Yiwen Cao

We are glad to mention Yiwen Cao in years again with her brand new creation after Chubby Café via ARFF Berlin. She has also taken part in the World Record Nominated collaborated film ”Astrall Story”, created by Around Films Collective. 

The director Yiwen Cao is a young female filmmaker, who wants to give people mental power from her films. She is good at using suspense plots and real scenes to let the audience feel what the main role suffers in films. And this is her first time to be a director.

Besides, she is very warm hearted and amiable. Though some people may not recognize her gender by judging her appearance at first glance, she is willing to use this feature in movies to show people gender is not a big deal. The essence of human beings is the same.

Genre:  #shortfilm #fiction

During the epidemic of COVID-19, many people are facing the crisis of unemployment. Due to strict prevention measures, Chinese Internet enterprises suffer heavy losses and decide to fire more than millions of programmers. And these companies use the word “Graduation” instead of “Layoff”…A common programmer broke down under the huge pressure of the crucial fact and the high expectation from mom, who believes short videos say that programmers are all millionaires……

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Elvira Kalnik

Elvira has received high music and vocal education in both Ukraine and Germany, where she studied opera. Teachers used to call her an opera diva with a rock n roll mind. 

Elvira hasn’t seen herself in opera. However, she’s incorporated an opera vocal in some songs in her album Peachy Pink that has been recorded in a variety of genres. She began writing and performing songs a while before she started her education. Elvira produced her first album prior to her 15th birthday, just a year after she wrote her first song. 

Trying different genres, she found herself in electronic music, which partially was included in the album Peachy Pink along with other musical styles. Later, she released an EDM single I Wish to Practice Me 
After success with her EDM/Dubstep instrumental Chemical Reaction, Elvira Kalnik has signed a contract with Hooki-Sonic Recordings and released a new version with vocals Chemical Reaction – Vocal Mix 

Later, she released her new version of Donna Summer’s break out dance single I feel love with GME agency. Elvira rearranged the song in EDM/Dubstep with powerful vocal. 
Her new album, Magical Child was born in Vegas when Elvira wrote the song “Magical Child”, which turned into an entire project. 
Everyone has a Magical Child inside. All we need to do is just to tune in and listen. 
Writing scripts and filming became Elvira’s new exciting path since 2016th when she filmed her first music video to her song “I Met You on Christmas”. Since then, she writes, directs and produces music videos. 

Her works: I Met You on Christmas, It’s Valentine, Summer Time, Just Dance With It, For Crying Out Loud, Give It Up To Me, Warm Me Up, Inside Me, Blind Love, Star Dance, Nord Doll.

Videos: Star Dance, NORD DOLL, Blind Love, Inside Me, Warm Me Up, Just Dance With It, For Crying Out loud, it’s Valentine, I Met You on Christmas, Sush Miagi, Istary group, Loco Cimbali. 

Official Selection via #arffamsterdam@aroundfilms ~ #director #producer

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Award Board 2022

Around International – Barcelona
January 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : SKIN – Jesse Samos Leaman (AU)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Shots: Eugenics to Pandemics – John L Potash (US)

BEST SHORT FILM : Luna – Jacopo Matteo Golizia (IT)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : The Marsh – dp: Daniel Takacs & dir: Marcus Soederlund (SE)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : The Great Reset and the Rise of Bitcoin – Pierre Corbin (PL) // Signs Of Life – Marko Nikolić (RS)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Mentirosa mia – Bruno Cirillo (IT)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Camping Paraíso** – About dying – Daniel Schüßler(DE – NL)// SHE – Emil Dam Seidel (DK)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Joyie7star “Hot Chic Ku Mic” – Wit Dziki (PL – UG)

BEST ANIMATIONS : The Clay Shop – Kayde Middleton (IE) // Losing It – Sascha Vernik (AT)

STAFF PICKS : The Realest Freestyle – Timur Bootzin (US)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Crabs in a Bucket – Alex Hashim (UK)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Modus Operandi – Subhaan Javed Akhtar (IN)

BEST TRAILER : Missing Pieces – Roger Piñol (ES)

Around International – Paris
January 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Phantoms of the sea – Andrey Arutyunov (UZ)

BEST SHORT FILM : Le Buron – Léo Pons (FR)


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : What we are silent about – dp: Alexey Kudrik – dir: Meital Amar- Shahar (IL)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : TRASHY: a zero waste film – Heather Gustafson (US) // Coming Home: South Africa – DJ EFN (US)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Learco, La locomotiva umana – Jacopo Pietrucci (IT)


BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Coactors – Ramesh Varma (IN)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Zwischen uns die Wildnis – Vincent Ercolani (DE)

ARFF STAFF PICKS : The Mystic Sailor – Deirdre Towers (US) // Collision – Ann Marie Martin (US)

BEST ANIMATIONS : Nirvana – Luna Sue Huang (CN) // Dino Powers – Jincheol Kim (KR)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Journey to the Artist – Brandon Dozier (US) // Sleepover – Candice Péters (BE)

BEST TRAILER : Smithy – Xi Chen (Cn – UK)

Around International – Amsterdam
January 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : Harper – Kate Bohan (US)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : My language is my identity – Süleyman Özdemir (BE – DE – TR)

BEST SHORT FILM : Ecstasy – Grant Taylor (UK)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Hill 314 – Omrie Levy (IL)

BEST DIRECTOR : Not To Forget – Valerio Zanoli (US)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Mother Tongue – dp: Joris Bulstra & dir: Floris Ramaekers (NL)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Let Us Be Seen – Elspeth Vischer (UK) // Not Too Late – Thiago Maia (UK)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Break Even – Matt Mahurin (US) // Littoral – Sergey Irodov (UK)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Sticks and Stones – Cynthia N White & Alexander S White (US)

STAFF PICKS : Missy Jubilee 175 BEAUTIPHUL – Missy Jubilee // London Gangstah – Joseph Karimbeik (UK)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Before Night Shift – Po Wei Su (US) // Sign – Nika Verdzadze (GE)


ARFF BEST TRAILER : Time Stamped 64 – Jennifer Treur (AU)

Around International – Berlin
January 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : Nightline – Robert Sedlacek (CZ)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : Lightning in a Bottle – A Festival Story – John Nabil Handem Piette (US)

BEST SHORT FILM : Several of myself – Coi Belluzzo (BR)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Cantos Espirituais – Andre Schultz & Eduardo Xocante & Lucas Margutti & Mauro Heitor & Denise Schultz (US – BR)

BEST DIRECTOR : Your cycle is about to begin – Artemisia Carrano (GR – DE)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Translate. Guān luò yīn – dp: Chiwen Chen & dir: Richer Hu (TW)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Damascene – Diana Mustafa Jamal Kadah (SY – DE)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Before You Die – Suvendu Raj Ghosh (IN) // Aure de Lola – Gregor Hvastja (CZ)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Icaro – Inês Loura (FR) // eternity on a loop – Isabela Costa (US – BR)

STAFF PICKS : ingenue – Wang Mi (CN) // Teal to Orange – Yumi Masuda (JP)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : A Winter Afternoon – Peiyuan Xi (US) // My way – Sarah Tschaikowski (DE)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Moving through waiting rooms – Sarah Choo Jing (SG)// Arsemia – Álex Gassent (ES)

BEST TRAILER : Flâneur – Wanqiu Oneness Zeng (CN)

Around International – Paris
February 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Résumé – Pascal Rosengardt (DE)

BEST SHORT FILM : The Four Walls of Charlotte Moreland – Alison Stover & Joe Benedetto (US)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : My language is my identity – Süleyman Özdemir (TR – DE – BE)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Aure de Lola – dp: Pavel Sýkora & dir: Gregor Hvastja

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : The Escapee – Yue Mao (US)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : My window – Shawy (FR) // All Your Words – James Xander (CA)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : bath – Roma Glova (RU) // The Moon Child – Sanna Allsopp (BB)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : H Muncho – Warzone Ft Headie one – KC locke (UK)

BEST STUDENT FILM : RELATIVITY – Jules Rebuffat & Hugo Astesano & Guillaume Hulot & Loic Remy & Loic Ciaux & Benjamin Matthys (FR)

ARFF STAFF PICKS : Mountain Spirits – Qiwei Li & Zishan Huang & Yin Fu & Yuxuan Fu (CN)

BEST ANIMATION : ArtMinute1 – The perfect selfie – Asta Wellejus & Teddy Kristiansen

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Hunter – T.J Penton & Maxime Lecocq (US) //

MEMORIES – Sebastian Pink (DE)

BEST TRAILER : A Witcher’s Tale – The Lost Souls – Gabriel Sengès (FR)

Around International – Amsterdam
February 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : Positivə – Alessandro Redaelli (IT)

BEST SHORT FILM : Los Sueños De Los Muertos – Christopher Jorna (BE – NL)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Strong Hearts: An Indigenous Love Letter To My Sons -Gary “Litefoot” Davis (US)

BEST DIRECTOR : FACE – Sophia Kyriacou (UK)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : China On The Move – dir:Yinan Chen (CN)
dp: Huang Shan Wang Yaosheng Zhang Xiaomi Jia Xin Xu Lingjie Song Weili

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist: Battle for our Planet – Peter Jay Brown (US – AQ – CA – FO)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Gaslighted – Mayuri (US)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Blue Delusion – Blue Delusion & Yue Jia Yu (CN)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Angel – Skylar Schanen (US)

STAFF PICK : The Anticipation of Rain – Naima Karim (SA)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : My Stupid Tribute Band – Michael Alex Mroz (US)

Around International – Berlin
February 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : Not To Forget – Valerio Zanoli (US)

BEST SHORT FILM : Clinched – Freja Bøgh Lassen (DK)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : The Pomak Healer – Ignazio Mascia (BG – IT)

BEST DIRECTOR : One’s family gravesite – Hyungsuk JUNG (KR)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : My Friend Alpaca – dp: Evgeniy Filatov & dir: Maxim Balter

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : Luna – Jacopo Matteo Golizia (IT) // The future of living in nature – Naoyuki Noda (JP)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Lost & Found Abroad – Kalin Ivanov & David Moya & Vanina Kondov ( US – BG – UK)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : SOS – Tanzania – Sergey Shevchenko (DE – TZ)

STAFF PICKS : CONSTANCE – Úna Jude Kavanagh (IE) // Extreme Cuisine – Natyamba – Alyona Shitikova (DE)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Almost Christmas – Xinyuan Zhao (US) // Jimmy – Ori Shahar (IL)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : OBSESSIONS – Aashish Chanana (US) // Silver Screen Dreams – David Li (CA)

BEST TRAILER : ORIGIN – Vicente Moctezuma (US)

Around International – Paris
March 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : JUNE – Dwayne Cameron (NZ)

BEST SHORT FILMS : Pas de chocolat – Guillaume Reynaudo (FR) // Cheer Up It’s Christmas – Preya Hirji (UK)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : In the Trail of Free Dreams – Istvan Golob (AU)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Coffee Talk – Ya-Chuan Hsiao (TW)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Life Recipe, ‘Grandma Recipe’ – Youngrak Lee (KR)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : An American Requiem: Elegy for the West – Darius Holbert (US) // Everybody’s Talkin’ Iggy Pop – Laurent Mercier (FR)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : The Coronation – Emily Penick (US) // Blue Delusion – Fang Guan (CN)

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS : Jane Machine – Bang – Nastasia Dusapin (US) // Run Away – Emilia Mendieta Cordova (US)

BEST STUDENT FILM : A Bad Hair Day – Jie Wang (CN)

ARFF STAFF PICK : Emergency Musical Response – Cosmo Swevens (US)

BEST ANIMATION : MicroToons – Aaron Welch & Rina Fu (AU)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : A Feast That Never Comes – Maria Juranic (US) // Gravity – Akram Badr (AE)

BEST TRAILER : Anand’s next big prophecy decoded – Shihyun Wang (US)

Around International – Amsterdam
March 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : The Full Moon’s Selfie – Natalia Girlina (RU)

BEST SHORT FILM : Narcissus – Andy Iva (UA)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Everything But The World – DIS (US)

BEST DIRECTOR : Roofless Woods – Trei Hill (US)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : The Little Match Girl – dir: Kim Geldenhuys & dp: Adam Bentel (ZA)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Sulukule: Gentrification Eliminated Community – Melis Isil Simsek (US – TR)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : The wicked – Jinghao Huang (CN) // Artificial Election – Mehmet Zakir Ekni (TR)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Darling Mother_B-side – Han-Ling Chuang (TW) // Metamorphosis – Laura Gutierrez (ES)

BEST STUDENT FILM : A Song of starless Skies – Jan Niederprüm (DE)

STAFF PICK : Emergency Musical Response – Cosmo Swevens (US) // NSFW – Missy Jubilee (AU)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : The Night Garden – Tom Pearson & Daria Karpova & Anastasia Nesterova & Renata Zhigulina & Marissa Nielsen-Pincus (US)

BEST TRAILER : Trailer for Charlie the Lonely – Shihyun Wang – Shihyun Wang (US)

Around International – Berlin
March 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : Yearning Of A Nation – Matjaz Mihelčič (SI)

BEST SHORT FILM : The First Sieve is the Truth – Molin Liu (US)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : In The Shade Of Rhinos – Antoine Janssens (CH)

BEST DIRECTOR : In Our Own Little World – Masashi Komura (JP)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : A History of Violence in the Northeast – dir: Yong Wang & dp: Xinglin Meng (CN)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : The boy with the book under his arm – Simone Menin (DE – IT)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : The enchanted mission – Marta Torres (BR)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : The Cat’s Cradle (US) // MANEATER – Missy Jubilee (AU)

STAFF PICKS : Diffrazioni – Roberto Stephenson (IT)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Little Warrior – Duman Birleskhan (CN) // No One Survived – Shidan Huang (CN)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Sticks and Stones – Cynthia N White & Alexander S White

BEST TRAILER : Straight From Hell – Michael Anthony Bosby (US)

Around International – Barcelona
April 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Herd Immunity – Adilkhan Yerzhanov (KZ)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Gerry Anderson: A Life
Uncharted – Benjamin Field (UK)


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Larger Than Life – dp: Kim Bech & dir: Ian Isak (DK)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : We Are Who We Are Yoagandran Rako (IN – US)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Joanna’s Kitchen – Theo Herghelegiu(RO)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Shattered Ripples – Siye Tao (CN)

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS : Argent Glass (feat. Char) – Katsuyuki Nakanishi (JP)

STAFF PICKS : Artificial Election – Mehmet Zakir Ekni (TR)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Neighbors – Cindy Xin (US)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Emergency Musical Response – Cosmo Swevens (US)

BEST TRAILERS : 37 To Go – Lota Chukwu (NG) // Chronos – Gui Merlino (BR)

Around International – Amsterdam
April 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : In Our Own Little World – Masashi Komura (JP)

BEST SHORT FILM : CHARTER – El Houssine Hnine (MA)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Signs of Life – Marko Nikolić (RS)

BEST DIRECTOR : Optics – Oleksii Novikov (UA)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Killing Georgia Jones – dp: Jay Fox & dir: Andrew Gallerani (US – CA)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Unflinching Grace – Bill Frakes (US)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Family Matter – Nissim Khalifa (NL – IL)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Infinity + 1 – Florian Demmer (DE) // A Feast That Never Comes – Maria Juranic (US)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : A Song of starless Skies – Jan Niederprüm (DE) // The Painter – Mackenzie Bunnell (FR)

STAFF PICK : One More Guest? – Edilberto Restino (UK)


BEST TRAILER : Mother Helen – Casey Hockett & Elle Carpenter (US)

Around International – Berlin
April 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : Field of Desire – Honora Foà (US)


BEST SHORT FILM : Revenge Day – Ken (CN) // The others – Like Xu (CN)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Art Connects – Fay Nass (CA)


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Metamorphosis – dp & dir: Laura Caccia (ES)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : The Unintended Journey – Ayo Liu (TW)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Bad News – Sheng Ting Shen (US) // Subterranean Love (Olga) – Robert Haufrecht (US)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Form & Flight – Ladan Osman (US – TR)

STAFF PICKS : Don’t Be Afraid – Ben Cable (US) // SCHATTENUMARMUNG – Nina Salzmann & Laura Freudenberg (DE)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Jeremy, my Father – Miranda Peyton Jones (UK)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Where there is wind – Pei Ge (CN)

Around International – Barcelona
May 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : STOYAN – Roberto Ruiz Céspedes (BG – ES)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Against The Grain – Joe Bidmead & Ryan Loftus (UK)

BEST SHORT FILM : Chronos – Gui Merlino (BR)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Eagle Hand – dp: Jia Ru Peng & dir: Jia Ru Peng (TW)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Hudson, America – Zuzka Kurtz &
Geoffrey Hug (US – FR – BD – UK – MA)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Subterranean Love (Olga) – Robert Haufrecht (US)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Dies – Stefano Di Pietro (IT – ES)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : We’re Gonna Come

Back – Janine Molinari (US) // KORIN F – Avec amour – Cédric Legrand (FR)

STAFF PICK : Shame – Pete List (US & IT)

BEST ANIMATION : Saturation – Lucija Bužančić (HR)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Tops of Memory II ILLUSION – Jialiang LIU (JP)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : The Haunted Jizo of Shimo-Mizuno, Sayama City – Mitsuo Kurihara (JP)

BEST TRAILER : A Town Full of Ghosts – Isaac Rodriguez (US)

Around International – Amsterdam
May 2022 Selection


Katie Cleary (US – ID – MX – KE – ZA)

BEST SHORT FILM : 1999 – Alexander MilushevDirector (BG)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : The Heart of Shelley – Nick Hugh McCann (UK )

BEST DIRECTOR : Asner – Scott Goldstein & Dave Yakir (US)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Uncut – dp: Srushti Kalse & dir: Mark Hensley (US – CA)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Heroes of the Sea – York Hovest & Katrin Eigendorf & Sabine Streich (DE – HT – MX – US – PT – TH)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : The Guitar Thief – Miguel Lepe Jr (US) // Brothers – Pete Schilling (DE)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Three Sisters – Lenny S. Gonzalez (US) // Blue Peach Blossoms – Shan Shang Li (CN)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Midnight Garden – Sapphira Chen (US) // Brothers – Louis Roba (BE)

STAFF PICKS : Baptism – Nan Li (CN) // MEMORIES – Sebastian Pink (DE)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Face to Face: Forgotten Voices Heard – Elliott Forrest & Kelly Hall-Tompkins (US)

BEST TRAILER : Sister Margo Muse of Embers – Lemuel Maristela Torrevillas (US)

Around International – Berlin
May 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : Bully High – Bill Winslow McAdams, Jr. (US)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : When Titans Clash Season 2 – Pearl Forss (SG)

BEST SHORT FILM : Valerian – Riccardo Di Matteo & Elias Engels (DE)

BEST DIRECTOR : Three Points of Suspension – Rahaf Suleiman Jammal (LB)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Umbilical Cord – dp’s: Miro “JOSE” Markov + Tsvetan “BBOY” Meglenchev & dir: Boris Pophristov (BG)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Dormant – Leonard Heinz-Eckhart Heinrich Kuhn (DE)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : The Eclipse: Recognized by the Sound – Elly Cho (UK – KR)

STAFF PICK : Cold Blood – Navn Michael Diem (CA)

BEST STUDENT FILM : LOCK – Han Gao & Ruijin Xu (CN)


BEST TRAILER : Mad Scientists – Antonia Tong (US)

Around International – Barcelona
June 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : No Matter What – Christopher James Thompson (US)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Finding Courage

Kay Rubacek (US – AT – CA – CN – FR – NZ)

BEST SHORT FILM : South Bridge – Darko Silajdzic (US – BA)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Closed World and Its Friends – dp: Sungwon Lee & dir:Nuhae Lee (KR)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Summer Pack – Ballal Salem (MA)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : The Eclipse: Recognized by the Sound –
Elly Yae Li Cho (KR – UK)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Ripple in the Mirror – Oren Kaya Dayan (US)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Toy Llama by Willow & Banjii – Edwin & Mayuri (US)

STAFF PICKS : Three Sisters – Lenny S.Gonzalez (US) // MACHINES – Cristian Ciumac (IT – MD)

BEST ANIMATION : Pizza Knights – Amelia Jane Vaughan (US)


ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : the way to a man’s heart – Jule Körperich & Karin Demuth (DE)

Around International – Amsterdam
June 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : A Zebra-Riding Boy – Xiaotian Fan (CN)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : Ms. Leyla – ilke işisağ (TR)

BEST SHORT FILM : A Haircut for the Hina Doll – Minoru Mizoguchi (JP)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : 9th Chemi Disney Resort – Tianyu Zhang (CN)

BEST DIRECTOR : Phoenix 2021/A Survival Guide – Stilvi Psilopoulou (GR)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : INDELIBLE – dp: Johny StuckMayer & dir: Shane Rock Nelson (US)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : Good evening, we’re from Ukraine – Sergei Antonov (IT) //
Blue Peach Blossoms – Shan Shang Li (CN)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Are you feel better – Agree Ye (CN) // Not So Afraid – Angela Besharah (CA)B

EST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Dies – Stefano Di Pietro (IT – ES) // The Case – Robert Kouba (US – CH)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Guan C·X8129 – Yizhi Lin (CN)

STAFF PICKS : Bless You -Daniel Sweed (IL) // O – Chi Fung Fok (HK)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Circus of the Stars – Chicory Wees (US) // Grey Hairs – Xi Li (CN)

BEST TRAILER : A Town Full of Ghosts – Isaac Rodriguez (US)

Around International – Berlin
June 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : SARS-29 – Michael Szymczyk (US)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : To speak is to live – Freed from stuttering – Sonja Schütz (DE)

BEST SHORT FILM : Da Capo – The Town of Music – Darc Mavid (DE)

BEST DIRECTOR : Social Media Mom – Sara Salovaara (FI)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Disconnected – Anna Maria Christofidou (CY)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Wolves – Austn Fischer (UK)



BEST STUDENT FILMS : The Pajama – lyka Galich (RU)

STAFF PICK : And So I Begin. – Margarethe Baillou (US)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Parchiyaan – Chandrakant Singh (IN)

Around International – Barcelona
July 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Mother of Apostles – Zaza Buadze (UA)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Musical Nourishment of the Yam & Banana – Borja Cantera (UK)

BEST SHORT FILM : Out Of the Abyss – Guang Wei Yan (CN)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Dying For a Living – dp: Michael C.Jenkins & dir: Darin P.Munnell (US)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : To Speak is to live – Freed from stuttering – Sonja Schütz & Sabine Schütz (DE)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Stay home for us – COVID-19 in ICU – Pei Ju Huang (TW)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : KATANA – Maarten Groen (NL) // Saint Désir I’Exil – Natacha Nisic (FR)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : GABETE – Alejo Ayala (ES) // Shine – Mattia Bello – Davide Boggian (IT)

BEST ANIMATIONS : The Truth Within – Gaby Soto & Juan Camilo Rincon (US)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Sniff – Xupeng Feng (US) // Matter of Chemistry – Nick Karamousadakis (GR)

STAFF PICK : My Tower – Ziqing Ran (UK – CN)


BEST TRAILER: Little Dewayne: A Comedian’s Tale – Tri Clark

Around International – Paris
July 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Forest Zero – Rudolf Hoess’s Noose – Michal Szprynger (PL)

BEST SHORT FILM : House of the Unholy – Daniel – Merlot (US – TH)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Finding Courage – Kay Rubacek (AU – CA – US – CN – FR – NZ)


ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Ukraine War , the eyes of refugees – Olivia Pfaff (US – RO – UA)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Vegan Cannibal – Thomas Gauthier (FR)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Un filo più breve – Marco Cucurnia (IT)

No One Knows (feat. Chiara Castelli) – Mehdi Semoulin (BE)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Disconnected – Anna Maria Christofidou (CY)

ARFF STAFF PICK: Jabari Dreams Of Freedom – Daniel Carlton (US)

BEST ANIMATIONS : JOYChongjia Zhang & Yining Dang & Shan Dora Huang (US) // The Last Plaque – Balázs Simon (US – HU)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : 780 square feet – Audreyanne Fauchon (CA)

BEST TRAILER : To speak is to live – Freed from stuttering – Sonja Schütz & Sabine Schütz (DE)

Around International – Berlin
July 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : Inside a funeral hall – Ho-hyun Lee (KR)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : Fine art tour, europe – Anthony Jigalin (FR – DE – ES – UK)

BEST SHORT FILM : Someone You Loved – Elly Zhou CN)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Dream the Past in the Depth of Doors – Gao Sheng Xin (KR)

BEST DIRECTOR : Lion’s Cage – Linus von Stumberg (CH)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Sometimes I Dream I’m Dying – Zlatan Dekov (BG)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Floating Holidays – Yumi Masuda (JP)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : La Machetera – Yanet Pavon Bernal (IT – CU)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : That Night – Swati Ganguly (IN) // Disappeared Girl – Bai Liu (CN)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Eirene’s Garden – Yoshiya Suenaga (US) // Specters – Yoshiya Suenaga (US)

STAFF PICKS : A Haircut for the Hina Doll – Minoru Mizoguchi (JP) // The Invaders – Yanning Bai (CN)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Dill Pickle – Krzysztof Pietroszek (US)

BEST TRAILERS : Love Funeral- Zhan Petrov (US)

Around International – Barcelona
August 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Mystery of Art – Mateo Padula (AR)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : ELEMENTAL, reimagining our relationship with wildfire – Trip Jennings (US)

BEST SHORT FILM : The Privilege of the Last Wave – Stefano Aufiero (IT)


ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : SMILE and WAVE -Eva Charlotte Nilsen (NO) // Alcindo – Miguel Dores (PT)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Rice Connections – Ee T. Lim (MY)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : THE BOX – Sophia Michael Tsangaridou (CY) // Waves – Jesus Plaza (ES)

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS : Claire D. ‘’Let me be in a dream’’ – Mattia Bello (IT) // Dust on Pebble – Vincent Naffréchoux (FR)


BEST STUDENT FILMS : Duck Test – Evgeny Vdovin (US) // The Circle of Love – Nik Kirkham (AT)

STAFF PICKS : Un Eslabon en Samayac – Ovidio Julián Rodas (GT) // Rooftop – Nevena Nikolova & Petar Gerzilov (BG)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Fleeting – Peter Figueira (US) // She said No – Sondos Shabayek (DE – EG)

BEST TRAILER: Staycation – Russell Emanuel (US)

Around International – Paris
August 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Little Happiness – Weerasak Saengdee (TH)

BEST SHORT FILM : Moulded – Ahmad Bakrin (US)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Time and Stone – Li Yue (CN)


ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Motherland – Vic Gerami (US – AM)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : The Dust of Diamond Highways – Zoltán Vámos (HU)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Off Hiatus – David LaChapelle & Kai Milla (US)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Beautiful Collision – Brian Bayerl (US)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Eirene’s Garden & Specters – Yoshiya Suenaga (US)

ARFF STAFF PICK: Psyche Obscura – Craig Oty (US) // Time Waits For No One – Varoujan Froundjian (US)

BEST ANIMATIONS : It Won’t Bite – Yue Teng (UK) // The Curious Case of the Crimson Curves – Jonathan Reich & Aseel Ali Saleh (IL)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Pistachio Ice Cream – Amira Kopeyeva (US)

BEST TRAILER : Little Dewayne: A Comedian’s Tale – Tri Clark (US)

Around International – Berlin
August 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : Unbearable – The Global Heatwave Crisis – Vishal Munsif (US – IN)

BEST SHORT FILM : House of the Unholy – Daniel Merlot (TH – US)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Finding Beauty In The Chaos – Íris Reynisdóttir (DK)

BEST DIRECTOR : Poor man´s fortune – Julian Paul Füchsl (DE)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Pryaniy – dp: Sergey Frolov & dir: Anton Ryumin

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : Awaiting Trial – Chude Jideonwo (NG) // Connect A Creative Response To Climate Change – Steve Mortimer (UK)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Mi Vida – Danny Gonzalez (CA) //
Catisfaction – Andre Marques Almeida (PT)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Epoch And Scope – Yang Shu (CN) //
COMMEDIA – Riccardo Vannuccini (IT)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : The Bottle – Daniel HOWELL (US) // Menarche – Xi Wang (CN)

STAFF PICKS : Txotxongiloa – Sonia Estévez (ES) // 88 – Seojin Park (JP)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : 44 LIGHTS: Music From Ground Zero – Barbara Blackburn Tuttle (US)

BEST TRAILER : Check The Locks – Eric Larson (US)

Around International – Barcelona
September 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR: Charo’s song – Nobb Sueyoshi (JP)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Wāhine & Waves – Ryan Thielen (NZ)

BEST SHORT FILM : Go Fool Yourself – Marco Felipe Rossi (BR)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Wandering Summertime – dp: Xiao Qian & Shan Ran * dir: Yuran Huang (CN)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Raw Materials – Sosiessia Nixon-Kelly (JM)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Homeown Lullaby – Bo Liu (CN – JP) // We just EXTRAS – Weerasak Saengdee (TH)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : If not Freedom – Will Amorim Masheter (UK) // DEADLINE – Shihan Shoukath (AE)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Push Comes to Shove – David Doobinin (US)

BEST ANIMATION : The Invisible Army – Jonathan Manuel Camargo Labeau (US)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : El Canto de los Coquis – Rachel Dolan (US) // TOUCH – Jana Siân Blume (DE)

STAFF PICKS : Sick ! – Rotem Jackman (FR – IL)


BEST TRAILER: Remote energy healing in action – Shihyun Wang (TW – MX)

Around International – Paris
September 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Tummyache – Sasha Dulerayn (UK)

BEST SHORT FILM : The Privilege of the Last Wave – Stefano Aufiero (IT)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Datie: The Art Tribe of Tiegang – Directors: Baker Bohan Zhan &Cindy Tiantian Liu & David Binghui Sun & Alice Xiaoqian Sun & Elina Yiqi Wen & Ivy Ziyi Yang & Alison Yi Jin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Don’t Let Me Sink – dp: Oscar ‘’Oz’’ Riverod & dir: Vu Diep Mai (US)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Express Your Power – Cole Bannick & Feilin Gao (US) // Fleeting – Peter Figueira (US)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : LEVIATHAN 2.0 – Andy Mihov (UK) // Scrooling – Bruna Pena (BR)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : My mother’s last dance – ivan knyazev (RU) // OO – Kwan Yeung Tang (HK)

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS : Erire * All Night Long – Andy Mihov (UK)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Motorgrad. The Story of Blagoevgrad Motorsport – Yenlik O’Neill (BG) //
Off The Beat – Jahleel Hills (US)

ARFF STAFF PICKS : A Name in Your Book – Elizabeth Mantia (US) // OPAQUE – Aniket Chandrakant Dhavale (IN)

BEST ANIMATION : و إذا؟ / Wa Iza? – Ali Halawi (DE)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Like a PowerPoint – Pat Bradley (US) // Elena Flury – Burning Questions (UK)

Around International – Berlin
September 2022 Selection


BEST SHORT FILM : The Chieftain Of The Pudding Race – Shane Crosland (US – AU)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Spark – Beto Sporkens (BR)

BES DIRECTOR : The Last Piece – Xinmao Jiang (CN)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : When The Night Is Here by Peter Lindberg – Martti Ekstrand (SE)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : Ampe: Leap into the Sky, Black Girl – Claudia Owusu &
Ife Oluwamuyide (US)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Francesca – D.Channsin Berry (US) // Kali – Eddie Singh (US)//
Hunch – Sara Joyce (UK)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Rise To Your Childhood – Zehra Karahan (DE) // FRAGMENT – Daniel Jiaxuan Huang (CN -HK)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Liu Ziji – Yanqing Jin (CN) // The Mythology of Fire – Haoyue Wang & Jiaxuan Zhang (CN)

STAFF PICKS : Déjà Vu On The Ledge – R. Scott MacLeay (BR) // Forest Island – Ryosuke Handa (JP)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Via Dream – Frances Feng & Vincent Liu (CN) // A Love Worth Fighting For – Toby Fountaine (UK)

BEST TRAILER : Garbage People – Brit Tobin (US)

Around International – Barcelona
October 2022 Selection


BEST DOCUMENTARY : The Mirage – Weiwei Guo (CN)

BEST SHORT FILM : THE CONJUGACY – Anastasia Kalinovskaya (RU)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Silver Screen Dreams – David Li (CA)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Across the Ocean – Heewoong Lee (KR)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Human Error – Madeline Schmit (US)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Maya – Pimdao Panichsamai (TH) //
Black Box – Vicky Vassilopoulou (GR)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Onde Estou Eu – Joana Brandão (PT)

BEST ANIMATIONS : The Extra Terrestrial Orchestra – Imanol Zinkunegi & Joseba Ponce (ES) // Meet Cute – Shawn Patrick Tilling (CN – UK- CA)

STAFF PICK : DEVOUR – Corentin Schieb & Mathias Averty (FR)

BEST STUDENT FILM :Cherry – Miki Murad (US) // Hold My Hand – Mengting Zhang (CN)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Das Resort – Mathias Kessler (AU)

BEST TRAILER : The Place She Dwells – Maurice Moore (US)

Around International – Amsterdam
October 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM :Friday the 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines – Jason Brooks (US)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : Finding the Line – An Exploration of Structural Integration – Aleš Urbanczik & Grzegorz Oleksa (CH – IT – CZ- PL)

BEST SHORT FILM : DejaVu – Alex Rios (US)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : A Smallholder’s Voice – Clara Wetzel (SE – CM)

BEST DIRECTOR : Small Change – Max Fisher (UK)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : When The Monuments Speak – dp’s: Andrew Rawlik & Ivan Kyba & Valerii Degtiarev & dir: Irina Volkova

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : Lady Samurai – Fay Yvonne Goodman (JP – UK) // A Rally for Rangers – Eric Daft (AR – MN – NP)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Tabatha Brown: A Special Project – Angela Harrer (NL)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : After Betelgeuse – Len Murusalu (LV) // Simply – Zeid Adnan AbuOdeh (JO)


STAFF PICKS : Waves seeping into the sand – Sakurako Shibata (JP)// Who is Larry – Rajkumar John (AU)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Real Fur – Taimoor Choudhry (CA)

BEST TRAILER : The Place She Dwells – Maurice Moore (US)

Around International – Paris
October 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Rice Connections – Ee T. Lim (MY)

BEST SHORT FILM : 10 minutes of silence – Maksym Zabrodskyi (UA)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Unknown Entry Event – Roman Villevoye (NL)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : 44 LIGHTS: Music From Ground Zero – Barbara Blackburn Tuttle (US) 

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Uprooted – Andzej Gavriss (UA – DE)


BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Pink Booth Confessions – Millie Heckler (US)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : The Cows Came Home – Haley Ahern (US)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Death Jam – Louis Mommeja (US)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : The Eclipse: Recognized by the Sound – Elly Cho (UK – KR)

BEST TRAILER : Los Aspirantes- The Applicants – Kevin Ramos Fernández  & María Yolanda Brown Melián (ES) 

Around International – Barcelona
Novemberv2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Las Camelias – Paloma Suau (PR)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Together – Ning Tong Wang (CN)

BEST SHORT FILM : High Expectations – Alx Suljic (US)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Pink Booth Confessions – dp’s: Elias Hill & Camille Breslin & dir: Millie Heckler (US)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : The Land of Ahimsa – Aryeman Ramsay (US – IN – FR) // Rhythm of the Donkey Caitlin Long (ES)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Autumn Leaves Fall Far From Home – Matthew Petti (US) //  The Muse – Max Karpylev (US – RU) 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Just Influencer Things – Arden DiManno (US) //   To Scott – Shaman Magic Aponte (US)

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS :  Amazing Girl – Miriam Bavly (US) // LEVIATHAN 2.0 – Andy Mihov (UK)

BEST ANIMATIONS : Milk – Ashley Reed (UK – SE) // Ginji – Slava Ushakov (CY)

STAFF PICK : The Chaotic Melody of Tina – David Anderson & Aaron Perra (US)

BEST STUDENT FILMS :Street Chess; Community, Care, and Competition – Eugene Yoo  (US) //   Engaged – Anastasia Boyett (US)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : The last ticket to the train – Gl Dahari (IL)

BEST TRAILER : The Assassin’s Apprentice 2: Silbadores of the Canary Islands – Russ Emanuel (US – ES) 

Around International – Amsterdam
November 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : The MIrror – Mario Pons Múria (ES)

BEST SHORT FILM : FROM HERE TO THERE! – George Atkinson & Alan Ciechalski (UK)


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BEST DIRECTOR : Homeseek – Thi Mai Chu (VN)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Devil in the lake – dp: Ju-Yeol Han & dir: Se-woong Tak (KR)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : Son of the Earth – Ning Tong Wang (CN) // The Tumuk Humak Expediton

  • Freek de Goeje (SR – NL)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : THE CONJUGACY – Anastasia Kalinovskaya (RU) //

Momma’s Boy – Helena Augsberger (US)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Creatura – Ford Mckeown Larose & Phethsari Pathammavong (CA)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : The Gig – Xander Turian (SE – UK) // Mother Kingdom – Aysha Alfalasi (UK)

STAFF PICKS : High Expectations – Alx Suljic (US) // Last Kiss – Eradzh Nidoev (RU)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : When I was home – Yue Wang (CN) // 

First Moon – Havana Durango (US)

BEST TRAILER : ANXIETY  – Maximilian Dziduch (DE)

Around International – Berlin
October 2021 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM: Inner Front – Guido Acampa (IT)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Salaryman – Allegra Pacheco (CR – JP)

BEST SHORT FILMS : Tasteless – Amnon Carmi (US – IL) //
Color Me Jane – Mary Darling (CA)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : La famiglia – Augey Marc (IT – FR)

BEST DIRECTOR: Nata Samrat – Rishikeshwar Yogi (IN)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : I am Poison – L’Effetto – Żee Marla Osh (DE – IT)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS: Till Death Do Us Part – Insia Dariwala (IN) //
The Art Of Mars – Ossi Piispanen (UK) // Lost Time – J.M.Baxter Chapman

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS: Finding Abraham – Malcolm Green (UK – IL) //
Occasional – Sascha Klar (DE) Prometheus. The poem of the Kazan Fire – Didar Orazov (RU)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS: Destiny’s Fuge- Breton Tyner-Bryan // Lonely Season – Hamid Reza Mahmoudi (US – IR)

STAFF PICKS: One Of A Kind – The McFallo Cobra –
Mathias Kögel & Michael Haunschmidt (US – AT) //
The Game The Doubt – Hamid Reza Mahmoudi (IR) //
Write your line – Augey Marc & Collet Andy (FR)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Bendición – Krist Muñoz-Malavé (US) //
Walk Alone – Lamu Shangchoo (US – CN)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS: Ash and Bone – Harley Wallen (US) //
From Sent Ash to Dancing Ground – Maëva Spyropoulos (AU)

BEST TRAILER: Commissioner Gordon: Oh Snap – Sean Michael Danganan (US)

Around International – Paris
November 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : The two brothers and Santa Claus – Gabriel Tibi (FR)

BEST SHORT FILM : Bon appetit – Shijun Chen (CN)


BEST DOCUMENTARY : Minima and the drags – Antoine Dabin (FR)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : A Rally for Rangers – Eric Daft (US – AR – MN – NP) //  Call Me Soraya – Daniel Stadelmann (BR – DE – CH) 

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS :  Dina Mongo – Maria mahagon Makhnacheva (RU) //  Kogershin – Malik Zenger (KZ)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Dolores, A Triptych – Gina Ann Margillo (US) //  This Is an Invitation – jumatatu m. poe (US – BR)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : M Huncho – Doomsday- Kasey Locke (UK)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Above Us – Pierre Fittante (FR)

ARFF STAFF PICKS : The Ghost Under My Bed – Sara Caldwell (US) // robo99 – Sung Cheol Kim (KR)

BEST ANIMATIONS : Innermost – Maing Caochong (CN) // Meet Cute – Shawn Patrick Tilling (CN – UK – CA)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Beneath Us All – Harley Wallen (US)

BEST TRAILER : Scared To Death – Flame Brewer (UK)

Around International – Barcelona
December 2022 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Vacuum by Sunnawit – Sophie Buscetta & Anouk Sunna Stucky

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Ice Mermaid – Dan McComb (US)

BEST SHORT FILM : Objects of Desire – blade – Alejandro Renteria (US)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : The Shepherd’s Supper – Yiannis Stravolaimos (GR)

ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : Pain Relief – Alex Chandler (US)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : Block 170 : The First Transaction – Jonathan Plesel & Thibault Zeller (FR)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS : Creatura – Ford Mckeown Larose & Phethsari Pathammavong (CA)

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS : HaHaHaHa – Max Ksjonda (UA) // Anund Payl – Anna Golikova (RU)

BEST ANIMATIONS :  Inside the Chest – Ferenc Vincze (AT) // Stripper Heist – Jake La Jeunesse (US – NZ)

STAFF PICK : Show me the Vision – Roc Flowers & Matilde Bergamini (ES – IT)


ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Goolar Ka Phool – Dheeraj Bhatnagar (IN)

BEST TRAILER : Traceless – Sasan Behroozian (DE – IR)

Around International – Paris
December 2022 Selection

BEST SHORT FILM : Mayfly – Keith Andreen (US)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : The Muse- Max Karpylev (RU)


ARFF GLOBE AWARDS : Masks of the Gods – Qihang Wang (CN)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS :  Anniversary – Ali Schmahl & Stefanie Schmahl (DE)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : RUM 444 – Peter Svenzon & Joakim Envik Karlsson (SE)

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS : Promises – Lukas Rutkauskas (LT) // I Nostri Giorni – Enrico Bisi & Donato Sansone (IT)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : 1.i – Colin James Wade (US) // The Lost Doll –  Zhuoqi Xie (CN)

ARFF STAFF PICKS : freaks.com – Diego Pérez Iglesias (ES)

BEST ANIMATION : Frontline Nurses: Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic – Cynthia N White & Alexander S White (US)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : L’impasse – Djoumad Boualem (FR)

BEST TRAILER : A Scrapbook of What’s Yours – Darryl Ashton (US – CA – UK)

Around International – Amsterdam
December 2022 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : Kuch Kuch Film Jaisi – Aninndgita Dasgupta (IN)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : 500 Days of Silence – Jeremy Simmons (US)

BEST SHORT FILM : L’Impressionniste – Chino Maurice (US)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Tracks – Maclovia G Martel (US – NL)

BEST DIRECTOR : Iakttagen – John F. Lindquist (SE)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Chateau Laurier (Season 2) dp: Arthur Cooper – dir: James Stewart

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Cuento de Primavera-A Spring Tale – Gerardo Gabaldón (ES)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Disconnected –  Dave Shecter & Earl Gray (US)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : This Is an Invitation – jumatatu m. poe (US – BR)

BEST STUDENT FILMS : Freight – Jessica-Ann Van Rensburg (ZA) // Hairdresser – Pattawat Chuasuk (TH)

STAFF PICKS : Film One – Carcazan (UK) //  Gritenme Piedras Del Campo – Alexsys Giraud (US)


BEST TRAILER : Los Aspirantes -The Applicants – María Yolanda Brown Melián & Kevin Ramos Fernández

Ee T. Lim 

After her award-winning creations, she has produced several short films, including Fish Head (2019) – which won an Emerging Cinematographer Award – and Did You Say No (2020). Rice Connection (2022) marks her first directorial debut, as this is the first time she has both written and directed a documentary. She is now in the process of producing another feature documentary and a short with other dance artists.  She is famous for creating collaborative multidisciplinary works involving rice. Aida and her co-collaborators participated in the different phases of the paddy’s life cycle and finally created a dance performance out of this process. The director, Ee T. Lim,  wishes to raise awareness about the global food shortage and the hardships of agriculture through this dance documentary.

Director Statement

I want to show the world through this film how a Muslim woman is able to break stereotypes and create whatever art/dance she is inspired to – despite societal and religious pressures. Through this project, I hope to shed light on the diversity of Malaysian society and how people from different cultural and religious backgrounds are able to live under the same roof and create art together. At the same time, the world’s populations are facing food shortage and I hope to raise awareness about appreciating the hardships of agriculture and the technique that is needed in order to keep this agricultural field going.

GENRE:  #documentary #short #experimental

#penang #malaysia #riceconnections #female #director #artist #dance #womeninfilm


Nan Li

In 2017, Nan Li won the New Director Award at the 9th Macau International Film Festival for her feature film “Brutal Truth”.
Nan Li’s screenwriting works “Pacific Family Letter”, “New Style New Year” and “Communal Youth Years” have been funded by the Special Fund for Promoting Shanghai Film Development, Young Screenwriters Project and Shanghai Culture and Arts Project.
In 2021, wrote and directed the TV series “Happy Boo Year”, which was co-invested and released by TikTok, starring by Li Dang, Qin Niu Zhengwei, Zhang Yan, Dannen (10 million fans), Zhong Fu Xiang and Sun Chen Jun, reached 350 million plays.

Director Statement

Jan 2022, Hunan, a woman jumped to her death, the child is 2 months old.

Mar 2021, Hong Kong, a woman jumped to her death, the child is 5 months old.

Dec 2020, Henan, a woman jumped to her death, the child is 7 days old.

Nov 2019, Jinan, a woman jumped to her death, the child is 4 months.

Dec 2018, Fuzhou, a woman jumped to her death, the child is 1 month.

The report “Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of post-partum depression”, issued by the Chinese official, states the prevalence in China is 1.1%-52.1%.

In this extremely wide range and vague data, I see the scream that cannot be shouted and the life that has been lost.

I am a mother of a 2-year-old daughter who has also suffered from postpartum depression.

The whole short film is born from the truth and from the lament of 52.1% of women.

* About the teeth and imprisoned in chains plots of the short film come from the news in January 28, 2022.

A woman in Xuzhou, China, was imprisoned in a dark room, having eight children, with no teeth and no legal outcome to date.

Elly Cho

Elly Cho’s work has been exhibited around the world and has received numerous awards. Her art explores the intersection between nature, the environment and human behavior, cross various mediums including painting, mixed media, video and performance art.

 Cho’s approach to art making, is largely inspired by the relationship between nature, environment and the viewer’s perception to nature based on their personal history.  She approachs the subject matter of cultural landscapes in narrative form, and these narratives often relate to her own life experiences and memories. In her video work, she has used familiar landscapes that stimulate viewers to engage with an imaginative response.

Cho’s awards include Sunny Art Prize in London, Award Winner of The Best Experimental Film, Best Silent Film, Best Dance Choreography Film, and Best Director at Cannes World Film Festival, Berlin Shorts, New York International Film Awards, ARFF Barcelona /Around International Film Festival, Oniros Film Awards, Best Actor& Director Awards New York among others. Her work has screened at film festivals such as ‘AVIFF’ Cannes Art Film Festival and Asia Film Art International Film Festival in Hong Kong and “Times Square Midnight Moment” in New York. Her residency participation includes the 3-D Sculpture Park artist residency program in Switzerland and AHL Foundation Residency in New York.

Cho’s works are featured in major collections such as Seoul Municipal Museum and Musée Cantonale des Beaux-Arts du Valais in Switzerland, and in  such as ‘Nature’s Tempo’ at the Korean Cultural Services of New York, and ‘Going Green’ in conjunction with Queens Art Express in New York.  She is passionate about performance art, projects include ‘Sounds of Fragment: Ecological Dreams’ at the Nam June Park Art Center and Seoul Innovation Park.

Cho was born in and resides in Seoul, Korea, but was educated in Switzerland, UK and USA.  She holds a BA and MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London and an MA in Art Education from Columbia University, by which she recently was honored with the Teacher’s College Medal for Distinguished Service. After obtaining her MFA, she taught visual art courses as well as theory at universities in Korea.

Genre: #shortfilm #experimental #arffbarcelona #arffberlin 

#filmmakerspotligh #filmfreeway #officialselection #filmawards #cinema #Wscreen #WSXA #wscreenshowcase #onset #cinematography #experimental #indiefilm #indiependentfilm #aroundfilms #aroundfilmfestival #filmsubmission #womeninfilm

Fay Nass & Diana Garcia Hernandez

Fay Nass

Fay Nass is a community-engaged director, writer, dramaturg, innovator, producer and educator. Fay is The Artistic Director of the frank theatre company.
Fay has over fifteen years of experience in text-based and devised work deeply rooted in inter-cultural and collaborative approaches. Her work often examines questions of race, gender, sexuality, culture and language through an intersectional lens in order to shift meanings and de-construct paradigms rooted in our society. Her work celebrates liminality and transculturalism and blurs the line between politics and intimate personal stories.
Fay has extensive experiences as an educator and cultural consultant. Her pedagogy is rooted in anti-racism and anti-oppression. She was the curator and cultural consultant and curator of the artist residencies with NVRC in 2019. Fay has been a passionate advocate and educator for equity, inclusion and diversity. Some of her initiatives and processes had a direct impact on Vancouver theater ecology and have opened up new possibilities for marginalized and racialized bodies.

Diana Garcia Hernandez

Born in Valencia (Spain), Diana moved to Canada in 2013. Diana holds a BA in Education and Education Psychology, as well as a Masters in Applied Spanish Linguistics. She has recently gained a certificate in Social Impact Strategy from University of Pennsylvania. She currently works in the NorthVan School District. She’s been published on different occasions in the Spanish Professional Teaching Magazine “Publicaciones Didácticas”. She’s presented at several educational conferences, including: The Better to Eat You With, which was presented at “Fairy Tale Psychoanalysis Conference” in Spain, based on Bruno Bettelheim. Diana is interested in the power of language in Dramatic Arts and explores the playfulness of language and its potential to trouble codes of linguistic semiotics. She is interested in multilingual plays and how language can shift our perception. Diana is currently collaborating in The Cafe, which will be presented at Push International Performing Arts Festival in January 2022.

Diana worked as an Education Consultant for the United Nations from October 2019 to February 2020, providing direction and guidance to EU members in the planning, development and implementation of teachers formative training in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She designed a Master’s program for teachers to study the essential competencies, skills and multidisciplinary knowledge to become globally responsible sustainable managers in their respective schools. The program needs to be accompanied by software that is being developed and will be offered in the University of Malaga, Spain. 

Genre: #documentary #short


Genre: #feature #fiction #history

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TREI HILL is a film director from Germantown, Maryland. During his youth, he gained a passion performing and organizing for school plays and chorus. With a focus on football, Trei joined Division 1 programs at University of Alabama-Birmingham and Alabama A&M University. He began to perform and host hip hop events throughout the country until attending the Art Institute of Washington. Studying in their Film & Television program, he began directing music videos and promotionals for several Washington, DC artists. What followed was a brief stint instructing for the “Gandhi Brigade,” a Silver Spring, MD Non-Profit Organization with classes that teach PSA and socially conscious documentary production. This period of time also featured several music & kickstarter events where Trei would host as Maestro of Ceremonies. He spent over three years working on large budget film productions as a production assistant. Productions range from Netflix House of Cards, Jason Bourne, Black Lightning, Loving, Bad Moms Christmas, Ghostbusters, and several more. Trei just gained a MFA at the Graduate Film & Television Program in Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Now he makes short films while developing his next film production.


Genre: #shortfilm #studentfilm #fiction

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Marina Kunarova

Marina Kunarova is a director and scriptwriter. Marina started working in the film industry since she was 17. She started as a clapper loader and worked her way up and eventually became a film director and scriptwriter. She has worked with films in different genres; however, her favorite is definitely action. Most of her filmmaking skills come from working on sets. She has also attended several filmmaking and scriptwriting workshops and seminars around the world. But she believes that practice is the best way to learn and improve your skills.

2010 “999” (director, scriptwriter)
2010 TV serial “Kurdastar” – (director, scriptwriter)
2014 “Hunting the Phantom” feature film (director, scriptwriter)
2017 The Reporter (director, scriptwriter)
2020 -21 The crying steppe
2020 Years of Joy and Love
2015 The crying steppe feature film (scriptwriter)
2017 The Reporter (scriptwriter)
2016 MARSEILLE feature film (scriptwriter)
2016 Kill Tarantino feature film (scriptwriter)
2015 «The Earthman» feature film (scriptwriter)
2014 « The years of joy and love» feature film (scriptwriter)
2014 « Song of Hunu» animation film (scripwriter)
2013 «The Great Silk Way» feature film (scriptwriter)
2012 “Hunting the Phantom” feature film (director, scriptwriter)
2011 «Future football» feature film (scriptwriter)
2011 «The friendship proved by war» feature film (scriptwriter)
2011 “Mother’s heart” feature film (scriptwriter)
2010 TV serial “Kurdastar” – (director, scriptwriter)
2010 “999” (director, scriptwriter)
2009 “The River side” feature film (scriptwriter)
2008 “Lava” feature film (Scriptwriter)
2007 Reality show «Daraboz» (author)
2006 «Long way to home» feature film ( co-writer)
2005 « Songs of soul» documentary (creative producer)
2005 «Samara – city» documentary (co-writer)
2004 «The steppe and the ocean” documentary (co-writer)

• Screening at the “Black Tallin” Film Festival, Estonia, 2010
• The Wisest Film – Artek Film Festival, Ukraine, 2010
• Winner – The Best Foreign Film – LA Femme Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2010
• Best film – Berdyansk Film Festival, Ukraine, 2011
• KILL TARANTINO Best Pitch – Short Shorts Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan 2016


Genre: #feature #fiction #history

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Roberto Ruiz Cespedes

Roberto Ruiz Cespedes. Born in Santander (1987). Resident in Madrid. Roberto is a novelist, screenwriter and director. Diploma in Film Direction from the KINEMA film school in Bilbao (first of his class and awarded with the final year project in 2008-2011). Master’s Degree in Screenwriting for Film and TV from the TAI school in Madrid (Remarkable High, 2011-2012). He has worked on 30 projects in the directing and producing department.

Roberto has written and directed 20 short films, two experimental feature films and one feature film (2021). His first commercial film is STOYAN, a psychological horror thriller starring Tristán Ulloa, Marta Milans, Carlos Mestanza, Susana Hornos, Nicolás Coronado, Max Ulloa, Mariano Venancio, Natalia Rodríguez and Paulina Gálvez.

Shot in 2020/2021. Film with Official Selection at the 5th Pitchbox 2018 and Special Mention at Sitges Pitchbox 2017. Film produced by Gold Tower Producciones, American Road Films, Hache Producciones and STOYAN A.I.E.

Her short film BROKEN BASKET, starring Belén Rueda, was selected at more than 40 festivals within the Oscars Preselection circuit, such as the Short Film Corner (Cannes), Honorable Mention by the Jury for Belén Rueda at the Queens World Film Festival (New York), among others. The film STOYAN is based on this short film. Roberto wrote and directed SIEMPRE FUI ALEX together with Sancho Ortiz de Lejarazu, a documentary short film about transsexuality in childhood. With more than 40 selections in national and international festivals, awarded to the best short film in CORTOS POR LA IGUALDAD (VALENCIA).

Roberto has published three novels. The latest MARMA RABBIT Boy (2020), published by the
Editorial Amarante. The first LOS JIMENEZ SUEÑAN COMO QUIEREN (2017)
and the second MERO FIRMAMENTO (2018), both published by Ediciones Camelot.

To date, Roberto has adapted MARMA RABBIT Boy into a feature film and is in the financing phase together with his brother and partner Iván Ruiz Céspedes. This project has been twice awarded at the II IMPULSE WORKSHOP (Government of Cantabria, November 2021), being invited with the project to the European Film Market in Berlin (2023) and the MAFIZ of the Malaga Festival (2022). The project is being pitched to professionals in the sector during this phase.

Roberto has written 20 feature films, miniseries and series on projects, in the development phase. Among all of them is the TRILOGÍA DEL NIRVANA, a set of three films with STOYAN that make up the second part and its prequel. MIRLO BLANCO: EL BODHISATTVA y MADRE HINDÚ. They are two film projects in the development phase after the imminent and expected success of STOYAN throughout this 2022. Roberto continues today writing more projects.


Genre: #suspense #fantastic #fiction

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