FILM FEST AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival wrapped up in spectacular style, with a closing film of international significance,and the triumphant return of the Film Festival's beloved awards programme. The winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony held at Filmhouse, hosted by Grant Lauchlan of STV Moviejuice. Scottish stars presenting awards included Kate Dickie and Jury member Ewen Bremner. The ceremony took place ahead of the Closing Night Gala of the European premiere of BRAVE which closed the 12-day Festival.
The Award for Best Film in the International Feature Competition, supported by Innis & Gunn, was won by HERE, THEN, which received its World Premiere at EIFF. Director Mao Mao was present to pick up this coveted Award. The Jury gave a Special Mention to PAPIROSEN by Gastón Solnicki. This year’s International Feature Competition Jury comprised actor Elliott Gould, who presided over the Jury, independent producer Julietta Sichel and filmmaker Lav Diaz.
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. 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.
Penny Woolcock said: "ONE MILE AWAY is about transforming and saving lives. Winning the Michael Powell award is a tremendous boost for us to help get the film and its message out to where it needs to be in our inner cities."
Other awards were announced as follows:
Best Performance in a British Feature Film: Andrea Riseborough and Brid Brennan in James Marsh's Shadow Dancer.
Best International Short Film Competition: Dinosaur Eggs in the Living Room by Rafael Urban (Brazil), wth special mention to Carbon by Craig Webster (USA) and The Waves by Miguel Fonseca (Portugal).
Best British Short Film Competition: The Making of Longbird by Will Anderson
The McLaren Award for New British Animation: The Making of the Longbird by Will Anderson
The Student Critics Jury Award: Sleepless Night by Jang Kun-jae
The Film Festival then closed with a prestigious gala for the Disney-Pixar film Brave. The European premiere of the film was attended by the film's high profile stars including Kelly MacDonald; Kevin McKidd and Robbie Coltrane as well as director Mark Andrews and producer Brenda Chapman. The film received a resounding endorsement from Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who also spoke at the event.