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BIFF 2014 European and Shine Short competition winners

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The suspense is over, and the results are in!

After suitably dutiful deliberations, our hard-working juries have delivered the verdicts on the 2 competitive sections at the 2014 Bradford International Film Festival in partnership with Virgin Media.

Following in the footsteps of previous winners Rúnar Rúnarsson (2012) and Emily Atef (2013), 28 year old Slovenian writer-director Rok Bicek nabs the Bradford UNESCO City of Film European Competition with his debut feature Class Enemy (Razredni sovraznik), a piercing study of schoolroom tensions.

“With its excellent cast of professional and non-professional talent,” wrote the jury in their citation, “Bicek has created a film that explores the nature of control and rebellion in a genre picture that allows for the perception of many metaphors; from the politics of National Socialism to the Arab Spring and Ukraine, whether intentional or not. A promising talent for European cinema.”

The 4 person jury, comprising journalists Dana Linssen (from the Netherlands) and Davey Jenkins (Little White Lies editor), BIFF founder Bill Lawrence and actress Vicky McClure, also gave a special mention to the French film Mouton by Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone.

According to the jury, the duo

“pushed the art of story-telling to a new level with this portrait of a seaside community. Equally commendable were the performances of the largely inexperienced cast, in particular David Mérabet as Mouton.”

In the long-running Shine Short Film Competition, the 5 strong jury plumped for the Belgian entry Cadet by Kevin Meul.

Their citation praised the film’s

“sustained energy, biting humour and excellent central performance from Aäron Roggeman – we can’t wait to see more of him in the future.”

Here’s writer and director Kevin Meul with a thank you for everyone at the festival.

But it’s not over yet.  Widescreen Weekend – our annual celebration of wide format filmmaking – takes place from 10 – 13 April.

Written by Tom Vincent

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