Palm Springs ShortFest Announces 2013 Winners
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINUTES
First Place ($2,000) – Wild Horses (USA), Stephanie Martin
Mireille Enos stars in this story of cruelty, courage, love and memory as two generations of women bear witness to the brutality common to wild horse roundups in the American West.
Second Place ($500) – Spring Tides (Les Grandes Marées) (France), Mathias Pardo
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT 15 MINUTES AND UNDER
First Place ($2,000) – We Keep On Dancing (Australia), Jessica Lawton
Two distinctly disparate characters come together over a broken down Volkswagen Beetle in this sweet, amusing tale of love, loss and… car trouble.
Second Place ($500) – Not Funny (No Tiene Gracia) (Spain), Carlos Violadé
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
First Place ($2,000) –
Letters from Pyongyang (Canada), Jason Lee
The tragedy of a divided Korea is powerfully evoked in this profound personal journey undertaken by filmmaker Jason Lee, who ventures with his father from South to North, across the Korean peninsula, in search of clues of his family’s unsettled past.
Second Place ($500) –December 25 (Australia), Wendy Dent
All first place winners in these categories received a stock footage DVD set courtesy of Footage Firm.
BEST STUDENT ANIMATION
First Place – Harald (Germany), Moritz Schneider
Harald is a champion wrestler with a monster mother for his coach. Though his true love is growing flowers, coach mom doesn’t wanted him distracted by such trifles, so when she takes away his latest plant, Harald is forced to seize the day.
Second Place – The Magnificent Lion Boy (UK), Ana Caro
BEST STUDENT LIVE ACTION SHORT OVER 15 MINUTES
First Place - Magma (Poland), Pawel Maslona
Dedicated furniture salesman Janusz always knows just how to close a sale but after an extremely rare accident at work, he finds his carefully constructed life unraveling.
Second Place – Pauline in a Beautiful World (USA), William Thompson
BEST STUDENT LIVE ACTION SHORT 15 MINUTES AND UNDER
First Place – Jump (Australia), Aimee Lee Curran
In a visually dazzling story about the importance of family when pursuing your dreams, Jump tells the tale of 12-year-old Edwin, a circus clown like his father, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist.
Second Place – Relics(USA), Jennie Allen
BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY SHORT
First Place – Empty Nest (Myanmar), Zaw Naing Oo
In one small pocket of Yangon, the urban center of Myanmar, Daw Ni Lang lives very modestly with her husband and young son. It’s a hard life, but she’s managed to raise four children who are all well-educated... if only they would call home a little more often.
Second Place – Jonathan (Ecuador), Abe Zverow
BEST STUDENT CINEMATOGRAPHY
Leigh Lisbão Underwood (cinematographer), The Boy Scout (USA)
Trapped in their car for days after an unexpected snowstorm strands them on a remote mountain road during an impromptu trip, Grant and Leah confront a life-or-death choice… With another storm on the way, should they stay or should they go.
Second Place – Tam Morris (cinematographer), Jump (Australia)
BEST US FILM SCHOOL STUDENT FILM AWARD - $2,000 cash prize courtesy of KQED, San Francisco.
First Place – My Father’s Truck (Xe Tai Cua Bo) (Brazil/Vietnam), Mauricio Osaki
10-year-old Mai Vy skips school one day to help her father with his passenger truck for hire. Set along the countryside of Northern Vietnam, Mai Vy is soon confronted with varying shades of morality and harsh realities as she learns how things outside the classroom really are.
ADDITIONAL PRIZES The Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker went toOstrichLand (USA), directed by David McCracken. The recipient received Final Cut Pro X courtesy of Apple Computer; 1-year download membership to videoblocks.com and stock footage DVD set courtesy of Video Block and Footage Firm. The Alexis Award is selected by the Festival’s programming team and was created in honor of Alexis Echavarria, a young filmmaker, whose talent as a budding filmmaker and gift for inspiring excellence among his fellow students were cut short suddenly in 2005 at age 16.
Bridging the Borders Award presented by Cinema Without Borders went to That Wasn't Me (Aquel No Era Yo) (Spain) directed by Esteban Crespo. The winner received the award’s diploma and an HP Elitebook Mobile Workstation with a built-in HP DreamColor display, an approximately $5000 value. The runner-up received a certificate for an upcoming Method Acting Intensive Workshop provided by The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute with a value of $2000. The runner-up was Tryouts (USA), directed by Susana Casares.
Designated by AMPAS as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest and its Short Film Market are the largest and most prominent short film showcase in North America. The Festival and its concurrent 3,000-film Market continue to serve as a scouting ground for new filmmaking talent and are well attended by those in the business of buying and selling short films.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival will be held January 3-13, 2014.
Source: The Palm Springs International ShortFest