To recognise the outstanding achievements of the filmmakers showcased at the 15th Raindance Film Festival, a number of jury prizes were awarded.
The Nominees and Winners (marked with an *) for this year are as follows:
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters [Japan]
La Antena [Argentina]
The GoodTimesKid [USA]
In Search of a Midnight Kiss [USA]
* Once [Republic of Ireland]
* Exhibit A
The Killing of John Lennon
BEST DEBUT FEATURE
Bunny Chow [South Africa]
The Devil Dared Me To [New Zealand]
Drink Up! [Spain]
* Ex Drummer [Belgium]
Crazy Love [USA]
* Frank & Cindy [USA]
Off The Grid: Life On The Mesa [USA]
Tovarisch: I Am Not Dead [UK]
Twenty To Life: The Life And Times of John Sinclair [USA]
UK SHORT sponsored by Delta Airlines
Over the Hill
* The Truffle Hunter
Delta Air Lines supports the Best UK Short Film Award with a prize of 2 return tickets to anywhere in the US. The prize was designed to give UK filmmakers the opportunity to attend screenings of their film in US festivals. Last year’s winner, Osbert Parker, used his tickets to fly to Aspen Shorts Fest where he was awarded the best animation prize for his short film.
TISCALI SHORT FILM AWARD [UK]
* Amelia and Michael
Blood On His Hands
The Tiscali Short Film Award for the best UK short under ten minutes by a debut filmmaker, has been narrowed down to only five. The winner will be presented with a cheque for ₤1000. Viewers can watch each of the entries and vote for your favourite at www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/shortfilms/raindance.html
SAE DIGITAL SHORT FILM AWARD
Beauty is the Promise of Happiness [UK]
The End [Portugal]
* The Stronger [UK]
Back for the second year, the winner of the SAE Digital Short Film Award is chosen from a strict rule of criteria - the film must have been entirely shot and edited using only digital means of production and must demonstrate a unique approach to filmmaking utilising new digital technology.
CANON BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
* Dragonflies [Poland]
Pop Foul [USA]
The Stronger [UK]
The Truffle Hunter [UK]
This year sees the introduction of a brand new award that focuses on the photography of a film and the work of the cinematographer. The Canon Best Cinematography Award goes to the best cinematographer in a short film with the winner taking home a brand new Canon XH A1 HD camera. The award will be chosen by a panel of established cinematographers.
ADOBE ANIMATION AWARD
Animal Book [UK]
* Pushkin [UK]
Yours Truly [UK]
2007 marks the creation of the Adobe Animation Award for the best-animated short film. The award winning film will be chosen for its originality and technical proficiency by the Raindance jury and an Adobe animation specialist.
DIESEL FILM OF THE FESTIVAL
* The Truffle Hunter [UK]
What is the Diesel Film of the Festival?
Diesel has been working with Raindance since 2003 to help support the next generation of film-makers and give them the opportunity to showcase their work Internationally. The winner of the Diesel Film of the Festival Award will be given the opportunity and financial support to produce the trailer for the following years Raindance Festival that is shown before every film screening.
Criteria for entry
Diesel’s philosophy is one of individuality, self-expression and a self-belief of 'not being afraid of rejection' - we encourage you 'to break the rules' and to demonstrate that your story is for "Only the Brave" Diesel supports film makers with a forward-thinking mentality and who generate alternative and innovative ideas.
Is your film? · Creative and individual · Brave when approaching taboo or rebellious ideas · Reflective of contemporary popular culture · A fresh idea relevant to young people today · Challenging and free of stereotypes · Passionate, vibrant and full of energy, as well as having a fresh and inspiring subject matter, film-makers need to show.. · Technical experimentation and risk-taking · A stylised technique in approach to direction, editing, lighting and production. · Creativity and cutting-edge direction in style, story-telling and cinematography techniques.