The Official Jury Awards for the 2008 24fps International Short Film Festival were announced at the close of the fest’s two public exhibition programs on Saturday, October 25, 2008. Twenty short films, selected from a field of over 200 submitted projects, competed for the fest’s top honors. Those top honors went to:

The Grand Jury Prize went to PORQUE HAY COSAS QUE NUNCA SE OLVIDAN (Because There Are Things You Never Forget) from Spain and writer/director Lucas Figueroa. The film, a spectacularly shot and scripted dark comedy about an errant soccer ball and an evil grandmother, wowed both the jury and the fest’s closing night audience. The film was also awarded the Luminaria Award for outstanding cinematography (DP Javier Palacios), and Best Editing (Lucas Figueroa).

The second place Silver Medal was awarded to TONY ZOREIL (Tony Zear), from France and director Valentin Potier. The quirky dark comedy about a 25-yea-old aspiring musician with a remarkable physical deformity also took home the coveted Audience Award, as well as prizes for Best Screenplay (Valentin Potier), Best Sound Design (Alan Feat), and Best Actor (Nicolas Clere). With a total of five awards, it was the most honored film at the festival.

The third place Bronze Medal was presented to MOTHER, from the United States and director Sian Heder. The searing drama about a desperate, dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife who hires a stranger to baby-sit her infant daughter while she has an affair, drew powerful reactions from the festival audience. Director Heder was also presented the Horizon Award for her work—an honor given to the festival’s most promising filmmaker. MOTHER was made as a part of the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.

The Kurosowa Award for Creative Excellence was presented to filmmaker Barney Clay for his comedy FINKLE’S ODYSSEY, about a struggling writer who would go to any lengths to find artistic inspiration. The beautifully shot and design film was also presented a citation for Best Production Design (Byron Broadbent).

To see the full list of award winners, head over to the 2008 24fps Award Winners page.