25 shorts competed this year for the Audience Award for Best Short. As in the previous years, the Audience was asked to answer the question “Would you watch this film for a second time?”
15 shorts out of the 25 got a “yes” answer 50% or more -which is an indication that this year’s selection was even better than 2008.
This year the Award returned to Europe. The short film that scored the higher percentage, and the Winner of the 2009 Audience Award for Best Short is
“La Plluja” (Rain), Spain, by director Nofre Moya.
Director Nofre Moya
“It’s a great honour to me to receive this ”audience best award”. It makes me feel that I share with the audience similar inquietudes about the present society, and about what we expect from the close future if we don’t change our attitude in the world we live.
Sometimes the fantasy is the best way to analyze the real present.”
Indeed, awarding “Rain”, indicates the desire of the audience for shorts that stay focused on the present day and use the devices of the Fantastic Arts to talk about what troubles us in today’s world.
The other four shorts that make up the SFF-rated 2009 Full House of Shorts are:
2nd: “Tea & Remembrance” by Ron Yuan (USA), reflecting the popularity of comics and of “martial dancing” in Greece.
3d: “La Main Des Maitres” by A. Toupet/C.Delatre/V.Chauvet (France) an excellent animation that I suspect lost the Award only because it was too short (4 minutes) and lacked a fully developed story.
4th: “Las Gafas” (The Glasses) by Alberto Garcia Martin (Spain), a witty and humorous story about religious faith.
5th: “Welgunzer” by Bradford Schmidt (USA), where time travel has nothing to do with science and everything to do with human emotions.
The full list of the 15 shorts that persuaded the SFF-rated 2009 audience to dedicate to them more of their time follows.
|1||La Lluvia / La Plluja||Nofre Moya||SPAIN|
|2||Tea and Remembrance||Ron Yuan||USA|
|3||La Main des Maitres||A.Toupet/C.Delatre/V.Chauvet||FRANCE|
|4||Las Gafas||Alberto Garcia Martin||SPAIN|
|9||Arthur’s Lore||V. Lund & M.Cooke||UNITED KINGDOM|
|10||The Small Multiple||Daniel Piatt||USA|
|11||Morana||Simon Bogojevic Narath||CROATIA|
|13||The Isolationist||S.G. Cunningham||USA|
|14||Time Patrol||Jasmin Jodry||UNITED KINGDOM|