortegoso Otaduy


  • Return to Foretop's Father | Preston Randolph


  • THE NORMANS | MAURICE MICALLEF


  • R.O.A.M - Riders On A Motorcycle | Kapil Dev Sharma & Diwas Pant


  • Mr India | James Fink-Jensen


Experiment Films

  • APSARA DHARA { FAIRY FALLS ) | Dr Ramesh Kamath


  • Polaroid YES | Benjamin Pascoe


  • The Middle Child: Finding My Voice Through Dance *** | Constance McIntyre


  • Wisper | Russ Emanuel


  • Devika | Jibin George James


  • The Ominous Project Universe Presents: ISOLATION | Shreco Bakari


Romantic Films

  • Learning to Fly | Anthony J. Turek


Thriller Films

  • Thy Neighbor | George A. Johnson


  • SHIRONAM | INDRANIL GHOSH


  • Sara | Bob Fokoua


  • VENUS PROJECT | WILLIAM MUSSINI


  • S'ids Lake | Kevin Ruiz


  • My Stretch of Texas Ground | Ralph Cinque


  • The Assassin's Apprentice | Russ Emanuel


  • FORMERLY... | Abhishek Bhattacharyya & Indrashish Lahiri


  • Abscessed | Isaac Rodriguez


  • Occupants | Russ Emanuel


  • Valak | Diego Di Iorio

Updated: Jun 2


RedWood Film Festival team glad to announce the list of Winner of February 2020 Edition. 

BEST CATEGORIES AWARDS

BEST SHORT FILM

Film: Sela (drink)

Directed by: Rafieka Davis


Synopsis: A young boy named Kamva carries the weight of his family due to the heavy drinking of his mother. (This film was written by students aged 12-14 as part of a screenplay project in an after school program in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.)










BEST ONE MINUTE SHORT FILM

Film: Anzel

Directed by: Donovan Swart


Synopsis: Anzel, a man on the brink of his own demise ruminates about lost love Clara. He wishes for nothing else but to hold her one more time.









BEST LGBT FILM

Film: INFRA Story

Directed by: Fabrice BRISEUX


Synopsis: Anny, a sixty-year-old painter, lives alone. During her many walks in the forest, she meets Laura, twenty-five, beautiful, bubbly and dynamic. An ambiguous relationship is established between them. Laura will do anything to get close to Anny, not wanting to be unfaithful to herself. Will Anny accept this relationship against her prejudices? This age difference, thirty-five years?







BEST STUDENT FILM

Film: Death did us part

Directed by: George Ward IV


Synopsis: A widow trying to move past her husbands death is haunted by a demon.

















BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Film: Drown

Directed by: Michael Valentino


Synopsis: A mother reflects on her past of having to protect herself and her children from an abusive husband.
















BEST WEB SERIES

Film: NihonGO NOW!

Directed by: Hiroki Ohsawa


Synopsis: Three Americans who learn and use Japanese participate in Japanese culture in Japan and in the US.

















BEST GENRE CATEGORIES AWARDS

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Film: Once Upon A Sky

Directed by: Barnali Ray Shukla


Synopsis: This film is a tribute to life, while we are still living.

The film follows the story of an Indian paraglider, Gurpreet Dhindsa and gazes upon this man’s total commitment to flying and engages with the idea that adventure sports is closest to being most alive and we know that best when we come to injuries. Injuries are variable here, some are fears, most are obstacles and finally of-course the ones which are external, which reveal as the film unfolds. The challenge is to get better than our circumstances and that brings out the real one in us. Gurpreet has given up things on earth to be in the skies.


BEST ANIMATION FILM

Film: Idiot

Directed by: Dušan Davidov


Synopsis: The “Smiling Man”, our hero is, in fact, an “Idiot”. The topic of altruism, when a hero helps also at the cost of not being understood, and his help may be considered annoying, is as eternal as mankind itself. Our story does not take place in aristocratic chambers but rather in an office. The “Smiling Man” is a small officer in a small town who lives 150 years later than the prince (the prince Myshkin). While F. Dostoyevsky depicted altruism in human relationships, our hero lives to work. For him, work is everything, it is something like breathing. Work is his second nature, he doesn’t realise the fact that he is abused by his colleagues, he helps because everybody wants him to help; because he is asked for help. While the topic of Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot” was altruism, our key topic is the misuse of altruism and its perception as a weakness. The “Smiling Man” slaves for all of them, not only at work, but also at home; without any claim to be paid, without any appreciation from his colleagues or family. He lives the life he considers correct. When a stupid boss unjustly fires him, he is not angry with him. Not even when the boss runs down to the street to give him the food box he has left behind in the office. The “Smiling Man” perceives it as the boss´s favour. He sees a human being in his boss. It would never occur to him, not even in his dreams, that he brought it to him just to prevent him from entering the office any more. Even if it came into his mind, he would never believe it, because he’s a nice guy; he is an “Idiot”.


BEST EXPERIMENT FILM

Film: Metamorphosis

Directed by: Charles-Edouard Dangelser


Synopsis: A mystical sculptor seeks to transform himself into his work.
















BEST ROMANTIC FILM

Film: FLAWLESS

Directed by: LEVY CLAUDE


Synopsis: A young man is going on a first date with a young lady, but things will take an unexpected turn because of a new mobile app
















BEST INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

BEST DIRECTOR

Award goes to: Veenit Katariia

Film: Love Ishtory

Directed by: Veenit Katariia


Synopsis: Love Ishtory is dramatical take on the casteism issue fructifying in our country. It’s a story of a young couple facing opposition on their affair. Chavi is from a brahmin family while Aakash belongs to a backward caste. Chhavi’s father, Bhaskar Shukla, is an influential personality. His daughter’s desire to marry a lower caste boy has shaken him up. Bhaskar ordered the local inspector Dubey Ji to catch Aakash to rough him up. It is a story of that day on which all this unfolds. Keeping the adrenaline high, the film progresses to reach a point where Chhavi’s elder brother Vicky is ready to blow Aakash’s head off. Will this classic tale of casteism end in another honour killing? Will the society again be a mute spectator to a horrific incident?


BEST SCREENWRITER

Award goes to: Suhaib khalid, Veenit Katariia & Nandita Pareek

Film: Love Ishtory

Directed by: Veenit Katariia


Synopsis: Love Ishtory is dramatical take on the casteism issue fructifying in our country. It’s a story of a young couple facing opposition on their affair. Chavi is from a brahmin family while Aakash belongs to a backward caste. Chhavi’s father, Bhaskar Shukla, is an influential personality. His daughter’s desire to marry a lower caste boy has shaken him up. Bhaskar ordered the local inspector Dubey Ji to catch Aakash to rough him up. It is a story of that day on which all this unfolds. Keeping the adrenaline high, the film progresses to reach a point where Chhavi’s elder brother Vicky is ready to blow Aakash’s head off. Will this classic tale of casteism end in another honour killing? Will the society again be a mute spectator to a horrific incident?


BEST EDITOR

Award goes to: Katsuhide Yamago Film: Nothing is Going Well

Directed by: Katsuhide Yamago


Synopsis: A young jobless man rent an apartment where nameless body lie down. Landlord who suspicious old man planing Insurance murder.








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