Glasgow Short Film Festival 2012 award winners announced (13/02/2012)
Glasgow Short Film Festival is delighted to announce the award winning films in its 2012 international and Scottish competitions:
BILL DOUGLAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM
INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARD
SCOTTISH SHORT FILM AWARD
SCOTTISH AUDIENCE AWARD
Winner of the BILL DOUGLAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM 2012 was Fini by Danish director Jacob Secher Schulsinger. The jury selected from a programme of 43 international films.
Our international short film award has been renamed 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’s work: honesty, innovation and the supremacy of image and sound in cinematic storytelling.
The Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film 2012 comes with a cash prize of £1000 and was judged by an international jury consisting of author A L Kennedy, Åsa Garnert, Head of Communications for the Swedish Film Institute, US producer Daniel Metz, British director Ian Sellar and Carsten Spicher of the prestigious Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany.
The jury said: “Jacob Secher Schulsinger has made 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. His humour and his ability to enjoy the humanity of his subjects particularly moved us.”
Jacob was in Glasgow to accept the award in person.
The jury also gave a Special Mention to Fantasmas by Brazilian director André Novais Oliveira, describing it as “a film that does so much with so little.”
THE INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARD was voted for by the audience attending the Festival and went to Tumult by Johnny Barrington.
NEW FOR 2012 – THE SCOTTISH SHORT FILM AWARD
In the Year of Creative Scotland, Glasgow Short Film Festival has for the first time introduced a competition dedicated to new work from Scotland. Thirty-one films competed for the inaugural Scottish Short Film Award, which comes with a cash prize of £750 sponsored by Glasgow institution The Wee Curry Shop.
The Wee Curry Shop is renowned for its mouthwatering cuisine and intimate atmosphere. Located in Buccleuch Street, Cowcaddens, The Wee Curry Shop is a favourite haunt of filmgoers. This sponsorship exemplifies The Wee Curry Shop – small in size but big in heart.
Proprietor Monir Mohammed said: “With its long-standing association with Glasgow Film Theatre, The Wee Curry Shop is proud to support new Scottish work through the inaugural Scottish Short Film Award. As a small restaurant we like the idea of sponsoring a Scottish short, proving that small in size can still mean big in quality and impact.”
The winning film was selected by a jury comprised of actor Alex Norton, short film distributor Dawn Sharpless and curator Lorraine Wilson. The jury chose The Making of Longbird by Will Anderson as the winner of the Scottish Short Film Award 2012.
The jury said: “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.”
The jury also gave 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.”
The Scottish Audience Award 2012 went to two films: Kirkcaldy Man by Julian Schwanitz and Phillipa & Nancy by Paul White, Ciara Barry, Claire McInnes & Nora Smyth.
Theses five filmmakers win a commission to create next year’s festival trailer. This year’s GSFF trailer was made by last year’s Audience Award winner Stuart Elliot.
The awards were presented on the closing night of Glasgow Short Film Festival, followed by an incredible performance by experimental vocalist Hanna Tuulikki. Air falbh leis na h-eòin (Away with the Birds) is a work-in-progress composition for three voices, performed by Hanna with Nerea Bello and Lucy Duncombe. The performance incorporated short films selected by Hanna from the Scottish Screen Archive. Air falbh leis na h-eòin is produced by Trigger.
Glasgow Short Film Festival thanks all the funders and partners who have made the 2012 Festival possible, particularly the generous investment of Creative Scotland, long-term venue partner CCA, as well as new partners The Berkeley Suite, The Shed and Southside Film Festival, accommodation sponsor Glasgow Film Office, vital programme partner the Goethe Institut, and Scottish Short Film Award sponsor The Wee Curry Shop.
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