ASFF 2017 Award Winners

Best of Festival | Best Drama Winner


Dir. Benjamin Cleary & TJ O’Grady Peyton | Ireland 2017

A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.

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Peoples Choice Award Winner | York Youth Award Winner

The Silent Child

Dir. Chris Overton | UK, 2017

Inspired by real life events. A deaf four-year-old girl, born in to a middle class family, lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

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Northern Film School Screenplay Award Winner | Best Artists' Film Winner

For Real Tho

Baptist Penetticobra | France, 2016

A group of teenagers gathers at night to make a film. When the group decides to mess up the film they’re in, a feud starts between For Real Tho and its own characters.

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Best Advertising


Luca Finotti | Italy, 2017

The idea behind Finotti’s #WeBelieveInThePowerOfLove is to bring together Riccardo Tisci and Nike’s worlds. Based on this, the video celebrates inclusion and social connections.

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Best Animation

Johnno's Dead

Chris Shepherd | UK, 2016

Serving 12 years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit focuses the mind. All that injustice poisons the soul and there’s nothing left but to settle old scores.

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Best Comedy

Fucking Bunnies

Teemu Niukkanen| Finland, 2017

Raimo’s comfy middle class bubble is burst when a satan worshipping sex cult moves in next door. A slick portrayal of everyday life and the inconvenience of neighbours.

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Best Dance

Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art

Andrew Mergetson| UK, 2016

Wearing a pair of Air Jordans, Lil Buck takes us on a jookin’ tour of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, gliding through the light-filled halls of the Frank Gehry-designed building.

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Best Documentary


Sam Peeters | Belgium, 2016

Right-wing populism is spreading through western Europe. It is most popular in quiet, white neighbourhoods Sam Peeters portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs.

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Best Fashion Film

The Sleeping Field

That Jam | Italy, 2016

A trailer to a feature film, which does not exist. Or does it... ? Playing on the notions of cinemtaic landscapes, The Sleeping Field undermines expectations through new sequences.

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Best Music Video

Sirens - Metaxas

Savvas Stavrou | UK, 2016

An elderly man reminisces over all that has defined him over the years – his fidelity and his love – whilst time steadily moves backwards as the track unfolds.

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Best Thriller


Ian Hunt Duffy| UK & Ireland, 2015

Gridlock is a thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road. When a little girl goes missing, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect.

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