A bumper crop of awards for French short films in November 2002.
"Comme un seul homme" by Jean-Louis Gonnet continues to sweep up the prizes wherever it goes. At the Turin Film Festival (Cinema Giovani, November 7-15) it waltzed off with the award for Best Film (Short Film Competition Section) as well as the Best Short Film award in the CinemAvvenire Section, and received a Special Mention at the Winterthur Film Festival (November 14-17). Invariable well-received, "Squash" by Lionel Bailliu was honored this month with a Special Mention at the Regensburg Short Film Week (November 14-20). "Je m’appelle" by Stephane Elmadjian was twice commended at Barcelona's Alternativa Festival (November 15-23), capturing the Audience Prize and a Special Mention from the jury.
In Portugal, the Cinanima International Animated Film Festival (at Espinho, November 4-10), three French productions were credited with awards. The Grand Prix went to "Le Trop Petit Prince" by Zoia Trofimova, the Special Jury Prize was given to "Histoire de Cesaria" by Camille Henrot and the Gaston Roch Prize for a debut film went to "Sans queue ni tete" by Sandra Desmazieres and "Hotel du phare" by Tugdual Birotheau.
Finally, at the Naples Corto Circuito Festival (November 15-17, 2002) it was "Pulse" by Stephen Dean that picked up the Europe Prize, and at Bristol (Brief Encounters ? November 20-24), "Le Corbeau" by Frederic Pelle won the International Jury Prize.