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"Wasp" and "The Surprise" Win Awards at Palm Springs Shorts Fest

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire September 21, 2004 at 2:0AM

"Wasp" and "The Surprise" Win Awards at Palm Springs Shorts Fest
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"Wasp" and "The Surprise" Win Awards at Palm Springs Shorts Fest

by Eugene Hernandez



A scene from "Marco Solo," winner of the Best Student Live Action Under 15 minutes prize at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market. Image provided by the festival.


The Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market wrapped up earlier this month in Southern California. The event, which welcomed some 2,600 filmmakers and industry guests, set a new record for attendance during its run from August 31st - September 6th in the desert resort.

This year's Best of the Festival award went to Andrea Arnold's "Wasp" from the U.K. Lancelot V. Naso from Germany won the Future Filmmaker award for his film, "The Surprise."

"Palm Springs ShortFest has been a smashing success this year. The audience, press and industry feedback on the films have been overwhelmingly positive; and the filmmakers attending the festival are raving about what a wonderful experience they are having, praising both the organization of the event and the filmmaker-friendly atmosphere, seminars and receptions," said executive director Darryl Macdonald in a statement. "We've enjoyed record-setting participation by industry players and filmmakers at this year's event, and buyers have been responding to the films with offers of their own - shorts are truly becoming a hot commodity in their own right."

The festival awarded a number prizes this year, in a total of 10 categories (listed below, information provided by the festival):

BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD

"Wasp," Andrea Arnold - United Kingdom

Single mum Zoe is broke and her kids are hungry. When Dave, an old flame,
swings by with the offer of brief release, she has to choose between being
responsible and being happy.

FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARD

Lancelot V. Naso, "The Surprise" - Germany

When a man rushes frantically to prepare a surprise dinner for his
girlfriend, it turns out she has a few surprises of her own in store for her
hapless lover.

AUDIENCE FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY SHORT

"Flowers From the Heartland," Peter Daulton - USA

AUDIENCE FAVORITE LIVE ACTION SHORT

"Chicken Party," Tate Taylor - USA (First Place)

AUDIENCE FAVORITE ANIMATION SHORT

"Creature Comforts: Cats or Dogs," Richard Goleszowski -
United Kingdom

KODAK AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT CINEMATOGRAPHY

Silvio Helbig (cinematographer and director), "Transport" -
Germany

BEST Live Action UNDER 15 minutes

"Goodbye, Cruel World," Vito Rocco - United Kingdom

BEST Live Action over 15 minutes:

"True Love (Once Removed)," Kevin Thomas - United
Kingdom/Iceland

BEST Animation:

"Ryan," Chris Landreth - Canada

BEST Documentary:

"Life to Live," Maciej Adamek - Poland

BEST STUDENT Live Action UNDER 15 minutes:

"Marco Solo," Adrian Bosich - Australia

BEST STUDENT Live Action over 15 minutes:

"Gray Zone," Karl Bretchneider - Austria

BEST STUDENT Animation:

"Annie and Boo," Johannes Weiland - Germany