By winning the Grand Prix at the Sapporo Shorts Fests in Japan earlier this week, Tom Van Avermaet can put award number 25 on his mantelpiece for his short film Death of a Shadow. The film, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Short beginning of this year, is also nearing its 100th festival selection.
Last September, Death of a Shadow scooped its first award at the LA Shorts Fest where it was handed the Best of the Fest Prize. The kudo immediately qualified the short as an Oscar-contender after which invitations kept on rolling in. Up until now, Death of a Shadow has secured a total of 25 international awards and special mentions.
The fantastic tale of a soldier stuck in limbo between life and death received awards at the Samain du Cinéma in France, the Fantastic Film Festival of Gérardmer, the Irvine Film Fest, the Fargo Film Fest, Hollyshorts among others. It also won Best European Short at the Valladolid International Film Festival making it one of 15 short film contenders, also including Bülent Öztürk’s Houses With Small Windows, for the European Film Awards 2013.
Upcoming festival stops for Tom Van Avermaet include the Raindance Film Festival in London, the shorts fests of Montpellier, France and Namur, Belgium as well as the Baghdad Film Festival. With some 20 confirmed festival selections still on the do lo list for this year, Death of a Shadow’s festival career is still booming.
Starring Bullhead’s rising star Matthias Schoenaerts, backed by Laura Verlinden, Benjamin Ramon and Peter Van den Eede, Death of a Shadow was produced by Ellen De Waele for Serendipity Films. Stijn Van der Veken joined the crew as DoP, Dieter Diependaele took care of editing while Bullhead-composer Raf Keunen wrote the original score. Visual effects were done by Digital Graphis. Death of a Shadow was made possible with the support of a wildcard offered by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.