The 3rd Annual New York International Short Film Festival (NY Shorts Fest) announced this year’s winners at an award ceremony at Open House in New York City on Thursday, May 29, 2014. NY Shorts Fest, held May 27-29 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, screened over 60 films from a variety of filmmakers worldwide.
This years jury selected Subconscious Password (Canada), directed by Chris Landreth, as the NY Shorts Grand Prize winner and Best Animation. Subconscious Password is about a mans inability to remember a friends name turning into a mind-bending romp through a game show of the unconscious.
The judges selection for Best Foreign Film went to A Memory of Last Summer (Poland), directed by Kuba Gryzewski and Ivo Krankowski. The film takes place in Warsaw during the mid-1980’s at a boring Christmas party, that is, until Basia unexpectedly meets someone very familiar.
NY Shorts Fest Best Documentary Award went to director Matthew VanDyke’s Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (USA)- a story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians, a male rebel fighter and a female journalist, as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people.
The Best Drama Award went to La Loteria (USA), directed by Shahir Daud. This drama relives the three biggest regrets of main character, Augusto Ramirez, while waiting to board his flight to America.
Anthony (UK), directed by Jonathan van Tulleken, took home NY Shorts Fest’s Best Comedy Award. This film takes us on a journey with Anthony and Santa, who go about saving themselves and Christmas using only toys and their wits. This year Christmas isn’t going to be about good will, it’s going to be about savage, brutal, survival… and a whole load of toys.
Rounding out the award winners for the 3rd NY Shorts Fest is What Cheer? (USA) who took home the award for Best of New York. Directed by Michael Slavens, What Cheer? shows Stan (Richard Kind), after the sudden death of his wife, facing the music and coming to terms with the unbridled grief.
The complete list of award winners:
• Grand Prize: Subconscious Password (Canada)
• Best Drama: La Loteria (USA)
• Best Documentary: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (USA)
• Best Comedy: Anthony (UK)
• Best Foreign Film: A Memory of Last Summer (Poland)
• Best Animation: Subconscious Password (Canada)
• Best of New York: What Cheer? (USA)
About New York International Short Film Festival
New York International Short Film Festival (NY Shorts Fest) showcases the finest short-form cinema from around the world to enthusiastic audiences in the vibrant filmmaking enclave of New York City. In 2012, NY Shorts Fest premiered “Derek” written, directed, and starring Ricky Gervais, which won for Best Comedy. Since its premiere at NY Shorts Fest “Derek” has become a popular British television show and is now available for streaming on Netflix.