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Seattle International Film Festival Announces 2013 ShortsFest Award Winners

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 29, 2013 at 1:12PM

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, currently running through June 9, has selected the winners for the ShortsFest Competition in the live-action, animation and documentary categories. Full list below.
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The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, currently running through June 9, has selected the winners for the ShortsFest Competition in the live-action, animation and documentary categories. Full list below.

Each ShortsFest Grand Jury winner will receive $1,000, and winners in the three categories are eligible for Academy Award qualification. 

SIFF 2013 SHORTSFEST AWARD WINNERS:

 

LIVE ACTION

GRAND JURY PRIZE

My Right Eye (The Apple of My Eye), directed by Josecho de Linares (Spain)

JURY STATEMENT: For its beautifully crafted and profound exploration of love and loss told through touching performances that depict a young man's authentic journey of rediscovery, the jury awards Best Narrative Short to My Right Eye (The Apple of My Eye), written and directed by Josecho de Linares.

SPECIAL JURY PRIZES

Penny Dreadful, directed by Shane Atkinson (USA)

Mobile Homes, directed by Vladimir de Fontenay (USA/France)

Decimation, directed by Wade Jackson (USA)  

JURY STATEMENT: For its stylish direction and a terrific performance by Oona Laurence as a young kidnap victim who turns the tables on her abductors, the jury would like to give aSpecial Jury Mention to the short film Penny Dreadful.

The jury would also like to award a Special Jury Mention toMobile Homes, a suspenseful, moving narrative with where the main characters stumble upon a most unexpected means of escape.

The jury awards a Special Jury Mention for outstanding ensemble filmmaking supported by the Northwest filmmaking community to the cast and crew of Decimation, written and directed by Wade Jackson.

 

DOCUMENTARY

GRAND JURY PRIZE

Keep a Modest Head, directed by Deco Dawson (Canada)


JURY STATEMENT: Although there were many great films to discuss and debate, ultimately there was one film that the jury unanimously felt was particularly worthy of receiving the Best Documentary Short award. For its brilliantly surrealistic imagining of the life of the last of the surrealists, the jury gives its award toKeep A Modest Head, directed by Deco Dawson.


SPECIAL JURY PRIZE


Today, directed by Philip Montgomery (USA)

JURY STATEMENT: For its touching and inspiring story about a man who learns to find meaning in his life's work even after a tragic accident, the jury awards a Special Jury Mention toToday, directed by Phillip Montgomery.


ANIMATION

GRAND JURY PRIZE


Woody, directed by Stuart Bowen (Australia)  

JURY STATEMENT: For the award for Best Animated Short, the jury has unanimously decided upon a film that told a lovely story about a guy who was just like everyone else, but wanted deeply to be something different than what he was. The filmmakers took the art of film as a visual medium to heart - with no dialogue and without facial expressions, they crafted a complete story that evoked compassion for the character. The jury awards Best Animated Short to Woody, directed by Stuart Bowen.


SPECIAL JURY PRIZES 


Malaria, directed by Edson Oda (Brazil)

The Hunter, directed by Marieka Walsh (Australia)

JURY STATEMENT: For its intriguing and original visual storytelling, combined with the tautness of an old-school Western, the jury awards a Special Jury Mention to Malaria, directed by Edson Shundl Oda.

We had a very difficult time making a final decision between two films. After much discussion, the jury has decided to award a Special Jury Mention to The Hunter, directed by Marieka Walsh, for its beautifully simple, yet deeply emotional illustrations integrated into a folk-tale of a story.  

 

 FUTUREWAVE SHORTS AWARDS

WAVEMAKER AWARD (GRAND PRIZE)


The Painted Girl, directed by Ben Kadie (USA)

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A Quest for Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions, directed by Matthew Evans (USA)

Runner up: Laser Rabbit, directed by Matt Wells (USA)

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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.