LONDON, England - Cannes in a Van, the four-wheeled champion of independent filmmaking, and Ford Motor Company, have announced the winners of the 2013 Van d’Or Independent Film Awards.
Drama “Callum,” directed by Michael van der Put, was named Best Film; “Agnus Dei” won Best Feature for director Agim Sopi, and “Dylan’s Room,” directed by Layke Anderson, took the Best Drama award.
Celebrating Europe’s most talented independent filmmakers, animators and motion designers, the third annual Van d’Or Independent Film Awards were presented at the Old Truman Brewery, London, after being chosen by a judging panel that included award-winning “Bend it Like Beckham,” director Gurinder Chadha and Oscar-nominated producer Samantha Waite.
"The films at this year's Van d'Or Awards are innovative, inspiring, and of an extremely high standard,” said Chadha. “I am thrilled to see the ambitious work of so many young directors – these short films signal a healthy, vibrant, future for the film industry in Britain and across Europe."
“Callum,” one of more than 200 films entered in 16 categories by filmmakers from across Europe, explores how a schoolboy copes with his emotions in the aftermath of the death of his girlfriend. Based on a true story, “Agnus Dei” follows dramatic events which unfold during the Kosovo war; “Dylan’s Room” is a gripping story set within a deserted bedroom, where a mother confronts the loss of her son.
A new award for Best Film for Under-18s, judged by a special “Youth Jury”– in association with U.K. charity FILMCLUB – was won by the stop-motion music video “Quantic & Alice Russell – Magdalena,” directed by Lucas Borrás.
“The Van d’Or Independent Film Awards attracts and supports exceptional creativity and blossoming talent across a huge range of movie-making,” said Andy Greenhouse, Cannes in a Van co-founder. “Cannes in a Van provides a unique platform that we can then use to showcase the winning films to a highly appreciative audience right across Europe.”
At the awards, Cannes in a Van and Ford also launched a new “Student Film in Transit Award”. Full-time film students are invited to pitch a short film on the theme of destination, with three finalists being selected to receive funding to create their film.
During 2013, Cannes in a Van has been showcasing independent film – including previous Van d’Or award winners – using a specially converted Ford Transit Custom equipped with a 55-inch plasma screen in the load area, at the Cannes and Venice film festivals.
Winner of International Van of the Year 2013 and the first and only vehicle in its segment to achieve a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, the Ford Transit Custom offers class-leading load-carrying ability, best-in-class fuel economy, and advanced Ford vehicle technologies including SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Rear View Camera and Lane Keeping Alert.