New Arrivals winner 2008

New Arrivals winner 2008: Chocolate con churros

The jury of the NPS New Arrivals Competition for short films selected Chocolate con churros by Mario de la Torre Espinosa. Having considered the wide variety of styles and approaches in the New Arrivals selection, this year’s jury discussion ultimately focused on two films, one a documentary with a fascinating subject, the other a compelling short drama. After much deliberation, the jury settled on what they considered to be, in their words, ‘a real short film’.

In their statement, the jury members said, ‘We were greatly moved by this story of unconditional love, and greatly admired the craft by which it was told – the unobtrusive camera work, the clear sense of direction, that there is not one unnecessary shot and, of course, the excellent acting. Chocolate con churros evokes a real sense of drama and tells, with great purity, a much larger story. We look forward to the next project by this director.’

The online public prize went to It Hurts by Hester Scheurwater (the Netherlands).

The New Arrivals is an online platform for shorts. The awards are presented in collaboration with the Dutch broadcaster NPS; the winner receives €1,000. SH