Banana Balloon's 'Answer Me' Takes Top Honors at ONE Screen 2023

Answer Me”, created by Banana Balloon Shenzhen on behalf of Tencent Sustainable Social Value, is the top winner in the global ONE Screen 2023 Short Film Festival, the premiere short film festival produced by The One Club for Creativity celebrating global filmmakers from both commercial advertising and film industries.

“Answer Me”, which highlights Tencent SSV’s commitment to digital education and online teaching for rural areas of China, was named Best of Show, Best of Region-Asia Pacific, and awarded three Craft awards: one each in Screenplay, Directing, and Casting.  In addition, Banana Balloon won a Craft award in Cinematography for “The Third Ear”, also on behalf of Tencent SSV.

Other top winners include director Joaquin Salim, working with Capitolio Caracas, for “Aleros [Pompeii]” for the band La Vida Boheme.  The music video won Best of Region-Latin America, and Craft awards in Remote Production and Editing.

Best of Region-North America honors went to Havas New York for “You Don't Know the Half of it” on behalf of The Harris Project.  The work also won a Genre award in Drama.  There was no Best of Region-Europe winner selected this year.

Other ONE Screen 2023 Genre winners are as follows:

  • Branded Content Film: Grits Richmond “A Father’s Affirmation” for Reebok
  • Branded Entertainment Film: Anonymous Content Culver City “We Are Ayenda” for WhatsApp
  • Comedy: Sea Wolf New York “Coddle No More
  • Experimental Film: Stink Films London “Inside the Blind Iris” for Sadler's Wells
  • Fiction: Emma Branderhorst Amsterdam with IJswater Films Amsterdam “Spotless” 
  • Music Video: Stink Films Berlin “MoMA PS3” for Nemorum
  • Non-Fiction/Documentary: Todd Antony Photography London “We Are Flying Stars”, self-promotion
  • Student Film : Constanze Radak from University of Applied Sciences Salzburg “Doubts” for Student Master project

Other ONE Screen 2023 Craft winners are as follows:

  • Animation: Spoon Tokyo “Scuffing Song” for Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Pocari Sweat Returnable Bottle Project
  • Emerging Filmmaker: Theo James Krekis London “Pram Snatcher” for BFI London
  • Music Composition: OPPO Shenzhen “See More in a Snap” for OPPO Find N2 Flip
  • Sound Design: Bensimon Byrne/Narrative Toronto “Others” for Casey House
  • Type on Poster: Sunday Afternoon New York “Human Response Exhibit”, self promotion

ONE Screen is a global festival focuses on all forms and aspects of short films — narrative fiction, comedy, commercials, branded content, music videos, spec work, passion projects, animation, sound, movie poster design, title sequences and more — and has a mission to celebrate and award filmmakers from around the world working in both the film and ad industries, with no limitation and total artistic freedom, all on one screen.

The 2023 jury included top creatives in the agency and production company worlds, including Cristo Fernández, who starred as Dani Rojas in the AppleTV+ hit series “Ted Lasso” and founded independent film production company Espectro MX Films.

The One Club for Creativity – home of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards, Art Directors Club of Europe (ADCE) awards, ONE Asia Awards, Type Directors Club and competition, TDC Ascenders, Young Guns, Young Ones Student Awards, Next Creative Leaders, ONE Screen Short Film Festival, and more – is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the global creative community.  Revenue generated from entries to its global awards shows goes back into the industry to fund programming under the organization’s four pillars: Education, Inclusion & Diversity, Gender Equality, and Creative Development.

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