U.K.'s NFTS Rules Int'l Film School

'Head Over Heels, above, named top toon; 'Mass of Men' wins fiction kudos

LONDON — Students from the U.K.’s National Film and Television School have won all three prizes at the annual awards of CILECT, the international association of film and television schools.

It’s the first time in the 58-year history of CILECT, which reps 160 film and TV schools from 60 countries, that students from the same school have won in all three categories — fiction, documentary and animation.

“Head Over Heels,” which was penned and helmed by Timothy Reckart, and produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, won the animation prize. It was the only student film nommed for an Oscar this year. “After,” written and directed by Lukasz Konopa, won the docu prize. “The Mass of Men,” scripted and helmed by Gabriel Gauchet, was awarded the prize for fiction.

CILECT exec director Stanislav Semerdjiev said: “I am astonished. For the first time in the history of the competition we have a situation that until now was considered only a theoretical possibility. In all three categories, CILECT members have voted for films entered by the same school — the NFTS in the U.K.”

The films will be shown at the CILECT conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which runs Sept. 17-19.

NFTS is headed by Nik Powell, whose credits as a producer include “Scandal,” “The Crying Game,” which was nommed for six Oscars and won one, and “In Our Name.” It’s tutors include Stephen Frears, Brian Tufano and Lynda Myles.

THE CILECT PRIZE WINNERS AND FINALISTS 2013

FICTION
1. The Mass of Men (NFTS, U.K.) 136 points
2. The Swing of the Coffin Maker (IFS, Germany) 89 points
3. Your Place (KHM, Germany) 60 points
4. Parvaneh (ZHDK, Switzerland) 55 points
5. Crossroads (RITS, Belgium) 48 points

DOCUMENTARY
1. After (NFTS, U.K.) 101 points
2. Meeting My Father Kaspar Hojhat (DDF, Denmark) 33 points
3/4. (Tie) Previous Scenes (EICTV, Cuba) 32 points
3/4. (Tie) The Five Elements (SRFTI, India) 32 points

ANIMATION
1. Head Over Heels (NFTS, U.K.) 94 points
2/3. (Tie) Josephine and the Roach (USC, U.S.) 32 points
2/3. (Tie) I Am Tom Moody (SAS, U.K.) 32 points

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