Sunday, 29 June 2008

And the winners are...

After the lavish closing night film screening and party for Faintheart last night, Edinburgh celebrated the best of the fest today, presenting its awards at a ceremony hosted by patron Sean Connery (pictured presenting the acting award to Robert Carlyle). And the winners are...

  • Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film: SOMERS TOWN (Shane Meadows)
  • Best Performance in a British Feature Film: ROBERT CARLYLE (Summer)
  • Audience Award: MAN ON WIRE (James Marsh)
  • Best Documentary Award: ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Werner Herzog)
  • New Directors Award: MARIANNA PALKA (Good Dick)
  • Best British Short Film: SON (Daniel Mulloy)
  • European Short Film Award: 2 BIRDS (RĂșnar RĂșnarsson)
  • Scottish Short Documentary Award: CHRISTMAS WITH DAD (Conor McCormack)
  • New British Animation: SPACE TRAVEL ACCORDING TO JOHN (Jamie Stone & Anders Jedenfors)
  • Best British Music Video: HAPPINESS - Goldfrapp (Dougal Wilson)

And finally, here are my 10 best films of the fest:
WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, US)
SOMERS TOWN (Shane Meadows, UK)
OF TIME AND THE CITY (Terence Davies, UK)
THE SONG OF SPARROWS (Majid Majidi, Iran)
GOOD DICK (Marianna Palka, US)
THE VISITOR (Thomas McCarthy, US)
THE BLACK BALLOON (Elissa Down, Australia)
BETTER THINGS (Duane Hopkins, UK)
RED (Trygve Allister Diesen, US)

All of these are reviewed - or will be soon - at Shadows on the Wall. Here's a quick link to the EDINBURGH FILM FEST page, which will eventually link to reviews of all the festival films I've seen. (But I've still got a lot of catching up to do!)

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