Tom Van Avermaet’s short film Death of a Shadow has been awarded the Silver Meliès at the Leeds International Short Film Festival, making it an official candidate for the Meliès d’Or competition, taking place at the film festival of Sitges next October.

Death of a ShadowVan Avermaet attended the Leeds International Film Festival being invited as a jury member for the Short Film City competitions, including the Oscar-qualifying Louis le Prince and World Animation sections. His own short film Death of a Shadow competed in the Silver Meliès competition, eventually taking home its main prize.

The Meliès competition was created by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF), a network of 22 fantastic film festivals in 15 different countries aiming on promoting European fantastic films around the world. Films who have won a Silver Meliès at one of the member festivals can compete for the Meliès d’Or, the final ceremony of which will take place during the Sitges International Film Festival in October 2014. The Leeds International Film Festival has been an EFFFF-member since 2005; however, it was the first time that the Silver Meliès winner was voted for by the festival audience.

Besides Death of a Shadow, also Dutch-Belgian coproduction Borgman is in the running for the Meliès competition as part of the features section. Alex van Warmerdam’s film, co-produced by Eurydice Gysel of Brussels-based Epidemic, qualified after winning the Silver Meliès at the Strasbourg European Film Festival.

Ellen De Waele of Serendipity Films (82 Days in April) produced Death of a Shadow in co-production with Perspective Films (France). The film was made possible with the support of a wildcard from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. Borgman could also count on the support of the Fund.

Published on Monday 18 November 2013

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