jury also gave a special mention to Elias Giannakakis'
Joy (Greece) and appreciated the outstanding performance
by Amalia Moutousi.
Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film
went to Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna
Paravel's Leviathan (UK/USA/France), which received
its UK premiere at the festival. A visually stunning
documentary, it wins one of the longest-running film
awards in the UK, honouring imagination and creativity
in British filmmaking.
winner was chosen by the Michael Powell Jury, chaired
by eminent Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf and
including actor and director Kevin McKidd and renowned
film critic Derek Malcolm.
jury awarded a special commendation to Paul Wright's
For Those In Peril for its passionate portrayal of
a young Scots survivor of a tragedy at sea.
Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film
was shared by Jamie Blackley and Toby Regbo for their
performances as the dysfunctional schoolboys in uwantme2killhim?
The performance awards were voted for by the Michael
Powell Award Competition Jury.
in 2013 after a two-year absence, The Audience Award,
supported by Sainsbury's Bank, went to Fire In The
Night (UK) directed by Anthony Wonke for his deeply
moving documentary detailing the 1988 Piper Alpha
disaster in the North Sea. The film, which received
its world premiere at the festival, skillfully combines
archival footage, audio recordings and interviews
with some of the 61 survivors of the disaster, some
of whom are interviewed for the very first time.
by Lotte Schreiber won the Award for Best Short Film
in the shorts category. The prize was one of the three
awards bestowed by the short film competition jury,
which included International Film Festival Rotterdam
programmer Inge de Leeuw (chair), film critic Christoph
Huber and independent film programmer Ricardo Matos
award for creative innovation in a short film, given
for the first time this year, was awarded to Doll
Parts by Muzi Quawson, as voted for by the Shorts
newly introduced award within the shorts category,
The Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution
to a Short Film, which celebrates imaginative and
innovative work in short cinema, was awarded to Josh
Gibson as Director of Photography of Light Plate,
which he also directed.
jury also gave a special mention to three filmmakers
whose work holds great promise for the future: Charlotte
Rabate for Lucille In the Sky; Ivan Castineiras
for The Border; and Anna Frances Ewert
for Endless Day.
voted for by the audience, The McLaren Award for Best
New British Animation, supported by the British Council,
went to Marilyn Myller by director Mikey Please
and co-animator Dan Ojari. Named after Scottish-born
filmmaker Norman McLaren, the McLaren Award is the
longest running award celebrating creativity amongst
UK animation talent. The award was presented by Richard
Williams, widely regarded as one of the world's greatest
Student Critics Jury Award, supported by Morag and
James Anderson, was awarded to Celestial Wives
of the Meadow Mari by Alexey Fedorchenko.
The award was determined by a jury of seven aspiring
film critics, Lewis Camley, Ruth Swift-Wood, Kathryn
Craigmyle, Phil Kennedy, Catarina Mourao, Rebecca
Lily Bowen and Vivek Santayana, who took part in a
workshop on film criticism at EIFF under the guidance
of Kate Taylor (Independent Cinema Office), Gabe Klinger
(independent film critic and programmer) and Nick
James (editor, Sight & Sound).