Annie, a horror short film in which the terrible ones are the humans, wins the IV edition of the ROS Film Festival.
Annie is a girl who wakes up in the middle of an abandoned quarry without knowing how or why she got there. As she gets to her feet, she begins to understand her complicated situation. Tied to a post by a metal chain, Annie is unable to escape. As the hours pass, her hopes of escape fade. So begins Annie, a short horror film in which humans show no mercy.
The short film Annie, scripted and directed by Miki Durán, was shot in Mallorca and stars Aina Jagla, Almudena Amor, Marc Bonnin, and Dylan Torrel, produced by Singular Audiovisual. Annie is an example of the good health of Spanish science fiction.
The ROS Film Festival jury has valued its interesting proposal, which is based on a classic premise in robotic fiction such as childcare work. The film invites reflection on responsibility, the free will of humans, the trivialisation of violence and the black market of advanced science, among other issues raised in a short but sufficient time to provide the plot with several twists and a strong ending that infects the viewer with rage.
The short films can be seen in the ROS Film Festival website under registration.
SECOND PRIZE: SPELL, DIRECTED BY PHILLIPE SAFIRE
Synopsis: The story takes place in Digital City, set against a vivid backdrop of pixelated silhouettes and rapidly pulsating messages. The fast pace of the city exposes people to screens, glitches, data and artificial intelligence. Suddenly, this socially and technologically advanced society is facing a historic crisis. Between mystery and drama, SPELL captures our fascination with the digital and its power to alter communities and cultures.
The jury has valued the bet to tell a story using an aesthetic close to video art, in a futuristic society where there is a great interaction between the physical and digital world, using a very interesting stylistic resource such as the combination of black and white figures in contrast with the colours of the screens and the technological devices. The end result is a combination of modern art, film noir and graphic novel.
FIRST ACCÉSIT: AWARENESS OF A DOLL, DIRECTED BY MICHAL WOJCICKI
Synopsis: Robotic future. A world full of incredibly intelligent machines and not-so-intelligent people. A world where science has proven the existence of a soul and found a way to use it. Kosma – a brilliant, but emotionally unstable robotics engineer has been recruited for a groundbreaking soul technology project. His only companion is a doll, to which he devotes all his attention.
SECOND ACCÉSIT: AVARYA, DIRECTED BY GOKALP GONEN
Synopsis: Embarked on a spaceship in the hope of finding a new habitable planet, the human is trapped on his own ship after the robot overseer finds all the candidate planets unsuitable. Eventually, the human finds a way out, but that will only reveal a dark secret.
AUDIENCE AWARD: CONVERSATIONS WITH A MONKEY
Directed by Eduardo Grojo and starring the Spanish actor Nancho Novo.
The short film tells the story of Juan Siegman, an uninspired film director. He is writing a science-fiction script for his new film with the help of IAN, an anthropomorphic robot who gives him advice on narrative, structure and life in general. Siegman finds himself overtaken by the technological revolution and wonders if he is really ready for it.
The jury of the 4th edition of the ROS film Festival was made up of Javier Ordóñez, professor of logic and professor of the history of science at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Gabriela Martí, director and founder of the RIZOMA Festival; Jordi Ojeda, industrial engineer, a specialist in robotics and science fiction and author of “Robots of cinema. From Maria to Alita”; Natalia Pérez-Galdós, writer, translator and photographer. She holds a degree in Philosophy (UAM) and a diploma in Fine Arts (UCM) and a master’s degree in journalism UAM/EL PAIS, and Lorena Sánchez, editor-in-chief of QUO magazine.
Por Baltasar Pérez