EIFF short film award winners

Four prizes announced at Point Hotel.

by Amber Wilkinson

The great and the good of the short film world headed for the Point Hotel's Penthouse Suite last night to hear who had won the four coveted awards for their bitesize movies.

Artistic Director Hannah McGill was on hand to make the announcement.

The Short Scottish Documentary Award, supported by Bailie Gifford - with a cash prize of £1,000 - was awarded to Yasmin Fedda for her observational documentary Breadmakers. There was also a special mention for Kelly Neal's How To Save A Fish From Drowning.

The yearly McLaren Award for New British Animation - which also has a cash prize of £1,000 - was won by Peter Baynton for his amusing and inventive short Over The Hill.

James Griffiths, meanwhile scooped the UK Film Council Kodak award for Best British Short Film for The One And Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island. He takes home a prize of £1,000 plus £1,000 of film stock. Special mention was also made of Paddy Considine's Dog Altogether.

Finally the European Film Academy Short Film Prix UIP went to short film veteran Simon Ellis, for his latest film, Soft. Special mention was also given to ars Zimmerman's Final Journey and Maja Borg's Ottica Zero.

Ellis's film wins 2,000 euros and now goes on to the final of the European Film Academy Short Film Awards along with shorts from 12 other festivals in Europe, in December, which carries a prize of 10,000 euros. We wish him luck.

Kate Ogborn form The Bureau, which manages Cinema Extreme for the UK Film Council and Film4, said: "The Bureau is delighted that Simon Ellis's film has won. This is recognition of Simon's distinctive and powerful filmmaking."

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