The Main Prize and EUR 2 000 went to At Home (Daheim) by German director Olaf Held.
Jury Statement: The jury gives the grand prix to a film that uses a surprising mix of fantasy and reality to create a series of metaphoric images. The film convinces not only with its smart dry humor but also with a precise analysis of a frustrating daily life experience. In an abandoned rural setting the unique concept, consistent style, intelligent parody and convincing acting makes this film jury favorite.
Director Fyzal Boulifa took the first Special Mention for his film The Curse. The jury appreciated a strong story talking about unequal status between men and women in the islamic world that could easily take place anywhere else with even deadlier consequences.
The second Special Mention went to the Hungarian film Beast (Csicska) by Attila Till. Jury decided to award story about modern type of economical slavery where no moral solution is. The film shows in deterrent way how the beast can come to life in any human.
This year’s Audience Award went to Tuba Atlantic by Hallvar Witzø from Norway.
We are inviting you for Till Nowak's presentation, which takes place in the Small screening hall in Svetozor Cinema in the centre of Prague this Saturday January 19 at 3:30 pm, entrance is free.
Till Nowak, based in Hamburg, Germany, is running his own studio „frameboX“ for digital art and animation since 1999. His animated short film „Delivery“ (2005) and his latest short film The Centrifuge Brain Project (2011) brought him international attention by winning more then 50 awards. The presentation shows the independent, film and commercial production of Till Nowak. Visit www.framebox.com for more information.
Members of the jury of the 8th Prague Short Film Festival:
Till Nowak, director and animator, Germany
Juhani Alanen, executive director, Tampere Short Film Festival, Finland
Tomáš Luňák, director and animator, Czech Republic
Benjamin Tuček, screenwriter and director, Czech Republik
Milan Kuchynka, producer, Czech Republic
More information about jury members could be found here
The Joy of Six program is showing six independent films of both new-found and well established British filmmaking talents. The screening offers stars such as Peter Mullan in Long Distance Information or Judi Dench embarking on a social network flirting adventure in Friend Request Pending. Joy of Six is a short films selection of the New British Cinema Quarterly project presenting the most outstanding feature films made by young British filmmakers, distributing them into independent cinemas in the UK.
Lab is the popular section focused on experimental forms and new media. This year Lab will present Malody, a new short film by The Canadian artist and musician Phill Barker, or the Last Bus by Ivana Laučíkova and Martin Snopko, recognized on many festivals.
In 2010, eight Nordic film festivals founded the Nordic Short Film Festivals Network to strengthen the position of Nordic short film by cooperation and networking, exchanging information and ideas. This year’s Mental Nord screening that tours the world focuses on Nordic storytelling and includes seven short fictions from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Mental Nord also includes Prague Short Film Festival Grand Prix Winner 2010 Two Birds.
As every year, the Panorama section will present short films that were successful on film festivals or recognized by academies' votes. This year it includes films such as the BAFTA winning film Pitch Black Heist with Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham, the Academy Award winner for 2012, Irish film The Shore by Terry George (In the Name of Father, Hotel Rwanda, Hart's War) or the Palme D'Or winner from IFF Cannes, the Turkish short film Silent (Sessiz / Be Deng).
Seventeen films from sixteen countries will face off in the festival’s International Competition. This year’s contestants were selected from over one thousand entrants and their geographic diversity only underlines the charm of short film. Most of the competition films come from Europe, but far-flung countries including Tchaj-Wan or Australia also have their representatives.
The festival’s international jury will award one Main Prize of 2,000 euros and two honorable mentions. The viewers will have the opportunity to choose the Audience Award winner by voting for their favorite film from any section.
8th Prague Short Film Festival will be held from January 17 to 20, 2013. The Festival will take place in the Svetozor Cinema (Prague).
The program presents International Competition of short fiction films (maximum 30 minutes length) with the main award of 2 000 EUR
and noncompetitive informative sections of short films (maximum 45 minutes length).