viernes, 29 de octubre de 2021

The winners


These are the winners of the Hell Chess Film Festival 2021:

Best Film Winner  ..... Once there was a girl----- By Deb Ethier (Canada).....

Best Director .....  Alberto Nacci ...... by Symbiosis  (Italy)

Best Song ....Murmur of the heart ..... by Martin del Carpio & Jamie Muffet ---- (USA)



Dark or light..... by Sharon Hudson (Angel & The Muse) ..... (Canada)


Absurd Man ---- by Burak Kum ----- (Turkey)


The Meeting ( the interpreter )-------- by Catherine Gropper ----- (USA)

I Want to Breathe Sweet Air --------- by  Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran  ..... (USA)

Pawn -------  by Elliott Hinojos -----------  (USA)


The Festival Streaming is open only until 23:59 hours in November 1.

jueves, 7 de octubre de 2021

Official Selections 2021

 These are the finalist films, the Official Selections 2021.

HELL CHESS FILM FESTIVAL INTRO----- (Turkey) ----- Directed by BURAK KUM 

This is a little piece, a gift and an homage from this director to our Festival

It will be included in the beginning from the screening session. And it will be out of competition.


This awarded artist always submerges us inside his hallucinant world where everything is possible. For us, this piece of art is like  cinematic synesthesia... interior life and exterior traveling are all united in a magical way. This film plays out of competition.


ONCE THERE WAS A GIRL  ----------- (CANADA) --------------- Directed by Deb Ethier

This animation film got a very good taste and it represents all kind of childhood tales, books, and imaginative adventures. This film got a vague plot but the real point consists in reflecting all those suggestions:-Entering in the book door, woods, dreams, animals, mysteries...beautiful done.

SYMBIOSIS   ---------------- (Italy) ------------   Directed by Alberto Nacci.

This dancing videoclip has a black and white photography which is frankly well done, with an original song and a real personality to use shadows and a hard simplicity and pureness. The song got a nomination for the best song in the  Festival.

ABSURD MAN ------------------ (TURKEY) ---------------  Directed by Burak Kum

This fantasy comedy of a man in the mid of nowhere, listening his favourite music in the car using old tapes and living fantastic events is plenty of humour. The images are well lit. The actor enjoys the experience. We all live in an absurd world.

MURMUR OF THE HEART ---- (USA) --- Created by Martin del Carpio (performer)  & Jamie Muffet

This song is included in our new category and represents a melancholic view of the pieces we need to find love and happiness. Always searching in the disorder of life... a union. The notes of the piano are powerful and the voice got a punching quality. Nominated for the best song of the year.

DARK OR LIGHT --------------  (CANADA) -------- Created by Shazz Hudson (Angel & the Muse)

This song mixes different music syles (from rap to chill out) in a way that works. The voice is penetrating and probably it sounds like "a déjá vu" from decades ago when the music was real music. Congratulations. This song is nominated for the best song of this season.

ISOLDA DREAMS ------------- (GREENLAND) ------------------ Directed by Genevere Black

This beautiful short film will be the home of the songs that had no images. The philosophy of the silvery cat, the reaching of Heavens, the ethical goal of joy. All is shot with harmony. The capacity of telling many things with few paint brushes...

......... The date and real venue to screen the Hell Chess Festival 2021 will be at Viralata, calle del Olivar 17, Madrid. And in Delaruinalparaiso headquarters (Geranios st, Los Barrios -Spain-) at 11:00pm in October 31. Plus you will have an online screening summation at this website-----------

miércoles, 27 de enero de 2021

Year 2021: New call of entries.

 The Hell Chess Film festival is an event celebrated in Campo de Gibraltar

 and Madrid, Spain

This year we got a special Festival with a final surprise of our mission in cinema life.
We celebrate our screening and Awards Festival.
We celebrate the commemoration of the great Hell Chess film made by From the ruin
 to Paradise society. This is our fifth Edition .
This year you´ll receive a philosophical welcoming!
We invite all artists from the whole world to participate.
Every year since 2013, we project our Hell Chess film and we play chess in a tournament.
But this year the thing is going to be completed with your artistic works.
Make a better place to live with the best of your souls!
And be elegant to express it!


jueves, 26 de noviembre de 2020

Hell Chess Film Festival 2020 Awards.

You are welcome to the Hell Chess Festival 2020 summation.

These are the winners:

Best Film: Vacant (by Jury decision).......

Best Director (filmmaker of the year): DRAW...directed by Martin Kamminga (UK)

Audience Awatd: SAH MATA... directed by Thomas Gailhrad (France)

Ruy López Award:  SAH MATA... directed by Thomas Gailhrad (France)

Honorable Mention:  ALCHEMICAL CHESS...directed by Orryelle Defenestrate (Australia)

And you can see our event summation video below:


GRACIAS A LA VIDA, TAKE IV... directed by E. Gabriel Edvy (USA)

ALASKA LONG HUNTERS ... directed by Mark Rose (USA)

EN PASSANT...directed by Gao Yan (France)


TESTING THE DREAM... directed by Igor Kail (Russia)
INFINITY BY TWO ... directed by David Pinczés (Hungary)
RANGER... directed by Michael Winfield (USA)
FEST OF FIRENDS ...directed by Nicolas Gauthier (France)
THE SOUND OF THE DRAGONFLY´S WINGS... directed by D. Ethier (Canada)
(F)OUR SEASONS ... directed by Miguel Gabaldón (Spain)
PAWNS....directed by Elisabeth Berliner  (USA)


EL GRAN IMPACIENTE... directed by Carlos Arenal (Spain)

domingo, 1 de noviembre de 2020

2020 Official Selections (And Ruy López Award nominations)

 The Hell Chess Festival  2020 will be screened in our headquarters venue in Spain (More info in here) at 19.00 hours in November 30.

. These are the 2020 Official Selections:

GRACIAS A LA VIDA, TAKE IV... directed by E. Gabriel Edvy (USA)

This black and white music project is appealing because the music got a certain filter that conveys us a deep nostalgic sensation. The images are so naked and straight to the point of a bittersweet vision through loneliness. There is nobody but you feel the company of distant memories.

ALASKA LONG HUNTERS ... directed by Mark Rose (USA)

This brave documentary tell us by the hand of the protagonist, how a wild place like Alaska
put a man who did not believe in any god at several life or death situations and an invisible power saves this person in a miraculous way at different moments, not only as living person but as a believer.

DRAW...directed by Martin Kamminga (UK)

The actual fight in the mid of the chessboard. Brief and elegant film mixed with real human players and animation effects.  Despite the draw chess situation, the kings pieces go on fighting to death. Very good special effects. Intensity and brevity are welcome. (This film got a Ruy López nomination)

SAH MATA... directed by Thomas Gailhrad (France)

The most notable thing of this short film is the artistic direction and dressing concept. You feel you are inside in a unnaturalistic place where all chess players and chess pieces are geometrical elements of an ideal conceptualisation. The chess battle is unsound, by the way. (This film got a Ruy López nomination)

ALCHEMICAL CHESS...directed by Orryelle Defenestrate (Australia)

This videoclip got the merit of originality, not only for the music but for the creation of unique chess pieces. The edition helps to a result of dreadful notes of ancient magic. It´s not a comfortable clip to see but the poetic lines and all the imagery are appropriate with the Hell Chess concept. (This film got a Ruy López nomination)

EN PASSANT...directed by Gao Yan (France)

This is a peculiar move in chess. This film is shot in a garden of Paris where you can play chess as the same time that walkers are passing around. The silence, the ideas of the chess game is creating a space where love is an answer more pleasant than winning itself. It´s an idea we share in our Hell Chess Festival. (This film got a Ruy López nomination)


This year we have received many chess stories that´s why we have created the "Ruy López Award" to decide which are the best in the chess category. Bear in mind that a nomination is important because it is not just an Official Selection but you can include this nomination in your curriculum or even in cinema platforms of archive filmming data.

lunes, 13 de abril de 2020

Call of entries still open

The Hell Chess Film Festival call of entries are still open.
Freedom is not questionable to our festival so even if there is an attempt of dictatorship in the world we are going to celebrate our festival this year in summer.
We specially the artists got a special responsability to make something free, critical and new to challenge all attempt to create fake alarms and show us what the human spirit could achieve.

We wish to recall to all the former Hell Chess winners that they can get a free waiver code (so write us to do it) and the rest of filmmakers can obtain discounts at this web: discounts