The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival has announced the award winners for the 2016 edition.
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
'Ursa Minor' (Greece) By Elissavet Chronopoulou. In a cheap by-the-hour hotel, a man is being arrested while a woman, unconscious, is being transported to the hospital. On his way to the police station, in the patrol car, the man is recalling the last few months, from the day he first met the woman until the dramatic end of their relationship, a few minutes ago. In the meantime the effort of two people to love each other.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
'Sick' (Croatia) By Hrvoje Mabic. At the age of 16 Ana was locked up in a psychiatric hospital by her parents who arranged the treatment for curing her homosexuality with the hospital director. After enduring five years of heavy traumas at the hospital, Ana is now free but on the verge of suicide and with almost no trust in people around her. Everyone she ever loved have rejected and abandoned her. Still, she longs for a girl who would accept her and wouldn't think of her as insane because of her PTSD condition. She finds all that in Martina, her new love whom she plans the wedding with. However, Martina's huge patience and devotion wanes with time as she finds Ana obsessed with her past. Her only reason for living is revenge on everyone who caused her pain and suffering, and not the relationship and life they're sharing together. Will Ana manage to overcome the hell she went through and devote herself to the life with Martina? Or will she end up abandoned and alone again? 'Sick' is a film about love, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM 2016
'Little Block Of Cement With Dishevelled Hair Containing The Sea' (Spain) By Jorge Lopez Navarrete. A dog and a mare embark upon a voyage together. With every step they take, the differences between them become inevitably clearer, and yet the profound mutual knowledge they develop over time shows the potential to suddenly produce a luminous moment between the two.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
'Vacant' (Australia) By Elle Marsh. A Car park so great it should have it's own postcode. This film explores the beauty & emptiness of Australia's largest car park. In broader terms it explores what urban sprawl & transport means for sustainable living and its implications on a city's cultural identity. Soundscape & images recorded on location at Melbourne's International Airport car park.
BEST EXPERIMENTAL DOCUMENTARY FILM
'A Noodle In The Rain' (United States) By Minki Hong. On a rainy day, I just want something warm or hot. So I boil the water to eat a Korean instant ramen.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
'Imagining Time' (Australia) By Jelena Sinik. Adapted from the poem 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T. S. Eliot, Imagining Time is designed in a split-screen format. The animation combines notions of the disruption of the everyday; magical realism and surrealism with the themes of isolation, introversion and passivity from the poem.
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
'Plethora' (Germany) By Annique Delphine. Plethora is an experimental film exploring female sensuality, beauty, and desire versus the powerlessness women can feel when faced with societal expectations of gender roles and relationships formed by patriarchal systems.
TORONTO NEW VISION AWARD
'Squame' (Canada) By Nicolas Brault. Squame explores the body's sensitive envelope, the skin. The ephemeral animated desquamations, created with the help of sugar casts, evoke fragile landscapes in a world at the edge of abstraction. Somewhere between archeological artifacts and macroscopic observations, the friable frontiers of these human bodies elude our gaze.
BEST ART DIRECTION
'Kachi Kachi' (United States) By Jory Lee Cordy. After Lucy returns home from rehab, she finds Charlie doing his best to save the relationship, but she's already made plans to burn it down.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
'Uncanny Valley' (Argentina) By Federico Heller. In the slums of the future, VR junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.
BEST CHARACTER DESIGN
'Husky 'I'm Not Coming Back' (United Kingdom) By Wayne Mccauslin. 'I'm not coming back' is a music video which focuses primarily on two characters, a man and his dog as they escape the city and drive through surreal landscapes, bumpy terrains and mystical forests. The Film was produced over the summer of 2015 in Berlin, and was hand crafted using puppets and miniature sets then finalised with compositing the 3D characters.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
'Yes Sir Noceur' - Voodoo (Australia) By Tom Adam
BEST TECNHO MUSIC VIDEO
'The Boudoir' (Canada) By David Latreille
BEST UNDERGROUND MUSIC VIDEO
'The House' (Indonesia) By Bona Palma
BEST ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO
Y'our Gay Thoughts' - To Disappear (Japan) By Densuke28
BEST ROCK MUSIC VIDEO
'Wolves' (United Kingdom) By Richard Davis
BEST EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC VIDEO
'Soil' (United States) By Abbey Sacks
BEST NO-BUDGET MUSIC VIDEO
'Bat Smeared Face' (United States) By Carla Forte
BEST CRAZY MUSIC VIDEO
'Icecream' (Russian Federation) By Sviatoslav Kozlov, Marina Lukanina