UK director Andrea Arnold's short film Dog has won the Jameson Short Film Award at the Brief Encounters short film festival, held Nov 14-18 in Bristol.
Shot on High Definition, Dog is set on a South London estate, and tells the story of teenager who decides to leave her boyfriend after a brutal incident. The film is due for broadcast on both BBC2 and BBC Choice in 2002. Arnold has previously worked as a documentary filmmaker and has directed two drama shorts.
The award, worth Euros 6,000 has so far this year been awarded at six European film festivals. Two further awards will be given this year at the Torino Film Festival in Italy and Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, France.
Other award winners at the festival included Pierre Olivier's Can We Kiss, which won the Pathe 5 Minute Award, for films under five minutes. The film will be distributed in UK cinemas alongside a Pathe feature film, and will also be attached to that film's video and DVD release.
The International Jury Award, which carries a cash prize of $4,240 (£3,000), was given to Marit Aslein's Envy, while the Short Circuit Award went to Joe Tunmer for Autocue, which is accepted into the Short Circuit scheme, set up in June 2000 to create a distribution network for short films in UK cinemas.
The winner of the audience award was Olivier Laubacher's A Night's Theft.
DepicT! 2001, a competition for films up to 90 seconds long, was won by Depressionismus by Jorn Staeger (live action) and Chinese Fork-Tie by Andrew James Davies (animation).