Hungarian, French and Danish short film were awarded at this year’s Odense International Film Festival (OFF14), at the largest and oldest short film festival in Denmark. 12 awards have been given out in nine categories.

The Hungarian director Dénes Nagy and his short film Soft Rain took the Grand Prix, The HCA Award. This film about young love in vain received a statuette and 100.000 DKK (€13.500). Soft Rain beat 75 international films in an exceptionally strong field. But also Habana, the winner of the Artist Award for strongest artistic expression made audiences take note, with its radical dystopian vision and bold mix of documentarian flair and sci-fi. It was a good year for experiments and genre-bending: among the 12 awards handed out in 2014 were also highnumber of experimental films, not least among the Danish winners.

Since 2013, OFF has been an Academy Award qualifying festival. The festival will send its two winning films in the main categories to the Academy in Hollywood, where they will be judged for the international short film category for 2014.

The full list of awarded short films:

OFF Main Competition

  • Vinder af HCA Award: Soft Rain Director: Dénes Nagy (Hungary) Grand prix. Prize: 100.000 kr.
  • Vinder af The Artist Award: Habana. Director Edouard Salier (France) Prize: 15.000 kr.
  • Vinder af The Storyteller Award: The Runaway. Director Jean-Bernard Marlin (France) Prize: 15.000 kr. Read more about the film here

The Danish Competition

  • Best Danish Short Film: Growing Pains. Director: Tor Fruergaard Prize: 25.000 kr.
  • The Talent Award: Mini. Director: Milad Alami, Prize: 15.000 DKK.

Animation Competition

  • Animation Talent Award: Brothers in Arms. Director: Cav Bøgelund (Denmark) Grand prix. Prize 15.000 DKK.
  • Børge Ring Award: Life with No Tricks Director: Anne-Laure Daffis (France), Prize: 10.000 DKK.
  • Special Mention: Growing Pains. Director: Tor Fruergaard (Denmark)

The Youth Jury Award

  • Youth Jury Award: Helium. Director: Anders Walter (Denmark), Prize: 15.000 kr.

The Audience Award

  • Tv2/Fyn Audience Award: Helium Director: Anders Walter (Denmark)

Pitch Me Baby

  • Pitch Me Baby Award: Anna Emma Haudal:“Sofa”, Prize: 50.000 DKK.

PlayOFF

  1. place: Back to Scratch by Siri Frederiksen and Simon Ternowitz Prize: GoPro HD HERO3 Black Edition
  2. place: The one who hated the darkness by Niina Ylipahkala, Prize: B&O Form 2 headphones

(from the official press release of OFF14)