Scottish filmmakers Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson clinched the Powell And Pressburger Award for greatest movie, the brand new important competitors award on the Edinburgh Movie Competition, with their debut function A Cat Known as Dom.
Anderson and Henderson each star in and co-direct the indie flick, which follows how Anderson offers with the grief of his mom’s most cancers. Within the movie, the duo work on their animations and face the frustrations of attempting to make this documentary. While alone, Will turns to DOM, the animated cat that lives on his laptop computer display screen.
The jury, comprised of president Gaylene Gould, producer Rosie Crerar, and creator Sarah Winman, cited the “particular collaboration” between the legendary British filmmakers Powell and Pressburger which they mentioned “was grounded in deeply human tales and the idea that life could be magic” when handing the award to A Cat Known as Dom.
Accepting the consideration, Anderson and Henderson mentioned: “To display screen our first function at EIFF was an honor… however to remove the primary Powell & Pressburger Award is simply so particular. A Cat Known as Dom is a movie about embracing failure… after EIFF it now feels rather more like a hit.”
In different important competitors awards, Edinburgh’s Viewers Award, voted by the viewing public, was received by Hassan Nazer’s movie Winners.
Produced by Nadira Murray and Paul Welsh, Winners is about in a disadvantaged space of a small Iranian city the place youngsters are required to work to assist assist their households. 9-year-old Yahya is one such little one, his little palms scouring by large piles of junk seeking hidden treasures. In the future, Yahya strikes literal gold by discovering an unclaimed Oscar statue, the curious merchandise main the boy into an adventure-filled journey that doubles as a loving ode to the historical past of Iranian cinema.
“Profitable the viewers award at EIFF means all the pieces to me. I’ve been working in the direction of this since I made a decision to turn into a filmmaker,” Nazer mentioned.
“I make movies for the viewers and can proceed to take action. It’s a fantastic factor to be a part of an ethnic minority dwelling in Scotland the place your imaginative and prescient is a mixture of your background and new residence. My purpose is to all the time tie my cultures collectively and have fun variety by cinema. I’m very grateful our work has been acknowledged by Display screen Scotland and EIFF.”
The Norman McLaren awards for British Brief Animation went to Keep by Yu Solar and Karla Crome picked up the award for British Brief Movie with Canvas 5.
This was the seventy fifth version of the Edinburgh movie pageant and the primary underneath the brand new management of Inventive Director Kristy Matheson. The pageant screened 91 new options with 42 movies within the EIFF 2022 programme by ladies, agender, non-binary administrators or co-directors.
Subsequent 12 months, the pageant will shift dates and run from Friday 18th August – Saturday twenty sixth August 2023.