The winners of the 4th international underwater film competition were awarded their prizes at the boot show this week. The awards carry the title "Starfish”. In the diving centre in Hall 3 Edward Snijders from Nuth in the Netherlands was awarded 2 prizes in the 2 minute short digital clip category - the golden and silver starfish awards for the clips, "The Coral Clip” and "The Sea is red”. Michaela Rudolph from Munich won the bronze award for the clip "Night hunter”.
Three prizes for "Rangioroa”
The award for the films of up to 20 minutes in length went to Belgian Danny van Belle for the film "The World of Gastropods”. Peter Schneider from Berlin went home with 3 prizes. The jury awarded him the silver starfish for his film "Rangioroa”, the special boot award for the most atmospheric film and the special award for the best sound track for the highland music in one of his films. The special boot prize is a week long diving holiday sponsored by Action Sport and Euro Divers Worldwide. Peter Schneider will fly to Hurghada in Egypt where he will be put up for 7 days in one of the grand hotels. "This film quite simply had it all,” said Abdul-Rahman Adib the Project Leader of the boot show. "Fascinating pictures and perfect synchronisation with the music.” The highland music won Scheider a silver case of CDs to the value of €750.
The starfish awards is an initiative of the German Film Makers Association (BDFA) and the diving magazine "unterwasser” and the boot show. "The idea was immediately fascinating to us - such an initiative has its true home at the boot show,” explained Adib. "I hope that we can have an international reach with this competition and offer good exposure for those taking part.” There were 100 entries for the event from all over Europe, "We are always pleasantly surprised at the response to the competition as well as the quality of the entries,” says Kristin Wunderlich of the "unterwasser” magazine. All the winning films are being show in the diving centre during the show.
The BDFA is offering advise to film makers at the show in the Diving Centre, Hall 3 B 24.