Monday, July 28, 2008

5th Skip City International D-Cinema Festival Award Winners

Today I ‘discovered’ this festival held from July 19 to 27 at Skip City, Saitama prefecture, Japan that has the following description.

The SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL is an international competitive festival, which is being held annually with its theme being Digital Cinema (D-Cinema). The Festival aims to discover the talent of the next generation, as well as contributing to the propagation and development of new film industry.

This Festival is a unique combination of movie entertainment and creations from the cutting edge of digital technologies from around the world, brought together in an exciting competition. In the Competition sections (International Feature and Domestic Short Length), cash reward totaling in 17,000,000 Japanese yen will be given to the winners at the awarding ceremony.

Besides the competition sections, Gala screening, Special program and D-Content Market will be held during the festival. All the movies will be presented using the latest 4K digital cinema projector, projected on a huge screen. Join us to hear the messages from directors around the world in the best viewing environment with the latest screening facilities available.

I believe the concept is interesting even when relates to tech specs, but tech specs are so important in a movie that I’m listing here the recently announced award winners just in case some of you are interesting in finding about the best digital cinema.

Grand Prize: Arranged, Stephan Schaefer and Diane Crespo, USA, 2007
Special Jury Prize:
Ekko (Echo), Anders Morgenthaler, Denmark, 2007 and
Lino, Jean Louis Milesi, France, 2008
Best Director: Jose Enrique March for Escuchando a Gabriel (Listening to Gabriel), Spain, 2007
Best Screenplay: Ilmar Raag for Klass (The Class), Ilmar Raag, Estonia, 2007

The Jury
Jury President: Danny Krausz (Producer/Austria)
Juries: Hong Sang-soo (Director/Korea), Ricardo de Angelis (Cinematographer/Argentina), Morio Amagi(Producer/Japan), Masako Imai (Screenwriter/ Japan)

To check all the films in competition as well as the other films and shorts in the program go here and to check the short film awards go here.

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