Daily archives "July 6, 2012"

Chris Fujiwara set to be Artistic Director for EIFF for another three years

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced the continuation of Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara’s tenure, initially for a further three years. The appointment was announced following 2012’s successful EIFF that saw admissions of just over 40,000 across the 12-day event.

 

The 66th EIFF, Fujiwara’s first Festival as Artistic Director, hosted an international programme with 120 diverse new feature films, alongside two retrospectives, shorts programmes, a full industry programme, talent development labs, education initiatives and special events. Fujiwara also oversaw the return of the Michael Powell and International Awards to the Festival, as well as high-profile red carpet premieres at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre.

 

Commenting on his future at EIFF, Chris Fujiwara said: “Working on this year’s EIFF has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling experiences of my career. The interest and enthusiasm of the Festival audience and the dedication and professionalism of the Festival staff and volunteers have transformed my view of the importance cinema can hold in people’s lives. I’m deeply grateful to the Board for their confidence in me, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our relationships with our audiences and with international filmmakers, distributors and sales agents. I’m very excited about working to shape the future of EIFF.”

 

On behalf of the EIFF Board which confirmed the appointment, Chair, Leslie Hills said: “EIFF is an institution with a reputation for reinvention over decades. Chris Fujiwara gave us a superb reinvention in EIFF 2012. Chris, along with the excellent support of staff and volunteers delivered, with his signature intelligence, knowledge and humour, a multi-faceted programme which engaged filmgoers and professionals, students and critics alike. We are utterly delighted that he has accepted our offer to build on this very promising first edition. “

Winners announced at Edinburgh International Film Festival awards ceremony

The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival announced the winners of this year’s awards. The Award for Best Film in the International Feature Competition was won by HERE, THEN, which received its World Premiere at EIFF. The Jury gave a Special Mention to PAPIROSEN by Gastón Solnicki. 

 

The Jury citation read: “The Jury acknowledges the festival and its Artistic Director, Chris Fujiwara, for an outstanding, challenging and brave selection of films that included both fiction and documentaries and enabled us to watch the best of the world’s new cinema. Every work we had the privilege to see brought something new and extraordinary to us and choosing the best was a difficult task. After the final deliberations the jury unanimously decided to give the main prize to HERE, THEN by Mao Mao that had its World Premiere here at the EIFF. The special mention goes to the documentary PAPIROSEN by Gastón Solnicki from Argentina. PAPIROSEN is a real paradigm for why cinema remains relevant. There is beauty, pain and urgency in this film. For humanity to survive, the world must not forget. This film tells us that the greatest struggle of man is the struggle for the truth.”

 

Director Penny Woolcock was awarded The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film  for her film ONE MILE AWAY which also received its World Premiere at the Festival.  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.”

 

 The Jury citation read: “ONE MILE AWAY by Penny Woolcock is a brave and honest film tackling a huge problem with sensitivity and skill, not only charting the efforts to reconcile a community but also showing the great wealth of creativity that is part of that struggle. We are delighted to be able to recognise such a singular achievement.

 

ANDREA RISEBOROUGH and BRÍD BRENNAN jointly won Awards for Best Performance in a British Feature Film for their performances in James Marsh’s SHADOW DANCER, which had its UK Premiere last night.

 

In the shorts category, DINOSAUR EGGS IN THE LIVING ROOM by Rafael Urban (Brazil) won Best Film in the International Short Film Competition as voted for by Jury members Erwin Houtenbrink, Programme Consultant for the International Film Festival Bratislava, actor Ewen Bremner, and Javier Porta Fouz, Programmer of the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.

 

In addition to the Best Film in International Short Film Competition Award, the Jury also commended two other films. The first Special Mention went to CARBON, directed by Craig Webster. Picking up two awards was director Will Anderson for his film THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD for which he won both Best Film in the British Short Film Competition and The McLaren Award for New British Animation. The Jury also gave a special acting commendation to TOM PHILLIPS in FUN TIMES by Joe Carter. The Student Critics Jury Award was awarded to Jang Kun-jae’s SLEEPLESS NIGHT.