Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2012 // Award Winners

During the 10 days of the festival we held over 70 events and screenings, with 199 films from 22 different countries screening in competition for the festivals official category awards. We are now delighted to announce the 14th Rushes Soho Shorts Festival Award winners.

SHORT FILM AWARD

LONG DISTANCE INFORMATION
Country: UK
Running Time: 07:40
Director: Douglas Hart
Producer: Ohna Falby & Beth Montague
Production Company: HSI London

Set one Christmas Day, between East Kilbride and London, ‘Long Distance Information’ is a black comedy that explores the strained relationship between fathers and sons. Alex is in his early twenties, and has lived away from home for several years now. He and his father are as distant emotionally as they are in miles. In the waning light of the afternoon Alex phones home.


ANIMATION AWARD

LA DÉTENTE
Country: France
Running Time: 08:30
Director: Pierre Ducos/Bertrand Bey
Producer: Pierre Ducos/Bertrand Bey
Production Company: Not To Scale

In a trench during the First World War, a French soldier becomes paralyzed with fear. His mind disconnects from reality and he escapes to a world where wars are fought by toys.

DOCUMENTARY AWARD

ABUELAS
Country: UK
Running Time: 09:16
Director: Afarin Eghbal
Producer: Kasia Malipan
Production Company: National Film & Television School

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances means she will be forced to wait over 30 years. Using real-life testimonials this animated-documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.

INTERNATIONAL AWARD

TROTTEUR
Country: Canada
Running Time: 08:40
Director: Arnaud Brisebois/Francis Leclerc
Producer: Anton Cozzolino
Production Company: Cirrus

A metaphorical tale of adversity. A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.

LONG FORM AWARD

 

PETER AT THE END
Country: USA
Running Time: 22:25
Director: Russ Lamoureux
Producer: Lorraine Yurshansky
Production Company: Pushbroom Pictures Inc

Facing an uncertain future, Peter travels home for a final visit with family and friends.

MUSIC VIDEO AWARD

KEATON HENSON // SMALL HANDS

Country: UK
Running Time: 03:39
Director: Joseph Mann
Producer: Joseph Mann, Tamsin Glasson, James Bretton
Production Company: Blinkink

Echoing the deeply personal sentiment of the track, “Small Hands” is a tale set in a beautifully handcrafted forest inhabited by wild animals.

NEWCOMER AWARD

 

THE NORTH LONDON BOOK OF THE DEAD
Country: UK
Running Time: 14:59
Director: Jake Lushington
Producer: Shelley Rubenstein
Production Company: Pinata Productions

A comic story of loss and acceptance coupled with a surreal vision of the afterlife, ‘The North London Book of the Dead’ tells the comic tale of a grown man, struggling to come to terms with the death of his domineering mother, only to discover she is spending her dead existence very happily in a small flat in Crouch End.

PUSHING BOUNDARIES AWARD

GOOD BOOKS – METAMORPHOSIS
Country: USA
Running Time: 02:42
Director: Buck
Producer: Buck
Production Company: Friend

Buck delved into their inner Gonzo to create this psychonautic, flow-of-consciousness hallucination of a spot to promote not-for-profit company Good Books. As a homage to HST it is most flattering, as an exercise in cell animation, combining ideas and transitions it is as high quality and entertaining as it gets.

AUDIENCE AWARD

82
Country: UK
Running Time: 07:45
Director: Calum Macdiarmid
Producer: Alexei Slater/Jessica Turner
Production Company: Turn the Slate Productions Limited

A postman lets us into his dark world in quiet suburbia.

RUSHES SOHO SHORTS

LONDON'S INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL We celebrate the wealth of talent working across all genres of short film including drama, documentary, animation, music video, and broadcast design including online or mobile content, title sequences, and idents. The work of newcomers and more established filmmakers is promoted by screening work at cinemas, screening rooms and cafes throughout Soho and London's West End. The competitive categories are: The International Award The Long Form Award The Documentary Award The Short Film Award The Animation Award The Music Video Award The Pushing BoundariesAward The Newcomers Award With additional International Programmes and guest curators creating a total of 75 plus events and screenings over 10 days. Year round Rushes Soho Shorts also curates guest programmes across the UK and internationally - promoting the short film work that has previously been selected for competition.

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