Apr 7, 2007

Aspen ShortsFest - Dispatch 4

This afternoon the Aspen ShortsFest handed out the awards for its 16th edition, with a pair of European films, Michael Dreher's "Fair Trade" and Guido Thys "Tanghi Argentini" coming away the biggest winners of the festival. The Belgium entry "Argentini" won four prizes, including the audience award and a special jury prize. Dreher's film was named Best Drama of the festival and won the youth jury award. Other multiple honorees include Cherien Dabis' "Make a Wish", which was a runner up for the Los Angeles BAFTA award (taken by "Tanghi Argentini") and won a special jury prize, and Vineet Dewan's "Clear Cut, Simple", which shared the student film prize with Fellipe Barbosa's "Salt Kiss" and was a BAFTA runner up. The full list of honorees is below:

Youth Jury Winner: "Fair Trade" ($1,000 cash prize)
Los Angeles BAFTA winner: "Tanghi Argentini"
runners up: "High Maintenance"
"Clear Cut, Simple"
"Make a Wish"
NAPAPIJRI Cultural Discovery Award: "Ousmane"
The Ellen Award (for festival founder Ellen Hunt): "Printed Rainbow" & "Tanghi Argentini" ($2,500 cash prize)
Hard C's Lo-fi High 5 award: "Scyzoryk"
Kodak's Best Cinematography: "Motodrom" ($2,500 in film stock)
Student prize: "Clear Cut, Simple" & "Salt Kiss" ($2,000 cash prize)
Best Documentary: "The Fighting Cholitas" ($2,500 cash prize)
Special Jury Prizes: "Make a Wish", "Tanghi Argentini", "The Tube with a Hat" & "t.o.m."
Short Shorts Prize: "City" ($1,000 cash prize)
Best Animation: "Never Like the First Time!" & "Yours Truly"
Best Comedy: "The Substitute"
Best Drama: "Fair Trade"
Audience Award: "Tanghi Argentini"