Ubisoft Presents Fantasia 2008

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

July 22nd, 2008 20:04:00

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

The jury of the International Short Film competition was presided by Gerald Potterton (Director, Producer and Animator) and composed of Anna Feder (Director, Boston Underground Film Festival), Frédérick Durand (Autor, Journalist and Musician), Don May Jr. (President, Synapse Films) and Helen Faradji (Film Critic and Editor-in-Chief, 24IMAG).



BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT- Ex-Aequo

WITH A LITTLE PATIENCE - Laszlo Nemes (Hungary)

I LOVE SARAH JANE - Spencer Susser (Australia / United-States)



BEST ANIMATED SHORT

THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW - Rodrigo Gudiño et Vincent Marcone (Canada)



SPECIAL MENTION FOR AN ANIMATED SHORT

YELLOW STICKY NOTES - Jeff Chiba Stearns (Canada)

«Always a very interesting experience to screen a few dozen films and try and pass judgement on what's what. But,of course,it is never easy.As a film maker myself, sometimes thoughts and doubts about one'sdecisions are usually hanging around in the background when one is asked to deliberate on fellow sufferers. It was therefore very re-assuringto meet the other jury members and compare our collective notes regarding this years live action and animation shorts. Each of us had in mind our selection,in both categories, of which films deserved the first prize and the runnerup, or special mention. We had,almost unanimously, chosen the same two in both mediums. BUT,and it's a big but,we found it extremely difficult to decide who should be winner of the first prize for live action shorts.....so for better or for worse,we went for a split decision,a photo finish. The Hungerian film " With a little patience" is an amazing piece of work. About a real and true horror,and something Is hall never forget seeing. The Australian "I love Sarah Jane", right on the money for the Fantasia festival,is like wise,a classic with images that will remain. In both cases,these films,although completely different, share a common reality i.e. a sense of purpose. Like their live action buddies, the animated movies were, for the most part,beautifully produced. We all agreed, that one of them, "Mr Hollow" was a stand out. It happens to be a Canadian film ,which I did not realize until after I had given it a top mark,(just in case I might be accused of being biased)and,oh God,another Canadian film,"Yellow Sticky Notes" as the close runner up. Once again,two completely different movies,but sharing that same sense of purpose. At least it was'nt a split decision on these two, but it wa damn close.»

- Gerald Potterton