The Handyman takes home Best International Short in Palencia


The Córdoba-born filmmaker Carmen Córdoba, awarded for her short film 'Roberto'

21 May 2021

The animated short film Roberto, a directing debut by Carmen Córdoba, from Córdoba, has won the Milagros Alcalde Award for best short film at the 30th Palencia International Film Festival. The jury will deliver the awards as the festival finishes, tomorrow on Saturday May 22nd.

The jury members consisted of director Arturo Dueñas, the screenwriter Beatriz Sánchez Morros, the producer Patricia Franquesa, the director Fernando Bonelli and the general secretary of the Union of Actors and Actresses Iñaki Guevara. The jury highlighted Roberto’s ability to "tell a moving story, well narrated and with a universal message”. 

The short film tells the story of Roberto who after fifteen years is still in love with his neighbor who suffers from shyness and body issues. With his art and an old clothesline as their only form of communication, the short film aims to get his beloved to face her monsters once and for all.

The best short film prize of 4000 euros was sponsored by the city council of Palencia. Roberto Director Carmen Cordoba also won the Javier Santo Award for Best Soundtrack.

Short film, La banyera by director Sergi Martí Maltas and starring Abel Folk and Paula Jornet, won three awards at festival; the Audience Award, the La Penitentiary Center Audience Award Moraleja for Best Short Film and the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay.

La banyera is the fourth short film from the director and screenwriter from Escac. The film follows the journey of Ramón Riera, who is taking a well-deserved bath when his mobile phone suddenly rings. On the other end of the phone is Clara, a girl who earnestly tries to sell him life insurance. The jury called the film, “a story of loneliness that takes a turn, due to each other.” 

The festival's list of winners also included the jury prize for Best Direction, which went to Manu Manrique for Nowhere. The award for Best Performance, which went to actor Pablo Derqui for his work in the film Gran Premio.The Children's Audience Award, which went to the French production Migrants, by Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte and Zoé Devise. The Audience Award for Best International Short Film recognised the Australian short film The Handyman, by Nicholas Clifford.

The 30th Palencia International Film Festival will conclude tomorrow, Saturday, May 22, at 8:00 p.m. at Ortega cinema with the award ceremony for the winning short films. The closing night of the festival will also recognize the work of Castillian Joaquín Fuentes and Leonese Javier Margareto, for their work in promoting cinema in provinces and rural areas. They will be awarded the lifetime Honor Award. 

After the awards ceremony, the public will have the opportunity to watch the original version of the film Borrar el historia, by French directors Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine.


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