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Fujifilm Shorts 2011 Winners Announced

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Wednesday July 27, 2011

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Fujifilm Shorts 2011 Winners Announced

The two winners of the 2011 Fujifilm Shorts competition have been announced at a ceremony in London as part of Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.

The Best Film award went to 13 1/2, while DP Urszula Pontikos' work on The Pit won the Best Cinematography prize.

13 1/2 is the tale of a young girl, Aphrodite, who falls in love with an older boy named Lou. Shot on location in modern-day Greece, 13 1/2 is a rite of passage story dealing with Aphrodite's perilous road to adulthood.

The Pit tells the story of a young boy's encounter with a reclusive elderly man. Set in a desolate rural landscape, The Pit is a poignant film that challenges the viewer's initial preconceptions.

The judging panel was: Olivier Kaempfer - Producer/Writer/Director, Maggie Ellis - Film London, Bruce Webb - Director, Angus Hudson - Director of Photography, Tom Townend - Director of Photography, Flemming Jetmar - Director of Photography and Born Shorts, Alan Lowne - British Cinematographer Magazine, Joe Bateman - Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, Tom Vaughan - Future Shorts, Matt Adams - Technicolor and Jerry Deeney - Fujifilm Motion Picture.

Olivier Kaempfer paid this tribute to the winner of the Best Film award: "I think 13 1/2 is about as close to a faultless short film as you can get. It looks beautiful, it tells a bold story and it really sticks in the memory. Well done to Haris Vafeiadis who wrote and directed the film, together with producer Yiannis Exindaris and DP Edu Grau for completing such a fine work."

Maggie Ellis said of The Pit, which won Best Cinematography prize: "The Pit is a beautifully realised piece of work. Ula loves 'big' cinematography, framing people and landscapes in a skillful and deceptively effortless way which is in complete synergy with the narrative. She has that great combination of creative vision and impressive technical knowledge which reveals itself in her confident photography."

Nearly 100 submissions were received, each shot by UK and Ireland based filmmakers and entirely on Fujifilm Motion Picture film stock. From these initial entries, the judges selected 12 final nominations, from where the overall winners were chosen.

"This year is the third Fujifilm Shorts awards and, as with the previous years, the standard of entries was very high," explains Jerry Deeney, Marketing Manager Motion Picture Film. "The debates within the judging panel showed how good the 12 nominations are. Congratulations to all involved in the two winning films, I'm sure their prize package will assist them greatly in their future careers."

Fujifilm Shorts Best Film winner 13 1/2 was originated on 16mm Fujicolor ETERNA 250T 8653 and ETERNA 500T 8653.

Best Cinematography winner The Pit was shot on 35mm Fujicolor ETERNA Vivid 500T 8547 and ETERNA 250D 8563.

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 plus an expenses paid trip for both of the winning films DPs to the Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, in Poland, December 2011 as guests of Fujifilm, plus:
A 'Rushes Processing Package' from Technicolor.
A 35mm print of the winning films from Technicolor Creative Services.
Five-day lighting hire package courtesy of Panalux.
Panavision is supplying a 35mm or 16mm Camera and Dolly hire package.
A studio hire package from Island Studios.
Free subscriptions and editorial support from British Cinematographer Magazine.
An invitation to the DPs of the two winning films from The British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) to all BSC social and technical events for the next year.
The two winning films will also be automatically entered into the competition at the Born Shorts International Short Film Festival in Bornholm, Denmark.
Each film will also be considered for a worldwide distribution deal with Future Shorts.
An insurance package worth 1,500 to each of the two winners courtesy of Towergate Camerasure.
A screening at The Hay-on-Wye Festival of British Cinema.
Coverage and screenings at Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.

The 2012 Shorts competition will launch this autumn and a limited edition Fujifilm Shorts 2011 DVD of the 12 films that reached the final is available now, via:

Interviews with the two winners will feature on Exposure Online shortly, keep checking for further details.


Photo Captions:

(Left to Right): Producer, Gareth Unwin, presents the 2011 Fujifilm Shorts Best Film award to '13 1/2', Production & Costume Designer, Mayou Trikerioti, Producer, Yiannis Exindaris, Fujifilm Motion Picture Marketing Manager, Jerry Deeney.

(Left to Right): Producer, Gareth Unwin, presents the 2011 Fujifilm Shorts Best Cinematography award to Director of Photography, Urszula Pontikos, for 'THE PIT'. Fujifilm Motion Picture Marketing Manager, Jerry Deeney.

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Jerry Deeney
Marketing Manager
Motion Picture Film
Fujifilm UK Ltd
t: +44 (0)20 3040 0400
m: +44 (0)7747 127869

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