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

Gridlock
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

2lei60
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

Tomasito
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

Cubeman
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

iRony
Director: Radheya Jegatheva
Australia
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

Birthday
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

Bridge
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.