The MostBeautiful Man in the World, directed by British film director Alicia Duffy and funded by theUK Film Council's New Cinema Fund, has won the TCM Classic Shorts best shortfilm of 2003 as part of the Times bfi 47th London Film Festival.
Winning£10,000 in prize money, the best short film was judged by a panelincluding Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, Bernardo Bertolucci, Richard Eyre, StephenFrears, Mark Herman, Wendy Ide, Nick James, Richard Jobson, Colin Kennedy, JohnMadden, Ismail Merchant, Barry Norman and Stephen Woolley.
The MostBeautiful Man in the Worldis the story of a young girl, who is searching for something to do on a hot daywhen she aimlessly walks into the path of a stranger.
Duffy is thefirst woman to have won the award in the four years that the competition hasrun.
Jude Lawcommented that the film was, 'beautifully shot', and added that he,'loved the simplicity and atmosphere of the film', and the fact hewas 'left with questions and emotions'.
Second went to TheBypass directed by AmitKumar, another New Cinema Fund film with Brown Paper Bag by Michael Baig Clifford taking thirdprize. Clifford's previous short film Bouncer, funded by the New Cinema Fund has wonseveral awards including
The TCM ClassicShorts competition has been part of The Times bfi London Film Festival since 2000 and thisyear received 320 entries.