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Short Film Competition

2022 Awards and Official Selections – congratulations to all the filmmakers!

One of the featured programs of our fall festival is the annual Short Film Competition. This audience favourite is an exciting program that presents a selection of short films submitted by regional, national and international filmmakers. This is a juried event and the official selections were publicly screened as part of the Barrie Film Festival’s annual Short Film Program Showcase on October 15, 2022.  Here is the list of award-winners:

 

SIMCOE AUDIO PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:

LOCKED – Directed by Noah Helinski


OPEN CATEGORY:

FIRST PLACE – THE PAST
Directed by Hamid Mohammadi (Iran)

SECOND PLACE – ABUELA DALÍ
Directed by Vega Halen, Saúl González (Spain)

THIRD PLACE – BIPLANE MODEL KIT
Directed by Tine Kluth (UK)


SIMCOE COUNTY CATEGORY:

FIRST PLACE – LOCKED
Directed by Noah Helinski

SECOND PLACE – WOMAN WITH BANGS
Directed by Samantha Loney

THIRD PLACE – THE SOUTH SIMCOE THEATRE – A Small Town Gem
Directed by Mauro Vadacchino


HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY:

FIRST PLACE – DISTANT COMMUNICATION
Directed by Alexander Coleman (BC, Canada)

SECOND PLACE- SHELL SHOCK
Directed by Carter Noah Gillam (Canada)

THIRD PLACE – UNROOTED
Directed by Nina Rafique (Canada)


 

Peoples Choice Award sponsor:

 

Full List of Official Selections

 

An Honourable Man

Directed by Ryan Curtis
Cast: Mark Hildreth, Ty Olsson, Victor Ayala, Andrew Barber, Dean Aylseworth, Avery Fane
Comedy/Drama, 5:00 (Canada)
Open Category

Two Jack-Asses at the funeral of the great and powerful Julius Ceaser, plan their eventual rise to power.

Abuela Dalí

Directed by VEGA HALEN, SAÚL GONZÁLEZ
10 min., Spanish with English subtitles (Spain)
Open Category

Four women in a wedding closet use the Ouija in order to prove that the family’s grandmother was Salvador Dalí.

One Cream One Sugar

Directed by Konstantina Mantelos and Douglas Gibbens
Starring: Sheila McCarthy and Deborah Grover
8:15 min. (Canada)
Open Category

Life-long friends Cynthia and Morrigan catch up over their daily ritual of morning coffee, and discuss what it means to move on.

Distant Communication

Directed by Alexander Coleman
Animation, 1:53 (Canada)
High School Category – Stratford Hall

An experimental animated short about sending messages from a long distance.

Shell Shock

Directed by Carter Noah Gillam
War/Drama, 8:14 (Canada)
High School Category – McKinnon Park Secondary School

Shell Shock is a post World War 1 short film that was inspired by the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. The film shows the internal struggles of a soldier who experienced ‘Shell Shock’ (or PTSD in todays terms) after the war. Carter Gillam stars in this project and created the film solely.

The Past

Directed by Hamid Mohammadi
7:25 (Iran)
Open Category

A writer is threatened by government officials to stop writing for political reasons, leaving him in constant fear and no longer able to write. In the end, he ignores his fears and starts writing.

Locked

Directed by Noah Helinski
Cast: Megan Adam, Angelo Basso, Caitlin McKenzie
Drama, 10 min. (Canada)
Simcoe Category

A couple navigates the morning after a particularly difficult night.

I’m Not Jacques

Directed by John Bregar
Cast: James Gerus, Nik Salt
4:53 (Canada)
Open Category

A paranoid man who was cheated on finds the man who took his girl and ties him up for revenge!

The Magic Monkey

Directed by Soham Deepak Sant
Co-written and key cast Soham Deepak Sant, Lance Sy, Ryan Ang
3:56 (Canada)
High School Category – MDHS, Milton Ontario Canada

Warning… Don’t mess with the Monkey!

The South Simcoe Theatre – A Small Town Gem

Directed by Mauro Vadacchino
Historical/Non-Fiction, 9:26 (Canada)
Simcoe County Category

A documentary centering around the South Simcoe Theatre, a small town community theatre that runs out of an old town hall building built in 1867. It has a rich history, a strong and passionate community, and is the site of paranormal activity.

Survivers

Directed by Carlos Gómez-Trigo
Cast: Stephanie Magnin, Maarten Dannenberg, Alex Moreu
Sci-fi/Dark Comedy, 6:30, French with English subtitles (Spain)
Open Category

Natural selection says that only those who adapt will survive. What if humans have become stupid?

Unrooted

Directed by Nina Rafique
Animation, 1:10 (Canada)
High School Category – Etobicoke School of the Arts

Mother and daughter live in the aftermath of assimilation, and must figure out how to build a home in their chosen emptiness.

Woman With Bangs

Directed by Samantha Loney
Cast: Samantha Loney, Leah Haque, Monica Loney
3:25 (Canada)
Simcoe County Category

An insecure gallery worker finds beauty in herself and the art she works with.

Biplane Model Kit

Directed by Tine Kluth
Animation, 4 min. (UK)
Open Category

I’m sitting here with my girl but she’s only in my head, and she wants me to take her to the ocean – in a biplane!


Categories:

High School: Open to filmmakers that created their film while in high school, can be created as part of, or independently of a school programme or class. Film must have been made before your 19th Birthday and have been completed after January 1, 2020.

Simcoe County Division: Open to all filmmakers, however entrants must reside in the geographic region of Simcoe County (including Barrie, Ontario, Canada) or have been a resident in the last 5 years. Simcoe County is located in the central portion of Southern Ontario, Canada. Film must have been completed after January 1, 2020.

Open: Open to all independent filmmakers regardless of age or residence. Film must have been completed after January 1, 2020.


The 25th Annual Barrie Film Festival is funded by: