11 Feb

Glasgow Short Film Festival 2013: Award Winners Announced

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Glasgow Short Film Festival is delighted to announce the four award-winning films in its 2013 international and Scottish competitions.

The Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film 2013

Our international short film award is named in honour of the great Scottish filmmaker Bill Douglas, with the intention that the winning film should reflect the values and qualities found in Douglas’ work: honesty, innovation and the supremacy of image and sound in cinematic storytelling. This year forty-one international films competed for the cash prize of £1200.

Jury: Penelope Bartlett, programmer, Chicago International Film Festival, USA. John Canciani, Artistic Director of the Short Film Festival Winterthur, Switzerland. Vahni Capildeo, poet, Trinidad. Caroline Sascha Cogez, filmmaker, Denmark. Lila Rawlings, Executive Producer for Film and TV at Left Bank Pictures, UK.

Winner: Enraged Pigs (Porcos raivosos) by Isabel Penoni and Leonardo Sette (Brazil)
Jury comment: ‘Enraged Pigs is like nothing we had ever seen before, and a true realization of the short film form. It is striving to take the genre of short film into a new place while still holding on to a narrative, and challenging the borders between fiction and documentary. Enraged Pigs has a special artistic sensibility. It channels the power of its subject, the power of theatre and ritual, and the creative power of the tribe, who take an active part in the creation of the film as well as the ritual. The wild subject and story combined with very precise cinematic skill and storytelling lift the film to a higher level, free of the ethno-exotic. We as viewers are with the women of the tribe, representing female energy, eye to eye. We are not observers. We experience the women's presence. Their full nudity triumphantly celebrates the full energy of female being. This play between the camera and woman telling the story engages us in a mesmerizing journey, where from moment to moment we feel a sense of risk, unable to predict the next move or next frame.’

Special Mention: Oh Willy... by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels (Belgium)
Jury comment: ‘Made of the simplest materials - wool and felt - and using stop motion photography, the film elicits a raft of complex emotions in a deeply instinctive, honest way. We admired the filmmakers' ambitious approach to character and narrative, and their ability to explore some deeply primal themes whilst retaining a sense of humour and a truly cinematic approach to story.’

Winner, International Audience Award: Fear of Flying by Connor Finnegan (Ireland)
Voted for by the audience attending the festival.

The Scottish Short Film Award 2013, sponsored by Mother India

This year 24 films competed for the Scottish Short Film Award. The award comes with a cash prize of £1000, sponsored by one of Glasgow’s best loved restaurants Mother India, itself an award winner, taking top prize at the Glasgow Restaurant Awards 2010.

Proprietor Monir Mohammed said 'I am really proud to be associated with the Scottish Short Film Award for its second year. Scotland has such a vibrant filmmaking community so Awards such as these are vital to nourish and inspire our home-grown talent. Many filmmakers, musicians and artists are regular patrons of Mother India restaurant, so this is our way of thanking them back.'

Jury: Andrea Gibb, screenwriter, Scotland. Anja Kučko, Tabor Film Festival, Croatia. Zam Salim, filmmaker, Scotland

Winner, Scottish Short Film Award 2013: Pouters, by Paul Fegan
Jury comment: ‘We were impressed by the film’s subtle and original approach to its subject matter. It showed strong observational skill in its portrayal of the world, its characters and their relationships, all of which was presented in a strong cinematic style.’

Special Mention: Sara Ishaq’s film Karama Has No Walls.
The jury praised the film for its ‘powerful and human storytelling.’

Winner, Scottish Audience Award: I am Tom Moody by Ainslie Henderson. 
Voted for by the audience attending the festival. Ainslie Henderson, along with Will Anderson, has also just won the BAFTA Short Animation Award for The Making of Longbird, which was awarded the GSFF Scottish Short Film Award in 2012.

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