Fujifilm unveils Shorts 2012 winners
Fujifilm has announced the winners of its Fujifilm Shorts 2012 short film competition.
Winner of Best Film is THE CURSE and Adam Etherington won the Best Cinematography award for his work on THE WORLD TURNS. The winners were announced during the Rushes Soho Shorts film festival.
THE CURSE, shot on location in Morocco, tells the story of Fatine and the discovery of her affair with an older man. Fatine is hounded by a group of young children as she tries to return to her village.
THE WORLD TURNS is an atmospheric journey into the guilt of Kevin, a van driver following a fatal accident. The film follows Kevin as he begins a relationship with a waitress from a local cafe.
The judging panel was Gareth Unwin - Producer, Oliver Curtis BSC - Director of Photography , David Katznelson BSC - Director of Photography, John Daly BSC - Director of Photography, Flemming Jetmar - Director of Photography, Ron Prince - British Cinematographer Magazine, Vaughn Mullady Rain Post Production, Ian Sherborn - Panalux, Tim Baxter - Fugitive Studios, Roy Meiklejon - Towergate Insurance, Carey Duffy - The London Filter Company, Maggie Ellis - Film London, Cynthia De Souza - BFI Film Fund, Philip Ilson - London Short Film Festival, Dawn Sharpless - Dazzle Shorts and Rachael Ellis - Vertigo Films.
Director of Photography, Oliver Curtis BSC made this comment on THE CURSE; "Whilst one could describe the cinematography as naturalistic, that would be to underestimate the subtlety and power that it imbues. From the intense overhead sun beating down on the characters in the opening scene, to the literal and metaphorical shadows that sweep across the landscape and the lead character at the end. Maintaining a credible lighting continuity in such harsh exterior environments is no mean feat and THE CURSE succeeds admirably. The cinematographer's armoury may have been limited to a few reflectors and small lighting fixtures, but as with the overall aesthetic, sometimes less really is more."
Maggie Ellis paid this tribute to Adam Etherington and the team behind THE WORLD TURNS: "THE WORLD TURNS has truly memorable cinematography. This is a coherent short film in which the camera work and lighting play a significant part in making the story telling flow so beautifully and effectively. The emotional breakdown that the lead character is going through is portrayed with a stark realism and the film really does leave a lasting impression. Well done on a superb production."
Oscar winning producer Gareth Unwin was impressed by the overall quality of the entries: "It was great to be asked to judge this year's Fujifilm Shorts. All of the finalists demonstrated a distinct ability to craft a narrative story, and in many cases deliver a film with a wonderful aesthetic. There was barely a cigarette paper between the finalists, and all of the entrants should be very proud of their achievements."
The award, now in its fourth year, had one category with an open brief and all submissions were shot on Fujifilm Motion Picture film stock and by UK and Ireland based filmmakers. From the initial entries, the judges selected 10 final nominations, from where the overall winners were chosen. The shortlisted films were:
HOLD ON ME
THE BOY WHO NEVER WENT ICE SKATING
ALL MEN'S DEAD
Plus the eventual winners THE CURSE and THE WORLD TURNS.
A limited edition DVD showcasing these 10 nominated short films is now available via www.fujifilmshorts.com
A trailer has also been produced; this can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7rlpUYNktk&feature=plcp
The two winners can now look forward to receiving some great prizes courtesy of the competition's sponsors. Each prize package includes:
£2,000 worth of Fujifilm Motion Picture stock in either 16mm or 35mm.
A 'Rushes Package' courtesy of Technicolor.
Technicolor Creative Services Soho will provide a print of the two winning films on Fujifilm's new show print stock, Eterna-CP 3514DI.
A 35mm or 16mm Camera and Dolly hire package courtesy of Panavision.
A Lighting hire package courtesy of Panalux.
A Studio hire package courtesy of Island Studios, London.
A Final Audio and Colour Grading package courtesy of Rain Post Production.
A Main and End Titles design and creation package courtesy of Fugitive Studios.
An insurance package worth £1,500 courtesy of Towergate Camerasure.
There are additional prizes for the cinematographers of each of the two winning films - The cinematographers of the 'Best Film' and 'Best Cinematography' will each win one free ticket to the Camerimage, International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, in Poland, December 2012.
The prize includes flights, accommodation and industry festival passes, courtesy of Fujifilm.
£500 worth of Tiffen Filters from the London Filter Company for each of the two winning cinematographers.
The British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) will welcome both the winning cinematographers to all BSC social and technical events for a period of one year.
The two winning films will be considered for a worldwide distribution deal with Future Shorts.
The two winning films will be screened as part of the festival programme at the Born Shorts International Short Film Festival 2012 in Bornholm, Denmark.
The two winning films will be screened as part of the festival programme in Cannes for Cannes In A Van 2013 and in London at the Screen Social.
The two winning filmmakers will also have a free pass to Hay Film School's workshops where their winning films will also be screened as part of the festival programme.
Both winning films will be screened at the 2012 Isle of Wight Short Film Festival.
One year of free subscription to British Cinematographer Magazine.
The winners will also be featured on Fujifilm's Exposure website with extensive PR coverage from Fujifilm Motion Picture.
For further information on Fujifilm Shorts go to www.fujifilmshorts.com - interviews with the two winners will feature on Exposure Online shortly, keep checking www.fujifilmexposure.com for further details.
* Note: this news release is issued electronically and will not be duplicated with a posted copy
17.jpg - Fujifilm Shorts 2012 Best Cinematography Winner for THE WORLD TURNS, DoP Adam Etherington (right) with Director Nick Ray Rutter (left).
18.jpg - Fujifilm Shorts 2012 Best Film Winner - THE CURSE. (Left to right): DoP Taina Galis, Writer/Director Fyzal Boulifa, Producer Gavin Humphries.
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