2011 festival winners

The winners of the 5th International Cambridge Super 8 Film Festival are:

  • Jury Choice
    Putain Lapin by GuĂ©rin van de Vorst – Belgium – 10 min.

    Funny, smart and sad. Good use of space, good sound design including score, a very compact, surreal story, well acted, shot and edited. This film had moments of both grace and wit, and did not take itself too seriously nor its characters too lightly.

  • Development Award
    Enterprisse by Mauricio Quiroga Kiro – Bolivia/Argentina – 9 min.

    Excellent use of off screen space, excellent use of sound design. This fiction film felt more like an experimental documentary, or hybrid fiction/ experimental film, one which explores the space of the story with assurance. Excellent shooting and editing. The sequence which transitions from fast carnival cuts to the slow pan down is brilliant.

  • U.K. Winner and Audience prize
    Collide-o-scope by Naren Wilks – 2010 – United Kingdom – 3 min

    Fun! Superb use of the frame, of the magical conjuring tricks of cinema. Great choreography, great sound, a smart, well-structured film.

  • Jury Mention
    • Stadtplan by Reynold Reynolds – Germany – 8 min.

      A strong entry to the city essay style, this film could be considered an expanded documentary, an experimental essay, a study in cinematic architecture. The strong visual structure lets the viewer into the film, past language. The split screen served a complex dual purpose: to divide and to connect, moving at moments from one to the other to breathtaking effect. Closely observed details, organic combination of color and black and white.

    • The Day Before Tomorrow by Daniel Villanyi – Hungary – 12 min.

      A quiet, tightly focused film filled with emotional intensity, well directed and acted. Grief, acceptance and change are addressed without a single lapse into cliche, and this self assured film moves into the story it tells with strong cinematography and sound design.

    • Trust to Chance and Windfalls by Anja Dornieden- USA/China – 14 min.

      A documentary whose style and warmth is the direct outcome of the filmmakers’ dedication and willingness to observe, learn and explore. The direct cinema style of the images contrasts nicely with the verbal interview soundtrack, as the filmmaker follows the chess group from New York to China.