Widescreen festival fetes Brit pix

Channel Four takes Golden, Silver Rembrandts

AMSTERDAM — Three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and Road Movies producer Ulrich Felsberg talked revolution in the industry, but it was Britain’s Channel Four which made waves at the Intl. Widescreen Festival awards ceremony held Sept. 12 in this city.

Channel Four picked up both the Golden and Silver Rembrandt Awards at the fest, held each year during the Intl. Broadcasting Convention. The IBC opened its doors at the Amsterdam RAI convention center Sept. 10 and wrapped its 20th edition Sept. 14.

“The Valley,” a docu on Kosovo directed by Dan Reed and produced by U.K. indie Mentorn Barraclough Carey for Channel Four, was awarded the Golden Rembrandt for best picture at the Le Nombre Dor awards ceremony.

U.K. digital domination

More than half of the entries came from the U.K., where the recent launch of the country’s digital platform has pushed widescreen to the forefront.

The Silver Rembrandt went to Phil Agland’s Channel Four commissioned documentary “Shanghai Vice.” Drama series “Queer as Folk,” also commissioned by Channel Four, picked up an award for best art direction.

Storaro gave a workshop at IBC on “virtual cinematography,” a new set-building technique. Lenser Carlo Di Palma gave a workshop on his career.

Road Movies producer Ulrich Felsberg accepted a special award for the use of digital cinematography in director Wim Wenders docu “The Buena Vista Social Club.”