Award Winners 2018

Below are the winners of this year's Encounters 2018 awards!

MAIN AWARDS

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS GRAND PRIX AWARD 2018

Fauve

Dir: Jeremy Comte
Canada 2018
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.”

Special Mention

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

Wildebeest

Dir: Nicolas Keppens & Mathias Phlips
Belgium 2017
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.”

Special Mention

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

Kinoscope

Dir: Philippe A. Collin & Clément Léotard
France 2017
9 mins

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.”

Special Mentions

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.”

Special mention

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

Marfa

Dir: Greg McLeod
UK 2017
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!”

 


 

MIXED AWARDS

DEAF SHORTS AWARD 2018

To Know Him

Dir: Ted Evans
UK 2017
28 mins

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
UK 2018
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.”

Special mention

Juck directed by Olivia Kastebring

Jury comment – “Inspiring.”

 

CHILDREN’S JURY AWARD

Departure

Dir: Aoife Doyle
Ireland 2017
9 mins 15 secs

An Irish grandmothers unexpected departure from her lonely life.

Jury comment – “Beautiful, funny animation!”

Special Mention

Sweet Tooth directed by Hannah Ananstasi

Jury comment – “Beautiful animation.”

AUDIENCE AWARD

Tungrus

Dir: Rishi Chanda
India 2018
13 mins

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
Russia 2017
1 mins 09 secs

An Earth girl experiences an unearthly dream.

DEPICT ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY AWARD 2018

Traum(A)novella

Dir: Francesco Faralli
Italy 2018
1 mins 00 secs

Why going to the hairdresser is becoming a nightmare…

DEPICT SPECIAL MENTION AWARD 2018

Echo

Dir: Aimie Willemse
UK 2018
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
UK 2018
1 mins 30 secs

A creatively blocked artist discovers her most recent painting has a darker nature then she expected.