Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards acknowledge both national and international filmmaker talent and are recognised in the industry for rewarding and promoting excellence.
EIFF 2013 Awards
Last year One Mile Away won the prestigious Michael Powell Award, but which of our great British selection will have the honour bestowed on them this year? Which film will our esteemed jury name the Best Film in the International Competition? We’ll also announce The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation; three new Short Film Awards; our Student Critics Jury Award, and the triumphant return of The Audience Award.
Feature Film Awards
The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film
WINNER - Leviathan
Named in homage to one of Britain’s most original filmmakers and inaugurated in 1990. Rewarding imagination and creativity in British filmmaking it is judged by an international jury. Performances within the nominated films will also be elligible for the Award for Best Performance in a British Film.
The Audience Award, supported by Sainsbury's Bank
WINNER - Fire In The Night
EIFF’s Audience Award, a popular award with the public, filmmakers and distributors alike, returns in EIFF 2013 after a two-year hiatus. The award is voted for by cinema-goers attending public screenings. Embracing the Festival’s ongoing commitment to engage audiences in discussion of the art and the future of cinema, the Audience Award programme will solicit and publish audience commentary via online forums. Selected audience participants will also be invited to the Festival’s Awards Ceremony. You can view the current standings here.
The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film
WINNERS - Jamie Blackley (uwantme2killhim?), Toby Regbo (uwantme2killhim?)
Judged by the Michael Powell Award Competition Jury, this award is intended to celebrate and promote the great tradition of the art of film performance in the UK.
The Award for Best Film in the International Competition
WINNERS - A World Not Ours
EIFF seeks to represent global trends in cinema by introducing important new films and new filmmaking directions. This award is intended to highlight filmmaking from outside the UK that is imaginative, innovative and deserving of wider recognition. The International Feature Competition includes selected live-action narrative films, animated films, and documentaries.
The Student Critics Jury Award, supported by James & Morag Anderson
WINNER - Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye Ženy Lugovykh Mari)
The Student Critics Jury programme, inaugurated at EIFF 2012, affirms EIFF’s support for the future of film criticism by giving the next generation of film critics an opportunity to gain practical experience in their craft under the guidance of established professional critics. Members of the jury are selected from applications received from higher-education and further-education institutions in Scotland. In addition to giving an award, the jury members will write short essays about the films and the festival. Selected pieces will be published on the EIFF web site.
Short Film Awards
The McLaren Award for New British Animation, supported by the British Council
WINNER - Marilyn Myller by Mikey Please
First given in 1990, this award provides a focus for new British short animation and recognises the spirit of creativity. The award is named in honour of Norman McLaren, the renowned Scottish-born animator.
The Award for Best Short Film
WINNER - GHL by Lotte Schreiber
This award affirms EIFF’s long-standing support of directors of British short films and is intended both to recognise the outstanding achievements possible within the short format and to offer encouragement for the feature filmmakers of the future. Films in the competition are drawn from the Shorts, Black Box, and Animation strands of EIFF.
The Award for Creative Innovation in a Short Film
WINNER - Doll Parts by Muzi Quawson
Introduced for the first time this year, this award specifically recognises imaginative and innovative work in the short film form. Films in the competition are drawn from the Shorts, Black Box, and Animation strands of EIFF.
The Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Short Film
WINNER - Josh Gibson – Director of Photography, Light Plate
Introduced for the first time this year, this award supports short filmmaking by recognising an outstanding contribution to a short film. The award may be given to an individual in any creative department, including (but not limited to) direction, writing, music, editing, art direction, performance, and animation. Films in the competition are drawn from the Shorts, Black Box, and Animation strands of EIFF.
The EIFF Talent Bursary
Given to the director of an EIFF-award-nominated British film
Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) and Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) are pleased to announce their collaboration on an ambitious retrospective called The History of Iranian Cinema by Its Creators.