So it’s happened! The results are in and the wait is over. The winners of all 15 categories in The Van d’Or Independent Film Awards are decided!
A memorable night was had by all at The Old Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane. Presented by Edith Bowman who held things together when the tech failed. The night was dominated by Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor winning film Callum (directed by Michael van der Put) and starring James Tarpey in the title role.
Photos by Darren Russell
The five Best Film (Short) nominees were: Layke Anderson’s Dylan’s Room starring Joanna Scanlan (The Thick Of It, Big School), for which Anderson took the Best Director award; Dollface, directed by Louis Paxton which was the only comedy in the top five films; Driftwood which garnered a Best Cinematography award for Adam Etherington’s exceptional camera work (Adam was also nominated for Accept in the same category); and Pretty Bitch, directed by Rebecca Coley, which was awarded Best Screenplay.
Although things kicked off a little late due to a last minute van runaround for champagne glasses, Edith Bowman and CIAV’s own Adam Hollingworth made up for precious time, sweeping through the awards, each presented by one of our brilliant judges. One by one the top five films in competition were screened to a hungry audience (thankfully food was provided in the shape of Korean burgers and cheesy toast by The Galbi Bros & Grill My Cheese) until an intermission with a live performance from CIAV favourite ATLAS filled the huge space with etherial trip-hop.
A few more awards from regular categories were unveiled, as was the new Youth Jury Award (in association with FILMCLUB) which was judged by 11-18 yr olds. Independent champion and originator of the 48hr Film Challenge Johnnie Oddball did the honours.
A few Un Certain Regard mentions went to iceberg-friendly comedy Titanic-Love (enjoying its first recognition in the UK), documentary Red Dust and Julian McDonnell’s well-crafted docu-feature Take Me To Pitcairn, about his experiences travelling to the historic and almost un-populated Pitcairn Island.
It was left until the last to announce the 2013 Van d’Or for Best Film. A close race was run and all the nominees were neck and neck at some stage, but our 42-strong jury finally produced Callum as their winner. Congratulations to all and we’ll see you on the road!
THE VAN D’OR AWARDS 2013 WINNERS & Runners-up
VAN D’OR for BEST FILM (Short)
WINNER: Karla Williams (Pretty Bitch)
Ben Goodman (Callum)
Layke Anderson (Dylan’s Room)
WINNER: Kerensa York (Lines In The Sand)
Natasha Sparkes (Pretty Bitch)
Joanna Scanlan (Dylan’s Room)
Simona Maicanescu (La Fugue)
Kim Chapman (Dollface)
WINNER: James Tarpey (Callum)
Darren Kent (Twitcher)
Sam Gittins (Driftwood)
Otto Baxter (Ups & Downs)
Alex Edwardson (Titanic Love)
WINNER: Michael van der Put (Callum)
Layke Anderson (Dylan’s Room)
James Webber (Driftwood)
Louis Paxton (Dollface)
Titanic Love (Mark Pressdee)
WINNER: Adam Etherington (Driftwood)
Jack Wilkinson (Dollface)
Adam Etherington (Accept)
The North London Book Of The Dead
WINNER: The Hungry Corpse
Le 12e Homme
WINNER: Responsibly Sourced
Turbometal motorblog – Mini vs Train
BEST SOUND DESIGN
WINNER: Brendan Hogan (Rise High)
Sam LeGassick (Grace’s Epiphany)
Andrew Brand (Duende)
WINNER: Dylan’s Room
WINNER: Feel Flows
Villages Of Ether
Kyasma // Radioactivity
WINNER: Blind Encounter
The Wood Carver
BEST MOTION DESIGN
Colosse – A Wood Tale
Villages of Ether
YOUTH JURY AWARD (In association with FILMCLUB)
WINNER: Quantic & Alice Russell // Magdalena dir. Lucas Borrás