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Jurors Comment - Official Competition

Jurors Comment - Official Competition


It really wasn't easy to pick just one film out of all the submissions that came from more than 70 countries, spread out across many genres, and presented a wide breadth of different viewpoints.
We fretted over whether we should be focusing on a film's entertainment value or its level of creativity. The jury members had long discussions about what to look for when deciding the winning film. To put it another way, with so many great films we had to carefully consider the merits of each film. The quality of all the films were such that we felt eager to see the future works of all these film makers, both the director of the winning entry and the directors of other films in competition. It really was a narrow margin of separation that ended up determining our top selection. We hope that all the filmmakers participating in this film festival continue to create new films and move forward through the film industry.


Grand Prix Japan Competition

Mō ikkai
Atsuko Hirayanagi/Japan/Singapore/14:30/Drama/2011
Mō ikkai
After fifteen years abroad, a son returns to his childhood home in Tokyo, where he finds his mother's lifeless body. Lost in a landscape of memories, he is approached by his mother, who he spends the day with one last time.

Asia International Competition

Thief
Jay Chern/Taiwan/25:00:00/Drama/2011
Thief
Jenny receives a new cellphone from her boyfriend, but as they stroll through the streets of Taipei he’s called back to work. Whilst waiting for him in a nearby night market, she is unknowingly followed by a young woman, who steals her phone and breaks into it.

International Competition

Edmond was a Donkey
Frank Dion/France/Canada/15:00/Animation/2011
Edmond was a Donkey
A small, quiet man, Edmond has a wife who loves him and a job he does extraordinarily well. But he’s aware he’s different. When co-workers tease him, crowning him with donkey ears, he discovers his true nature. Though he enjoys this new identity, an ever-widening chasm opens.

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