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Short Film

FOLCS International Short Film Competition 2021 - 8th Annual Awards Night

April 8, 2021

Featuring five Screening Days to view the finalist films and an Awards Night, the 8th Annual Awards Night was held virtually on April 8, 2021. 

In 2021, for the very first time, FOLCS  virtually hosted its annual International Short Film Competition. In the spirit of continuing to provide a public service for our audiences sheltered at home, we made our independent short films and the 8th Annual Awards Night available to you at times when gathering together in person was not possible.

This special program was produced in partnership with the New York Film Academy.

BEST SHORT

The Heavy Burden

Director: Yilmaz Özdil

Year: 2020
Runtime: 0:17:00
Language: Kurdish, Turkish
Country: Turkey

Hosted by his uncle in Turkey, a young Kurd from Syria decides to return to his country to bring back his young donkey to replace his uncle’s old donkey recently “retired” by the municipality of the city.

2nd PLACE

The Blue Bed

Director: Alireza Kazemipour

Year: 2020
Runtime: 0:14:10
Language: Persian
Country: Iran

Zahra is a middle-aged woman who visits a temporary marriage agency and signs up to have a young working girl. She picks her up to take her home but the girl (Negar) who has never had a female client before, becomes suspicious of Zahra’s intent and sexual orientation.

3rd PLACE

& BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER

Gets Good Light

Director: Alejandra Parody

Year: 2019
Runtime: 0:16:00
Language: English
Country: United States

BEST SCREENPLAY 

& AUDIENCE FAVORITE

Musician

Director: Mohsen Mehri Darouei

Year: 2020
Runtime: 0:19:41
Language: Persian/Fars
Country: Iran

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER

Comfortable Position

Director: DRF Children Animation Studio

Year: 2019
Runtime: 0:04:12
Language: English
Country: Uzbekistan

 

FINAL JURY 2021

 

William Fichtner
Actor

Margarita Levieva
Actress

Crickett Rumely
Director, Film Festival Department, New York Film Academy (LA Campus).

Jonathan Whittaker
Chair of Short-Term Programs at New York Film Academy (NY Campus)

Herschel Faber
Chair of Filmmaking Department, New York Film Academy (South Beach Campus);

FAQ

 

What events did physically take place?

None. The screenings and the 8th Annual Awards Night already took place virtually via Zoom Webinar on April 8th, 2021.

Was there a Q+A with filmmakers after the films?

There has been a Conversation with filmmakers and guests on April 8th, 2021, for our 8th Annual Awards Night. It took place via Zoom Webinar. A recording of the Conversation will be able to the public audience within a few weeks. Please sign up to our email list to receive notifications about our upcoming events. 

 

This special program was produced in partnership with the New York Film Academy

If you have any other questions, please contact our ISFC Director, Shervin Abachi, at  shervin.abachi@folcs.org.