BEST DRAMA SHORT FILM OF 2021

Winner - The Ferry (Brazil) | Dir. Nilton Resende

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On Christmas Eve, two women chat on a boat, as it glides over the waters of the dark, cold pond. Life and death travel with them in the same boat, gliding over the same waters. An unexpected event will mark the end of this crossing. Website

Finalist - Dilemma (Spain) | Dir. Luis Bracho

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In a rural setting, a young nun, disenchanted with her faith, wishes to hang up her habits and looks into suicide as the immediate solution to her reality. Instagram

Finalist - Matua (New Zealand) | Dir. Kaitiaki Rodger

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Manaaki Roberts is a 32-year old Maori teacher who learns that his mother has passed away and returns to his family estate to deal with his family home. Staying on after the tangi, he is approached by two separate strangers - an older Maori man, and a Maori teen - to provide Te Reo Maori lessons to them. Manaaki reluctantly accepts but is unaware that in doing so, he is about to uncover hidden family secrets. Facebook

Finalist - The Gossip (United Kingdom) | Dir. Rolfin Nyhus

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A young woman's self-esteem shatters when her best friend launches into a tirade. Website

Finalist - Alaska (Switzerland) | Dir. Louis Hans-Moëvi

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From the garden of his house in the Swiss countryside Luca, 19, dreams of another life, deep in the hostile northern wilderness. This fantasized territory could be named 'Alaska'. But around skulls, brains and deer skins, hasn’t he already reached his destination?