The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film: Cash Prize £20,000

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.



2014 WINNER: Hide and Seek - Joanna Coates

2014 Nominees

Castles in the Sky - Gillies Mackinnon
Greyhawk - Guy Pitt
Hide and Seek - Joanna Coates
Hyena - Gerard Johnson
My Accomplice - Charlie Weaver Rolfe
A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide - Graham Hughes
Set Fire to the Stars - Andy Goddard
Still Life - Uberto Pasolini
We Are Monster - Antony Petrou


The Audience Award

EIFF’s Audience Award, a popular award with the public, filmmakers and distributors alike, 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.

If you are attending a screening of any of the titles below, you will be able to rate the film using voting cards provided. You can also share your thoughts using the online forums at

2014 WINNER: Tony Benn: Will and Testament - Skip Kite

2014 Nominees:

The Anomaly - Noel Clarke
Castles In The Sky - Gillies Mackinnon
Cold In July - Jim Mickle
A Dangerous Game - Anthony Baxter
Finding Vivian Maier - John Maloof, Charles Siskel
The Green Inferno - Eli Roth
Hellion - Kat Chandler
Joe - David Gordon Green
Let Us Prey - Brian O’Malley
Life After Beth - Jeff Baena
A Most Wanted Man - Anton Corbijn
Set Fire to the Stars - Andy Goddard
The Skeleton Twins - Craig Johnson
Tony Benn: Will & Testament - Skip Kite
X/Y - Ryan Piers Williams


The Award for Best International Feature Film: Cash Prize £10,000

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.

2014 WINNER: Ice Poison - Midi Z

2014 Nominees:

Au revoir l’été - Koji Fukada
Club Sandwich - Fernando Eimbcke
Concrete Clouds - Lee Chatametikool
Han Gong-ju - Lee Su-jin
Ice Poison - Midi Z
The Owners - Adilkhan Yerzhanov
Sorrow and Joy - Nils Malmros
Stations of the Cross - Dietrich Brüggemann
To Kill a Man - Alejandro Fernández Almendras
Uncertain Terms - Nathan Silver
X/Y - Ryan Piers Williams


The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film: Cash Prize £10,000 - Supported by Aljazeera

The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film recognises the immense strength of documentary filmmaking, which is currently pioneering new ways of imagining the world while insiting with urgency, creativity, and vigour on the vital relationship between film and reality. EIFF seeks to applaud these efforts with this prestegious award.

2014 WINNER: My Name Is Salt - Farida Pacha

2014 Nominees:

Castanha - Davi Pretto
Chantier A - Lucie Dèche, Karim Loualiche, Tarek Sami
A Fuller Life - Samantha Fuller
Garnet’s Gold - Ed Perkins
Life May Be - Mark Cousins, Mania Akbari
Manakamana - Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez
My Name Is Salt - Farida Pacha
My Red Shoes - Sara Rastegar
Staedtebewohner - Thomas Heise
‘Til Madness Do Us Part
- Wang Bing
What Now? Remind Me - Joaquim Pinto



Short Film Awards: Supported by Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic Little Red Award for Best Short Film
This award affirms EIFF’s long-standing support of directors of 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.

WINNER: Slap - Nick Rowland


The Award for Creative Innovation in a Short Film
This award specifically recognises imaginative and innovative work in the short film form.

WINNER: The Bigger Picture - Daisy Jacobs


The Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Short Film
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. 

WINNER: Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson - Monkey Love Experiments


Other EIFF 2014 Awards

The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film
The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film 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.

WINNER: Eddie Marsan - Still Life


The Student Critics Jury Award - Supported by James and Morag Anderson
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.

WINNER: Stations of the Cross - Dietrich Brüggemann


The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation - Supported by the British Council
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.

WINNER: My Stuffed Granny - Effie Pappa





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