Drama wins Grand Prize at digital festival
“Climates,” a drama by Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan, scooped the Grand Prize at the Skip City Intl. Digital Cinema fest in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture. A Y10 million ($8,278) cash prize, presented by , accompanied the award. Set in summer on the Aegean coast, the pic relates the vexed relationship of a professor and his young, wayward lover.Among other prizes in the 12-pic competition section, the new director nod went to Nenad Djuric for “Skies Above the Landscape,” screenplay to Manuela Stacke’s “Children of the Moon,” the technology award to Michael Wikke and Steen Rasmussen’s “Skymaster, A Flying Family Fairytale” and a special jury prize to Angus Gibson’s “Heartlines.” In the short-length competition for Japanese pics, top film was awarded to Atsushi Suzuki’s “Let’s Go Bang-Chow Dead or Alive,” while honorable mentions went to Bunji Sotoyama’s “Stardust Serenade” and Tazuko Aso and Tetsuya Kawaguchi’s “Twilight Clouds — First Love.” The only Japanese fest dedicated to digital cinema, Skip City unspooled its fourth edition July 14-22 at the Skip City media complex in Kawaguchi, a Tokyo satellite city.