Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.



This is the first Academy Award nomination for Patrick Vollrath.


Ascona Film Festival sabato sera presenta il cortometraggio vincitore dell’OSCAR 2015 “The Phone Call” di Mat Kirkby, GB


British Oscar winners pay tribute to their ‘superhero’ mums

Mat Kirkby and James Lucas pose with their award. Credit: Reuters

The British writers of The Phone Call who won the Oscar for Best Live Short Film singled out their inspirational mothers for the work they do taking calls in crisis centres during their acceptance speech.

Director and writer Mat Kirkby and writer James Lucas accept the Oscar for the best live action short film The Phone Call. Credit: Reuters

The film, starring Sally Hawkins, is set in a crisis hotline centre.

We’d like to thank all the volunteers around the world in crisis centres who give their time for nothing – including our mums.


After the awards Mat Kirkby told ITV News his mother was “a real life superhero”

Sue Kirkby has said that the best part of her night was not being called a superhero but seeing her son win an Oscar


Ascona Film Festival ha selezionato il corto Svizzero candidato all’Oscar “Parvaneh” di Talkhon Hamzavi


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È con immenso piacere che Ascona Film Festival annuncia la selezione del cortometraggio Svizzero  “Parvaneh” di Talkhon Hamzavi di origine iraniana, nominato per un Oscar nella categoria Live-Action Short Film. 

Dopo l’esclusione già durante le preselezioni di Der Kreis, il titolo che era stato candidato dalla Svizzera nella categoria miglior film straniero, è arrivata come una piacevole sorpresa, prontamente sottolineata da Swissfilms, la nomination del corto Parvaneh per i prossimi Oscar.

La regista Talkhon Hamzavi (nata a Teheran nel 1979 e cresciuta nel nostro paese) e il produttore Stefan Eichenberger presenzieranno dunque alla cerimonia del 22 febbraio a Los Angeles.

Il film è il lavoro di Master della regista presso l’Alta scuola delle arti di Zurigo e racconta una storia di emigrazione: Parvaneh è il nome della rifugiata afgana che, venuta a conoscenza della malattia del padre rimasto in patria, cerca di aiutarlo a distanza.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Cortometraggio svizzero nominato – Il cortometraggio svizzero “Parvaneh” di Talkhon Hamzavi di origine iraniana è nominato per un Oscar nella categoria Live-Action Short Film. Hamzavi, che vive in Svizzera dal 1986 e ha realizzato il film all’Alta scuola delle arti di Zurigo, deve confrontarsi con quattro altri candidati, ha comunicato oggi Swiss Film.

Il cortometraggio di Hamzavi ha già vinto nel 2013 la medaglia d’argento nella categoria dei migliori film stranieri al 40. Student-Academy-Awards.

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“Butter Lamp” di Hu Wei and Julien Féret, selezionato da Ascona Film Festival candidato agli OSCAR


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Sono particolarmente orgoglioso di annunciare che il film “Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret, selezionato per la 3a edizione dell’Ascona Film Festival è stato nominato agli Oscar 2015. Come presidente mi sento davvero felice di trovare una conferma così importante della qualità della selezione del direttore artistico Julian Martin, co-fondatore di Ascona Film Festival.

Andrea Biasca-Caroni



Nominations:European Short Film

Director: Hu Wei
Screenwriter: Hu Wei
Producer: Julien Féret, Yangxu Zhou
Director of Photography: Jean Legrand
Editor: Hu Wei
Sound Design: Hervé Guyadère
Main Cast: Genden Punstok

SynopsisA young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to photograph them. On diverse and more or less exotic backgrounds, families present themselves to the photographer. Through these shots, the photographer will weave unique links with each of the various villagers.

Director’s StatementHow long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?

I wrote the scenario in one week and two months later we obtained the financial support of the French CNC and ARTE French television. But shooting was much more complicated because the crew was formed by French and Chinese technicians and with Tibetan actors. With such a team, shooting in China next to Tibet was extremely complex. The first two attempts to shoot the film failed and finally the third succeeded.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?

To me, the two most essential concerns are the diversity and the liberty of expression which are most possibly at the heart of European cinema.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

Hmmm, it’s a pity that it is only for one night. I would love to organise a special screenings for children like my three-year-old daughter. Of course, they can shout and run in the theatre. Or maybe, four or five films for the night, is it a good idea for kids? So these films would be: PIPPI LONGSTOCKING, MARY POPPINS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, DONKEY SKIN, THE KING AND THE MOCKING BIRD…

What is your next project?

A particular film, strange and mysterious. I would leave you some suspense.


YAK 6Hu Wei’s cultural film Butter Lamp has been capturing the heart of the film world and has just been nominated for a 2015 Oscar. This was not the only respected film festival to take notice of this exciting film, as it has achieved the grand total of 70 film prestige film awards and was selected by over 200 film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, quite a feat for a little film from China.

In the Butter Lamp, a young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to take their picture.  Against diverse and mote of less exotic backgrounds, families appear to the photographer.  Through these shots, the photographer weaves unique links with each of the various villagers.

Butter Lamp’s director Hu Wei was born in Beijing, China, he lives and works between Beijing and Paris.  Wei graduated at La Femis, the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and Le Fresnoy.  Butter Lamp is only his third film, although this multi-award winning movie is only his second fictional short and now this talented director is currently directing his first ever feature film. AFI Film Festival selection also praised the film, “The Grand Jury prize for Live Action caught us by surprise with its spellbinding and poetic simplicity. Traversing hundreds of miles of geography and spanning generations of time without leaving one central location, this film functions as a profound mediation on the practice and effects of image making.”

This live action short was written by the director Hu Wei, stars real life Tibetan nomads and was produced by Julien Feret, the beautiful cinematography was created by Stephane Degieau and Jean Legrand.  Some of the 70 awards include; the Grand Prize at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Golden Plaque Award at the Chicago Film Festival, the prestigious Grand Jury Award at AFI Film Festival (American Film Institute), a winner at London’s Raindance Film Festival, Best Short Film at Mexico’s Guanajuato International Film Festival and it was selected for a EFA (European Film Awards) nomination.

Wei wished to create a film between fiction and documentary, reality and drama, modern civilization and traditional habits.  This award winning film and his outstanding work has captured the attention of the worldwide film industry, making his initial wish quite the reality.

The Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood on Sunday 22nd February.

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films, listed alphabetically and including director and production company:

Aya, Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Chasis Films)
Baghdad Messi, Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Kobe Van Steenberghe, producer (a team productions)
Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox, director, and Ronan Blaney, writer (Out of Orbit)
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak), Hu Wei, director, and Julien Féret, producer (AMA Productions)
Carry On, Yatao Li, director (Rochester Institute of Technology)
My Father’s Truck, Maurício Osaki, director (Lupi Filmes)
Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi, director, and Stefan Eichenberger, producer (Zurich University of Arts)
The Phone Call, Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer (RSA Films)
SLR, Stephen Fingleton, director, and Matthew James Wilkinson, producer (Stigma Films)
Summer Vacation (Chofesh Gadol), Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, directors (GREENproductions)

The Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Competition Ascona Film Festival presents : “El cortometraje ‘Aquel no era yo’, escrito y dirigido por Esteban Crespo” : OSCAR MENTION

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El cortometraje ‘Aquel no era yo’, escrito y dirigido por Esteban Crespo, cuenta la historia de Paula y Kaney, dos personajes -un niño africano y una mujer española- que podrían no tener nada en común, pero que llegarán a unir sus vidas irremediablemente a través de un disparo. Un disparo que da vida.

Kaney es un niño soldado de un país africano. Con él viven muchos otros niños soldado, acatando las órdenes del hombre que se ha convertido en su padre, el General del Ejército Rebelde (Babou Cham)

Paula (Alejandra Lorente) es una cooperante española llegada a África siguiendo a su pareja, Juanjo (Gustavo Salmerón) con el objetivo de ayudar y de rescatar a los ni ños soldado que allí viven.

En un puesto fronterizo, Paula y Kaney se encuentran y ése será el punto de partida de esta dramática historia, en un escenario de miedo, violencia, terror y redención.

‘Aquel no era yo’ nació por el deseo de mostrar la dureza de la realidad de los niños y niñas soldado y lo que muy pocas veces vemos, sus secuelas. Y por otro lado, por el deseo de homenajear la labor altruista y llena de ideales de las personas que arriesgan su vida por mejorar la de los demás.

Cómo dice un niño ex-soldado del conflicto de Sierra Leona: “Ser un soldado no es difícil: o te acostumbras o te matan. Lo más duro es conseguir vivir con tus recuerdos y volver a ser tú mismo después de haber hecho las cosas que has hecho”.

El cortometraje se estrenará el próximo 9 de febrero constituyendo el eje central de un evento organizado por las ONG españolas Fundación El CompromisoAmnistía InternacionalSave The ChildrenEntreculturas,Alboan, etc.para celebrar, el próximo 12 de febrero, el Día Mundial contra la Utilización de Niños y Niñas Soldado.

‘Aquel no era yo’ es un cortometraje escrito y dirigido por Esteban Crespo y protagonizado por Alejandra Lorente, Gustavo Salmerón, Babou Cham,Mariano Nguema y Alito Rodgers Jr., entre otros. El corto muestra la dureza de una realidad, la de los niños y niñas soldado, y lo que muy pocas veces vemos, sus secuelas. Cómo dice un niño exsoldado del conflicto de Sierra Leona: “Ser un soldado no es difícil: o te acostumbras o te matan. Lo más duro es conseguir vivir con tus recuerdos y volver a ser tú mismo después de haber hecho las cosas que has hecho”. Y, por otro lado, el deseo de homenajear la labor altruista y llena de ideales de las personas que arriesgan la vida por mejorar la de los demás.

Si deseas colaborar con nosotros y ayudarnos a conseguir la máxima difusión de nuestro corto y del mensaje de las ONG involucradas, compártelo a través de las redes sociales. ‘Aquel no era yo’ está en FacebookTwitter y Youtube.