The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, founded by Creo and sponsored by Sony, is a comprehensively launched new annual awards program for short films that aims to support and promote independent filmmakers and creatives from around the world.
The first edition of the competition ran from July 26 to December 13, 2022, with over 4,000 films received from more than 3,000 filmmakers in 140 countries. From these entries, a shortlist of 30 films has now been compiled, spread across six categories: Filmmaker Fiction; Filmmaker Non-Fiction; Filmmaker Environment; Student Filmmaker Fiction; Student Filmmaker Non-Fiction and Future Format.
We have rummaged a bit in the trailers available on YT and have discovered some gems - here is the shortlist including the trailers in the individual main categories:
Saul Abraham (UK), ENJOY
A touching film that explores in an unconventional way how depression manifests in men from different generations;
Dumas Haddad (UK), Flowers
An Afrofuturistic love tale that unfolds after a ceremony in which a mother releases her son into the world.
Dan Thorburn (UK), Salt Water Town
While a run-down trailer park is threatened with closure, its owner and his son argue about the future - with tragic consequences.
Joy Webster (Canada), Menace
A drama about a woman who seeks revenge on her ex-boyfriend, a well-known television host.
Ka Ki Wong (Hongkong), Fire Room
Staggered in time and space, an unusual relationship develops between two siblings - the sister an arsonist, the brother a fireman.
Alfie Barker (UK), Hanging On.
A docudrama about the residents of a residential neighborhood that is about to be evicted;
Horacio Cabilla (Spain), This Is My Reason
A film about three cyclists who use their sport to overcome personal loss and setbacks;
Julianna Jimreivat (USA), Letting Go of the Grade
Four women heading to Mexico for a mountain expedition explore what mountaineering means to them and talk about their personal challenges;
Daniela Lucato (Italy), The Things You Don&t Know About Me, Mom
A survivor of the Pinochet regime in Chile imagines telling her mother all the things she didn&t want to know.
Juan Vicente Manrique Gomez (Venezuela), No Te Agüites (Don&t Worry).
In an indigenous town threatened by criminal gangs, firearms are part of everyday life for the children who must help guard their community.
Pedro Furtado (Brazil), The Good Dolphins
Fishermen in Brazil struggle to save a herd of dolphins that have helped them fish for generations.
Austin Smock (USA), The Beauty Between
A wildlife photographer raises awareness about the threat to the tens of millions of birds that live on Utah&s Great Salt Lake;
Alexander Sworik (Canada), Seawolf
Two indigenous men try to preserve their culture and traditions and save the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.