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!






NEW CALL OF ENTRIES: MORE INFO IN:  

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:








FINALISTS :

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)





                                                                    SEMIFINALISTS:

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)


                                                                QUARTERFINALIST:

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)

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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



REMEMBER CINEMA CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.


jueves, 23 de enero de 2020

2020 call of entries

The Hell Chess Film festival is an event celebrated in Campo de Gibraltar, Spain. This year we got a special Festival with a final venue in Campo de Gibraltar (Spain). 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 fourth 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! The spirit of the Hell Chess Festival is so mysterious that you could feel a victory sensation even before starting. So, be sensitive now! Sterling Silver Trophy to the best film. Diplomas to: Best Director (filmmaker of the year) Best Acting (women and men compete Vs. each other in a single category) Best Story Best innovative picture Best technique This is a festival where a short film could win a feature because all compete in the same category. We got a very special communication with the filmmakers, so all your films will be revised in a very complete way and you will receive our review to improve future projects. You will feel this festival is the festival all filmmakers needed to have. If you cannot attend the festival in person, we ship all the prizes by traditional mail. The rules are quite simple. You can submit all kind of films and all kind of music without any limit.The artist freedom is complete. You can submit short films, feature films, documentaries, video clips, trailers, Video Art or whatever digital sight and sound form. Films got no length required. But the risk, a deep colorful philosophy and the new forms of cinema language are better for us to be selected. As well as synthesis and capacity of being brief. If you are already a Hell Chess winner, send us an email and we can provide you a free code to submit your new works for nothing. But only if you have been a winner in any of the past editions. This year we want to invite the uppermost films on Earth to be WONDERFUL. So this festival is almost a secret garden to drink the eternal water. So, be aware because we are almost a private castle! If you are here you got lucky. No limits in languages, but ALL NON SPANISH OR NON SILENT MOVIES MUST HAVE SPANISH SUBTITLES. Anyway, we can provide you a certain help to make those subtitles if you are eager to make them. As the same time we are open to photos and music, so you can submit them in our contest.

viernes, 20 de diciembre de 2019

All the 2019 Awards

After the last jury session in Madrid these are the winners:

BEST FILMMAKER: THOMAS O´BRIEN.....(USA).... by PHOTOS IN THE RAIN.

HONORABLE MENTION: JAMES BELSANTI.....(USA) by PHOTOS IN THE RAIN.


ANIMATION AWARD: ALL THE WORLD IS A STAGE.....(Singapore) by HANNES RALL


MADRID FICTION AWARD: BLACKS OR WHITES.....(UK) by ANiTA PICO


AUDIENCE AWARD: MOONFLOWER.....(Canada) by DEB ETHIER.


SPECIAL AWARD: NENA by BE MY REBEL (Germany)


FOUR YEARS OF SONGS: LA MAGIA EN LA NAVIDAD by ANTONIO BELLIDO (Spain)


BEST ACTING: WILL RODRIGUEZ by THIRTY PIECES


BEST FILM OF THE YEAR: THIRTY PIECES (Australia) ...... by JAMES WEIR






martes, 3 de diciembre de 2019

Third and final Session of the Hell Chess Festival 2019

These are the Official Selections of the the Hell Chess Festival event in December 19 at 18:00 hrs in the cinema Artistic Metropol, Madrid. These films will compete for the prize "Filmmaker of the year."





-BlackS or Whites.....(UK).... directed by Anita Pico.

This chess game is a symbolic revelation of a crime and the suffering for love and loss.
The stage is pale and tormenting. A true style of what Hell Chess is all about.










-Ovarian Ciyst.....(USA).... directed by Aron Fromm.

This animation short film is original in the way it shows a fight against this medical problem
as all it was a superheroe fight. It´s refreshing the humour and the comic style.






-Photos in the rain.....(USA).... directed by Thomas O´Brien.



We are very touched by this documentary of some forsaken photos in the street.
A photographer who has lost his memory and his artistic testimony is rescued
by a sensitive  filmmaker who appreciates what is good.






Plus these finalists we are going to screen the Offical Selections of Summer and March.
All of them can be awarded at this Christmas Session.




-Be my rebel......Nena & Dave Steward.....(Germany).... directed by Virgil Widrich


This videoclip sang by Nena was selected by our festival for it´s good edition and as homage
to this german singer from the 80s who is in an incredible good shape after the years.





-Una sola bala.....(Venezuela).... directed by Stuart Rivas

This film is about suicide and what we find interesting is the vision of the impossibility
of escaping from problems after killing yourself. You will be in the mental same place...




All the world is a stage...(Singapore)... directed by Hannes Rall

This brief animation film is based in Shakespeare but what we find appealing is the visual concept, with few brushes his author tells the story of the sad living of many.



Moonflower...(Canada)...directed by Deb Ethier


Moonflower is a very stylish little piece of animation. The classical good taste is what we find more interesting in a world where everything is excessive. Special Audience Award.




Meltdown...(UK)...directed by Guli Silberstein

It looks like an abstract exercise but it is not. It´s like a documentary critic of we world we live but with  tasty filters and overlapped images with a real beauty.



Thirty pieces...(Australia)...directed by James Weir

This is a film deserved to be watched several times to understand the unexpected final twist of the story and the message regarding drug addiction, religion, salvation or hell. (Winner of our 2019 Festival)


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Apart from these Official selected films we are going to screen out of competition the David King past winner homage, and Sherry Wang´s Chess Song. Other former selections are part from our History and will be screened too like 
Telemach Wiesinger´s  Kaleidoscope pieces and Antonio Bellido´s music La magia en la navidad.







And of course our work as filmmaking  society.

See you soon!