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2013 TOP > Awards / Jurors > Audience Award

Audience Award

International Competition Audience Award

The Interviewer
Genevieve Clay-Smith & Robin Bryan/Australia/12:52/Comedy/Drama/2012
The Interviewer

Thomas is a lawyer looking for a chance to make a difference in the world. He gets the opportunity to interview at a prestigious law firm for his ‘dream-job’ working in the pro-bono department. But his chance to make a difference comes in an unexpected way.

Director : Genevieve Clay-Smith & Robin Bryan

THANK YOU from BUS STOP FILMS! On behalf of Bus Stop Films we would like to thank the audiences of the Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia for voting for our littler 'heart-warmer' and for embracing it’s message so wholeheartedly. We’d also like to thank Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia programmers for allowing our film to reach Japanese audiences, and for supporting us to be included in the festival this year and thank you to all the staff and volunteers who helped me get around in Japan and get to the Q and A’s on time!! Here I’d also like to thank Sydney Community College for supporting our weekly filmmaking workshops and Ageing Disability and Homecare for funding the film, without these organisations this film would not have happened.

This award means so much to everyone who was involved in making The Interviewer.

The Interviewer was made after a year of weekly filmmaking workshops with 12 people living with a disability, all workshop participants were involved in writing the film, casting the film, developing it and making it alongside industry mentors.

We made this film to accomplish a few goals; to give people with a disability the opportunity to learn about and engage in professional filmmaking and to create a film that would uplift, inspire and educate audiences about the abilities of people with a disability. We are touched by how much Japan has embraced this film and we are thrilled that the universal message of 'acceptance' in this film has transcended culture and language to give audiences a meaningful cinematic experience. We simply couldn't be more proud and happy with this incredible result!

Bus Stop Films is a not for profit organisation dedicated to giving people who face barriers to inclusion in the film industry the opportunity to be included and to make films that advocate and give voice to people with a disability. For more information on Bus Stop, please visit www.busstopfilms.com.au

Once again, thank you so much for your support of this film!

Canada International Film Festival 2013 (Canada)
Jury Award Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2013 (Australia)
Cleveland International Film Festival 2013 (USA)

Asia International Competition Audience Award

Seong-hyeok Moon/South Korea/16:58/Drama/2012

A maid who works for a wealthy family becomes obsessed with her employer. Alone in the house, she secretly acts out her fantasies...

Director : Seong-hyeok Moon

It is a great honor to have received the Audience Award from Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. Especially the 'Audience Award' is very meaningful and encouraging to me. Thank you to the audience and the staff of the festival. I wanted to express the solitude in a modern society where social networking has become common in my film "She". During the festival, I really wanted to talk about my film and story with the audience, but I could not visit the festival for my personal reasons. I was so sorry for that and have been wondering how the audience have seen my film and their reviews. But with this award, I'm very encouraged for this film "She" and my film making life as well. If possible, I really want to visit the festival with my new film in the future and enjoy the festival with the audience. And I would like to share this joy with my actors, actresses and staff. Once again, I thank you very much for this award, and especially to all of the audience who took the time to place their votes in the ballot for my film.

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival 2012 (USA)
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012 (USA)
Puchon International Film Festival 2012 (South Korea)

Japan Competition Audience Award

A Butterfly on Her Chest
Yuki Saito/Japan/14:59/Drama/2012
A Butterfly on Her Chest

Her parents’ divorce, her change in lifestyle by moving from Tokyo to the countryside, the parting with her grandmother who was her only source of comfort... To free herself from her confining world, she has a butterfly tattooed on her chest.

Director : Yuki Saito

It is my honor to receive the third Audience Award, alongside the ones I've won for "TRIANGULATION POINT" in 2004 and for "Kakure-Oni - The Ogre of the Red Moon -" in 2009. I adore having my films shown in front of a large audience, and am always thinking of how I can create an entertaining piece for prospective audiences. That is why I feel very honoured to receive this award - an Audience Award means so much to me. The film was shot in my home town, Narita, and based around two of my favorite actresses. Even though it is such a personal film, it has been accepted by the audience and that fact makes me really happy. Once again, I would like to show my appreciation to the cast, crew members, my hometown friends, relatives and my family who has supported me throughout.

One of the most memorable things for me was the comment from jury member, director Harada, saying how the quality of Japanese short films is not so high compared with international ones. I too felt shameful watching other nominees in the international competitions. We Japanese filmmakers should compete with each other to raise the bar and create entertaining films that can be exported around the world. Last but not least, I would like to show my deepest respect for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and its future. Short Shorts is my family and, as one of its offsprings, I will continue developing my talents together with the festival.

Yuki Saito HP: http://www.stardust-directors.jp/profile_saito.html

Save the Earth! Competition Audience Award

Meghna Gupta/UK/India/13:35/Documentary/2012

"UNRAVEL" follows the Western world’s least wanted clothes on a journey across Northern India, from the open sea to an industrial interior. They get sent to Panipat, a sleepy town and the only place in the world that wants them, to be recycled back into yarn.

Director : Meghna Gupta

Coming soon

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 2012 (Canada) Audience Choice Award
Edmonton International Film Festival 2012 (Canada) Best Short Documentary
Tampere Film Festival 2012 (Finland)