2021-2022 

SYNERGY FILM FESTIVAL 2022 WINNERS & OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

 

 

SPECIAL JURY AWARD

 

AWARD WINNER

Happy Transmissions

Directed by

Dusty Saunders

Follow our hero Happy down a sedative rabbit hole, filled with adventure, strange trips, and good times.


 


 

 

ANIMATION FILMS

 

 

AWARD WINNER

 

 

Suddenly

Directed by

Director Nic Gregory

The journey of a lightning bolt from sky to ground highlights the saying “life flashes before your eyes”.


 

 

 


 

SEMI-FINALISTS

 

There is exactly enough time

Directed by

Oskar Salomonowitz

Oskar Salomonowitz, the 12-year-old son of filmmakers Anja Salomonowitz and Virgil Widrich, had drawn 206 frames of a flip book when he died in an accident. Using the remaining blank sheets, his father continued drawing the film.
Winner of 61 international film awards!

On / Off

Directed by

Nicolas P. Villarreal

Endless distractions threaten to destroy creativity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


 

Mr.Catman Bring Me A Dream

Directed by

Tzu-Yu Pan

 

 

The Shape of the Land

Directed by

Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer

 

Monkey Business

Directed by

Jan Beyen

William Afton vs Andrew - Lego Fight

Directed by

Mark Bakunin


 


 


 


 


 

MUSIC VIDEOS

FINALIST

All the Flowers

Directed by

Marlena Ariana Martinez

Through a gloomy world of giant wilting flowers Velvet Penny crawls up a giant staircase through a light-filled door where she enters onto a cliff and continues to blissfully walk to her death in the golden hour; surrounded by personifications of mixed emotions and lost innocence. As she makes her final wish the viewer then follows Velvet Penny into 'a world of her own' where dancing flowers surround her in a void of darkness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SEMI-FINALISTS

Corrupted Matter / Vocal & Visual Expression

Directed by
Perla Joe Maalouli

In times of wound and insecurity, people were invited to a safe cocoon to listen to the vocal expression "Corrupted Matter". We have captured their emotions and created this visual expression/music video for the one-year commemoration of the Beirut explosion on August 4th, 2021.


 

 

Florida Music Video

Directed by

Simon Davies

Music video for 'Florida' by Fauvely

 

 


 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


 

Let the wind sing

Directed by

Igor Sukachev


 

Isolation

Directed by

Soheil Mosharraf


 

Oliver Tree & Little Big - The Internet

Directed by

Oliver Tree, Alina Pasok Pasok, Maxim Semyonov

OLIVER TREE & LITTLE BIG - TURN IT UP

Directed by

Alina Pasok, Iliya Prusikin, Oliver Tree

LITTLE BIG - MOUSTACHE

Directed by

Alina Pasok, Iliya Prusikin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BEST STUDENT FILMS

WINNER


 

LEMON

Directed by

Yuanyuan Lu

A man is sitting in a narrow living room and reading a book. There is a sofa, a box filled with various stuff and a ceiling lamp in this room. The lamp lightens the room. However, the bulb is broken without warning. The man is shocked and tries to find a new bulb in the box in the darkness. After a search, he finds something that has a similar shape and plugs it into the lamp. However, after the room becomes lightened again, he notices that the thing he finds is actually a lemon but can be used as a bulb somehow. The space lightened by the lemon becomes a lemon tree woods, which becomes the start of his adventure.


 

 


 

SEMI-FINALIST


 

MOANIN'

Directed by

Jason Michael Perniciaro

An aging Jazz star struggles to play his instrument while fighting with his new live-in nurse.


The Statement

Directed by

Owen Imgrund

After investigating an Elder cult's meeting place, a professor wakes to find himself in an interrogation room with a grotesquely scarred hand.

 

 

Pirouette

Directed by

Shaily Sanghvi

Pirouette takes you through the journey of life. Sometimes the purpose that you choose, does not choose you. Is that the end though? Look closer and you’d be surprised how life runs in circles.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


 

The Walk

Directed by

 Courtney Travelle Wheeler


 

Transfert

Directed by

Emeric Gallego


 

The Meantime

Directed by

Samantha Pess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

EXPERIMENTAL FILMS

WINNER

The Sip

Directed by

Paul Bestolarides

A man must come to terms with his past on a camping trip. 'The Sip' was shot during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. The thematic elements explore death and how loss impacts life.


 

SEMI-FINALIST


 

Something

Directed by

Barbara Stepansky

A million moments in time of a relationship at a crossroads is juxtaposed with the question about the future of physics and the existence of a multiverse.


 

Involutati, A Journey of the Soul Through Matter

Directed by

Salvador Ortega, Arturo Sastré, Claire Becker

A classic romance with a twist of the stomache.
Claire's hands search in this world of matter for the nuances of the soul, and shape the clay until its voice is freed. A luminous journey to reconnect with life.


 

 

Otonashi

Directed by

Martin Gerigk

"Painted in silence, a sparrow’s dream invokes timeless harmonies. In the heart of the universal geometry, the seed of calm is formed." Otonashi is a philosophical voyage through inner and outer experiences of the human existence - an audiovisual meditation of futuristic transmutations about the Japanese Hannya Shingyō.

 

 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


 

RIMLESS

Directed by

Yi Qu


 

House on Fire

Directed by

Jess Hole, Jessica Stirnemann


 

The Song of Songs

Directed by

André Goldberg

 

Abstract film

Directed by

Kostiantyn Mishchenko


 

A Waste of Time

Directed by

Harrison Stengle


 

RILEY

Directed by

Jennifer Michele

 

 

The Pandemic Dances

Directed by

Richard Daniels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

WEB SERIES

WINNER


 

DICHOS

Directed by

Mary Angélica Molina

DICHOS is a comedy web series about Latin American expressions. Because a “saying" in any language never has a literal translation in another, each episode presents absurdist stories that describe their spirit and essence. DICHOS attempts to translate the untranslatable. In the first episode, a soft-spoken woman finally asserts herself before her colleagues.


 

 

 

 

 


 

SEMI-FINALISTS


 

OFF GUARD

Directed by

Emile Rizk

Seb is so fed up of working for next to nothing. He can't bear to continue to disappoint his ex Élise, the mother of his son Sam. He goes to the shrink to help with his outbursts, but nothing works. It’s then that Mike, a former colleague, invites him to a recruitment session for a dubious


Arthur

Directed by

Nick Rusconi

Two serial killers on the run. A woman scorned, wanting revenge. An FBI agent on a lifelong hunt. A dwarf who knows far too much. Amidst car chases, love and torture, secrets and life-changing revelations, Arthur’s story continues: will he follow Zed’s example and resume his life as the amiable killer-next-door? Or will he finally break free from his “unsavoury hobby”?

 

 

 

 


 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


 

Frapuccino

Directed by

Paul-André Robin, David Trujillo, Barnabé Corsand, Clémentine Odion


 

Nothing Personal

Directed by

Fedor Kudryavtsev


 

Love 3.0. You're from the future

Directed by

Ольга Филонова

W.T.F. - Weird Things in the Forest

Directed by

Jordi Avalos, Samuel Télot


 

Cooking with Kyssara

Directed by

Anne Mueller

Thrilled to Announce

Directed by

Bret Jones


 


 


 

 

 

 


 

BEST SHORT FILMS

WINNER


 

A day will come

Directed by

Nicolas Cazalé

Weakened by a stay in an psychiatric hospital reunites with her son, Luca, who lives far away with his father now. But the joy of the reunion will be brief and Audrey will have to question her role as a mother.


 

SEMI-FINALIST


 

Uncut

Directed by

Mark Hensley

After the New Republic Patriot Party seizes control in America , and passes a law requiring all males over 35 to have a vasectomy to keep the number of babies with birth defects down, Jamie decides to flee to Canada on the eve of his 35th birthday.


 

Tierra del Fuego

Directed by

Oleksandr Lozytskyi

Film from an exciting expedition to Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Argentina in November 2021.

 

Shoutout To All Of My Haters

Directed by

Colby Herbst

A man reveals to the world that he has always had the ability to fly, and to prove it he'll fly off the roof of his apartment building. A documentary team follows him around on his final days leading up to his flight.In some rented offices, auditions are held for some independent films. Genres and approaches more or less "creative" are highlighted through the requests of directors who try to get the maximum, and perhaps more, from their work. In the meantime an attendant finds himself assisting in a more or less direct way to these controversial situations. Where will we end up with these new approaches?


 

 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Food Apartheid

Directed by

Alan J. Chriest


 

The Will to Live - Yes, I was diagnosed with breast cancer

Directed by

Peiju Huang


 

Bluff

Directed by

Artur Matveev


 

A Waste of Time

Directed by

Harrison Stengle


 

Josefina

Directed by

Nadia Flamenco


 

The Militiaman

Directed by

David Peter Hansen

 

 

We Made It

Directed by

Megan Joyce Schowalter


 

BEST FEATURE FILMS

WINNER


 

Everything Will Be Fine In The End

Directed by

Joseph Bartone

Everything Will Be Fine in the End centers around three twenty-somethings whose aimless existence becomes defined by an act of violence. Buzz (Kent Harper) a small-time drug dealer and self-professed private investigator steals George’s (Elsa Kennedy) dog that she stole from Tom (Ken Forsgren) at a dog park. To get revenge on Buzz, George enlists the help of Kai (Steven Michael Martin) and Renka (Cheska Zaide). Her plan backfires when a robbery goes horribly wrong.


 

SEMI-FINALIST


 

CHILDREN AS GIANTS

Directed by

Jesse Hutchins

Living with his older brother and his fantasy world while dealing with the added heartbreak of his son's passing takes Declan McKnight on a journey where the only way to move forward is to accept fantasy as reality.


 

LOVE & BROTHERHOOD

Directed by

Jason Horn

Makaila and Brandon are a couple that has decided they are going to move in together after dating for some time. But Makaila has some baggage that needs to come with her, Arnold her brother who was recently kicked off the couch by his mother and now needs somewhere to stay. Moving into a new place together brought them to a building full of beautiful women which enticed Brandon to play a little on the side, not knowing that playing the game might cost you your life.

 


 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Arshinagar (Reflection)

Directed by

Ahmed Tahsin Shams


 

Team Pierre

Directed by

 Pete Koff


 

An Exercise in Empathy

Directed by

 Cedric O'Bannon


 

The Dental Plan

Directed by

Wayne Diu


 

GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT!

Directed by

Jon J Peterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST FOREIGN FILMS

WINNER


 

THE UGLY TRUTH

Directed by

Krishna Ashu Bhati

Mona, her husband Theo and daughter Hanna live in an idyllic villa on the outskirts of Berlin. When the attractive 18 years old daughter of a friend comes to visit, the profound problems and fragility of the small family reveal, as a tragic downward spiral takes its inevitable course.


 

SEMI-FINALIST


 

October 22

Directed by

Nauwroz Khan

The moment he sees her from a distant, he was able to identify that she is the one! The very first love of his life. Memories are rekindled, he remembers the days both used to celebrate their birthdays in primary school (October 22nd). He is so happy to see her again after decades, but not realizing that she is diagnosed with dementia; she is not able to remember her past. Will he be able to make her remember the days they used to be together?


 

Marie-Luise

Directed by

Hervine De Boodt

 


 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

TROUBADOURS CELESTES

Directed by

Hervine De Boodt


 

Letter from Bobeyan

Directed by

Stephen Paul Cooke


 

BEST DRAMA FILMS

WINNER

Pirouette

Directed by

Shaily Sanghvi

Pirouette takes you through the journey of life. Sometimes the purpose that you choose, does not choose you. Is that the end though? Look closer and you’d be surprised how life runs in circles.

BEST TRAILER

WINNER


 

It Began In Brooklyn

Directed by

Daxton Dubach

A first hand account recollecting growing up in the United States during a simpler time that gave rise to incredible and hilarious stories.


 

SEMI-FINALIST


 

The Chief

Directed by

Aundra' Michael Segrest

The Chief in Nash Valley has been characterized as a spiritual man, but firm when it comes to fighting crime and being respectable, to all persons regardless of race,
creed, color, origin, nationality or sex. He conducts and carry himself in a very professional manner. He is married with no children. The chief (Spencer James Johnson) is a bright young man with inspirations to make a difference in law enforcement practices and the community. His life’s track and career ladder were no easy journey. Early on during the chief’s life, he was engaged to Melody Cooper. Melody got on drugs and ran off to Orange County. She was pregnant with his child, which he had no knowledge of.  Melody later died, but she wrote the Chief a letter letting him know he had a daughter. He eventually started a new life and got married. Despite his turbulent journey through life, the chief never lost sight of trying to make a difference in the community.


 

An Unimportant Girl

Directed by

Daxton Dubach

Born in Nazi Germany to a life of poverty, Vivianne overcomes the obstacles of hunger, sexual harrassment, immigration and suicide on her journey to find her place in this world.

 


 

BEST DIRECTOR

WINNER


 

Music and Mental Health

Directed by

Tina Rix

Beautiful charming Austin, TX....the Live Music Capital of the World, has been the home of Nigerian American psychotherapist, singer, and Film Director, Tina Rix for the past 5 years. A transformation began to take over Tina from day one of opening her mental health company here. Austin is a city that recognizes mental health as an important issue and one that can be combated by spreading awareness, we invite you to watch the Music and Mental Health Docuseries


 

SEMI-FINALIST


 

The two brothers and Santa Claus

Directed by

Gabriel Tibi

As Christmas Eve approaches, Léo, a naïve 7-year-old kid, searches for evidence to prove that Santa Claus really exists.
His older brother, Kevin, tries to prove him wrong.


 

October 22

Directed by

Nauwroz Khan

The moment he sees her from a distant, he was able to identify that she is the one! The very first love of his life. Memories are rekindled, he remembers the days both used to celebrate their birthdays in primary school (October 22nd). He is so happy to see her again after decades, but not realizing that she is diagnosed with dementia; she is not able to remember her past. Will he be able to make her remember the days they used to be together?

BEST SCRIPT/SCREENPLAY

WINNER

Bad Love Tigers

Directed by

Kevin Schewe

It is New Year’s Eve, 1974, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the fun-loving and adventurous teens of the Bad Love Gang are ambushed by a Russian KGB agent. This propels them to use the White Hole Project Time Machine to time travel back to World War II. The gang meets with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who guides them on their mission to protect a mysterious alien spaceship and America’s top-secret Area 51.
On their perilous mission, the gang must deal with Russian, Chinese, and Indian espionage forces who stand in their path. Along the way, the gang encounters danger, intrigue, betrayal, and a little romance. Ultimately, the intrepid Bad Love Gang triumphs over their adversaries to protect the alien spaceship and maintain the security of Area 51. It's Stand by Me Meets Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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