Award Winners Announced!!

Congratulations to all the talented young filmmakers that have contributed a stunning selection of shorts to help create the content for this year’s calendar! Thanks to funding from the European Commission through the Youth In Action programme, young creatives involved in eShed in Bristol, UK (including students from Fairfield High School) teamed up with young Lithuanians from Skalvija in Vilnius to shape up this year’s Electric December: 24 webby windows by emerging filmmakers from Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Spain, France and of course the UK.

With over 80 entries from 10 European countries, the international steering group had a tough job helping select the 24 mini masterpieces for this year’s calendar and deciding on the winning film which was announced last night at the Bristol and Vilnius launches. The event took place at the Watershed and was organised by the Fairfield BTEC Media Group. Thanks to them, it was a great success- everyone played a really important part in meeting and greeting the guests, showing the guests the website, supporting the tech team and presenting the awards. Well done, everyone- we couldn’t have done it without your help! We’ve got a few pics from the night, but there’ll be much more to follow..

Adibah and John

The International Electric December Award went to Marionetki (Puppets) by Michael Mróz and Marta Szymanek from Poland, a delicately crafted stop-motion animation about a puppet master and his beautiful dancing ballerina. The jury felt “it was a beautifully made animation, with an original storyline, and a great score.” Co-director Michael, a 19-year-old animator, screenwriter and cinematographer from Warsaw is no stranger to Electric December. His short film Drzewo (The Tree) also won last year’s Award. The prize is a travel bursary to attend the BUFF Young People’s Film Festival in Malmö, Sweden in March 2010 where this year’s shortlisted films will also be presented.

The 2nd place went to Jascon by Jake Starling from Somerset, UK “for its strong camera work, and cinematic quality as well as its ability to engage us using a very minimal set.”

The Bristol team gave a Special Mention Award to What’s in Store? by St Helen’s RC Primary School and C Media Productions from Sheffield, UK “for the simplicity of the idea, imaginative use of animation and sound, its ability to create a characters out of inanimate objects.”

Shana talks about photography session

The Vilnius team gave a Special Mention Award to One Man And His Piano by Lauren Campbell from Bristol, UK “for its ability to create a beautiful storyline out of an object and for its fantastic score.”

Announcing The Winners

Adibah Iqbal, a member of eShed and student at Fairfield High School, Bristol said:
“Working on Electric December has been a wonderful experience, which has opened many doors for me. Having worked with young filmmakers from Lithuania, I have gained a very good friendship, and a deeper understanding of organising a film festival. Working with eShed was very fun and I hope to take part in other advents they will be holding in the future.”

Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Head of Programme, shares Adibah’s enthusiasm:
“2009 is a vintage year for Electric December – bringing together the talent of young creatives from two distinctive European cities, Bristol and Vilnius in Lithuania. It’s wonderful to see them working together and sharing their creativity. Check back every day to discover the exceptional Electric December films for yourself.”

This entry was posted on Wed 2nd Dec, 2009.
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