2013 BILL DOUGLAS AWARD FOR INT SHORT FILM
Isabel Penoni & Leonardo Sette / Brazil / 2012 / 10 min
After they find that their husbands have mysteriously transformed into raging pigs, the women of a village decide to take action.
Jury - Penelope Bartlett, John Canciani, Vahni Capildeo, Caroline Sascha Cogez, Lila Rawlings
The jury said: ‘We would like to give a special mention to Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels for their animated short Oh Willy... 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.
‘A short film is its own medium - when it is strongest it is not a short version of a feature but something unique, that can only exist within this short form, where the restraints of the medium are transformed into its strength, challenging what film is and can do.
‘The winner of this year's Bill Douglas Award is a true realization of the short film form.
‘Enraged Pigs is like nothing we had ever seen before. It is striving to take the genre of short film into a new place while still holding on to a narrative. It is challenging the borders between fiction and documentary as well as pushing the narrative form of telling a story.
‘Enraged Pigs has a special artistic sensibility. It channels the power of its subject, the power of theatre and ritual. Enraged Pigs also channels the creative power of the tribe. They 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.’
2013 INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARD
Fear of Flying
Conor Finnegan / Ireland / 2012 / 9 min
A small bird with a fear of flying tries to avoid heading south for the winter.
2013 SCOTTISH SHORT FILM AWARD
Paul Fegan / 2012 / 17 min
A modern day story of undying commitment, rivalry, family and friendship interwoven with the underground and idiosyncratic Scottish sport of doo-fleein’.
Jury - Andrea Gibb, Anja Kučko, Zam Salim
The jury said: ‘We would like to give a special mention to Karama Has No Walls by Sara Ishaq because of its powerful and human storytelling.
‘The 2013 Scottish Short Film Award winner is the documentary film Pouters by Paul Fegan. The jury was impressed by its 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.’
2013 SCOTTISH AUDIENCE AWARD
I Am Tom Moody
Ainslie Henderson / 2012 / 7 min
A surreal trip through the subconscious of a stifled musician as he struggles to sing.
2012 BILL DOUGLAS AWARD FOR INT SHORT FILM
Jacob Secher Schulsinger / Denmark / 2010 / 29 min
Fini is in his bed. It is dark outside and he doesn't want to get up. Fini likes to say 'yes' and that leads him on to a series of small adventures all reminding us about living in the moment.
Jury – AL Kennedy, Åsa Garnert, Daniel Metz, Ian Sellar, Carsten Spicher
The jury said: 'We would like to give a Special Mention to Fantasmas by André Novais Oliveira, a film that does so much with so little.
'The inaugural Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film goes to a personal film with wide significance. The decisions of when to show, what to show and what not to show indicate a filmmaker of sensitivity and gentleness. The director’s humour and his ability to enjoy the humanity of his subjects particularly moved us.'
2012 INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARD
Johnny Barrington / UK / 2011 / 13 min
A tribe of Norse warriors traipse across a barren land after battle. Bloodied and wounded, their chief is near death. Suddenly an army of a completely different kind descends upon them.
2012 SCOTTISH SHORT FILM AWARD
The Making of Longbird
Will Anderson / 2011 / 15 min
A behind-the-scenes look at an animator/filmmaker as he struggles with his character.
Jury – Alex Norton, Dawn Sharpless, Lorraine Wilson
The jury said: 'We were really impressed by the quality and diversity of films that were entered in this Competition. It is great to know that Scotland is supporting and developing talent in this way and that this award has been inaugurated this year reflects that.
'We want to give Special Mentions to Joern Utkilen’s Asylum for its innovative and subtle way of portraying an uncomfortable aspect of today's society; and to Ruth Reid’s Night Shift for illustrating the short film genre as a brilliant way of telling those hidden stories that might not otherwise get told.
'In the end we unanimously selected a film that not only demonstrated superb technical skill and great storytelling but also had real heart and passion for the genre and its subject.'
2012 SCOTTISH AUDIENCE AWARD JOINT WINNERS
Julian Schwanitz / 2011 / 18 min
Who is Jocky Wilson? Once the world's best darts player, now a fallen hero. In search for his myth, we follow the forces that shaped Jocky's hometown Kirkcaldy and its inhabitants as we discover lost memories of the man who once inspired the nation.
Philippa & Nancy
Paul White, Ciara Barry, Claire McInnes, Nora Smyth / 2011 / 8 min
Fed up of internet dating, friends Philippa and Nancy try an unconventional approach to finding love.
2011 International Short Film Award
The Cage (Colivia)
Adrian Sitaru / Romania & The Netherlands / 2009 / 17 min
Alex comes home with an injured bird and wants to keep it. His father refuses to accept the bird and conflicts begin to grow between them. Who will convince the other?
Jury – Frank Moens, Miranda Pennell, Richard Raskin
The jury said: 'Among the many qualities of this film are brilliant dialogue and remarkable acting. This is a film that limits its focus with great economy and sharp observation to the everyday life of a family as a kind of microcosm of the human comedy and that express great affection for its characters though without any false sentimentality.'
2011 Audience Award
Stuart Elliott / UK / 2010 / 7 min
Most of us walk to get from A to B. But there are those who are obsessed with getting to B a bit quicker than everyone else. Jonathon Collins has never lost a Walk Off in his life - a statistic that he's a bit too keen to share with the world.
2010 International Short Film Award
Peter In Radioland
Johanna Wagner / UK / 2009 / 10 min
Comforted by his analogue radios, his memories and his loving wife, Peter is left yearning loneliness that are the effects of Alzheimer's.
Jury – Cynthia Beatt, Ray Tintori, Louise Welsh
The jury said: 'Peter in Radioland stands apart for its ability to approach a complex and personal subject with unusual honesty and compassion, and for its formal innovation and experimentation with imagery.'