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Indy Film Library announces winners for 2021 Experimental Showcase

  • Two-week online selection of avant-garde short films sees awards distributed for the inaugural Indy Film Library Experimental Showcase
  • Éanna Mac Cana takes Best Director title for personal NHS documentary Yellowstone
  • Intricate animation Monorail claims Best Film wreath

Since Monday 28th June 2021, Indy Film Library has been streaming some of the best experimental short films it has received for review over the last year. The films have been selected on the basis of both their storytelling and the technical skills exhibited by their cast and crew.

Now, as the showcase prepares to draw to a close on Monday 12th June, Indy Film Library has announced the winners from the Experimental Showcase shortlist.

The list of accolades distributed sees Best Film handed to Shizuko Tabata’s painstaking photographic animation Monorail, which follows a train’s journey through the changing facades of modern Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Éanna Mac Cana has won Best Director for his work on Yellowstone – a moving experimental documentary film charting the course of healthcare developments in Belfast, and how they have impacted his family.

Stephen Lutter has been awarded the wreath for Best Score, having provided a striking piece of sound design for Samuel J. Punto’s Verzerrung. The film, which is Punto’s directorial debut, also claimed a resounding victory in the Audience Choice category – receiving more than 40% of all votes cast.

Indy Film Library Chief Editor Jack Brindelli commented, “I would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s Experimental Showcase on their victories – and to thank all the filmmakers and our audience for their participation. It’s been amazing to present all of these imaginative and unusual films to our readers, helping to introduce so many people to a lot of incredible talent, which they might never otherwise have come across.”

All the films selected are still available to view for free until Monday July 12th 23:00 CET. The films can be accessed via the IFL website, with the password IFLXS2021. Meanwhile, Indy Film Library is still open for its third year of submissions.

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