Edinburgh International Film Festival’s top prize goes to Calibre
by Kaleem Aftab
- Matt Palmer’s first feature, awarded with the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, to be released on Netflix globally today
Film fans around the world will be able to watch Calibre [+see also:
film profile], winner of the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival’s top prize, on the video-on-demand service Netflix from today. Writer and director Matt Palmer’s debut feature won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film. The Netflix original film, produced by Wellington Films’ Alastair Clark and Anna Griffin, stars Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran, Ian Pirie and Kate Bracken. The film tells the story of how a trip hunting in the Highlands goes horribly wrong for two Edinburgh pals. The winner was chosen by the Michael Powell Jury, comprising Ana Ularu, Jason Connery and Iain de Caestecker and is the first time the award has been won by a video-on-demand service.
Calibre producers Clark and Griffin said: “This is Wellington Films’ first Michael Powell Award and we are thrilled it is with Matt and his debut film, Calibre, which launched beautifully at EIFF. We thank all our funders, and of course Netflix, for believing in us and the project and we look forward to making many more films with Matt who is a proven strong and visionary voice on the global stage.”
The relationship between Palmer and Wellington Films originated in 2006, introduced via Film4 for Cinema Extreme, resulting in the 2007 BAFTA Scotland nominated short film Island, and Palmer’s second short, The Gas Man, produced in 2014 by Clark and Griffin for Rankin’s Collabor8te. Calibre was co-produced by Wendy Griffin and Isabelle Georgeaux of Pont Neuf Productions, and financed by Creative Scotland, Creative England, Tip-Top Productions, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology, Ingenious and Scope Pictures, with international sales handled by Beta Cinema.
The jury for Best International Feature Film comprising Gráinne Humphreys, Simin Motamed-Arya and Yung Kha awarded the top prize to the Swiss film Those Who Are Fine [+see also:
film profile] by Cyril Schäublin about a confidence scheme that takes place in Zurich.
The complete list of Edinburgh International Film Festival winners:
Best Performance in a British Film Award
Liv Hill, Sinead Matthews – Jellyfish
Best International Feature Film Award
Those Who Are Fine [+see also:
film profile] - Cyril Schäublin (Switzerland)
Supa Modo [+see also:
film profile] - Likarion Wainaina (Germany/Kenya)
Best Documentary Feature Film Award
Whitney [+see also:
film profile] - Kevin MacDonald (UK)
Island of the Hungry Ghosts [+see also:
film profile] – Gabrielle Brady (Germany/United Kingdom/Australia)
Best Short Film Award
Nevada - Emily Ann Hoffman (USA)
Souls of Totality - Richard Raymond (UK/USA)
Cosmic Kaleidoscope - Minha Park (USA/South Korea)
EIFF Works in Progress Winner
Riding the Wave - Martyn Robertson (UK)
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