Award Winners at EIFF 2012
Announcing the winners of this year's Awards
This afternoon saw audiences and nominees flock to the Award Ceremony.
Several awards were given, including Best Film in the International Short Films Programme, British Short Film, the McLaren Award for New British Animation, and the major gongs: International Award and the Michael Powell Awards for Best British Feature Film and Best Performance.
Ken Hay welcomed guests to the ceremony, announcing that "The awards are back!" before handing over to presenter Grant Lachlan.
And the winners are...
The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film
One of the most prestigious film awards in the UK, The Michael Powell Award was bestowed by a Jury headed by actor Jim Broadbent, who was joined by Japanese actress and producer Kiki Sugino and the founder and director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Tiina Lokk.
Director Penny Woolcock was awarded The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film for her outstanding film One Mile Away, which also received its World Premiere at the Festival.
The panel described One Mile Away as "a brave and honest film" and "a singular achievement".
Penny Woolcock thanked the panel, announcing that, "if you are brave and you persevere you can get somewhere." Cast member Shabba added, "I'm gobsmacked. Thanks for everything!"
The Michael Powell Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film
Andrea Riseborough and Bríd Brennan jointly won Awards for Best Performance in a British Feature Film for their performances in James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer, which had its UK Premiere last night. The performance awards were voted for by the Michael Powell Jury.
The Award for Best Film in the International Feature Competition, Supported by Innis & Gunn
The Jury acknowledged the festival and its Artistic Director, Chris Fujiwara, "for an outstanding, challenging and brave selection of films that included both fiction and documentaries and enabled us to watch the best of the world’s new cinema."
The award was presented to director Mao Mao for his feature Here, Then. He said, "It's a great opportunity to be here, and thank you."
The Award for Best Film in the International Short Film Competition
Ewan Bremner announced the award-winner: Dinosaur Eggs in the Living Room by Rafael Urban (Brazil), as voted for by Jury members Erwin Houtenbrink, Programme Consultant for the International Film Festival Bratislava, actor Ewen Bremner, and Javier Porta Fouz, Programmer of the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.
The Award for Best Film in the British Short Film Competition & The McLaren Award for New British Animation
Both awards were received by director Will Anderson for his film The Making of Longbird.
The Student Critics Award
This inaugural reward was given to Sleepless Night, directed by Jang Kun-jae. The newly-formed jury praised the "young filmmaker with a refined talent. He has created a simple yet compelling story of modern romance in which the unremarkable becomes remarkable."
Sunday 1st July, 2012 / 20:31 GMTI am just wondering who received the Student Critics Award exactly? since the name of the film "Sleepless Night" is not directed by Frédéric Jardin as far as I know. Could you clarify that, please?
Monday 2nd July, 2012 / 11:08 GMTIt is supposed to be by Jang Kun-Jae, I believe it is a typo.