"MAD" Takes Two Top Awards at Aspen Short Fest
“‘MAD’ Boy, I’ll Blow Your Blues Away. Be Mine” by filmmaker Adam Collis
took two top prizes at the 1998 Aspen Shortsfest, winning the Best Student
film and top Audience Award. Among the judges for the 7th Annual event
were critic Sheila Benson, filmmakers Tina DiFeliciantomio and Jeffrey
Friedman, and John Pierson. According to organizers, the jurors surveyed
51 finalists from 11 countries. Seven shorts had their world premieres
in Aspen, while three were U.S. premieres.
In the Best of Category prizes, the winners were: Adam Benjamin Elliot’s
“Uncle” (Animation); David Fournier’s “Majorettes in Space” (Comedy);
Robert Luketic’s “Titsiana Booberini” (Student Comedy); Jay Rosenblatt’s
“Human Remains” (Documentary); Minkie Spiro’s “Rat Women” (Student
Documentary); Graham Drysdale’s “Lovely” (Drama); and Ron Krauss’
“Puppies for Sale” (Childrens).