As traditional, the major prize winners at this year’s Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival went to a new crop of young filmmakers eager to make their mark. The 39th outing of the film festival held in southern France saw hundreds of short films screening over the week-long program, including a varied mix of live action, animation, documentary and experimental works. Fresh names such as Fernando Garcia-Ruiz Rubio, Renata Gąsiorowska and Emmanuel Marre caught the attention of the jury and industry attendees at the 2017 festival, although Renata did win at AFI Fest last year for her entertaining animated short Cipka.
Notably two filmmakers, Daniel Mulloy and Makoto Nagahisa, who started the year well by winning shorts awards at BAFTA and Sundance respectively, consolidated that success with Clermont-Ferrand prizes. Our editors have listed the major 2017 International and French competition award winners with some information about their career and previous works.
Reed Van Dyk
PRIZE: Grand Prize TITLE: DeKalb Elementary FILMMAKER: Reed Van Dyk / United States / 2016 / Fiction / 20’24 SYNOPSIS: Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.
- In addition to his Clermont prize, Reed has previously received an ATAS Foundation College Television Award, First Place for Comedy film (The Conservatory, 2008), in which he wrote, starred and directed.
- His other short films are Hung Up (2013) and nasty hardcoreXXX amateur couple (2014).
- Reed acted in the 2004 short titled Highway 403, Mile 39. A graduate of Cornell University and the UCLA film school, Reed has been credited as a writer, director, and actor.
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PRIZE: Special Jury Prize TITLE: Home FILMMAKER: Daniel Mulloy / Kosovo, United Kingdom, England / 2016 / Fiction / 20’00 SYNOPSIS: Thousands of men, women and children struggle to get into Europe, as a comfortable English family leave on what appears to be a holiday. An exploration of how fear can bring out the best and worst in all of us.
- London-born Mulloy has won 62 awards and received 14 nominations in his career to date. Home (2016) is by far his biggest success, which also won a BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film this month.
- Other awards for Home, which stars Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), include Best European Short Film Festival; Capalbio Cinema, International Jury Award; Palm Springs International ShortFest, Grand Prix Award and Best of Festival Awards; Port Townsend Film Festival, Short Narrative; Reykjavik International Film Festival, Best International Short; Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market, Best Screenplay; St. Louis International Film Festival, Best International Short; Tacoma Film Festival, Best Cinematography and Best Narrative Short; Viareggio EuropaCinema, Best European Film; Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, Best European Short Film. Nominations at European Film Festival, European Short Film; SXSW Film Festival, Narrative Short; Tampere International Short Film Festival, International Competition.
- He graduated from the Slade School of Fine Arts. His earlier works include Antonio’s Breakfast, Baby and Dad, all of which screened at the Sundance Festival. Mulloy is the brother of Una Noche (2012) director Lucy Molly.
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Fernando García-Ruiz Rubio
PRIZES: Audience Prize, and Best Comedy “Fernand Raynaud” Award TITLE: Como yo te amo FILMMAKER: Fernando García-Ruiz Rubio / Spain / 2016 / Fiction / 22’45 SYNOPSIS: Dani is a petty criminal who falls in love with the female police officer who arrests him after a robbery. It is love at first sight, a moment of unexpected brilliance. And above all something new, as Dani had never been in love before.
- The Spanish-born Fernando, began his career in advertising and has worked within the industry in various technical roles.
- This is his first major production. In addition to shorts, he is currently working toward pursuing longer length features.
PRIZE: Best Animation Film Award TITLE: Cipka FILMMAKER: Renata Gąsiorowska / Poland / 2016 / Animation / 08’22 SYNOPSIS: A girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have a sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.
- The first time filmmaker from Poland is influenced by her interest in cartoons and illustrations.
- Cipka (Pussy) was first released in Hungary and it went on to win the Grand Jury Animated Short prize at AFI Fest last year in Los Angeles.
- The short screened in competition at Leeds, Lago and Seville film festivals.She considers herself an illustrator, cartoonist and uses those skills to shape her filmmaking.
- Renata graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Krakow and is currently studying animation at the National Film School in Łódź.
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PRIZE: Canal + Award TITLE: Battalion To My Beat FILMMAKER: Eimi Imanishi / United States, Algeria, Western Sahara / 2016 / Documentary/Fiction / 13’43 SYNOPSIS: Dreaming of a life beyond the confines of the Western Saharan refugee camps in Algeria, Mariam runs away to join the military in the middle of the desert, naively envisioning herself as a Joan of Arc who will liberate her country from occupation.
- Eimi began working in the industry as a costume designer and art director. She speaks English, French, Japanese, and Spanish.
- Other credits include: One Up (2016) director, Pronoia (2016) production designer, The Law of Averages (2016) production designer, Dry Days (2015) production designer, Livin’ the Dream, (2015 TV series), production designer and costume designer BearCity 3 (2016) Costumer designer and art director Albert the Dog (2015) art director.
- Eimi received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
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PRIZE: Special Jury Mention TITLE: Disco Obu FILMMAKER: Anand Kishore / India, Singapore, United States / 2017 / Fiction / 20’00 SYNOPSIS: A journalist captures a day in the life of a former child actor turned auto rickshaw driver. Over the course of the day their relationship is tested.
- This is Anand’s second short film following his 2014 release Ramen .
- He received a Master of Fine Arts in Film from New York University. Originally from India, Kishore has also worked as a camera operator for BBC Worldwide.
PRIZE: Special Jury Mention TITLE: And so we put goldfish in the pool FILMMAKER: Makoto Nagahisa / Japan / 2016 / Fiction / 27’39 SYNOPSIS: One summer day, 400 goldfish were found in the swimming pool of a secondary school. This is the story of the four girls who released the fish.
- This is the first major production for the Japanese writer and director.
- Makato’s short made quite an impression on the Sundance jury where it went on to win the major shorts prize at the 2017 event.
PRIZE: Grand Prix TITLE: Le Film de l’été FILMMAKER: Emmanuel Marre / France, Belgium / 2016 / Fiction / 30’00 SYNOPSIS: It’s summer. Philippe is driving with Aurélien and his 9-year-old son, Balthazar. No one gives a damn about the people on vacation, highway rest stops, the August light, and that dismays Philippe. He wants to leave. Balthazar keeps him from that.
- His award for Le Film de l’ete is his first major award.
- He has several other film credits, all in his native France: Le desarroi du flic socilaiste quechua (2014) director, and editor Chaumiere (2013) director, and writer Septembre (2013) actor Le petit chevalier (2011) director, writer, and editor.
PRIZE: Special Jury Prize TITLE: Féfé limbé FILMMAKER: Julien Silloray / France / 2016 / Fiction / 27’35 SYNOPSIS: Féfé suffers heartbreak for the first time. He is 65 years old.
- Fefe limbe is his first film as a director to receive any major award.
- Julien’s previous credits include: Zouzou (2014) production manager, Shadow (2014) production manager, Ma manman d’lo (2014) writer and director, Un toit pour mes vieux os (2014) writer and director, Petite pute (2012) production manager, Mon arbre (2011) production manager, Son va et viens (2011) producer.
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PRIZE: Audience Prize TITLE: Panthéon Discount FILMMAKER: Stéphan Castang / France / 2016 / Fiction / 14’45 SYNOPSIS: The year is 2050. Doctors have been replaced by a machine called Sherlock, a kind of super-scanner that not only diagnoses but also heals depending on the patients’ means. Doctors have now become financial advisers who sell health insurance and solutions that are more…
- Castang is a French language director, editor and actor who has been active since 2011.
- His credits include Pantheon Discount (2016) editor, and director Mercenary (2016) actor, Service compris (2015) editor and director, Fin de campagne (2014) editor and director