Sunday, October 9, 2011

'Tyrannosaur', 'Guard' top at Dinard

London-- Paddy Considine's directing debut "Tyrannosaur" and John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard" won two prizes apiece at the 22nd Dinard British Film Festival, France's leading showcase for UK cinema. "Tyrannosaur" picked up the Golden Hitchcock award for best film and the Allianz award for best screenplay. "The Guard" took the Kodak Award for best cinematography and the Prix Public, voted by the audience. The Golden Hitchcock provides financial help to the French distributor and the filmmaker, along with a promotional campaign on the Cine+ channels at the time of the film's theatrical release. This year's Dinard fest opened Oct 6 with David Mackenzie's "Perfect Sense," and closed Oct 8 with Sue Bourne's "Jig." The jury was chaired by French actress Nathalie Baye. Kristof Bilsen won the best short film award for his doc "White Elephant." The prize is chosen from a selection of shorts from the UK's National Film & TV School and its French equivalent FEMIS. Contact the Variety newsroom at

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