Grolsch Film Works Shorts Showcase: The Winners

After sifting through the ninety-plus entries from our first Shorts Showcase competition, we managed to shortlist a sumptuous selection of ten. And from that ten, there were three films that displayed a wholly original and creative approach to storytelling, each confidently expressing their ideas cinematically in just under ten minutes. 

Watch the three winners' films below and see what the judges had to say about each. 

1st Prize Winner: Dance of Death
(Russia, dir. Yulia Nowicz) 

Judges' comments:
"The premise of the film has some heft, and the execution was inventive and dramatic; utilizing essentially one long shot and no dialogue, it was compelling to watch." – Jane Schoettle, TIFF Festival Programmer. 

"A clever idea, well-shot ... Clearly they did a lot with little." – Ted Hope, Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society.

"An imaginative idea shot in an original way." – Oliver Lunn, Editor of Grolsch Film Works.

"An energetic and fun way to make you think a little about your choices." – David Schmid, Global Marketing Manager, Grolsch.

Prizes won:
1. Consideration will be given for nomination on behalf of Grolsch Film Works to the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival.
2. A 5-day trip for two to Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival.
3. The film will be promoted online (via Grolsch's Facebook page and grolschfilmworks.com)
4. The film will be included on Grolsch's screening DVD for 2014, which will be sent to Grolsch's markets worldwide and screened at bars and various events.
 

2nd Prize Winner: Homey
(dir. Ben Garfield, UK)

Judges' comments:
"A simple idea, but the excellent camerawork, editing and the energy of the young cast gave it drama and tension, all very precisely and effectively done." – Jane Schoettle, TIFF Festival Programmer.

"Deftly shot and edited ... brimming with suspense."  – Oliver Lunn, Editor of Grolsch Film Works.

Prizes won: 
1. The film will be promoted online (via Grolsch's Facebook page and grolschfilmworks.com)
2. The film will be included on Grolsch's screening DVD for 2014, which will be sent to Grolsch's markets worldwide and screened at bars and various events.
 

3rd Prize Winner: Pretty Thing
(dirs. Matthew De Filippis, Elisia Mirabelli, Canada)  

Judges' comments:
"A story that revealed itself to a stunning conclusion, but even more notable for remarkable photography and powerfully composed imagery." – Jane Schoettle, TIFF Festival Programmer.

"Pretty and poetic ... strong and bold imagery." – Ted Hope, Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society.

"Stunning, assured photography ...  haunting and lyrical." – Oliver Lunn, Editor of Grolsch Film Works.

Prizes won: 
1. The film will be promoted online (via Grolsch's Facebook page and grolschfilmworks.com)
2. The film will be included on Grolsch's screening DVD for 2014, which will be sent to Grolsch's markets worldwide and screened at bars and various events.

If you're a filmmaker and are interested in submitting your short into our next Shorts Showcase, the next call for entries will be on July 22nd. Keep your eye on this page
 

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