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DIGITALWAVE 2008 CLOSING CEREMONY
DIGITALWAVE 2008 CLOSING
The closing ceremony for
DigitalWave, TIFF’s Greek digital competition section,
took place on Friday, November 21st.
Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Head of the Greek Program,
thanked the contestants and noted: ‘DigitalWave is
embracing the latest technologies and encourages
directors to expand their means of expression. We are
happy that, besides having the support of the Greek Film
Center that sponsors the Digital Alexander award, we
also have for the second year Fischer’s sponsorship of
the audience award’.
TIFF president Georges
Corraface noted: ‘The Festival is embracing the
contemporary Greek digital film production. The fact
that films are being made with a budget of only 15,000
Euros means that directors don’t have to be competitive
in order to get the funding. This is very important for
me because it’s only in a context of exchange and
communication that we can have remarkable results. We
have been waiting for this digital wave in Greece and
that is why directors are welcome here in Thessaloniki’.
This year’s Fischer audience award was given to
Angelos Spartalis for his film The Snow-White syndrome.
The members for this year’s DigitalWave Jury
are: director and producer Thanos Anastopoulos, film
critic Manolis Kranakis, producer and film festival
consultant Marie-Pierre Macia, distributor and exhibitor
Andreas Sotirakopoulos, actress and director Dora
Masklavanou and writer Alexis Stamatis.
year the jury faced a ‘pleasant’ problem of having to
choose among six high quality films, that, each in its
own way, explored the possibilities of the digital
medium. ‘We congratulate the directors – the young ones,
but also those with experience – because they haven’t
put an end to their explorations. It was with great
difficulty that we made our final selection’.
special mention was awarded to Nikos Kornilios’ film
Music of the Faces, ‘a very interesting idea, a
difficult bet, where the director surprises us with a
successful fictional narrative and an exceptional
rhythm’, mentioned the Jury.
Alexander award was appointed ex aequo to Anestis
Charalambidis for his film Ecce Momo!, for his
‘authenticity, originality and courage’ and Angelos
Spartalis for his film The Snow-White Syndrome for his
‘wide use of digital media and the possibilities they
offer, like the imaginative use of animation and comics
within the narrative’.
‘It is the first time I
receive an award for my work. I hope that I’ll be able
to reach a wider audience in the future without
betraying my artistic instinct’, noted Anestis
Angelos Spartalis explained in a
humorous way his incapability of filling applications
that led to his ‘exclusion’ from the Greek Film Center’s
bureaucratic procedures. He added that last year he had
declined the special mention given to him, whereas this
year he is accepting the prize money because his
collaborators are insisting.
Greek Film Center president answered that he is touched
by Angelos Spartalis’ attitude because it reminds him
that he himself had turned down a prize back in 1975. He
clarified though that he keep on helping directors who
work with digital means. ‘The digital media are the
future and we must support the directors working in that
area, and the involved laboratories and, of course,
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