SFFA Shortlist 2023

Her er de nominerede i den første udgave af Sony Future Filmmaker Awards 2023

26 jan., 2023

I det nye prisuddelingsprogram for kortfilm ønsker Sony og Creo at sætte fokus på filmskabere. I dag er de nominerede til den første udgave af Sony Future Filmmaker Awards blevet annonceret.

Creo er stolte af at annoncere de nominerede til den første udgave af Sony Future Filmmaker Awards. Det nye årlige prisuddelingsprogram for kortfilm er etableret af Creo og sponsoreret af Sony. Formålet med prisuddelingsprogrammet er at sætte fokus på filmskabere fra hele verden og give plads til en ny måde at fortælle historier på.

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The inaugural competition ran from July 26 through December 13, 2022, drawing a huge response: over 4,000 films by more than 3,000 filmmakers in 140 countries. From this diversity of submissions, 30 films have been shortlisted in six categories: Filmmaker Fiction; Filmmaker Non-Fiction; Filmmaker Environment; Student Filmmaker Fiction; Student Filmmaker Non-Fiction; and Future Format. The shortlisted stories range from the moving personal account of a survivor of the brutal Pinochet regime, to an Afro-futuristic fairytale of love, from an indigenous Mexican town threatened by criminal groups, to an indigenous community in the threatened rainforest of British Columbia, from the magical realism of a student whose new eraser rubs out the lines that divide his country to the horror-fantasy of a young boy trapped inside the body of a zombie. Representing a truly global perspective on filmmaking, the shortlist includes films from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UK, Uganda, USA, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

The 30 shortlisted filmmakers were chosen by a panel of leading industry experts chaired by award-winning British theater, television and film director Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl, Tulip Fever). In addition to Chadwick, this year’s jury comprised leading and celebrated figures from the film industry including: Nicole Brown, President of TriStar Pictures (I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Matilda the Musical, Baby Driver); Jeremy Barber, Partner, Motion Picture Literary and Talent, United Talent Agency; and Sir Roger A. Deakins, Academy award-winning cinematographer (Blade Runner 2049, Skyfall, 1917).

The six winners will be announced on February 22, 2023 during a black-tie awards ceremony at the Cary Grant Theatre on the historic Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, California, followed by an exclusive three-day industry immersion experience led by Sony Pictures executives for all the winning and shortlisted filmmakers. The six winners will also be rewarded with cash prizes and a range of Sony’s Digital Imaging equipment.

Justin Chadwick, award-winning theater, television and film director and Chair of the Jury, says: “The global response has been truly exhilarating. New voices from all over the world have sent in films in all categories in huge numbers. Films that are original, diverse and fresh, filled with passion and originality. It’s been a brilliant and inspiring honor to be a part of this and a totally enjoyable experience and one that gives me great hope for the industry. The films chosen are a wonderful window into the future of film making and storytelling and the discovery of a rich seam of talent.”

Scott Gray, Founder and CEO of Creo, says: “We have been blown away by the quality of the submissions to the inaugural Sony Future Filmmaker Awards and the final shortlist represents a group of exceptional talents from across the world. We are looking forward to welcoming the 30 filmmakers to LA in February where they will be able to take full advantage of the workshops and programming to really push their careers to the next level. We are grateful to Sony for their sponsorship and for providing this fantastic opportunity for the next generation of filmmakers, and to our wonderful panel of judges for lending their expert guidance.”


The Filmmaker competition elevates original voices that bring a fresh perspective to storytelling.

In the Fiction category, the shortlist includes:

The Non-Fiction category shortlist is composed of:

The Environment category is run in association with Sony Pictures Television’s “Picture This” initiative, which champions creativity that communicates a positive future for the planet. The shortlist comprises:


The Student Filmmaker competition rewards the talent soon set to shape the industry.

The Fiction category shortlist includes:

The Non-Fiction category shortlist is composed of:


The Future Format competition challenges filmmakers to respond to a new technical brief each year.

This year submissions were to be exclusively shot on a smartphone. The shortlist is comprised of:


2023 SHORTLIST    


Saul Abraham, UK



Dumas Haddad, UK



Dan Thorburn, UK

Salt Water Town


Joy Webster, Canada



Ka Ki Wong, Hong Kong

Fire Room





Alfie Barker, UK

Hanging On


Horacio Cabilla, Spain

This Is My Reason


Julianna Jimreivat, USA

Letting Go of the Grade


Daniela Lucato, Italy

The Things You Don’t Know About Me, Mom


Juan Vicente Manrique Gomez, Venezuela

No Te Agüites (Don’t Worry)





Pedro Furtado, Brazil

The Good Dolphins


Austin Smock, USA

The Beauty Between


Alexander Sworik, Canada



Joaquín Ezequiel Tucci, Argentina

Despertólogo ambiental


Thanh Tran, Vietnam

The Voice of the Wind




Juan Pablo Daranas Molina, Cuba

New York University Tisch School of the Arts, USA

The Confirmation


Theo-Ziny Joel, Nigeria

National Film Institute, Nigeria

Read My Body


Alisha Mehra, Australia

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Match Point


Mateo Salas, Colombia

Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

The Sun of the River


Pietro Venier, Italy

University of West London, UK

The Hook



Catalina Fonseca Arango, Colombia

Corporación Universitaria Taller 5, Colombia

Stories of a Dancing Mind


Shiao-ya (Maggie) Huang, Taiwan

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Farewell Chang Chun


Seonghoon Eric Park, Republic of Korea

Boston University, USA

In Cod We Trust


Lubeera Saphina, Uganda

Kampala University, Uganda

Ghetto Fist


Ishan Vaidya, India

The University of Salford, UK

Puffin Island





Jose Jacob, India

My India


Ria Nalavade, India

Magic Eraser


Ginna Parra, Colombia

Filtros (Filters)


Jacob Redman, UK



Pan Tianhong, China Mainland

Homework for Winter Vacation





Sony Future Filmmaker Awards

Established by Creo and sponsored by Sony, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards is a major new annual awards program for short films devoted to supporting and elevating independent filmmakers and creators from across the globe. Set apart by its exceptional prize, the Awards provide successful filmmakers with invaluable opportunities in the form of a trip to Los Angeles and to the historic Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California, where they gain exclusive access to experts and unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the industry. Winners additionally receive cash prizes and a range of Sony Digital Imaging equipment. Free to enter, the Awards comprise three competitions: Filmmaker, Student Filmmaker and Future Format, and are judged by a panel of leading figures. By supporting talents in film, video and storytelling, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards provides a gateway for the development of creative excellence. www.sonyfuturefilmakerawards.com

Creo initiates and organises events and programming across three key strands: photography, film and contemporary art. Established in 2007 as World Photography Organisation, Creo has since grown in scope, furthering its mission of developing meaningful opportunities for creatives and expanding the reach of its cultural activities. Today, its flagship projects include the Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Photo London and the forthcoming PHOTOFAIRS New York (Sep 2023). Working in partnership with Angus Montgomery Arts, Creo helps deliver the group’s ventures, comprising some of the world’s leading art fairs. Taking its name from the Latin for ‘I create’, it is in this spirit that Creo sets out to empower and give agency to creative voices. www.creoarts.com

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