Awards of the 13th Parish Festival May 2023

The jury for the International Short Film Awards were:
Bruce Labey, Senior Operations Manager, Government of Jersey (Chair),
Pippa Le Quesne, Director, Jersey Festival of Words
and Ed Jewell, Chief Librarian, Jersey Library.

Prix d’Honneur
‘Freedom Swimmer’ by Olivia McGuire (UK)

An emotionally powerful, technically accomplished and profoundly relevant film that
stood head and shoulders above all others. A skilled mix of different media relates a
touching human story, affording insights into such issues as migration and political

Esprit de la fête
‘Little Green’ by Luka Pinto (Jersey)

This is why we set up the 13th Parish Film Festival; to inform, inspire and encourage
talented filmmakers in the Channel Islands. Luka Pinto is just that – and this film
portrait of his father shows both technical skill and a film-maker’s eye for the

Provocateur Award
‘Abyss’ by Jeppe Stange (Denmark)

This award marks the advent of the first fully AI generated short film to be shown at
this festival. The Provocateur Award celebrates innovation and creative disruption, in
content, style, or in this case, use of technology. This highly engaging film raises
issues that will become ever more pertinent and controversial.

Jersey and Channel Islands Jury:
Mick Hannigan, Greenray Film Agency

Best Jersey and Channel Islands Short:
‘Snowdrops’ directed by Todd MacDonald

Director Todd MacDonald collaborates with poet (and former UK Children’s Laureate)
Chris Riddell and the band Winterfalle. Riddell’s poem Snowdrops becomes a beautiful
and haunting song performed over footage of Riddell illustrating in his studio and
footage filmed by Ukranian artist Varta Arutiunian of her native country. The titular
flowers are presented as a symbol of hope and renewal. A powerful and memorable
short film.