And the winners are...
It's the moment we've all been waiting for as the results of the EIFF Awards are finally in.
The winners were revealed at the EIFF Awards Ceremony at Filmhouse this afternoon, and Festival Patrons, Sir Sean Connery and Seamus McGarvey, were among those presenting awards.
Moon directed by Duncan Jones scooped the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by the UK Film Council.
This year’s Michael Powell Jury were director Joe Wright who presided over the five-strong Jury: film critic Claudia Puig; acclaimed actress Sacha Horler journalist and author Janet Street-Porter and Academy Award® Best Actor nominee Frank Langella of Frost/Nixon fame.
The Jury citation read: “We award Moon for its singular vision and remarkably assured direction as well as for the inspired manner in which it transcends genre. The central performance by Sam Rockwell embodies the film’s emotional complexity and compelling philosophical perspective.”
Katie Jarvis picked up the PPG Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film for her extraordinary debut in Fish Tank.
Katie Jarvis was delighted, both with the award and her experience at EIFF.
“This has been an amazing year for me in more ways than one. I was lucky enough to spend my 18th birthday in Edinburgh last week, where Fish Tank was shown, and this is such a great 18th present!
"It is a real honour to receive this award, both for myself and the film. I would like to thank Andrea for the opportunity and for believing in me.”
John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council, sponsor of the award, added:
“The UK Film Council’s support of the EIFF underlines our deep commitment to celebrating and nurturing film talent.
"Winning the Michael Powell Award confirms Duncan Jones as an emerging British director with a very bright future. And I’m delighted for Emma Sullivan, awarded the short film prize for After Tomorrow, and newcomer Katie Jarvis, winner of the best performance prize for Fish Tank, both of whose films were funded through the Film Council’s New Cinema Fund.”
The award for Best New International Feature went to director Kyle Patrick Alvarez for his film Easier With Practice.
The Standard Life Audience Award as voted for by cinema-goers at EIFF went to animation The Secret Of Kells directed by Tomm Moore.
Director Aliona Van Der Horst picked up the award for Best Documentary about Russian poet Boris Ryzhy.
The Skillset New Directors Award went to Cary Joji Fukunaga for his stunning directorial debut in Sin Nombre.
'Bromance' comedy Humpday directed by Lynn Shelton was awarded The Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus Award and director Emma Sullivan's After Tomorrow was awarded the UK Film Council Award for Best British Short Film.
The award for Best International Short Film went to Princess Margaret BLVD directed by Kazik Radwanksi, while The Scottish Short Documentary Award supported by Baillie Gifford was handed to director Johanna Wagner for 10 minute long film Peter In Radioland. Director Laurie Hill's Photograph Of Jesus scooped the McLaren Award for New British Animation in partnership with BBC Film Network.
EIFF Artistic Director, Hannah McGill said:
“I’m delighted by these results and I thank our juries for their hard work and their presence in Edinburgh, which helped to make this year’s Festival so exciting.
"It says a lot about EIFF and its mission as a discovery festival that Duncan Jones, Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Tomm Moore and Cary Joji Fukunaga are all first-time feature directors.
"We have had a fantastic year and I’m thrilled that all of our prizewinners have been part of it, as well as, of course, all the other filmmakers who’ve attended and given us the privilege of screening their work. I hope their success here helps them go forward in their careers, and I hope we’ll see them all back in Edinburgh in the future with further work.”
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.