Palm Springs ShortFest Announces 2013 Winners
PALM SPRINGS, CA -- The 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners. 330 short films screened throughout the Festival along with more than 3,000 filmmaker submissions available in the film market. A total of $110,000 in prizes, including $16,000 in cash awards, were awarded in 19 categories. Held from June 18-24, 2013, the Festival had another record-breaking year in attendance for ticket buyers, filmmakers and film industry delegates.
Darryl Macdonald, ShortFest Programming and Executive Director, said, “This has been a spectacularly successful year for ShortFest on all fronts. Attendance figures spiked, with more sold out screenings than ever before, the number of filmmakers attending the Festival jumped by 30% over last year and industry participation has doubled. Those numbers, coupled with the rapturous response to the films and programs by filmgoers attending the Festival means we’ll be doing some serious planning to accommodate the rapid growth of ShortFest in the off season leading into next year’s event.
Kathleen McInnis, ShortFest Film Curator and Director of Industry Programming said, “Our spectacular increase in filmmaker and industry attendance brought an extraordinary breadth of creative talent to ShortFest 2013 – encouraging our belief that visual storytelling not only thrives, but is indeed an increasingly vital part of the human condition worldwide.”
The 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest award winners are:
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD – Winner received $2,000 cash prize, camera package courtesy of Radiant Images, valued at $10,000, and Final Cut Pro X courtesy of Apple Computer. The winner of this award may be eligible to submit their film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration.
Delicate Gravity (Délicate Gravité) (France), Philippe André
Yvan Attal and Anne Parillaud are wonderful as two lonely spirits who come together by chance when a cell phone call to a wrong number provides the catalyst for a meeting.
PANAVISION GRAND JURY AWARD – Winner received a Panavision camera package valued at $60,000.
Stranger Brothers (Faux Frères) (France), Lucas Delangle
Guillaume returns to the village where he grew up to pick up the car he inherited from his father years before. Once there, he encounters his step brother, and things get a little more complicated.
FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD – Winner received a $2,000 cash prize and a GoPro Hero 3 Camera courtesy of Radiant Images.
Rhino Full Throttle (Nashorn Im Galopp) (Germany), Erick Schmitt
Bruno roams the streets of Berlin, gazing behind the many facades and surfaces as he seeks the soul of the city. Unexpectedly, he meets an ally in his quest and immediately falls in love. But she is also on a quest, and it’s one that has her leaving Bruno and Berlin very soon.
Jury Special Mention - The jury would like to give a special mention to the short film The Wall from Norway for its grit, humanity and creativity.
AUDIENCE FAVORITE LIVE ACTION SHORT
Walking the Dogs (UK), Jeremy Brock
Emma Thompson stars as Queen Elizabeth in this delicious rendering of the infamous 1982 incident in which a man broke into the Queen’s bedroom while her security guard was out in the palace grounds walking the dogs.
Runner-up – Great (Germany), Andreas Henn
AUDIENCE FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (USA), Matthew VanDyke
Shot on the ground with a hand held camera and told in striking first person, the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria is exposed like no TV newscast could do.
Runner-up – SLOMO (USA), Josh Izenberg
AUDIENCE FAVORITE ANIMATION SHORT
A Girl Named Elastika (Canada), Guillaume Blanchet
A spirited girl made of rubber bands journeys across her corkboard universe in this delightful stop-motion film.
Runner-up – Chopper (Netherlands), Lars Damoiseaux, Frederik Palmaers
Returning for a second year, the Palm Springs International ShortFest continued the ShortFest Online Film Festival. Ten films were chosen to represent the Festival online. The ShortFest Online Audience Award went to Shelved (New Zealand), directed by James Cunningham. The film will be available to view on the PSIFF website for the next three months.
JURY CATEGORY AWARDS
Awards in the non-student and student categories were selected by ShortFest jury members Sydney Netter (Founder, SND Films), Missi Pyle (Actress) and Betsy Sharkey (Film Critic, Los Angeles Times). All first place winners in the non-student categories received a cash award of $2,000. First place winners in the non-student Animation and Live Action categories may be eligible for Academy Awards consideration. Second place recipients received a $500 cash prize.
BEST ANIMATION SHORT
First Place ($2,000) – Arts & Crafts Spectacular #2 (Germany),Ian Ritterskamp & Sébastien Wolf
This surreal claymation extravaganza wryly celebrates the close encounter of such disparate pop figures as Popeye and Yoko Ono during a be-in at a museum somewhere in time.
Second Place ($500) –Chopper (Netherlands), Lars Damoiseaux & Frederik Palmaers