‘Best’ scores at Sundance London
"Best," a five-minute film from Surrey filmmaker William Oldroyd, was announced as the winner of the Short Film Competition for the second Sundance London film and music festival at The O2.
The film will screen as part of the official Short Film Programme at the festival, and Oldroyd will receive a three-night stay at The Langham, London as well as additional prizes.
The Short Film Competition was organized by a small team of Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication students. They worked in collaboration with Sundance London organizers, including Sundance Institute, which annually hosts the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.
To correspond with Sundance London’s location at The O2 in Greenwich, the home of Greenwich Mean Time, short film entries focused on the concept of time: "The Time is Now; a story that is about being immediate and in the moment."
Submissions between three and five minutes in length were accepted.
The winning entry was selected by two juries on either side of the Atlantic.
The first included: Kate Kinninmont, Women in Film and Television; Chris Collins, BFI Film Fund; Freddie Gaffney, Ravensbourne; Dave Calhoun, Time Out; and director / screenwriter Kat Lo. A second jury, organized by Sundance Institute, included: John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival; Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival; and filmmakers Francesca Gregorini and Roger Ross Williams.
In "Best," with one man’s wedding moments away, he and his best friend confront their future.
"I am privileged to have my short film presented in my home city as part of this year’s festival," said Oldroyd. "There is no better champion of international, emerging film makers than Sundance Institute, and I am grateful for their endorsement and support. I’m really looking forward to meeting the other participants and glad that Best will now get a wider, more diverse audience."
"The other jurors and I were delighted to find in ‘Best’ a succinct yet moving story that so cleverly exemplifies the tagline ‘The Time is Now,’" Groth said. "Terrifically framed images as well as stellar performances bring to life a story that impressively manages to be tender, raw, visceral and heartbreaking in under five minutes."
In addition to "Best," finalists for the competition included Sam Hodges’ "Double Take," Sebastian Thiel’s "Fill Me In," Zoran Trajkovic and Pet Genius Production’s "Kickoff,’ William Wirrow’s "Outsiders" and Jason Robbins’ "What’s Past Is Present."
All finalist films, including "Best," are available for immediate viewing at http://competition.sundance-london.com/films/2013/.
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