9th Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers has announced this year's winners
International student film competition programme
Grand Prix was was given to Reto Caffi for his short fiction film "On the Line". The jury found it a true cinematic masterpiece emphasizing moral issues of guilt and civil courage.
The prize for the best documentary went to Olga Popova's "In the Theme" as it takes balls to be simple, especially when dealing with big themes like fear and love.
The prize for the best animation was given to Edward Barrett's "Man Up" because some stories can only be animated but to give them character, humor and edge requires a true master.
The prize for the best fiction film went to Mikko Kuparinen for "Truth of Dare". The jury pointed out that the lack of communication is an universal issue but somehow the Finns seem to understand it more deeply than others. Kuparinen has been successful at Sleepwalkers before, winning the Grand Prix in 2006 with his "Home Video".
The jury also announced three special mentions for Hüseyin Tabak's short fiction film "CHEEESE...", Mihai Grecu's experimental film "Coagulate" and Tobias Bilgeri's animation "About Love, Hate and the Other One"
Estonian short film competition programme
The award of the best Estonian short film was given to Priit Pääsuke for his short fiction film "Black Peter".
Special mentions from the jury were earned by Andrew Bond for the short fiction film "Obsession" and Riho Unt for the animation "Lili".
The 9th Student and Short Film Festival ran this year from 13 to 16 November in Tallinn, 41 films from 23 countries were screened. Read more about the Sleepwalkers from festival's homepage www.poff.ee/sleepwalkers.