Nathan Morris’ short At Dawn (pictured, top) has taken the Director’s Choice first prize gong at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) in the US. The film had its world premiere screening at the festival.
Morris has been based overseas, mostly in London, since 2000. At Dawn was shot in London before he made the jump to New York late last year.
At RIIFF last year, Ivan Barge’s Madam Black also won the Director’s Choice first prize gong, while Matthew Saville’s Dive took first prize in the Vortex Sci-Fi & Fantasy category.
This year RIIFF screened 273 films, selected from a record entry base of 6,078 submissions. NZ selections were James Cunningham’s well-travelled and -awarded Accidents, Blunders & Calamities and Mick Andrews’ Ron. Andrews’ previous short Dotty (made with Brett O’Gorman) was awarded at RIIFF in 2013.
RIIFF qualifies films for the short film, short animation and short doco Oscars, plus the BAFTA awards. Last year eight films that premiered at RIIFF went on to receive Academy Award nominations including the winner of the Oscar for Live Action short, Benjamin Cleary’s Stutterer. This year the festival qualified for Academy consideration Daria Woszek’s The Dogcatcher (live action short); Fx Goby’s To Build a Fire (animated short); and Rich Williamson’s Frame 394 (short doco).”
The Rhode Island International Film Festival ran 9 – 14 August.