Top Prizes At Short Film Fest Go To Europeans
by Mary Sampson
Festival organizers were surprised when the top honors at the recently
completed Palm Springs International Short Film Festival went to
European filmmakers. “The Beauty Of The Common Tool,” directed by
Scotland’s Gayle Thomas, took first place in the film category with
French director Simon Lelouch’s “We Are All Angels” coming in second.
First place in the animation category was awarded to Georgio Valentini
of Italy for DNA.
Of the 624 entries submitted, 190 of them screened and 147 were in
competition categories. Only 29 of the 69 projects competing in the film
category were non US. entries, so it surprised festival officials that
the top spots went to Europeans. “We expect it each year in animation,”
says artistic director Paola Freccero. “Most of the top US. animators
get scooped up quickly by the studios, so we don’t see their stuff in
competition at festivals. But since there is little commercial outlet
for short films in the US. market we kind of expect the US. to dominate
the film category here.”
An American did take first place in the video category. Jennifer Kaufman
won for “Chalice Of Repose.” Top student film went to David Birdsell, also
from the US, for “Blue City.”
The jury was mainly comprised of industry executives. This year’s
festival was home to 20 world premieres and 41 US. premieres.
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