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Jellyfish triumphs at Dinard

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- James Gardner's first feature film wins four awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, at the 29th Dinard Film Festival

Jellyfish triumphs at Dinard
Jellyfish by James Gardner

A full house at the 29th Dinard Film Festival, dedicated to British cinema, for Jellyfish [+see also:
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interview: James Gardner
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]
, the first feature film by James Gardner, which won the three prizes awarded by the jury (chaired by Monica Bellucci): the Golden Hitchcock Grand Jury Prize for Best Film, the Hitchcock Award for Best Screenplay (written by the filmmaker with Simon Lord) and a special mention for Liv Hill's performance, with Jellyfish also scooping up the Critics' Award.

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Unveiled in world premiere at Tribeca and already awarded at Edinburgh for its performances (an award shared by Liv Hill and Sinéad Matthews), Jellyfish focuses on Sarah Taylor for whom life isn’t always easy. In addition to caring for her younger siblings and their depressed mother, she gets heckled at school and exploited by her boss. But when a theatre teacher allows her to channel her frustrations and energy into a comedy show, Sarah discovers a hidden talent... Production was provided by Jellyfish Feature and Nick Holttum Productions, with international sales driven by Bankside Films.

Old Boys [+see also:
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by Toby MacDonald, whichwon the Hitchcock Audience Award also stands out among the award winners at the 29th Dinard Film Festival.

The awards:

Competition

Ciné+ Golden Hitchcock Grand Jury Prize
Jellyfish
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: James Gardner
film profile
]
- James Gardner (UK)

Allianz Hitchcock Award for Best Screenplay
James Gardner, Simon Lord - Jellyfish

Special Mention, Acting Award
Liv Hill - Jellyfish

Tetley Hitchcock Audience award
Old Boys
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
- Toby MacDonald (UK/Sweden)

Hitchcock Critics’ Award
Jellyfish
- James Gardner

Shortcuts

Hitchcock Jury Prize
Bridge
- Lain Robertson (UK)

Special Jury Mention
Cabin Pressure
- Matthew Lee (UK)

Hitchcock Audience Award
Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times
- Marcus Markou (UK)

Other Awards

Hitchcock Coup de cœur “La règle du jeu” Award
The Bookshop
 [+see also:
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- Isabel Coixet (Spain/UK/Germany)

Barrière Hitchcock Honour Award
Ian Hart

(Translated from French)

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