Snow scoops Grand Prize 2008
by Fabien Lemercier
The prize list for the 47th Critics’ Week is dominated by European films, including top winner Snow, the debut feature by Bosnian director Aida Begic (see news). Produced by Mamafilm in co-production with German company Rohfilm, French-based Films de l'Après-midi and an Iranian partner, the film will be released in France by Pyramide, who are also handling international sales.
A hotbed of young talent, the Cannes sidebar also honoured Belgium with two awards (the SACD and ACID/CCAS prizes), which went to Christophe Van Rompaey’s debut Flemish feature Moscow, Belgium (see news). Produced by A Private View with backing from VAF (Flemish Audiovisual Fund) and private television network VTM, the film was surrounded by an enthusiastic buzz at the Market, where it was sold by Germany’s Bavaria (see news).
2008 SIC award winners
Moscow, Belgium - Christophe Van Rompaey (Belgium)
OFAJ (Very) Young Critics’ Award
Blood Appears - Pablo Fenderick (Argentina/France/Germany)
Canal+ Grand Prize for Best Short Film
Next Floor - Denis Villeneuve (Canada)
Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film
Skhizein - Jérémy Clapin (France)
(Translated from French)