/press release 2019
The 5th Sydney World Film Festival kicked off this year on April 7 with a full house at the Golden Age Cinema with a selection of great short films from around the globe. The festival ended with again a full house on April 12 at the Palace Central Cinemas with among other the world premiere of 'One More Way To Sink Into My Heart', a beautiful experimental look on a retired couple living in a rural American town.
During the course of the festival filmgoers could catch 37 feature and short films — selections from among the 1,500 submissions the festival received this year from 45 different countries. Host of the festival John Samaha looks back at a successful edition "this is a rich experience for lovers of film or those just tipping their toes into the world of international cinema, a chance to meet fellow film enthusiasts and broaden your personal horizons".
The 2019 Sydney World Film Festival prize winners are:
Best Narrative Feature Film: SONGS IN THE SUN (DENMARK) BY KRISTIAN SEJRBO LIDEGAARD. On a hot summer day, Anna visits her childhood friend Julie, on the Danish island Møn, where they both grew up. Julie is obsessed with an old Danish myth and spends all her time in the forest.
Best Documentary Feature Film: ONE MORE WAY TO SINK INTO MY HEART (UNITED STATES) BY KEREN MOSCOVITCH. A filmmaker visits the home of a retired couple living in a rural American town, where they introduce her to their imaginative and quixotic intimate life. Through a series of interviews, short intimate vignettes and sensual environmental video and audio experiments, the viewer is invited down a psychical rabbit hole, through which the secrets of this couple’s happiness are revealed.
Best Narrative Short Film: ELISA (GERMANY) BY KRISTINA KEAN SHTUBERT. 'Elisa' portrays the claustrophobic and extremely painful relationship between nine year old Elisa and her mother.
Best Documentary Short Film: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND PLAYED AT MY HIGH SCHOOL (UNITED STATES) BY ROBERT PIETRI, TONY JANNELLI. This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance.
Best Experimental Film: SALT WATER (UNITED STATES) BY ABE ABRAHAM. Dance-film set to the seismographic recordings of the earth's vibrations.
Best Animated Film: MARFA (UNITED STATES) BY GREG MCLEOD, MYLES MCLEOD. A town on the borderlands of Texas. A desert where strange lights dance in the night sky. A landscape of lost horses, freaks and food trucks. And then there’s the giant lemon.
Best Underground Film: DIVA & ASTRO (UNITED STATES) BY ANGEL BARROETA. A streetwise posse idly roams the evening in the hood they call home. Diva and Astro follow parallel paths in real time, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome.
Best Music Video: NOCTURNES (FRANCE) BY EMMANUEL LEVY. Music Video for the solo EP "Nocturnes" by double bass player Sébastien Beliah
Best Australian Film: MY NAME IS MOHAMED AND RAGHAD, WE DON'T EXIST HERE ANYMORE BY ALI MOUSAWI. A one shot, twelve-minute film about a day in the life of an Iranian- Ahwazi asylum seeker family, surviving in Australia.
/official selection 2019
Flight of The LAD (Australia) by Samuel Hutchinson
Salt Water (United States) by Abe Abraham (Best Experimental Film)
The Kingdom of Men (Hong Kong) by Sham Kwan Yin
The Velvet Underground Played at My High School (United States) by Robert Pietri, Tony Jannelli (Best Documentary Short Film)
After Silence (Australia) by Peter Kalos
A Dog Leashed (United States) by Dane Cree
After Silence (Australia) by Peter Kalos
Shading (Australia) by Vonne Patiag
Sleep on the tracks (Canada) by Jasmin Mozaffari
It's Her (United States) by Travis Newsad
Nicabob (United States) by Daneeta Loretta Jackson, Patrick Jackson
Your Darkness (United States) by Susan DeLeo
Marfa (United Kingdom) by Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod (Best Animated Film)
Danny & The Bot (Australia) by Sean McFerran
I Come From The Fire City (United States) by Daniel Daly
Breakfast (United Kingdom) by Peter Pahor
Appocundria (Italy) by Mino Capuano
Deserto (Italy) by Jacopo Miliani
Elisa (Germany) by Kristina Kean Shtubert (Best Narrative Short)
Songs in the Sun (Denmark) by Kristian Sejrbo Lidegaard (Best Narrative Feature Film)
Dispersion (Switzerland) by Basile Vuillemin
Another's Echo (United States) by Joseph Michael Hencoski
The Traffic Separating Device (Sweden) by Johan Palmgren
Boxes/Houses (Australia) by Jessica Vincenza
Farewell Happy Fields (Australia) by Kyle William McDonnell
Curiosity Met The Cat (Australia) by Maksym Poplavskiy
Broken Record (Australia) by Liam Riley
Your Eyes, Will I Ever (France) by Félicien Colmet Daâge
Body Echo (United Kingdom) by Ali Aschman
One More Way To Sink Into My Heart (United States) by Keren Moscovitch (Best Documentary Feature Film)
The City of the Future (United Kingdom) by Marcos Mereles
Abstract Concrete (United Kingdom) by Stephan Dilley
My name is Mohamed and Raghad, We don't exist here anymore (Australia) by Ali Mousawi (Best Australian Film)
Diva & Astro (United States) by Angel Barroeta (Best Underground Film)
Nocturnes (France) by Emmanuel Levy (Best Music Video)
Passage (Canada) by Henry Colin