Award Time at the Film Festival

The 75th anniversary edition of the Edinburgh Intrenational Film Festival came to a close on Saturday 20th August, the first under the new vision of Creative Director Kristy Matheson, with 3 Awards handed out during the Closing Gala of Kogonada’s ‘After Yang’. The bold, diverse and warmly-received programme of in-person screenings included 91 new features with 42 films in the EIFF 2022 programme by women, agender, non-binary directors or co-directors. A total of 263 in-person screenings, featuring over 37 languages took place across Filmhouse, Vue Omni Edinburgh, Everyman Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse and St Andrew Square. EIFF welcomed over 80 international guests to meet audiences this summer in Edinburgh.

The Powell and Pressburger Award for best feature film

The jury was composed of Jury President Gaylene Gould, broadcaster, writer and Founder & Creative Director of The Space To Come; Glasgow based film producer Rosie Crerar and actor turned award-winning author, Sarah Winman. Together they collectively announced: “It’s better to miss Naples than to hit Margate” was Powell & Pressburger’s motto, suggesting the imagination, daring, risk taking and wit that marked their films. Their special collaboration was also grounded in deeply human stories and the belief that life can be magic. For these reasons the jury are pleased to award The Powell & Pressburger Award for Best Feature to Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson’s A Cat Called Dom

Anderson and Henderson star in and co-direct the inventive documentary, which had its world premiere at EIFF. The film explores how Will deals with his mother’s cancer diagnosis and also the frustrations of trying to make a film. The Jury would also like to give a special mention to Maha Haj’s brilliantly realised black comedy, Mediterranean Fever.

The Festival Audience Award

The Audience Award, voted by the viewing public, was won by Hassan Nazer’s ‘Winners’, Winners (Barandeha), directed by Aberdeen-based Hassan Nazer and produced by Scottish Uzbek Nadira Murray and Scot Paul Welsh, is set in a deprived area of a small Iranian town where children are required to work to help support their families. Nine-year-old Yahya is one such child, his little hands scouring through massive piles of junk in search of hidden treasures. One day, Yahya strikes literal gold by finding an unclaimed Oscar statue, the curious item leading the boy into an adventure-filled journey that doubles as a loving ode to the history of Iranian cinema in its EIFF World Premiere presentation. Production of Winners was completed with support from Screen Scotland. 

The Norman McLaren award for British Short Animation

The Award went to Stay by Yu Sun (a graduation film from the London College of Communication) - the jury called Stay “a deceptively simple, multilayered film with a powerful message. It pushes use of space in a visceral style, clearly communicating the filmmaker’s pain” 

The Norman McLaren award for British Short Film

The Award went to Canvas 5 by Karla Crome - and the jury praised Canvas 5 for its “use of camerawork, sound, and framing to evoke a haunting atmosphere. It challenged perspectives on arts spaces, immigration, commodifying other peoples’ experiences”

The 2023 Edinburgh International Festival will run from from Friday 18th August - Saturday 26th August 2023.

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