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27th Leeds International Film Festival announces its winning short films

27th Leeds International Film Festival’s Short Film City winners have been announced, as well as special mentions in each of its categories: Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition, World Animation Award, British Short Film Competition + Yorkshire Short Film Competition. The International Short Film Jury, judging the Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition and World Animation Award consisted of Sarah Acton (UK), Adam Batty (UK), Rimante Daugelaite (Lithuania), Ülo PIkkov (Estonia) and Tom Van Avermaet (Belgium).

Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition 2013

Winner: Just Before Losing Everything (Avant que de tout perdre) (Dir. Xavier Legrand, France)
Special Mentions: Room 606 (Zimmer 606) (Dir. Peter Volkart, Switzerland) + We’re Flying (Wir Fliegen) (Dir. Ulrike Kofler, Austria/ Germany)

Jury statement on Just Before Losing Everything: 

‘The Jury was impressed by the tense and immediately affecting atmosphere of this film. Though seen on the first day this film remained with the jury. It maintains a momentum portraying a real life family drama that projects the terrifying reality of domestic violence.’

World Animation Award 2013

Winner: Guilt (Kalte) (Dir. Reda Bartkute, Lithuania)
Special Mention: Rabbit and Deer (Nyuszi és Őz) (Dir. Péter Vácz, Hungary) + In the air is Christopher Gray (Dir. Felix Massie, UK)

Jury statement on Guilt (Kalte):
‘The Jury was mesmerised by the surreal imagery and clear artistic vision of the Director. With a clear independent spirit the film told a story that could only be portrayed through the medium of animation.’

British Short Film Competition 2013

Winner: Sea View (Dir. Jane Linfoot)
Special Mentions: L’Assenza (Dir. Jonathan Romney) + Getting On (Dir. Ewan Stewart)

Jury statement on Sea View:
‘Elevated by an impressive central performance that suggests a talent beyond her years. The Jury felt that Sea View is accomplished in its atmosphere, sense of place and treatment of aesthetics. It sits well in the contemporary British cinema landscape.’

Yorkshire Short Film Competition 2013

Winner: Oh Messy Life (Dir. Jonathan Harrold)
Special Mention: Ratzilla (Dir. Rad Miller)

Jury statement on Oh Messy Life:
‘It was driven by a very clear and visual sense of storytelling. The Jury felt it captures the essence of what it is to be in love, and the fears and uncertainties that such feelings provoke.’

The Silver Méliès Short Film Competition 2013

The European Fantastic Film Festivals’ Federation
exists to raise the profile of European fantastic films through its Méliès competition, which is hosted by numerous film festivals across Europe. Leeds International Film Festival has been a member since 2005 and this year has allowed the audience to pick which film should win the Leeds Méliès d’Argent and go forward to compete for the coveted Méliès d’Or at Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival next year. This year’s Silver Méliès featured nine films from across seven countries in Europe and included 5 UK Premieres.

Winner: Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) (Dir. Tom van Avermaet, Belgium / France, 2012)
Special Mentions: Shell Shocked (Dir. Dominic Brunt, UK, 2013) + Raw Meat (La Carne Cruda) (Samuel Lema, Spain, 2013)

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