BEST ASEAN SHORT FILM - “Cross My Heart and Hope To Die” by Sam Manacsa

Through strong and daring formal choices, the film completely immerses us in the inner life of its alienated character, making us feel and care for her journey between despair, loneliness and the call for human connection.

JURY PRIZE - “Once Upon A Time There Was A Mom” by Lin Htet Aung

A black-and-white film with an experimental soundtrack always conjures up the magic of cinema. This film tastefully connects history and old films with contemporary consciousness, and also challenges the sacredness associated with Buddhism while portraying the societal complexity of Myanmar. It’s a bold film whose significance resonates beyond Myanmar and into the whole Southeast Asian region.

SPECIAL MENTION - “Basri & Salma in a Never-ending Comedy” by Khozy Rizal

A hilarious ride of a film, with equal parts violence and boredom, glee and melancholy, that boldly satirizes patriarchal norms and the societal pressure to be (re)productive.
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