Award Winners 2018
Below are the winners of this year's Encounters 2018 awards!
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS GRAND PRIX AWARD 2018
Dir: Jeremy Comte
16 mins 24 secs
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.
Jury comment – “Awarded for its agonisingly tense narrative, arresting visual style, brilliant directing and stellar naturalistic performances.”
Ato San Nen directed by Pedro Collantes
Jury comment – “Shifting between an ironic and a dramatic register without falling into predictable cliches, this film gave us intimate insight into two characters who form a special bond despite cultural and linguistic boundaries”
ANIMATED ENCOUNTERS GRAND PRIX AWARD 2018
Dir: Nicolas Keppens & Mathias Phlips
19 mins 8 secs
Going on a safari is a dream for many. For middle-aged couple Linda and Troyer, it turns into a horribly real adventure.
Jury comment – “This is a film that addresses a very serious subject with an incredible sense of humour. It was obvious to the jury that the creators of this film treated their characters with respect and love.”
Obon directed by Andre Hormann and Anna Bergmann
Jury comment – “A film that captures a well known part of history in a unique and personal way”
IMMERSIVE ENCOUNTERS GRAND PRIX 2018
Dir: Philippe A. Collin & Clément Léotard
Kinoscope is a VR experience immersing the spectator into a lively and colorful universe to discover the history of cinema lead by the voice of the Hollywood legend Dean Tavoularis.
Jury comment – “We felt that the team demonstrated an assured and confident use of 360, offering a dynamic, well paced and well constructed piece which was clearly designed with the affordances of the medium in mind, but did not rest on any of the usual tropes. The jury thoroughly enjoyed this stylish and charming love letter to Hollywood through the ages.”
I Saw the Future directed by Francois Vautier
Jury comment – “We were impressed with the translation of archive material into an epic and futuristic experience, using point cloud rendering to heighten the impact of some of Arthur C. Clark’s predictions, reflecting on their pertinence to us here and now, and extending the reach of his worlds deep into future space and time.”
Underwood directed by Geena Gasser, Saskia Timlinson and Amon Zucker
Jury comment – “It was exciting for us to see the level of ambition and craftsmanship on display in this, one of the first 360 hand crafted stop-motion animation films. Whilst we felt there were some distance yet to travel in terms of narrative and technique, we were sincerely impressed with the potential shown here, and look forward to seeing what this team do next.”
CHRIS COLLINS BEST OF BRITISH LIVE ACTION 2018
Three Centimetres (تلاتة سنتيمتر)
Dir: Lara Zeidan
UK / Lebanon 2018
9 mins 01 secs
Four Lebanese girls go on a Ferris wheel ride to cheer up their friend after her breakup. Their conversation drifts to a less fun place.
Jury comment – “Skilfully shot in a single, restricted space, its genuine, considered and realistic approach to the themes of women’s sex and sexuality within a hostile social environment, were refreshing.”
V directed by Jimmy Dean
Jury comment – “For it’s humour, fresh approach to a traditional genre – adding a feminist twist within a modern London environment”
BEST OF BRITISH ANIMATION 2018
Dir: Greg McLeod
8 mins 33 secs
A town on the borderlands. A place out of time. A desert where strange lights dance in the night sky. And then there’s the giant lemon.
Jury comment – “The jury had no idea how two British guys could go bum fuck Egypt and capture the heart and soul of a small Texas town so perfectly!”
DEAF SHORTS AWARD 2018
To Know Him
Dir: Ted Evans
To lay the man she loves to rest a deaf woman must overcome a barrier far greater than language.
Jury comment – “Beautiful, moving film.”
TEEN JURY AWARD
Little River Run
Dir: Ed Skrein
15 mins 13 secs
Two teenagers search for escape and solitude in inner-city London.
Jury comment – “This film tackles themes of grievance, societal perceptions and stereotypes whilst throwing us curveballs until the very end. It was personal, insightful and highly relatable for a lot of young people.”
Juck directed by Olivia Kastebring
Jury comment – “Inspiring.”
CHILDREN’S JURY AWARD
Dir: Aoife Doyle
9 mins 15 secs
An Irish grandmothers unexpected departure from her lonely life.
Jury comment – “Beautiful, funny animation!”
Sweet Tooth directed by Hannah Ananstasi
Jury comment – “Beautiful animation.”
Dir: Rishi Chanda
In a cramped apartment in Mumbai, a family considers eating their hell-raising pet rooster, so that they can reclaim their lives.
Audience comment – “Hilarious!”
DEPICT AWARD WINNERS 2018
MAIN DEPICT AWARD
Head over Heels
Dir: Leonid Grigurko
1 mins 09 secs
An Earth girl experiences an unearthly dream.
DEPICT ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY AWARD 2018
Dir: Francesco Faralli
1 mins 00 secs
Why going to the hairdresser is becoming a nightmare…
DEPICT SPECIAL MENTION AWARD 2018
Dir: Aimie Willemse
1 mins 30 secs
A girl exploring an abandoned tunnel alone, hears someone… or something else in the dark with her.
DEPICT RANDOM ACTS SPECIAL MENTION AWARD 2018
Portrait of a Painter
Dir: Euan Gilmour
1 mins 30 secs
A creatively blocked artist discovers her most recent painting has a darker nature then she expected.
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