Nokia Shorts 2011 Winner

Splitscreen: A Love Story from JW Griffiths on Vimeo.

British director is crowned the winner of Nokia Shorts 2011

Splitscreen, a movie about two people falling in love, is named the World’s Best Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

After four months of searching the globe to find the world’s best short film in partnership with online video sharing site Vimeo®; Nokia has crowned JW Griffiths from Great Britain as the winner of Nokia Shorts 2011.

His movie on two people falling in love, told through both their perspectives simultaneously, won over the crowd and critics at The Nokia Shorts Weekender at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where the finals of the Nokia Shorts 2011 took place.

Eight filmmakers hailing from the United Kingdom, Finland, Australia and North America were shortlisted from thousands to create a short film for the finals of Nokia Shorts 2011. Each filmmaker brought their own unique vision to life on screen; basing their films on a wide variety of themes including homelessness, child fantasy, isolation and perception. Each film was created on the Nokia N8 smartphone.

All films were showcased at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in front of experts in the film industry and dedicated movie fans. The Nokia Shorts 2011 Jury including Oscar winner and CEO of digital advertising agency R/GA Bob Greenberg, film aficionado Jalmari Helander and Director of short film ‘Rare Exports Inc’, unanimously agreed that James’ thought-provoking mobile movie would receive the Nokia Shorts Prize & $10,000 USD prize fund.

Steven Overman, Vice President Marketing Creation, Nokia states: ‘”Every film submitted for the final of Nokia Shorts was exceptional but James’ movie about two people falling in love stood out. The objective of competition was to empower filmmakers from around the world with the amazing, high quality video capabilities of the Nokia N8 smartphone. We loved all eight films and it was very tough to choose a winner, and we hope creative people everywhere are as inspired by the results as we are.”

The runner up films at The Nokia Shorts Weekender were:

1. ‘Pearls of Wisdom ‘
Jason Van Genderen – Australia
A unique, short documentary featuring ‘pearls of wisdom’ from homeless and displaced people

2. ‘The Adventures of a Cardboard Box’
Temujin Doran – UK
The escapades of one boy and his cardboard box – his own gateway to a million, fantasy adventures

3. ‘Dirt’
Joseph Marcantonio – UK
A post-apocalyptic cowboy film

4. ‘The Rider’
Josh Brooks – USA
A classic story with a twist set in the hills of Montana

5. ‘Thunk in Public’
Ryan Maples – USA
A comedy short on unfiltered thoughts, leading to awkward situations

6. Homecoming
Teemu Nikki – Finland
Humourous film featuring key props including salmon, knife and a pair of gloves

7. Daniel
Aurora Fearnley – UK
A drama fantasy about one person coming to terms with a special, mystery gift

The winning film, as well as the other 7 finalist’s films are now online to view:

The Nokia N8 introduces HD-quality video recording (with a stabilizing function to help reduce camera shake) and film editing software so consumers can produce the blockbusters they want straight from the palm of their hand. With a microphone on both the front and the back of the handset for a greater sense of the original ambient environment and Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound, the Nokia N8 is the ideal smartphone for directors in the making.

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