Yatao Li’s Chinese entry Carry On won the Best Of Festival Award, while Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna from Poland prevailed in the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Jury Award.
Timothy Yeung’s 90 Days took the Panavision Best North American Short honours.
The festival ran from June 17-23 and screened 330 films from more than 3,000 submissions. Organisers handed out more than $115,000 in prizes, including $21,000 in cash awards, in 21 categories.
“The 2014 Palm Springs ShortFest far surpassed all of our expectations,” said festival director Kathleen McInnis (pictured at the Australian reception). “Our audience, filmmaker and industry attendance all soared, as did the striking talent we were able to showcase during our 20th anniversary year.
“Well over 800 filmmaker and industry guests made our Filmmaker Forums one of the most dynamic we have ever had, and most of the screenings had all filmmakers in attendance — a great bonus for our audience who love their Q&A sessions. Filmmakers brought themselves here from 37 countries, the most we have ever had, which speaks directly to the success of our targeted outreach to world cinema.”
Events included roundtables and industry panels. Screen’s US editor Jeremy Kay (pictured) was among the speakers at Saturday’s (21) business panel. The jury comprised Screen’s Nigel Daly (pictured with Jeremy Kay), Katie Holly of Blinder Films and Steven Gaydos of Variety.
Festival brass announced the Palm Springs International Film Festival will take place from January 2-12, 2015.
2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest winners:
Best Of Festival Award – Carry On (China), Yatao Li
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Jury Award – Joanna (Poland), Aneta Kopacz
Future Filmmaker Award – Whisker (New Zealand), Steven Saussey
Panavision Best North American Short – 90 Days (Canada-Hong Kong), Timothy Yeung
Best Live Action Short – Dragula (US), Frank Meli
Runner-up – Young Americans (US), Kevin Lacy
Best Documentary Short – Showfolk (US), Ned McNeilage
Runner-up – The War Photographers (US), Steven Kochones
Best Animation Short – Bendik & The Monster (Norway), Frank Mosvold
Runner-up – The Gulf (Canada), Carl Beauchemin, Thomas Chrétien, David Forest
Shortfest Online Audience Award – Juliet (Australia), Martin Høgberget
JURY CATEGORY AWARDS
First place winners in the non-student animation and live action categories may be eligible for Academy Awards consideration. Second place recipients received a $500 cash prize.
Best Animation Short
First Place – Los Rosales (Italy), Daniel Ferreira
Second Place ($500) – Dwarf Giant (Nain Geant) (France-Switzerland), Fabienne Giezendanner
Best Live Action Short Over 15 Minutes
First Place ($2,000) – That Music (Esa Música) (Colombia), Darío Vejarano
Second Place ($500) – The Nostalgist (UK), Giacomo Cimini
Best Live Action Short 15 Minutes And Under
First Place ($2,000) – The Chicken (Germany-Croatia), Una Gunjak
Second Place ($500) – Oranges (Naranjas) (Colombia), Iván D Gaona
Honorable Mention – Through the Breaking Glass (A Través Del Espejo) (Spain), Iván Mena
Best Documentary Short:
First Place ($2,000) –
Joanna (Poland), Aneta Kopacz
An intimate portrayal of a young mother who must contemplate what she wants to leave behind for her toddler son and husband.
Second Place ($500) – The Dogwalker (Hundvakten) (Sweden), Caroline Ingvarsson
Honorable Mention – A Paradise (Un Paraiso) (Cuba-UK), Jayisha Patel
All first place winners in these categories received a one-year download membership to Videoblocks, AudioBlocks or GraphicStock.
Best Student Animation
First Place – Mend And Make Do (UK), Bexie Bush
Second Place – The Little Cousteau (Maly Cousteau) (Czech Republic), Jakob Kouril
Best Student Live Action Short Over 15 Minutes
First Place – The Aftermath Of The Inauguration Of The Public Toilet At Kilometer 375 (Egypt), Omar El Zohairy
Second Place – Serori (Japan-Netherlands), Pedro Collantes
Best Student Live Action Short 15 Minutes And Under
First Place – Siham (Lebanon-USA), Cyril Aris
Second Place – Here (UK), Colum Eastwood
Best Student Documentary Short
First Place – Tyres (Myanmar), Kyaw Myo Lwin
Second Place – The Immaculates (Gil Immacolati) (France), Ronny Trocker
Best Student Cinematography
First Place – Aung Ko Ko (cinematographer), Tyres (Myanmar)
Second Place – Jeff Wong (cinematographer), 90 Days (Canada-Hong Kong)
Best US Film School Student Film Award - $2,000 cash prize courtesy of KQED, San Francisco.
Pigs (Singapore-US), Laura Mohai
Alexis Award For Best Emerging Student Filmmaker
Chosen by the festival’s programming team and was created in honour of Alexis Echavarria, a young filmmaker, whose talent as a budding filmmaker and gift for inspiring excellence among his fellow students were cut short suddenly in 2005 at age 16. The recipient received Final Cut Pro X courtesy of Apple Computer.
First Place – Sun Can Blind (O Sol Pode Cegar) (Brazil), Toti Loureiro
Runner-up – He Took His Skin Off For Me (UK), Ben Aston.
HP Bridging The Borders Award Presented By Cinema Without Borders
The winner received the award’s diploma and an HP ZBook Mobile Workstation with a color critical HP DreamColor display and Thunderbolt 2, valued at approximately $3,000. The runner-up received a certificate for an upcoming Method Acting Intensive Workshop provided by The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute with a value of $2,000
First Place - Foad (Norway), Farzad Samsami
Runner-up - Kush (India), Shubhashish Bhutiani