Aspen Shortsfest 2011 winners

By Real Aspen
April 13, 2011
After six days of screenings, Aspen Film announced today the competition winners of Aspen Shortsfest 2011, presented by Saab. The Aspen Shortsfest 2011 Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, April 11, at the Mountain Chalet in Aspen. Recently named by indieWIRE as one of the world's top-50 leading film festivals, Aspen Shortsfest is widely recognized as a premier North American showcase for short film and video.

The festival's centerpiece, the Oscar®-qualifying International Competition, reflected the incredible diversity and creativity of today's short films - whether drama, comedy, animation, or documentary. More than 2,500 submissions from around the world were considered, and 82 short films, representing two dozen countries and exploring many more, were ultimately selected for this year's eleven International Competition programs. More than a third of the program consisted of premieres, including eight world, seven international, and 14 North American.

"The quality of films at Shortsfest this year was outstanding. It was pure joy to sit back over the course of six days and be moved by these treasures from all over the world," said International Competition jury member John Polson.

The size and venues of Aspen Shortsfest allowed a unique chance for filmmakers and audiences to interact and connect. Nearly 50 film guests from the United States, Australia, Europe, and Africa traveled to Aspen to participate in public screenings, in-depth conversations on stage, and school education programs. Enthusiastic viewers enjoyed screenings at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. Informative sessions, social activities, and late-night gatherings at a daily "hot spot" contributed to the festival's communal flavor. Visiting filmmakers were so inspired they even collaboratively created a short film that was screened at the awards ceremony.

A jury of esteemed film professionals was present during the festival and awarded cash and prizes in several categories. This year's International Competition jury was composed of Scott Dwyer, program director for KQED-TV in San Francisco; Kristin Konvitz, director of acquisitions and production for Wild Bunch, the independent European film distribution and production services company; Ilyse McKimmie, associate director of Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program; and producer and director John Polson, who also founded Australia's wildly popular Tropfest short film festival.

"I was impressed and delighted to find a consistently high level of work on display at this year's Shortsfest," commented Ilyse McKimmie. "The remarkable diversity of storytelling content and style, as well as the spirited community created by the filmmakers and the Shortsfest staff, made serving as a juror an inspirational experience."

SHORTSFEST 2011 AWARD WINNERS

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY AWARDS

BEST ANIMATION ($2,500, Oscar®-qualifying award)

SPECKY FOUR-EYES

(Jean-Claude Rozec, France)

For its excellent marriage of craft and story, as well as its whimsical and imaginative storytelling through a child's eyes.

BEST COMEDY ($2,500, Oscar®-qualifying award)

(Christopher Stollery, Australia)

For its hysterical, no-holds-barred story that suggests, even in marriage, honesty is not always the best policy.

BEST DOCUMENTARY ($2,500)

GOODBYE MANDIMA

(Robert-Jan Lacombe, Switzerland)

For its resourceful telling of a deeply personal tale that challenges the traditional documentary style.

BEST DRAMA ($2,500, Oscar®-qualifying award)

WEST OF THE MOON

(Brent Bonacorso, USA)

For its wildly inventive and captivating singularity of voice and vision.

BEST SHORT SHORT ($1,000, Oscar®-qualifying award)

DAS TUB (James Cunningham, New Zealand)

For its creativity, humor, and ability to surprise.

BEST STUDENT ($1,000)

THE WIND IS BLOWING ON MY STREET

(Saba Riazi, Iran)

For its courage, subtlety, and authenticity.

SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITION

ANIMAL BEATBOX

(Damon Gameau, Australia)

For its unpretentious, enormously fun celebration of the animal kingdom.

THE LOST THING

(Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan, Australia)

For its exceptional craft in creating a vibrant world that Salvador Dali would feel comfortable in and for its embrace of all things unusual.

RAJU

(Max Zähle, Germany/India)

For its terrific performances, enormous scope, and perfect depiction of the color and chaos of India.

THE SCREAMERS

(Roberto Pérez Toledo, Spain)

For capturing a universally recognized human emotion in the perfect screen minute.

YURI LENNON'S LANDING ON ALPHA 46

(Anthony Vouardoux, Germany/Switzerland)

For its gut-wrenching, compelling depiction of an astronaut who becomes the last man in the universe.

OTHER SHORTSFEST 2011 AWARDS

AUDIENCE AWARD ($1,000)

Sponsored by SAAB

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

(Michael Davies, United Kingdom)

AUDIENCE RECOGNITION

CATAPLEXY

(John Salcido, USA)

(Christopher Stollery, Australia)

RAJU

(Max Zähle, Germany/India)

THE ELLEN ($2,000)

Presented to honor the spirit of Aspen - the spirit of adventure, fun, originality, and understanding of our world.

BRICK NOVAX'S DIARY

(Matt Piedmont, USA)

In addition to being original and heartfelt, this short has a clever script, creative use of location, and a wonderful degree of technical proficiency.

THE ELLEN - FILMMAKER TO WATCH ($500)

LOVE BIRDS

(Brian Lye, Czech Republic/Canada)

This small film, clearly an original, is a sensitive and thought-provoking examination of family values.

YOUTH JURY PRIZE ($500)

THE UNSPOKEN

(Jason van Genderen, Australia)

For a film that moved us to look closer at the way we express appreciation for those we care for. For the value of family and importance of parenting in our lives.

BAFTA LOS ANGELES SHORT FILM PRIZE

BALDGUY

(Maria Bock, Norway)

BAFTA LOS ANGELES CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

EBONY SOCIETY

(Tammy Davis, New Zealand)

BAFTA LOS ANGELES CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

GOING NOWHERE

(René Frelle Petersen, Denmark)

Complete descriptions of films screened during Aspen Shortsfest 2011 are available at www.aspenfilm.org. Aspen Shortsfest 2012, which will celebrate the festival's 20th anniversary, will be held April 10-15, 2012.

Aspen Shortsfest 2011 is presented by Saab and is also sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts; Colorado Creative Industries; Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media; the City of Aspen; The Aspen Times; American National Bank; Hotel Jerome; Sky Hotel; and Aspen Public Radio, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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