David Knight - 6th Dec 2010

The prizewinners at the 2010 Plus Camerimage Festival - the international film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography, held this year at Bydgoszcz in Poland - were announced at the closing award ceremony on Saturday (December 4th), with two awards given in the Music Video competition.

The Best Video award went to the Polish artist Kora's Zabawa W Chowanego (trans: Game Of Hide And Seek), directed by Bart?omiej Ignaciuk, and photographed by Marek Sanak, while the Best Cinematography award in the Music Videos competition went to Australian DoP Greig Fraser, for his work on How To Destroy Angels' The Space In Between, directed by Rupert Sanders.

The winners were chosen from a shortlist of fifteen videos, screened to a packed house of festival delegates, including the music video jury, earlier in the festival in the main auditorium at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz.

Bart?omiej Ignaciuk's winning video for Kora's Zabawa W Chowanego, which tackles the song's difficult subject matter of child abuse by priests through inventive symbolism, combining live action with stop frame animation, was the near-unanimous choice of the jury members.

In a statement made on behalf of the jury, Plus Camerimage hailed the video. "[It] did an excellent job of visually contributing to communicating an important socially relevant message - an ambition which goes far above and beyond the scope of most videos, and we congratulate the film makers for their successful efforts and effective use of the medium."

The highly cinematic promo for How To Destroy Angel's The Space In Between combines the aftermath of a brutal crime with a supernatural element courtesy of superb special effects.

Again commenting on behalf of the jury, Plus Camerimage stated: "For Best Cinematography in a video, our jury has found Greig Fraser's photography on the "The Space Between" video by How To Destroy Angels to be the perfect synthesis of sound and image. More than any other, this video looks like it sounds, and the only word to describe that is cinematographic perfection."

David Knight - 6th Dec 2010

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