Driven Creativity Competition 2010 winners are...

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We’ve recently announced the winners and runners-up of our Driven Creativity Competition 2010 – open to aspiring filmmakers, photographers and musicians in France, Germany and the UK. The competition received a fantastic level of entries and below are the film and animation winners and runners-up. We’d love to know what you think of them over twitter (follow us @gtecheurope) or on our facebook. And remember, all of the shortlisted work will be exhibited at an exciting, free gallery exhibition at The Brick Lane Gallery, in East London, from November 17th-22nd.

Professional film category

The winning professional film entry is Et Miaow Alors by Adrian Westbrook, which is a humorous look at some of the basic difficulties inherent in independent filmmaking. The runner-up professional film entry is Commuting by Christopher Quinn; driven by the concept of what lengths people go to in order to squeeze beauty into their lives.

Commenting on Et Miaow Alors, jury member and Film Director, Charles Haine said: “Despite the artificial layer that is added to the surface of the film, the filmmaker went far out of his way to devise interesting technical solutions to creative problems. The film takes place over 24 hours, and the shifting of the light that takes place over that amount of time is captured authentically and naturally, despite the fact that this could have easily been manipulated digitally later. Additionally, the story is engaging, connecting with a filmmaker struggling with the limitations that society has placed on him in terms of the creation of his art in a world obsessed with privacy.”

Amateur film category

The amateur film winner is Hayfever by Ke Nguyen, using stop-motion photography and animation techniques to explore London’s Greenwich and Regent Parks. The joint amateur film runners-up are Polished Off by Dan Edgley, about a life support patient enduring the ridiculous dance routines of a hospital janitor; and Cut it Out by Lee Stitt, creatively capturing his frustration at experiencing mental blocks whilst script writing.

Charles Haine said: “Hayfever does a great job of taking a tool intended for one effect and using it in an unintended fashion to create a fantastic new sensation. The textures and motion of the footage of natural scenes simultaneously calls our attention to its inherent beauty, but also alienates it from us through a layer of technology. I found myself viewing the natural world around me with a fresh perspective after enjoying this film.”

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The European Independent Film Festival discovers, promotes and projects only the BEST independent films from around the world every year in Paris, France.

The selected titles represent the pinnacle of contemporary filmmaking talent from around the world and compete for the title of "Europe's Best Independent Film".

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