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Focus Forward Short Filmmaking Competition Announces $100K Grand Prize Winner, 'Cyborg Foundation' [WATCH]

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 24, 2013 at 1:36PM

The Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition has announced Rafel Duran Torrent from Barcelona, Spain, as their grand prize winner. Torrent has been awarded $100K for his short film "Cyborg Foundation." You can watch the winning film below.
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"Cyborg Foundation"
"Cyborg Foundation"

The Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition has announced Rafel Duran Torrent from Barcelona, Spain, as their grand prize winner. Torrent has been awarded $100K for his short film "Cyborg Foundation." You can watch the winning film below.

The cash prize was presented to Torrent during a ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival. As part of Focus Forward's collaboration with the fest, Torrent will get to participate in a Sundance Institute ShortsLab of his choice in 2013.

The runner-up awards were presented to Jared P. Scott & Kelly Nyks (“The Artificial Leaf," USA), Paul Lazarus (“Slingshot," USA), Kim Munsamy (“Bones Don't Lie and Don't Forget," Guatemala), and Callum Cooper (“Mine Kafon," UK), whose combined winnings totaled $200,000, the largest cummulative cash prize ever given to short documentary films.

Twenty films were chosen as finalists in the competition from more than 600 submissions from 69 countries.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.