ClujShorts 2018 Award Winners

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The 6th edition of ClujShorts International Short Film Festival has come to an end. This means we also have a list of winners. Congratulations to all of them and thank you for being part of this event.

  • ClujShorts Trophy


Director: Ian Hunt Duffy

Ireland, Drama

An exceptional short-film, full of tension and surprises, great cinematography and  a perfectly folded editing on the film’s subject and script. A film in which viewers are caught in a cat and mouse game, being forced to put their certainties into question.


  • Best Director


Director: Camelia Popa

Romania, Drama

Excellently mastered as a directorial project (scenario, filming, installation) with a very good coordination of the actors. This film fully deserves the awarded prize


  • Best Editing

Monday – A German Lovestory

Editing: Vincent Tirpitz

Germany, Comedy

For the subtlety with which the arrangement subordinates all the expressive means of the five minutes of film and for the way the editing strategies become forms of irony.


  • Best Script


Script: Sergio Sarrión

Spain, Comedy

This film has a perfectly sophisticated script, with a scientist dosing of narrative tension, with brilliant replicas and an overturning situation that is very entertaining for the audience.


  • Best Cinematography


Cinematographer: Dávid Hartung

Hungary, Drama

For exceptional graphic quality and the use of intense, saturated colors, strongly contrasting with each other, but creating chromatic harmonies that are in line with the story’s bizarrerie.


  • Best Sound Editing

Real men don’t cry

Sound: José Luis Toral

Spain, Drama

For clarity and sophistication in treating sounds, for the extraordinary intelligence of using intra-dietic sound, but also, most importantly, for how the sound emphasizes or contradicts the affective states of the characters.


  • Best Animation


Director: Radheya Jegatheva


A dynamic, subtle, lyrical, animation that criticizes the consumer society and the abundance of information using the very tools the contemporary world puts at the disposal of filmmakers.


  • Best Documentary

Humans of Christiania

Director: Elena Rubashevska

Ukraine & Denmark

This film shows, using rhythmical and dynamic editing, that there is the possibility of building communities based on equality and equity, in which every person is guaranteed the right to free expression of his creative possibilities.


  • Persona Association Award

Trauma Industries

Director: Jethro Massey

France, Drama

For the sensitive way in which it questions the alienation of the human being, here it is both the child entering the adult world and, especially, the individual crushed by repressive, totalitarian societies


  • Jury Award


Director: Alberto Viavattene

Italy, Horror

From a conquering strangeness, this horror film speaks with the help of high-impact mnemonic images of the issue of multiple identities and personality transfer.


  • Best Student Short-Film

Night call

Director: Amanda Renee Knox

United States of America, Crime

For the perfect mastery of all the means of cinematographic expression and for the simple and direct way in which a story with a high moral load is told.


  • Best Actress

Mariona Casanovas

Old lease

Spain, Drama

For the sympathy that the actress playing the main role arouses, that of an elderly woman who does not hesitate to resort to crime to build a new life.


  • Best Actor

Sergey Kempo

The Monk

Russia, Drama

The actor in this film manages to represent, with highly concentrated expressions and posts, a whole inner drama.


  • The Audience Award


Director: Niels Bourgonje

Netherlands, Comedy


  • The Press Award

Hard Way: The Action Musical

Director: Daniel Vogelmann

Germany, Musical

 For the virtuosity that imitates classical genres, in particular the musical genre and B-series action, but also the “tender” irony to political correctness. Hard Way is a small gem.