ELEMENTS +3
     
Gryphon Award - Best Short Film  


THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING by Arna Selznick (Canada)
     
Special Award - "WOW" AWARD  


THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING by Arna Selznick (Canada)
Reasons: For the surprising ability to narrate the tenacity and perseverance of a little girl who is able to build, with her imagination and a little encouragement, the BIGGEST THING EVER BUILT.
     
ELEMENTS +6
     
Gryphon Award - Best Film  


ROCCA CHANGES THE WORLD by Katja Benrath (Germany)
     
Gryphon Award - Best Short Film  


ZIBILLA by Isabelle Favez (Switzerland)
     
Special Award - COMIX AWARD (for the most enterTEENing trailer)  


ADVENTURES OF SAINT NICHOLAS of Semen Gorov (Ukraine)
Reasons: The trailer is enough to understand how "Adventures of Saint Nicholas" will bring the houses down at the movies. The film is about a family that experiences an incredible, compelling 25th of December in the Carpathian mountains. Mother, father, sister and little brother will have to fend off a massive Santa Claus who is not exactly in the mood for presents.
     
ELEMENTS +10
     
Gryphon Award - Best Film  


TEACHER by Siddharth Malhotra (India)
     
Gryphon Award - Best Short Film  


THE SCHOOL TRIP by Salvatore Allocca (Italy)
     
Special Award - ORIGINAL MARINES AWARD  


YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE by Xu Geng (China)
Reasons: For both the poetic and realistic approach. Because this is a coming of age story able to move you and make you think at the same time, teeming with passion, friendship and courage, all elements connected to the brand philosophy.
     
Special Award - GRAGNANO CONSORTIUM AWARD  


ROMY'S SALON by Mischa Kamp (Netherlands)
Reasons: To the most “determined” film. For the ability of the lead character to not give up when facing the unexpected, for her sensitivity to adjust to the issues of daily cohabitation, for her perseverance of placing love above all.
     
Special Award - TIM VISION AWARD  


ALONE IN SPACE by Ted Kjellsson (Sweden)
Reasons: For the two kids alone in space, traveling to a new planet where to live, technology is the only way to stay connected to their past, to preserve their memory and to search for a possible new future. Connection and technology, TIMVISION special award.
     
Special Award - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD  


NEW NEIGHBOURS by Andrea Mannino, Sara Burgio, Giacomo Rinaldi (Italy)
Reasons: The 2019 Amnesty Short Award goes to "New Neighbours" for dealing with the issue of racial intolerance in a simple and light-hearted way in a fashion that it may be conveyed to all ages, and for the final message that no one is really immune to prejudice and eventually it is often children who are able to look beyond and be free.
The Award is dedicated to Lorenzo Cerrato, an activist from Amnesty Italy who died prematurely in 2018.
     
GENERATOR +13
     
Gryphon Award - Best Film  


BLINDED BY THE LIGHT by Gurinder Chadha (United Kingdom)
     
Special Award - TOYOTA AWARD  


A COLONY by Geneviève Dulude-De Celles (Canada)
Reasons: The reason for the choice of this film lies in the consistency with the message that Toyota wants to spread: through the global campaign 'Start Your Impossible' Toyota intends to promote the value of an all- inclusive society, in which diversity represents a richness and an opportunity. Every limit can be overcome through determination, passion and courage. In the film, the protagonist stands her ground, despite the difficulties and mistrust of the world around her, showing that nothing is impossible. Toyota is honored to assign this award to a film that withholds important messages for the youngest, who stand for a future of pure renewable energy for the company.
     
Special Award - THE CGS AWARD (Social-cultural Cineclubs for Young People) - “Percorsi Creativi 2019”  


MY NAME IS SARA by Steven Oritt (USA/Poland)
Reasons: Because the film focuses on the anti-Jewish racial persecutions of the Second World War setting the story in an unusual Ukrainian context, realistically represented by a country village inhabited by common people.
Sara's intense gaze, highlighted by some important subjective framings, leads the viewer into the drama of the difficult survival in a hostile world, which compels Sara to change her identity and hide her religious creed, making her unavoidably distrustful of all the forces involved.
The persistent use of cool colors, the interchange of long shots and close-ups, the use of a significant musical score create an engaging narration.
     
GENERATOR +16
     
Gryphon Award - Best Film  


GIANT LITTLE ONES by Keith Behrman (Canada)
     
Special Award - ALUMINIUM GRYPHON - CIAL (Aluminium Wrapping Consortium) AWARD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT  


TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Brazil/Qatar)
Reasons: The CIAL Environment award goes to the film "TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG", especially for the story, chosen by the director, that though referring to a distant historical time in her memory, turns out to be highly topical. In a country like Chile, which is experiencing a profound social, political and cultural transformation, nature becomes the scenario where the three young protagonists will find their way back to face the future. For Luca, Clara and Sofia it is a period of change and of reckoning. In a barren land, far from their parents, they experience their first loves and fears, typical of their age, far from the city and completely immersed in nature.
     
GENERATOR +18
     
Gryphon Award - Best Film  


THE PLACE OF NO WORDS by Mark Webber (USA)
     
Gryphon Award - Best Short Film  


SONG SPARROW by Farzaneh Omidvarnia (Denmark)
     
GEX DOC
     
Gryphon Award - Best Film  


IN THE NAME OF YOUR DAUGHTER by Giselle Portenier (Canada/United Kingdom/Tanzania)
     
Special Award - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD  


IN THE NAME OF YOUR DAUGHTER by Giselle Portenier (Canada/United Kingdom/Tanzania)
Reasons: The 2019 Amnesty International Award goes to "In the Name of Your Daughter" by Giselle Portenier for the accurate, deeply affecting direction, telling the story of both the atrocity of female genital mutilation on one hand and of the hope and courage that characterize the young women of the story as well as those who takes care of them on the other, The film also highlights the importance of the right to education and knowledge as the maximum form of emancipation. The Award is dedicated to Vera Manco, an activist from Amnesty Italy who died prematurely in 2019.
     
PARENTAL EXPERIENCE (International)
     
Gryphon Award - Best Short Film  


SKIN by Guy Nattiv (USA)
     
PARENTAL EXPERIENCE (Italy)
     
Gryphon Award - Best Short Film  


BROTHER by Beppe Tufarulo (Italy)