A committee of Malaga Festival experts has selected the 21 finalists of Málaga 4K Fest, an international festival of short films in 4K-Ultra High Definition (UHD) organised by Medina Media Events and whose technical direction has been carried out this year by Festival de Málaga, which has given a decisive impulse in the internationalisation of this initiative that the Spanish satellite company Hispasat launched in 2015.
Málaga 4K Fest has, among others, the support of companies that for years bet on 4K as RTVE, Atresmedia, Dolby, Ad Hoc Studios, Fujinon, SGO, Hispasat, Medina Media 4K and the World Forum of the UHD, which sponsor the seven awards that are given to the winners.
This selection comes after receiving a total of 517 works, a figure that quadruples that of the last edition, when 127 were presented; while the countries of origin of the works have gone from 17 to 47. The finalists selected in the different categories are:
BEST SHORT FILM
Gümus (Deniz Telek. Turkey. 2018)
Supine (Nicole Goode. Czech Republic. 2019)
White (David Moya. United Kingdom. 2018)
ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION
La chase (Jean-Pierre Dupuy. France. 2017)
Mamá (Eduardo Vieitez. Spain. 2018)
Mouras (Olga Osorio. Spain. 2018)
The Girls Are Alright (Gwai Lou. Malaysia. 2019)
Funfair (Kaveh Mazaheri. Iran. 2019)
Cosy for Two (Sousa Haz. Hungary. 2018)
Lay Them Straight (Robert Deleskie. Canada. 2019)
Prelazak (Igor Coric. Serbia. 2019)
Tshweesh (Feyrouz Serhal. Qatar, Germany, Spain. 2017)
Pendant que les champs brulent (Dubuc-Babinet Louve. France. 2018)
Cariño (Ángel Gómez Hernández. Spain. 2018)
Cam Lang (An Pham Thien. Vietnam. 2018)
BEST FILM SCHOOL
La posibilidad de un volcán (Laura García Pérez. Spain. 2019)
Por mí y por todas (Manuela Burr Tapia. Chile. 2018)
Anima (Syma Kahil, Laura Catalina Guzmán Jiménez, Carlos E. González Penagos, Marco Antonio Castillejos, Laura González Cózar, Neus Brasó Vives. Spain. 2018)
BEST SHORT TV
Background (Toni Bestard. Spain. 2018)
The collection (Emmanuel Blanchard. France. 2019)
Still Love You (Fernando Bonelli. Spain. 2017)
The total number of shorts received this year came from Spain (321 short films), France (34), Argentina (29), Brazil (19), Mexico, Colombia and South Korea (all three with 11), Iran (8), Chile, USA, India and Italy (with 6), United Kingdom (4), Netherlands, Peru, Czech Republic and Switzerland (3), Germany, China, Egypt, Greece, Nepal, Russia, Sweden and Turkey (2), Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Uruguay, Venezuela and Vietnam (all with 1). Other co-producing countries are Ecuador, Japan, Nicaragua, Qatar and Romania.
Once the finalists have been selected, a jury made up of relevant people from the sector will select the winners of the seven categories and awards that make up the festival:
Endowed with 3,000 euros, to the best short film
ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION FORUM AWARD (UHD FORUM)
Endowed with 2,160 euros, to the shortest and best technology UHD has used
Endowed with 2,000 euros, to the best direction
Equipped with 1,000 euros, plus Dolby Atmos sound mastering, to the short film with the best sound.
Endowed with 1,000 euros, plus a professional camera, to the short film with the best photography.
Endowed with 1,000 euros, plus broadcast of the short in the program ‘Versión española’.
Endowed with 1,000 euros, plus broadcast and promotion of the short in Atreseries, including an interview with its director, to the best short film adaptable for television.
The Malaga 4K Fest awards ceremony will take place on November 8 in the capital of the Costa del Sol, with the presence of more than 300 guests and the most important directors of the technology industry and 4K content worldwide, who attend each year the 4K Summit and thus pay tribute to young creators who begin to work with the Ultra High Definition.
More information: www.malaga4kfest.com