Thursday: 7th / March / 2019

The 1001 lives of Sir Richard Francis Burton

The 1001 lives of Sir Richard Francis Burton

Laurent Preyale (00:52:00) English, French

Synopsis

This documentary tells the story of explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton. Born in the early nineteenth century in a Victorian England and a world in full expansion. He spoke more than 40 languages ​​and lived several lifes. He was a seducer, slave to his sexuality, an experimenter passionate about most human perversions, a great lover of prostitutes, opium and hashish that he would consume all his life. He was an empiricist and a man on the ground. Geologist, soldier, explorer, swordsman, poet, doctor, secret agent, discoverer of the sources of the Nile, hypnotist, translator of Thousand and One Nights and the Kama-Sutra, he performed the Hajj, the Mecca pilerimage and was the first westerner to penetrate the fortress of Harrar in Ethiopia. He was initiated to many secret societies in India, Africa and the Middle East, he even tried to unravel the mysteries of Kabbalah tirelessly seeking to understand the invisible world around us.



The Cage of Sand

The Cage of Sand

Edward Rankus (00:10:40) English

Synopsis

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If asked to say what this work is about in one word, the answer—which is woven into the soundtrack—would be a Joycean one: it’s a “collideorscape.”

In 2016 I was asked to make an under-3-minute video based on just the title of a J. G. Ballard story, "The Cage of Sand" for the electronic music festival Moogfest. This present work is a greatly-expanded version of that short piece. The imagery is a return to material I dealt with as a young man in the video "Naked Doom" (1983). I have recycled imagery such as cages, a toy robot, and brain convolutions; newer motifs include a ballet dancer, corsets, and alchemical vessels containing birds. These elements are arranged and rearranged into different patterns. For the audio I have constructed an electronic musique concrète soundtrack, since this piece had its birth at that electronic music festival (where it was silent, ironically).



De Passage

De Passage

Toan Van Che (01:15:00) Vietnamese

Synopsis

Like many Vietnamese, my family believes in spirit worshiping. As the monsoon approaches, through the stories of the wandering souls told in the village, my auntie and uncle question the place of their deceased son.



The Messenger * Hermes Remembers

The Messenger * Hermes Remembers

Algis Kemezys (00:25:00) English

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Hermes, the most human-like of all the Olympian gods, is now old. On this day he remembers himself as a younger transgendered man, irrepressible but needy of his father Zeus and his aunt Aphrodite. He roams the world, on a quest for love and self-validation. He misbehaves it's true, but this is not a cautionary tale, he is after all a god and can do as he pleases. Remembering Hermes is also a 4th dimensional being so he views time via eternal recurrence.
You see, TIME is circular and in layers for a 4th dimensional being. Memories are also seen both clear or hazy depending on their importance.

In the beginning it was young Hermes quest to find a way to fully love himself inside the inter-related domains of earth, sky, fire and water, in order to be successful and be a fully realized Messenger of the Gods.

Filmed in many wondrous locations around the globe since 1998, this story commingles the divine with the mundane across the vast spectrum of the imagination utilizing the five elements water, air, earth and fire & music; to arrive at it's quintessence.

NOTE : This movie is not controversial because it pertains to Mythological History.



Armageddon Gospels

Armageddon Gospels

John Harrigan (01:35:27) English

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Refugee gods, transposed to flesh and blood, wash ashore to rouse the myths of ancient England, half-drowned in a forgotten past. They disperse through shifting realities to awaken the giant Albion and find the holy grail in a ritual to save England from the rot of darkness and hatred that’s strangling its soul.



Friday: 8th / March / 2019

Roza's Cat

Roza's Cat

Aslı Tokman (00:11:40) Turkish

Synopsis

Roza is Istanbul’s most popular tarot reader. Istanbul’s biggest mob Weasel Nuri is a regular too. However since Roza now knows too much, Weasel sends his right arm Ahmet to get rid of her. Roza sits on Ahmet’s tarot session to do the negotiation of her life. Able to read the past and the future, will Roza come out of the room alive or dead?



The Lovers

The Lovers

Claudio Ellovitch (00:09:49) Portuguese

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Tarot, Chaos Magick and the universal archetypes of the Collective Unconscious act over the troubled stage set inside of a playwright's mind struggling with his Love relationship. The consequences will reach the physical world.



Marime

Marime

Ambrosia Bardos (00:12:30) English, Other

The Marquis' Deathbed

The Marquis' Deathbed

Jonah Steeman (01:22:00) English

Synopsis

In an anachronystic fairy tale world, a man's family mysteriously disappears, forcing him on an absurd quest for a new persona and meaning of life.



TRATAK

TRATAK 1 - ANTARS, the Ice Around the Time

Davide Carlini (00:08:00) Italian

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TRATAK in the east and in parapsychology is known as an ancient technology for activation of sensory not commonly used seand atrophied in the majority of beings embodied in this space-time.

The first chapter of this experimental mid-footage introduces Edam's experience; a man like everyone who is between the sky and the abyss, between doubt and faith and among the endless "influences of the Dark".

In the search for himself , the truth and the memory of those who are beyond the necessary masks of everyday life, he will wait for many things on the path before coming to light at the exit of the cave of ignorance.

A minimal narration leads the viewer to a detachment from rational reality and to bring the threshold of the unexplainable and not accessible to the linear mind and imprisoned by the positivist logic of the last centuries.

This is the first episode of TRATAK, independent film and without budget, maybe others will follow...



TRATAK 2 - REVEIL, Heavenly Memories Sometimes Veiled

TRATAK 2 - REVEIL, Heavenly Memories Sometimes Veiled

Davide Carlini (00:14:00) Italian

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Tratak is an experimental project of self-produced cinema, born from an idea of ​​non-narrative research of the inner experience, where the sense of history (as for other things ..) is more given by the interpretation and state of the observer (.. " where is ", and what perspective and horizon can get from that point) than from the will of the author.

The film works on multiple levels of metaphor and narration and is structured in 3 phases (or states ..).

Currently the first and second chapter is published and the third will be released in the coming months.

The construction of the story began in 2015 within a project for students of the courses of the Officine Mattoli film school.

Filmed in less than a week at the beginning of 2016, it has been assembled in over 2 years of post-production, where in the meantime the space of common experience (the World) has begun to take shape in a new and unexpected way towards new paradigms and awakening of ancient awareness released by its agents, within History.

If you want to support the project, share and comment on the channel.

In time, many things will be clearer to everyone and even this strange film.



Time Traveller (tm)

Time Traveller (tm)

Jonathan Nolan (00:06:00) English

Synopsis

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A Time Traveller uses ancient secret geometry to create a Time Box and have adventures across time and space.

A life-long fan of British science fiction and scientific romances, as well as being an equally passionate fan of H.P. Lovecraft, "Time Traveller" marks the start of an ongoing web-based serialisation and exploration of the combination of cosmic gothic horror from Lovecraft and steampunk adventure from H.G. Wells.



Nephilim

Nephilim

Cody Frank (00:06:46) English

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When Fallen Angels interbred with human women, the resulting offspring were a monstrous race of being called Nephilim. These creatures were hellbent on waging war on humanity.

An organization known as the Sons of Adam arose to combat them. In time, the Sons were all but wiped out by Nephilim. A young man, known only as the Disciple, must undergo a ritual in order to join the Sons of Adam, and reforge the broken Order.

He is mankind’s last hope.



I AM THE BRIDGE

I AM THE BRIDGE

D.r. Smith (00:23:00) English

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Shaltmira, in collaboration with Dan Smith, created I AM THE BRIDGE hypersigil.

The film follows the artist SHALTMIRA on her journey of self discovery as she travels the world uniting and empowering others with her art and her message. It is visually rich and includes music and submissions from friends, artists, and other occultists from around the world.

From the artist: Today's reality is endless divisions between human race, fueled by media. Our goal is to work towards restoring the balance in the media, by pouring our data into the chaotic information stream. By connecting, meeting and collaborating, we strengthen the connection between each other as individual. You are not alone. You are not powerless. You are not disconnected. Our I AM THE BRIDGE project is here to show, that each of us are linked to each other, each of us is THE BRIDGE, connecting your inner realm to everything what surrounds you. Let's feel that connectivity. Let's celebrate our unity. We won't let popular media to program us into feeling fear, insecurity and hate. We are here to empower each other.



DEATH VAN

DEATH VAN

Michael Enzbrunner (00:06:00)

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The fictitious space-rock duo DEATH VAN tours through a miniature world inhabited by surreal creatures that are haunted and terrorized by a menacing and mischievous entity.



As Above So Below

As Above So Below

Emile M. Smith (00:25:00) English

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"This is not just a masterful film. Somehow Emile managed to create a fully immersive world that a cameraman was dropped into." - David Lynch

"I don't know how the fuck he did it". - Vincent Gallo

A journey from the outward and external, abandoning the earthly abode to enter the celestial spheres of the mind...



Delicious Light

Delicious Light

Gaia Marcaccini (00:03:34)

Synopsis

In "Delicious Light," a cataclysmic event is unleashed when a deity unknowingly releases a bad seed into the universe. A sacrifice must be done in order to return light into the world. Created as a First Year Short for the MFA in Experimental Animation at CalArts.



Fractal

Fractal

Mikhail Ananyev (00:09:50) Russian

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The hero of this film Sergey Basalayev was born on 17th of November, 1982 in the North of Russia in Murmansk. Doctors suggested his parents to abandon their son saying that he would live a few weeks. Now he is 35 years old. He has no speech, he can not move. But he is an artist.



Bufo Alvarius - The Underground Secret

Bufo Alvarius - The Underground Secret

Filip Zaruba (01:18:00) English

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A radical testimony of the strongest known natural psychedelic, tryptamine 5-MeO-DMT produced by Bufo Alvarius, a toad of the Sonoran desert. The breathtaking audio-visual adventure is enhanced by immersive animations inspired by the psychoactive effects of this extraordinary substance. Fascinating stories of a group of Czech psychonauts are combined with personal insights of Stanislav Grof, a nestor of transpersonal psychology, and Octavio Rettig, a modern shaman who has facilitated ceremonial contact with Bufo Alvarius for thousands of volunteers from around the world. For many, the experience has been life-changing. Originally intended to simply document these experiences, the film evolved into an intense meditation on the nature of consciousness and being.



Saturday: 9th / March / 2019

Shamanic Theatre

Shamanic Theatre

Nicole P. Drakulič Trninić (00:33:54) German, Slovenian

Synopsis

Small wooden house nested under the chestnut tress on top of small hill. Strong light is penetrating in the room. Giving light to the place and to four human beings, two of them woman, two of them man. Interaction between them is strong. Is growing. Reaching its peak. No control. The power is too strong. Fear. The door opens and a person in panic leaves the room. Running headlessly down the hill. That was the first shamanic theatre. An idea, a try, no structure, no control.

Film starts with reconstruction of the shamanic ritual later called Shamanic Theatre which took place near Graz, Styria and was initiated by Dr. Sylvia Marianne Wohlfarter. Shamanism is based on structures, on knowledge and experiences, passed trough centuries from father to son, from mother to daughter and yet it stays subjective, dependent on person and his spirits. Shamanic Theatre is a form of discovering mans own spiritual powers and dimensions but above all efficient healing method.

It is telling the story of people who realized that ordinary reality is just a little fragment in immense web of different realities existing. About people who learned through their shamanic work of spirits, of their powers, which are compared to ours, immense. About people who trust in this spirits and believe that with their help it is possible to heal, to help, to solve problems, be it of personal or greater scale.

In film not only the image is the storyteller, but everything that there is: metaphors, associations, hidden memories, ideas and smells of the future. Sound of the drum, the whistle, moments of silence. Rhythm. And the spaces between where the whole is happening.



Balian (The Healer)

Balian (the Healer)

Daniel McGuire (01:25:00) Indonesian, English

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BALIAN (The Healer) depicts the rise and fall of a traditional Balinese healer after being 'discovered' by Western tourists. A fable of globalization that Alan Berliner calls 'a magical portrait of a one-of-a-kind Indonesian trickster/healer...It’s funny, too.”



Life and the Lady

Life and the Lady

Michelantony Dunston (00:20:00) English

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After mysteriously falling into the water, a young woman struggles with an existential choice; to “take the breath” and surrender, or remain attached to all that she is. Time falls away and moments and memories become fragmented as she experiences the true understanding of her fate.



Katabatik Fisherman

Katabatik Fisherman

Dean Radovanovic (00:41:44) English, Portuguese, Serbian

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Aleksandar Krisnjev got lost in the Unknown. Misled by enigmatic characters, he must reach the Ceremony and meet his Shadow.



The Kempinsky Method

The Kempinsky Method

Federico Salsano (01:15:00) Italian

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An imaginary road movie through the spirals of a man's own mind, his youth memories, his never ending passions and contradictory truths. The roads are made of water, the destination is falsely unknown.



The soul of Dubai

The soul of Dubai

Michaël Herregat (00:29:15) English, French

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Do cities have a soul ? And cities that do not seem to have a history, those that are known for their excessiveness ? What if this trip to Dubai was the opportunity to question my beliefs, to experience the city myself instead of judging without knowing ? I had 8 days to go to the other side of the mirror and pierce the mystery of this extraordinary city, 8 days to discover and film something invisible...



Diaspeirein

Diaspeirein

Anthony Roy Barton (00:07:15) English

Synopsis

52 B. C. GAUL. A Boy is taken by Warriors in southern Gaul during the Gallic Wars.



A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust

Grayson Whitehurst (00:18:05) English

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Dr. Neal Goodman enables terminal patients' right to die through the practice of mercy killing via his one-of-a-kind device. But when he sets out to fulfill a mother's request to euthanize her "terminally-ill" daughter, he discovers that his procedure is the crux of an elaborate cult ritual that tests his ethics like never before.



Far From the Apple Tree

Far From the Apple Tree

Grant McPhee (01:30:00) English

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"Far From the Apple Tree is simply one of the most authentic horror films I’ve ever seen. What it accomplishes with zero jump scares, virtually no blood, and a minuscule budget is mind-numbing".

Modern Horrors. Far From the Apple Tree stars Sorcha Groundsell (Netflix's The Innocents) as Judith, a struggling artist who lands her dream job of working for a renowned and sinister visual artist named Roberta Roslyn (Victoria Liddelle, Outlaw King). Judith's new job allows her the opportunity to view and catalogue Roberta's work – archiving but learning her alchemical techniques as she delves deeper and deeper into her past. A Dark, Pop-Art Fairytale. Filmed on a variety of formats including 35mm, 16mm, Home Processed film and Betamax.



Sunday: 10th / March / 2019

The Spirit Callers

The Spirit Callers

If Nickl (00:10:16)

Synopsis

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"The Spirit Callers“ is a filmic collage on the subject of self-portrayal. A visually stunning archaeology is unleashed, removing the masks of human constructs of the ego, and attempting to lay open our innermost parts.

All is fair in love and war when advancing deeper into the well encapsulated core: burning civic documents, cosmic rituals of self-exposure, fighting with fears and demons, unrestrained ecstasy…

A symbolic suicide, and refuge into the embrace of the Alma Mater. Abundant associative quotes from pop culture as well as art and film history accompany the quick steps – be it Anselm Kiefer’s enraptured human of his work “The starry sky above me and the moral law within me”, sequences from “The Exorcist”, or the steady reminiscences of Alejandro Jodorowky’s surreal imagery, which resonate as a metalevel.

The formal concept is pure unadulterated free style, which is primarily up to capture the moment. A collage-like rhythm of images is being portrayed by amateur actors, who interpret their roles without preparation in the first take. Spontaneity and immediacy lastly answer one purpose:

to break up the determined patterns of behaviour and reception, to clear the way from the “I”/ego to the cosmos, to go from separateness to a notion of oneness. The universe is my lover !



Crowned & Conquering

Crowned & Conquering

Zareh Tjeknavorian (00:12:00)

Synopsis

"Love is the law, love under will. Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent." - Liber AL vel Legis (the Book of the Law), I:57

Shot on 16mm film, “Crowned & Conquering” is inspired by the philosophy of the occultist, ceremonial magician, and writer, Aleister Crowley. Through mythical scenes, symbolic imagery, abstract graphics and textures (including collage and painting directly on the film itself), and a monumental psychedelic soundtrack, the work visualizes the alchemical process of chrysopoeia, the transmutation of the spirit from lead into gold: a cinematic allegory of the gnostic path in sight and sound.



Satanis - The Devil's Mass

Satanis - The Devil's Mass

Ray Laurent (01:25:00) English

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Satanis – The Devil’s Mass is a 1970 documentary about Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan during the 1960’s counter-culture. The film depicts rituals conducted by High Priest Anton. The film co-stars the LaVey’s “family pet” lion Togare. Satanis is a rare and valuable insight into the world of the Church of Satan circa 1969. The film includes interviews with Anton LaVey, his family members, Church of Satan members, neighbors, as well Christian priests and Mormon Missionaries and their reactions to what was then the new religion of Satanism. At the time of its release, Satanis was considered to be the most shocking film of its time, providing the mainstream American masses with its first views into true occult activity.



Kraniophilia

Kraniophilia

Horst Bilek (00:13:57) German

Synopsis

“Only those who are able to accept the concept of death & integrate it into their worldview are truly capable of enjoying life itself.. "Kraniophilia" is a portrait , not about an artist but rather of his pieces themselves, the motivation behind them & the convergence between death, art & craftmanship...



The Morgenstern & Boyd Trilogy

The Morgenstern & Boyd Trilogy

Fritz Aigner (02:41:00) Chinese, English, German, Serbian

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“The Meadow”, a film by so far unsuccessful director Fritz Aigner, causes a surprising stir at the Venice film festival. As a result, a notable producer tasks Aigner to shoot a sequel. The making of the film turns out to be a disaster. As the entire film crew rebels against the director’s growing delusions of grandeur, he finds himself confronted with the antagonists of his own fiction: Morgenstern and Boyd. They suck him into a spiral of sexual obsessions and omnipotent fantasies, at the end of which there can only be the failure of the film or death itself.

“THE MORGENSTERN & BOYD TRILOGY“ is divided into three parts:

Part 1 is Fritz Aigner’s film ”The Meadow“, a baroque gothic drama about the beauty and the decay of life.

Part 2 tells the tragic story of the director during the making of the sequel of “The Meadow“

Part 3 is said sequel entitled “The Carol Singers“, a lavish fairy tale about immaculate conception and immortality.



Beyond existence

Beyond existence

Xavier Ameller (01:33:17) French

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Mathilde and Lea, with the mission of revealing the part of sacredness within us, decided to lead an investigation around the mystical experiences that people might have lived. From the Berry and his sorcerers to Brittany in search of the druids, this trip will change their vision of the world. Mathilde and Lea ask single question to people they meet: What was your so great mystical experience?



Nominations 2019

33 films. An important esoteric number like the following nominations for the films of the FHIFF 2019:

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Cinematography - Fludd Award

Best Feature Film - Caduceus Award
Best Storytelling - Cagliostro Award

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Editing - Ficino Award
Best Protagonist - Wormwood Star Award

Best Foreign Documentary - Rosenkreuz Award
Best Protagonist - Wormwood Star Award

Best Feature Film - Caduceus Award

Best Feature Documentary - Paracelsus Award
Best Foreign Documentary - Rosenkreuz Award
Best Director - Agrippa Award
Best Music - Atalanta Award

Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award
Best Sound Design - Theremin Award

Best Foreign Documentary - Rosenkreuz Award
Best Music - Atalanta Award

Best Animation Film - Apuleio Award
Best Music Video - Kenneth Award

Best Animation Film - Apuleio Award

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award
Best Topic - Jodorowsky Award

Best Feature Film - Caduceus Award
Best Production Design - Ritual Room Award

Best Documentary (Short) - Pelican Award

Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award
Best Editing - Ficino Award

Best Picture - Mercure Award
Best Director - Agrippa Award

Best Documentary (Short) - Pelican Award

Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award
Best Director - Agrippa Award

Best Music Video - Kenneth Award
Best Performance - Sabbath Award

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Cinematography - Fludd Award
Best Music - Atalanta Award

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award

Best Feature Documentary - Paracelsus Award
Best Research - Eco Award

Best Foreign Documentary - Rosenkreuz Award

Best Feature Documentary - Paracelsus Award
Best Research - Eco Award

Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award
Best Animation Film - Apuleio Award

Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award
Best Cinematography - Fludd Award
Best Storytelling - Cagliostro Award

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award

Best Feature Film - Caduceus Award
Best Sound Design - Theremin Award

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Topic - Jodorowsky Award

Best Picture - Mercure Award
Best Director - Agrippa Award
Best Cinematography - Fludd Award

Best Documentary (Short) - Pelican Award
Best Storytelling - Cagliostro Award

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Production Design - Ritual Room Award
Best Performance - Sabbath Award

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Animation Film - Apuleio Award
Best Web Serie – Black Lion Award
Best Music - Atalanta Award
Best Storytelling – Cagliostro Award

Tratak 1

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Web Serie – Black Lion Award
Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award
Best Sound Design - Theremin Award

Tratak 2

Best Short Film - Sulphur Award
Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award
Best Topic - Jodorowsky Award
Best Web Serie – Black Lion Award

First Hermetic International Film Festival

Winners 2019

Best Picture - Mercure Award

The Morgenstern & Boyd Trilogy

Fritz Aigner


Best Feature Film - Caduceus Award

Beyond existence

Xavier Ameller


Best Short Film - Sulphur Award

As Above So Below

Emile M. Smith


Best Feature Documentary - Paracelsus Award

The 1001 lives of Sir Richard Francis Burton

Laurent Preyale


Best Documentary (Short) - Pelican Award

Kraniophilia

Horst Bilek


Best Foreign Documentary - Rosenkreuz Award

Bufo Alvarius - The Underground Secret

Filip Zaruba


Best Animation Film - Apuleio Award

The Cage of Sand

Edward Rankus


Best Web Serie - Black Lion Award

TRATAK

Davide Carlini


Best Experimental Film - Vitriol Award

The Kempinsky Method

Federico Salsano


Best Music Video - Kenneth Award

DEATH VAN

Michael Enzbrunner


Best Director - Agrippa Award

Life and the Lady

Michelantony Dunston


Best Editing - Ficino Award

I AM THE BRIDGE

D.r. Smith


Best Cinematography - Fludd Award

A Handful of Dust

Jackson Tisi (Director of Photography) / Grayson Whitehurst


Best Music - Atalanta Award

De Passage

Toan Van Che


Best Storytelling - Cagliostro Award

Armageddon Gospels

John Harrigan


Best Topic - Jodorowsky Award

Diaspeirein

Anthony Roy Barton


Best Research - Eco Award

The 1001 lives of Sir Richard Francis Burton

Laurent Preyale


Best Sound Design - Theremin Award

Crowned & Conquering

Zareh Tjeknavorian


Best Performance - Sabbath Award

The Spirit Callers

If Nickl, Florian Lierzer, Vanessa Kröll, Georg Dinstl, Mickey Fritz Nickl, Marlena Fink, Lila Belamaric


Best Protagonist - Wormwood Star Award

Balian (the Healer)

Mangku Made Pogog (Key Cast) / Daniel McGuire


Best Production Design - Ritual Room Award

Far From the Apple Tree

Grant McPhee


Audience Award

Katabatik Fisherman

Dean Radovanovic


Jury Award

The Marquis' Deathbed

Jonah Steeman


Special Mention

The Lovers

Claudio Ellovitch