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“The Fright” (El espanto) by J. J. Marcos has won the Méliès d'Argent at the 26th Leeds International Film Festival (UK)The short film directed by J. J. Marcos and titled The Fright (El espanto) has just won the Méliès d'Argent given by the Leeds International Film Festival (United Kingdom). This sets this short film in the way of competing for the next Méliès d'Or to the Best European Fantastic Short Film.

As well as it has happened to the short film 8 by Raúl Cerezo at the Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival (Belgium) some days ago, The Fright (El espanto), the short directed by J. J. Marcos, has just won a Méliès d'Argent at the 26th Leeds International Film Festival (Leeds, United Kingdom). The Leeds International Film Festival opened last November 1 and was closed yesterday, November 18th. The competition for the Méliès d'Argent Award took place on November 10th.

Thanks to this award, The Fright by J. J. Marcos has become one of the shorts that are going to contest for the Méliès d'Or to the Best European Fantastic Short Film at the coming Sitges Festival 2013.“The Fright” (El espanto) by J. J. Marcos has won the Méliès d'Argent at the 26th Leeds International Film Festival (UK)

The Méliès Award, that is given to Best European Fantastic Short Films, is held by the European Fantastic Film Festival Federation, EFFFF. The rules of this European competition is quite peculiar. Each festival adhered to this competition holds its own short film contest during its celebration and gives to the winning short film a Méliès d'Argent Award. In the case of the Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival, this film competition had selected 7 fantastic short films made in several European countries, including 8 by Raúl Cerezo, the winner of the Méliès d'Argent Award at this festival.

“The Fright” (El espanto) by J. J. Marcos has won the Méliès d'Argent at the 26th Leeds International Film Festival (UK)All shorts that have won a Méliès d'Argent enter into the Méliès d'Or competition automatically. The winners of the Méliès d'Argent in every festival affiliated to EFFFF are going to compete for the Méliès d'Or Award during the 2013 edition of the Sigtes International Fantastic Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantástico de Catalunya) that will be held in the town of Sitges (Catalonia, Spain).

Apart from giving an award to the Best European Fantastic Short Film, the Méliès d'Or also gives an award to Best European Fantastic Full-Length Film.

With this new award to The Fright, there are two shorts promoted at film festivals by [ The House of Films ] competing for the next Méliès d'Or.

Besides of The Fright, the Jury of the 26th Leeds International Film Festival also awarded the full-length Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal by Boris Rodriguez (Denmark / Canada). In the short film category, although the winner was The Fright, the Jury has also given two consolation awards to the short films Blinky by Ruairi Robinson (Irland / USA) and Photo by J. Enrique Sanchez (Spain).

This is what the festival's Jury said about The Fright by J. J. Marcos:

Our winner The Fright (El Espanto) mixed a perfect balance of horror, desperation and humour with a climax that had the whole audience blowing a collective sigh of relief. This captivating 15 minute film managed to create more empathy with the lead character than many feature films can do in 90 minutes plus. Even the unfortunate typos in the subtitles did nothing to diminish the impact of the visuals and the wonderfully simple story of a very ordinary 'Joe' battling his demon to the end. A real triumph of the human spirit.


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