Jennifer Reeder, Ursula Meier win at Winterthur

The 18th International Short Film Festival Winterthur ended on Sunday night with American film-maker Jennifer Reeder's A Million Miles Away winning the main prize worth CHF12,000 in the International Competition which consisted of 37 films from 27 countries.

The jury composed by Jonathan Pouthier, Michael Sennhauser, Joke Ballintijn, Yael Bartana and Monia Chokri also gave the Promotional Award worth CHF10,000 to the Uganda-US-Nigeria co-production Kuhani by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine.

One of Switzerland's best known film-makers Ursula Meier received the Best Swiss Film prize and CHF10,000 for Tišina Mujo, a co-production with France and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the 13 shorts that comprise the omnibus Bridges of Sarajevo

A Special Mention went to the Winterthur-based Olga Titus for her experimental film o my

The Swiss Cinematography Award worth CHF11,500 in kind from Nikon AG was given to Aurelio Buchwalder for his work on Wandelzeit – Eine Gletscherperformance, directed by the Winterthur-based filmmaker Jan-Eric Mack

In the Swiss Film School competition, the prize for best film worth CHF5,000 went to Geneva Haute école d’art et de design HEAD's Moïra Pitteloud for L’offre

The Youth Jury awarded the Youth Film Award (CHF500) to Tastes Like Chicken?  by Brazilian filmmaker Quico Meirelles.

The Shortrun Award, which was given to a film with the most promising script that runs out of competition, went to Samuel Morris for his project Doug & Walter. The in-kind prize comes with post-production services from [tewaklab] worth CHF12,000. 

Off the Highway by Swiss newcomer Rhona Mühlebach won the audience award and CHF10,000.

The festival reported 17,000 admissions sold over its six days, 500 more than in 2013. The 19th edition of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur will take place November 3 to 8, 2015.

10 November 2014, by Vladan Petkovic