1.4. Shortsfest 2012 Awards



international competition awards



ASPEN SHORTSFEST 2012 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AWARDS

Aspen Shortsfest 2012 was held April 10-15, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. More than 3,200 submissions from around the world were considered, and 79 short films, representing two dozen countries and exploring many more, were ultimately selected for this year's International Competition. From the recognizable to brand-new talent, the 2012 edition showcased a vibrant array of comedy, drama, animation, and documentary films.

Aspen Shortsfest is widely recognized as a premier North American showcase for short film and video. The centerpiece, the juried International Competition, offers an eclectic slate of films running 1 to 40 minutes. The 2012 Shortsfest awards were announced at an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 15.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

SHORTSFEST 2012 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY AWARDS

BEST ANIMATION* $2,500
ABUELAS (GRANDMOTHERS)
(Afarin Eghbal, UK)
"For innovative use of animation to illuminate a dark and tragic chapter in Argentina's history."

BEST COMEDY* $2,500
A CURIOUS CONJUNCTION OF COINCIDENCES
(Joost Reijmers, Netherlands)
"For a technically polished tale spanning several centuries, that comes to a hilarious and explosive ending."

BEST DOCUMENTARY $2,500
ELLIOTT ERWITT: "I BARK AT DOGS"
(Douglas Sloan, USA)
"For a documentary as quirky and entertaining as its subject."

BEST DRAMA* $2,500
SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN
(Tudor Giurgiu, Romania)
"For an emotionally wrenching tale, told with simplicity and restraint, and pitch perfect performances."

BEST SHORT SHORT* $1,000
THE CENTRIFUGE BRAIN PROJECT
(Till Nowak, Germany)
"For a fresh take on the science documentary, that hilariously blurs the line between the believable and the absurd."

BEST STUDENT FILM $1,000
FIRST MATCH
(Olivia Newman, USA)
"For an unflinching look at a young athlete's determination to gain respect in a boy's world."

* Academy Award qualifying category

SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITION
EVEN GODS
(Phil Harrison, UK/Ireland)

FLOYD THE ANDROID: TELEPORTER + DIM BULB
(Jonathan Lyons, USA)

LUNCH DATE
(Sasha Collington, UK)

MR. CHRISTMAS
(Nick Palmer, USA)

OCHRE AND INK
(James Bradley, Australia)

OUT OF ERASERS
(Erik Rosenlund, Denmark/Sweden)

SHORTSFEST 2012 AWARDS DETERMINED BY OTHER JURIES

THE ELLEN $2,500
ARMADINGEN
(Philipp Kässbohrer, Germany)
"A quiet film with brilliant, nuanced and subtle performances...A great screenplay and a greater message of appreciating the present...It was funny and our jury found it irresistible."

YOUTH JURY PRIZE $500
AS YOU WERE
(René Frelle Petersen, Denmark)
"For taking us on an emotional roller coaster. We laughed, we cried, and it left us thinking about the future and our relationships to our loved ones, as well as our impact on other people's lives."

BAFTA LA SHORT FILM PRIZE
SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN
(Tudor Giurgiu, Romania)
"The film was beautifully shot and well acted, and the emotions were sensitively wrought."

BAFTA LA CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
ARMADINGEN
(Philipp Kässbohrer, Germany)

BAFTA LA CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
AS YOU WERE
(René Frelle Petersen, Denmark)

THE ALLEGIANCE THEATER EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD
THE CHAIR
(Grainger David, USA)

AUDIENCE AWARD $500
SAVING FACE
(Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan/USA)

AUDIENCE SPECIAL RECOGNITION
FRIEND REQUEST PENDING
(Chris Foggin, UK)

OCHRE AND INK
(James Bradley, Australia)

OUT LIVING IT
(Michael Brown, USA)

WE LOVE OUR CLIENTS
(Beppe Tufarulo, Italy)

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ABOUT THE AWARDS

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY AWARDS - The esteemed 2012 International Competition jury; Shauna Cross, Elias Davis, Mike Reiss and Robert Weide granted a number of awards recognizing creative excellence, honoring the finalists they consider the most accomplished in their storytelling and distinctive in their cinematic voice. Their awards - including a cash honorarium - include Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Student, and Best Short Short, as well as Special Jury Recognition Awards.*
(Please see below for International Competition Jury Biographies)

THE ELLEN AWARD - Established to honor Aspen Film founder, Ellen Hunt, this award recognizes the "most original" film. This is the 15th year for this award.

YOUTH JURY PRIZE - For the 14th year, local high school students honor the film that opens a window on their understanding of the world in important, unexpected ways.

BAFTA LA SHORT FILM PRIZE - BAFTA Los Angeles is a 501 (c) 3 public benefit non-profit organization whose mission is to support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image. As the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance excellence in film, television and games, BAFTA Los Angeles serves as the bridge between the Hollywood and British entertainment communities, and is a vital link to BAFTA in London. This is the 8th year they have recognized Shortsfest finalists.

ALLEGIANCE THEATER EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD - For the filmmaker or filmmaking team whose short film has achieved the most impact, that is both character-driven and displays the potential to cross-over to a commercial audience.

The winner(s) will work with The Allegiance Theater's team headed by producer Daniel Dubiecki (Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air), with the goal of developing their vision based on their short film, or an original idea, or an idea from the company, into a feature film produced by The Allegiance Theater. This award is created to support the winning filmmaker(s) throughout the development process by offering creative meetings and input, and the opportunity for exposure to 3rd party financiers.

*Winners of the Best Comedy, Best Drama, and Best Short Short awards may be eligible for Academy Award Oscar® consideration in the Best Live Action Short Film category, and the winner of the Animated Eye Award may be eligible for consideration for the Best Animated Short Film Oscar® if winners meet the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' other qualifications.

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Shauna CrossSHAUNA CROSS
Shauna Cross is a former roller derby athlete and screenwriter from Austin, Texas. Her 2009 debut film Whip It was an adaptation of her novel Derby Girl. Her comedy What To Expect When You're Expecting (an adaptation of the best-selling pregnancy manual) opens on May 25. Continuing her run at adapting books with catchy titles and no story, she is currently working on the screenplay for Go The Fuck To Sleep for Fox 2000, which will be followed by an original comedy, Rumspringa, set in the Amish world. She is also busy scheming her directorial debut.

In 2008, Cross was named one of Variety's Top Ten Screenwriters to Watch. She happily bounces between writing indie and commercial comedies and refuses to be jaded by the business. For Cross, making movies is best gig in the world; every time you start a new project, you get to live a whole new life.

Elias DavisELIAS DAVIS
Comedy writer Elias Davis's first job in the entertainment business was as an usher at CBS Television City in Hollywood. It was there that he found a writing partner, David Pollock, with whom he created most of his scripts. Davis has written countless TV variety and situation comedies including The Carol Burnett Show, Mary Tyler Moore, Chico and the Man, Growing Pains, M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier. His film work includes contributing to movies, both produced (Bad Boys, Toy Story 2) and never made.

Davis has served on the board and as an officer of the Writer's Guild of America West. Though a UCLA graduate, he hid that fact during the years he taught writing at USC Film School. He is a recipient of the WGA, the Emmy, the Peabody and the Humanitas awards. Davis currently serves as an officer of the Writer's Guild Foundation and as chair of Aspen Film's Entertainment Advisory council.

Mike Reiss MIKE REISS
Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-one years writing for The Simpsons. He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called "the greatest season of the greatest show in history." In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus.

Reiss co-created the animated series The Critic and created two long-running series of cartoon shorts for Icebox.com: Hard Drinkin' Lincoln and Queer Duck (about a gay duck). Queer Duck was named one of "The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time" by the BBC. Queer Duck: The Movie was released to rave reviews in July 2006, winning awards in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Sweden, Germany and Wales.

Reiss is also an award-winning mystery writer and has produced seventeen children's books (but no children).

Robert WeideROBERT WEIDE
Robert Weide's documentary films, chronicling iconic American comedians, include The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell, the Emmy-winning W.C. Fields Straight Up, Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition, and Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (another Emmy winner and Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary). In 1996, Weide wrote and produced the feature film Mother Night, based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel.

In 1999, Weide produced and directed the HBO comedy special, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, which would serve as the springboard for the Golden Globe-winning series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which Weide served as principal director and Executive Producer for the first five seasons. He was Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Directing for four years running, winning the directing award during the third season. He returned to the series last year to direct the much talked-about episode, Palestinian Chicken, which earned him the prestigious DGA Award for comedy direction.

2008 saw the release of Weide's feature directorial debut, How To Lose Friends & Alienate People, a British production starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, and Megan Fox.

In 2011, Weide returned to his documentary roots with the 3 1/2 hour special, Woody Allen: A Documentary, which aired on the PBS series American Masters. Made with the full cooperation of the iconic and elusive filmmaker, the film met with glowing reviews and stands as the definitive biography on its subject.

The official website for his Whyaduck Productions can be found at www.duckprods.com.

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