Palm Springs Shortfest Gives ‘Matriochkas’ Its Top Short-Film Award

"Matriochkas", a French and Belgian short film directed by Bérangère Mc Neese, was named the best film of the Palm Springs International Shortfest 2020, which announced its winners on Sunday. The film about the sexual awakening of a 16-year-old girl in the course of a summer is one of five films that, due to jury awards in Palm Springs, can qualify for the Academy Awards in the short film categories.
The other Oscar-winning winners are Josephine Lohoar Self's "The Fabric of You", which was recognized as the best animated short film. Savanah Leaf and Taylor Russell's "The Heart Still Hums", best documentary; Inbar Horesh's "Birthright", best live action short film over 15 minutes; and Laurynas Bareisa's "Dummy", best live action short film under 15 minutes.
A total of 332 short films were part of the official selection of the festival, which did not take place physically this year due to the corona virus. Some of the films selected for the festival were shown online during the Shortfest from June 16-22.
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Other winners were the student shorts "Still Working" and "Heading South"; "The Tongues" and "My Hero", which have won in the international and US categories respectively; "The Present", which received the GoE Bridging the Borders Award; and "Daughter", an Oscar nominee earlier this year in the "Best Animated Short" category.
The winners received prizes totaling $ 25,000 and were selected by various juries made up of filmmakers, festival programmers and journalists. (Full disclosure: I was a member of one of the juries.)
The full list of winners and special mentions:
Oscar-qualifying awards:
CVB Best of the Festival Award from Greater Palm Springs: "Matriochkas", Bérangère Mc Neese
Special mention (for Creative Vision): "Stay awake, be ready", Pham Thien An
Special mention (for the director): "Mizaru", Sudarshan Suresh
Best animated short film: "The Fabric of You", Josephine Lohoar Self
Special mention: "SH_T Happens", Michaela Mihalyi and David Stumpf
Best documentary: "The heart is still buzzing," Savanah Leaf and Taylor Russell
Special mentions: "Dead Woman's Pass", Lali Houghton; "Huntsville Station", Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone
Best live action short film over 15 minutes: "Birthright", Inbar Horesh
Special mention: "Henet Ward", Morad Mostafa
Best live action short film 15 minutes and younger: "Dummy", Laurynas Bareisa
Special mention: "The Midsummer Part", Yudi Zhang
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Student Short Awards:
Best Student Animated Short: "Daughter", Daria Kashcheeva
Special mention: "SH_T Happens", Michaela Mihalyi and David Stumpf
Best Student Documentary Short: "For your sake", Ronja Hemm
Special mention: "All cats are gray in the dark", Lasse Linder
Best Student International Short: "Still Working", Julietta Korbel
Special mention: "10:47 pm Line 34", Michael Karrer
Best Student US Short Film: "Heading South," Yuan Yuan
Special mention: "Tape", Jojo Erholtz
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Special Jury Awards:
Best international short film: "The Tongues", Marja Bål Nango and Ingir Bål
Special mention: "Fair", Kaveh Mazaheri
Best US short film: "My Hero" by Logan Jackson
Special mention: "Pharmacopeia", Tania Taiwo
GoE Bridging the Borders Award: "The Present", Farah Nabulsi
Special mention: "Container", Daphne Maziariaki
Local Jury Award: “Welcome Strangers”, Dia Sokol Savage
Special mention: "Sundays in Triple Nickel", Jess Colquhoun
Vimeo Staff Pick Award: "Give up the ghost", Zain Duraie
Young Cineastes Award: "Colette", Anthony Giacchino
Special mention: "Gilded", Chloé Léonil
Best comedy short film: "Viktor on the moon", Christian Arhoff
Special mention (for the director): "Blocks", Bridget Moloney
Best LGBTQ + short film: "Kama’aina", Kimi Howl Lee
Special mention: "La Gloria", Mary Evangelista
Best midnight short film: "The Sleepwalkers", Radhika Apte
Special mention: "The nights alone", Olivier Strauss
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