Giorgio Dritti's 'Man' takes top prize at Skip City

10-day fest focused on digital cinema

Updated on August 2 at 9:32 am Beijing Time

TOKYO -- The 7th edition of Skip City International D-Cinema Festival closed Sunday after its 10-day run in Saitama, just north of Tokyo, with “The Man Who Will Come" by Italy’s Giorgio Dritti, taking the grand prize of 3 million yen ($35,000).
 
The best director award, and 1 million yen ($11,500), went to China’s Liu Jie for “Judge.”
 
Best screenplay went to “Children Metal Divers,” directed by the Philippines’ Ralston G. Jover, and the special jury prize to “Tehroun,” directed by Nader T. Homayoun – a French/Iranian co-production. Both films received a 500,000 yen prize.
 
The cash prizes, provided by Sony and Sony Business Solutions, have been halved since last year.
 
The Skip City Award for up and coming Japanese directors was won by Keihiro Kanyama for “Seesaw.” The award includes access to the Skip City digital post-production facilities in at the festival site in Kawaguchi, Saitama.
 
The best domestic short award went to Takuma Dan for “Ressentiment” and includes 500,000 yen and access to the Skip City studio services.
 
The festival was launched to uncover new talent in digital cinema and was one of the first to concentrate on the format.
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