French filmmaker wins animate! Artist Award 2006

Edouard Salier has won the first animate! Artist Award with his film Empire.

The Award for innovation in manipulated moving image was given in association with the Encounters Short Film Festival. 242 international submissions were assessed by the animate! jury for their success in challenging the boundaries of animation through radical content and ground-breaking concepts, forms and processes.

Empire was chosen by the jury for the Award and £2,000 cash prize “for its remarkable integration of form, technique and content, deploying digital technologies with glacial precision in its exploration of the pervasive, unsettling realities of our times. Empire is a work that understands instinctively the Faustian pact at the heart of our untenable lifestyles.”

Empire (Edouard Salier, France 2005, 4 min) was produced by Nicolas Schmerkin at Autour de Minuit and can be viewed on Edouard Salier’s website.

Edouard Salier received the Award on Saturday 25 November at the Encounters Short Film Festival awards ceremony in Bristol.

Jury for the animate! Artist Award:
Jacqui Davies Line Producer for animate! commissions, and independent producer
Gareth Evans animate! Editor, Editor Vertigo magazine, and independent programmer
Pinky Ghundale independent producer of artists’ moving image work
Philip Ilson animate! Coordinator, and Halloween Film Festival
Idris Khan artist working in film and photography
Dick Arnall animate! Producer, and producer at Finetake

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