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Bristol Encounters Film Festival : Awards Winners

Bristol Encounters Film Festival : Awards Winners

Tuesday 23 September 2014, by Abla Kandalaft, Elise Loiseau

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Home-grown talent was rewarded as British films made up the majority of the 2014 winners of the UK’s most exciting short film festival (now in its 20th edition).

Here’s a subjective selection of the best winning shorts.

1. Carpark I Dir: Anthony Blades I United Kingdom 2013 I 1 min 23 secs I Animation

DepicT! Award

A carpark, an angry dog and a reckless man. Best animated short.

2. Patterns I Dir: Miklos Keleti I Belgium 2013 I 19 mins 55 secs I Fiction

UWE European New Talent Short Film Award

Hannah is deaf mute. She becomes fascinated by queen bees after watching a documentary and thinks one of them is sending her signals.

This short, by award-winning director of festival favourite Back Against The Wall MiklosKeleti, recalls Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter in the way its central character’s inner world takes physical form.

3. The Dewberry Empire I Dir: Christian Schlaeffer I United Kingdom 2013 I 7 mins 45 secs I Animation

UWE European New Talent Animation Award

A young girl with a slight egomaniac inclination has appointed herself Empress and a dead cat as her minister of education.

This animated short is a brilliant depiction of children’s imagination and cruelty.

the dewberry empire - trailer from christian schlaeffer on Vimeo.

4. Crocodile I Dir: Gaëlle Denis I United Kingdom 2014 I 16 mins 5 secs I Fiction

Channel 4 Best of British Short Film Award

The daughter of a headteacher is accidently killed during her holiday. Her father has come to terms with the loss and let his routine set back in.

Crocodile is a film about grief, which it depicts as a tussle between moments of madness and moments of resilience, that the Jury commented ‘a characteristically British film in its unexpected changes of tone and the juxtaposition of humour and tragedy.’
This is one of the most powerful shorts of the festival. Crocodile was also part of the Cannes Semaine de la Critique selection.

5. Father (Padre) Dir: Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso I Argentina 2013 I 11 mins 50 secs I Animation

Animated Grand Prix

Grasso, who is apparently considered by many the Roman Polanski of animation, won the Grand Prize of the animation category with this silent and chilling short about the day-to-day existence of an Argentinian woman at her father’s bedside, sets in her ways and increasingly shutting herself out.

Santiago « Bou » Grasso directed The Employment (102 awards), a satirical take on consumerism in which human beings are reduced to coathangers, lampshades and doormats.

PADRE (trailer) from opusBou on Vimeo.

6. A Million Miles Away I Dir: Jennifer Reeder I United States 2014 I 27 mins 20 secs I Fiction

Brief Grand Prix

Reeder’s teenagers are over-the-top, naïve, silly, vulgar, overly made-up, but they are no competition for their (substitute) music teacher.

A Million Miles Away is a touch messy, but the colourful characters, and by extension the performances, are worth a watch.

A MILLION MILES AWAY - teaser from Jennifer Reeder on Vimeo.

7. Marilyn Myller I Dir: Mikey please I United Kingdom 2013 I 6 mins 0 secs I Animation

Channel 4 Best of British Animation Award

Marilyn is a perfectionist.

The short describes ‘ the difference between an internal idea, its external outcome and its interpretation by other people.’

Marilyn Myller from Parabella on Vimeo.

Mickey Please interview here :


8. The Peace of Wild Things I Dir: Adam Laity I United Kingdom 2013 I 1 min 30 secs

The_RPS Cinematography Award

Adam Laitys contemplative short pays tribute to Wendell Berry’s poetry. For 90 seconds, time stands still.

The Peace of Wild Things from Adam Laity on Vimeo.


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