Emma Kinni Wins Best Shorts Film Competition Award

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Emma Kinni (University of Southampton) wins award for merit at best shorts competition in La Jolla, California with her short film 'Triumph'

Emma Kinni, recent Film Studies graduate from the University of Southampton has won a prestigious Award of Merit from the Best Shorts competition in La Jolla, California. The award was given for feminist art house short film Triumph, completed in January 2011, written and directed by Emma and produced by a bunch of students combined from the city’s two Universities, Southampton and Southampton Solent. Triumph is a revenge drama about a girl who embarks on a quest to finish a relationship offender.

Emma’s cast and crew were delighted to receive the award. Dominic Ellis, president of the University of Southampton’s Wessex Films Society says:
“It is brilliant to see Triumph receive the national recognition it deserves. This proves that hard work and commitment brings results. Congratulations.”

Sam Elliott, director of photography and editor of Triumph says:
“This short film shows what can happen when students from two very different Universities work together on a unified project. We had a great team of mixed talent. Emma Kinni is a fantastically dedicated director.”

Other praise for Emma came from Alice Budd, the lead actress of Triumph:
“Emma is a brilliant director to work with; she offers constructive criticism, encourages her actors and film crew, whilst making the set lively and fun to work on.”

Triumph actor Joseph Madden says:
“It’s been a humbling experience working with Kinni – she displays a disciplined approach to her work that’s rare to see in a student film-maker, but has the creative flair to match it. It’s this rare combination that made Triumph what it is, and I have no doubt this will only become more pronounced in her future work.”

Emma is currently in post-production with new short John F. Smith, an indirect sequel to Triumph. William Kee, the director of photography for the new film says:
"As bold as brass, Emma Kinni pushes film-making to a new majestic level with unprecedented professionalism, sincerity and unadulterated passion."

Milan Matejka, the sound technician of John F. Smith says:
“Kinni is an auteur in the truest sense of the word: individual, dedicated and bonkers. Wouldn't want it any other way.”

Emma herself says:
“I am so pleased to have received this award. These achievements only happen out of true passion for film-making. My cast and crew work endless hours for me tirelessly, helping me to project my mind on screen. My sincere thanks go out to them. I have things to say, and cinema gives me the voice to say them.”

The Best Shorts Competition recognises film professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film industry. Information about Best Shorts Competition and a list of recent winners can be found at http://www.bestshorts.net. In winning Best Shorts laurels, Emma Kinni joins the ranks of other profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who chairs the Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts laurels are not easy to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of the Best Shorts Competition is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

For more information call Emma Kinni at 07747495914, or e-mail emmakinni(at)hotmail(dot)com

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