Toronto Arthouse Film Festival has announced the award winners for the 2019 edition.
The award for the Best Feature Narrative Film went to 'Shark Week' (Canada) by Bri Proke.
The prize for the Best Feature Documentary Film was for 'Midnight Ramblers' (France) by Julian Ballester.
Best Narrative Short Film award went to 'Birth of a Poet' (United States) by James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg.
'Shooting Crows' (Switzerland) by Christine Hürzeler was awarded as Best Documentary Short Film.
The Best Animated Film award went to 'Flood' (Germany) by Malte Stein.
This is not a Meme (Korea, republic of) by Lee Sang Won was awarded as 'Best Experimental Film'.
Best Music Video Award went to 'So Loki - Athletes World' (Canada) by Lucas Hrubizna.
Boston Short Film Festival has announced the award winners for the 2019 edition.
The Boston Short Film Festival wishes to say thanks to all the wonderful filmmakers for submitting their work to our festival. This year we were privileged to receive more than 2000 entries. 54 films made it to the selection. The 2019 edition was very successful. Next to the fantastic selection of works, the large number of film makers present, all 5 days of screenings were also fully booked.
WHO WE ARE
Maarten Cornelis is an entertainment veteran with experience in the industry stretching over two decades. He is an Actor, Producer, Light Designer, and Director, and has rubbed shoulders with some of the great artists in the world. He is a known Light Design and Producer on Broadway, in NYC, and is a frequent guest Light Designer at the exclusive, Carnegie Hall.
Over the years, Maarten has worked as Technical Director at various venues and has had the honor of designing the lights for numerous live events, working for Francis Ford Coppola, Stephen Rivkin, Lloyd J. Schwartz, Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, Dino De Laurentiis, Ennio Morricone, John Legend, Common, Jerry Seinfeld, and many more.
In 2020, Maarten became a partner at the newly renovated “Park Theatre” in Union City, NJ, where he produces a lot of his own events and theatre productions. He currently has running productions in New York City and Los Angeles – these productions include Frankenstein, Wicked City Blues, King of the Lighthouse, and FunikiJam.
Maarten worked as an Entertainment Specialist for Rocket Video in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2005. Although having studied film at school, it is here that he learned everything about cinema. From the best independent cinema to the experimental, and from the blockbuster to the classic. His job was to work with world famous directors and The Academy and help them with their research on upcoming projects. Ultimately, introducing him to many filmmakers and masterpieces of cinema.
Maarten is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles. He was also the leader of their in-house theatre company “The September Company” from 2002 to 2005.
Maarten was born in Belgium and grew up in Los Angeles. As of 2018, Maarten has been living bi-coastal and divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City.
Kris De Meester is a director, producer, and entrepreneur known for his independent films. He started his career in 1990, taking on different roles with many of the film industry’s finest. Over the decades, he has teamed up with numerous award-winning directors. Such included big names like Lars von Trier, Terence Davies, Thomas Vinterberg, Timo Vuorensola, Wolfgang Becker, Philippe Grandrieux, and Koen Mortier.
With a genuine conviction that environments can affect human behavior, the cinema producer translated his theory into the writing of two feature films. His esteemed direction in both put him in the limelight and accelerated his reputation on the global film scene. The 2010 black and white film “Four Roses” is one of his most prestigious works. The movie was shot in four days with a budget of USD 10,000. The award-winning feature was hailed an engaging and poignant gem and was officially selected for international film festivals around the globe. His second feature “Johnny Walker” is inspired by Dostoevsky’s ‘Notes from the Underground’. Described by some critics as a surprising and unique experience, the 2015 film intended to ignite the audience’s intuition with the play of confusion and contradiction. The film was selected for over 30 international film festivals.
At the same time, the director also took on roles as a casting director in a number of films. His repertoire includes titles such as "A Quiet Passion", "Ex Drummer", "Ich und Kaminski" and "Un Lac". He was also the casting director for "Nymphomaniac" Volumes I & II, both of which have been featured on Netflix. Meanwhile, as a producer, Kris De Meester has worked on dozens of award-winning independent films to date. Such include "Little Wing", "Vessels", "Share with me Your Brightest Colors", "Menthol", and "All About the Feathers". In recent years, he joined Hal Hartley as an executive producer in the production of the feature film “Where to Land” that has yet to be released.
With time, the director and producer’s acclaimed reputation and deep understanding of cinema steered him to become a film curator in the vibrant film festival landscape. Since 2015, kris De Meester has taken part as a global curator in many mainstay events such as the Brussels Independent Film Festival, the Venice Film Week, the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, Super Shorts London Film Festival, and the Sydney World Film Festival.