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January 2021 WINNERS

Asian Cinematography AWARDS (ACA)

Best Film of the Month

TITLE: The Haunted Swordsman (USA)


DIRECTOR: Kevin McTurk


PRODUCER: Lisa Henson


DOP: Bennett Cerf



Synopsis:

In this handcrafted epic puppet film set in a world of demons and ghosts, a lone samurai and his odd companion, a cursed severed head, seek vengeance in a haunted world.


Director Biography – Kevin McTurk:

A professional creature effects artist, cinematographer, model maker, and puppeteer, Kevin McTurk has been working in the effects industry for over 20 years. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production, Kevin moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and began his career in special make-up effects at Stan Winston Studios, working on Batman Returns, Interview with a Vampire, and the Jurassic Park films. He has worked for many effects companies over the years, including the Jim Henson Creature Shop, Amalgamated Dynamics, and Spectral Motion. Kevin also worked at New Deal Studios, where he was involved on the miniature effects shots for the Martin Scorcese films The Aviator, Shutter Island, and Hugo.

In 2004, Kevin was contacted by Weta Workshop in New Zealand and moved to Wellington to work on the films King Kong,The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the gory comedy Black Sheep (in which he also played the Weresheep creature).

In 2011, Kevin received a Project Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation to make his first puppet short film “The Narrative of Victor Karloch.” The film played in over twenty international festivals, and won the 2012 Best Animated Film Award at the DragonCon Film Festival. His follow-up film, “The Mill at Calder’s End” was the result of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign and played in film festivals around the world. This film has won several awards including the Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short at Seattle International Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, and the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Short Film.

 

“The Best film of the Month automatically qualifies as an Official Selection for the Golden Eagles AWARDS and guaranteed screening in Manila. Further film selections will qualify upon the decision of the festival selection committee from the monthly winners.”

AWARDS:


Best Film of the Month


Best Cinematographer of the Month


Best Animated Short Film


Best Cinematography of an Animated Short Film


Best Director


JANUARY 2021 WINNERS

The Haunted Swordsman<p>(USA)

The Haunted Swordsman

(USA)

5 AWARDS

Kevin McTurk and Lisa Henson

Luna<p>(Lebanon)

Luna

(Lebanon)

3 AWARDS

Samer Al Sayegh

Dusty Dream<p>(Iran)

Dusty Dream

(Iran)

2 AWARDS

Soleiman Rahimi

Emily, Mother Is The Light Of Our Home<p>(Qatar/Philippines)

Emily, Mother Is The Light Of Our Home

(Qatar/Philippines)

2 AWARDS

Anna Prokou and Ania Wójtowicz

Making Peace<p>(USA)

Making Peace

(USA)

Best Short Film

Judah Ray

It comes from the Heavens<p>(Cuba)

It comes from the Heavens

(Cuba)

Best Cinematography of a Short film

Alexander Gonzalez

Godmother<p>(Iran)

Godmother

(Iran)

Best Asian Short Film

Afshin Akhlaghi

Me and My Beautiful Body<p>(Thailand)

Me and My Beautiful Body

(Thailand)

Best Documentary Short Film

Stephane Lambert and Simon Brook

Syncope<p>(Iran)

Syncope

(Iran)

Best Cinematography of an Asian Short Film

Toraj Heybati

The Great Parody<p>(Germany/Portugal)

The Great Parody

(Germany/Portugal)

Best Experimental Short Film

André Carvalho

Deep Inside<p>(India)

Deep Inside

(India)

Best Asian Director

Bharath Bhushan Nethi

Passive Voice<p>(USA)

Passive Voice

(USA)

Best LGBTQ Short Film

Da Qin and Jinyang Zhang

Schizophrenia<p>(Egypt)

Schizophrenia

(Egypt)

Best Music Video

Shams and Dan Haddad

Interview<p>(Iran)

Interview

(Iran)

Best Middle Eastern Short Film

Hanna Jalali and Moeinoddin Jalali

Golden Eagles AWARDS

Films selected to the Live Screening - MANILA 2021

Bully<p>(India)

Bully

(India)

2 AWARDS

Adhip Iyer, V. V. Ramani and Sunanda Wong

Patroon<p>(Netherlands)

Patroon

(Netherlands)

2 AWARDS

Rui Jiang Ong

À La Carte<p>(Vietnam)

À La Carte

(Vietnam)

4 AWARDS

Jay Do, Tuan Do and Tu Nguyen

The Dream<p>(Turkey)

The Dream

(Turkey)

3 AWARDS

Mehmet Nuri Kaya, Göktan Göktaş and Ceren Taştoka

Lemmings<p>(Japan)

Lemmings

(Japan)

3 AWARDS

Yosuke Sumi

Felt Love<p>(USA)

Felt Love

(USA)

Best Animated Short Film

Angeline Vu and Arlene Bongco

Cha<p>(United Kingdom)

Cha

(United Kingdom)

2 AWARDS

Gagandeep Kalirai and James Bowsher

The Cloud Is Still There<p>(Malaysia)

The Cloud Is Still There

(Malaysia)

3 AWARDS

Mickey Lai Loke Yee and Lee Kah Giap

Touch<p>(Malaysia)

Touch

(Malaysia)

2 AWARDS

Chong Boon Yee

Alexandre the Fool<p>(Canada)

Alexandre the Fool

(Canada)

3 AWARDS

Pedro Pires

Gon, The Little Fox<p>(Japan)

Gon, The Little Fox

(Japan)

2 AWARDS

Takeshi Yashiro & Yoshihiro Nose

Benaya’s diary<p>(Israel)

Benaya’s diary

(Israel)

Best Music Video

Daniel Finkelman

Magnum Opus<p>(Tunisia)

Magnum Opus

(Tunisia)

3 AWARDS

Myriam Khammassi

Yangji<p>(Korea)

Yangji

(Korea)

2 AWARDS

Chaerin Kim and Moonkyeong Kim

Housemaid<p>(Thailand)

Housemaid

(Thailand)

3 AWARDS

Prach Rojanasinwlai and Siravich Uekrongtham

Star Child<p>(France)

Star Child

(France)

3 AWARDS

Alex Guéry

Infinite Tao<p>(USA/China)

Infinite Tao

(USA/China)

3 AWARDS

Kai Deng, Yuanjia Lin and Luman Zhou

Wind<p>(China)

Wind

(China)

3 AWARDS

Dadren Wanggyal

A.D. 2019<p>(Poland)

A.D. 2019

(Poland)

4 AWARDS

Jan Grobliński

The Haunted Swordsman<p>(USA)

The Haunted Swordsman

(USA)

5 AWARDS

Kevin McTurk and Lisa Henson

Luna<p>(Lebanon)

Luna

(Lebanon)

3 AWARDS

Samer Al Sayegh

Revulsion<p>(Iran)

Revulsion

(Iran)

5 AWARDS

Reza Nejati and Iranian Youth Cinema Society

“The Best film of the Month automatically qualifies as an Official Selection for the Golden Eagles AWARDS and guaranteed screening in Manila. Further film selections will qualify upon the decision of the festival selection committee from the monthly winners.”

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