Plus Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, concluded its 20th anniversary event tonight and ComingSoon.net was on hand in the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland for the closing ceremonies. You can find a full list of the Golden Frog winners below along with official comments from the jury. Check back throughout next week for more interviews from the festival.
Student Films Competition
Golden Tadpole winner: Blackstory
The most original and innovative film that opens the gate to the future. Christoph Brunner and Stefan Brunner directors, Robert Oberrainer, cinematographer. Institut fur Film und Fersehen Filmakadmie Wien, Austria and Switzerland.
Silver Tadpole winner: The Zone
Brave, bold story, told with cinematographic teamwork. Lauri Randla, director, Mikko Kaumunen, cinematographer. University of Art and Design, Finland.
Bronze Tadpole winner: Without Snow
A gentle, beautifully told story, made with sensibility and maturity. Magnus von Horn, director & Magnus Borge, cinematographer. PWSFTiT, Łódź, Poland.
Directors Debuts Competition
For having the confidence to trust the audience and to tell a story of unflinching honesty with the simplicity and grace of an artist, the Directors Debuts Competition Award goes to Miguel Angel Jimenez for the film Chaika.
Cinematographers Debuts Competition
The Golden Frog Award goes to Chaika. This film deserves the award for the best cinematographers debut, because it dares to fulfill the dream of cinema on the big canvas that takes your breath away with beautifully composed vistas in which an intimate human drama unfolds.
Best Music Video
For the best music video award the jury chose a unique video that is using simple means to achieve complex ends, and a startlingly coherent effect. The Best Music Video Award goes to: Roger Ballen and Ninja for Die Antwoord “I Fink U Freeky”
Best Cinematography in Music Video
Best Cinematography in a Music Video award goes to an extraordinary video poetic and with beautiful and original imagery transcending its location and bitter history. Best Cinematography in a Music Video Award for goes to: Matthew J. Lloyd for Flying Lotus “Until The Quiet Comes”.
Documentary Shorts Competition
The Jury awards the Golden Frog Grand Prix to Lorenzo Castore and Adam Cohen for their originality, fearlessness and disturbing weirdness in: No Peace Without War.
The Jury awards the Special Mention to Jacek Bławut and Paweł Chorzępa for a film that captured the madness, mystery and paranoia of art in: The Loneliness of Sound.
Documentary Features Competition
The Jury awards the Golden Frog Grand Prix to the Cinematographer Seung-Jun Yi and Director Seung-Jun Yi for the sensitive camera work and intimate approach to the subject in: Planet of Snail.
The Jury awards the Special Mention to Ester Martin Bergsmark and Minka Jakerson for their extraordinary accomplishment of directors vision and their creative approach to questions of identity in: She Male Snails.
Polish Films Competition
This emotionally compelling film, open to complex interpretations along with outstanding performances and craftsmanship, makes the Jurys choice for the Best Polish Film at Plus Camerimage 2012: To Kill a Beaver.
Golden Frog winner: War Witch
Director: Kim Nguyen / Canada / 2012 / Cinematographer: Nicolas Bolduc
Silver Frog winner: Holy Motors
Director: Leos Carax / France / 2012 / Cinematographer: Caroline Champetier
Bronze Frog winner: Rhino Season
Director: Bahman Ghobadi / Turkey, Kurdistan, Iraq / 2012 / Cinematographer: Touraj Aslani