Skunk, a short film by Jan & Raf Roosens, has won the Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Short Film at the Slamdance Film Festival (18 – 24 January) in Park City, Utah. The jury praised the film for its ‘outstanding ensemble, emotional resonance and its bold portrayal of teenage alienation.’
The Grand Jury Sparky Award is definitely not Skunk’s first international recognition. Earlier, the short won Best Short Film at the International Film Festival of Guanajuato in Mexico and Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Gijon International Film Festival in Spain. Last September, Skunk was also named Best Short Film at the Ostend Film Festival.
Scripted by Bert Van Dael and Sanne Nuyens, Skunk is an 18-minute short film about a 15-year-old troublemaker, Olli, who spends his days riding his motorcycle and hanging around the park, bullying whoever he can. But when his mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer, suggests throwing him a birthday party at the hospital, he doesn’t want to let her down and has to find himself some friends.
Enrique De Roeck, Marthe Schneider, Yavuz Saçikara and Sara De Bosschere take on the film’s main roles. Director of photography is Rik Zang, while Maarten Janssens handled editing. Bullhead composer Raf Keunen wrote the film’s original score. Both directed and produced by brothers Raf and Jan Roosens for Antwerp-based production company Rococo, the film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).
The Slamdance Film Festival was founded in 1995 by a group of American filmmakers who wanted to provide an alternative to the ever more commercially oriented Sundance Film Festival.