Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Margarida Sardinha Wins Cinematic Vision Award from the London Film Awards

Portuguese artist/director Margarida Sardinha won the Cinematic Vision Award this week for her film London Memory multi+city. Her 2011 film HyperLightness ad absurdum won the laurels of Best Experimental Film at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, Great Lakes Film Festival, Creative Arts Film Festival & Bridge Fest (Vancouver) and Best Spiritual & Religious Film at the Directors Circle Film Festival as well as honors, awards and recognition at more than 20 addition film festivals worldwide. This is the first of many awards and accolades she will undoubtedly receive for this, her third film.

The London Film Awards recognizes and awards the work of independent film's best and brightest contemporary filmmakers and screenwriters from more than 70 countries. The juried competition places an emphasis on exclusivity, recognizing and awarding only the most finely produced films and screenplays with honors. The Grand Prize Winners of each official competition category receive the coveted Gold Lion Award as commemoration of their achievements. The London Film Awards also offers various Special Achievement Awards for standout productions.

London Memory multi+city is a 25-minute optical illusion experimental film relating the Bergsonian idea of memory with that of duality in a contrapunctum of movement, colour, text and sound. Memory thus appears as a mirror of the mind being the reminiscence of time and space reflected. The holistic transcendental synthesis of a pure past over ten years lived in London by Margarida Sardinha renders itself in a stream of consciousness through the works of those Londoners who influenced her, such as Howard Hodgkin, Virginia Woolf, John Latham, Anish Kapoor, Sri Aurobindo, William Blake (to name a few) as a geometric-sonic abstract continuum.

London Memory multi+city has been selected and is currently under consideration for awards in a number of other film festivals including KO & DIGITAL, Barcelona, Spain; Bideodromo, Bilbao, Spain; Paradise Remade, Hastings, UK; Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival, Kolkata, India; Moab International Film Festival, Moab USA IFFEST Document.Art., Bucharest/Romania; Festival International de Fenaco, Cusco, Peru; and Simultan Festival – 'Popular Unknown', Timisoara, Romania, among others.

Other winners at the London Film Awards included Grand Jury Prize winner Tula: The Revolt by Netherlands director Jeroen Leinders, Special Jury Prize winner The Human Horses by Italian direcors Rosario Simanella and Marco Landini, and Best Feature Film winner The Goodbye by Alvaro Diaz Lorenzo of Spain.

The full list of 2013 London Film Awards winners can be found here.

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