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Somali Pirates Film Wins Top Prize at TheWrap's First Short Film Festival

6/12/2014 Lucas Shaw

By Lucas Shaw

"Fishing Without Nets," a film about Somali pirates told from the pirates' perspective, won the Jury prize on Tuesday at the ShortList, TheWrap's first inaugural Short Film Festival.

With that honor, director Cutter Hodierne nets a $60,000 reward from Panavision to be used for a future filmmaking project.

The jury lauded the Hodierne's film "for its strong technique, stunning cinematography and for taking us on an eye-opening journey to a world rarely depicted on film."

The five-member jury, made up of Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions, producers Cassian Elwes and Lynette Howell, actor Zachary Quinto and Michelle Satter, founding director of the Sundance Insitute's Feature Film Program, had 12 films to choose from.

Though "Fishing" won the top prize, the jury also awarded "A Brief History of John Baldessari, a film" from "Catfish" filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, with a special mention.

Schulman's brother Nev, a subject of and fellow creative force behind "Catfish," announced the awards from the Sony lot's Backstage Theater with actress Mary-Elizabeth Winstead.

As for the audience's top choice, that was "The Maker," a five-minute short about a lonely creature who must create another creature before his own demise.

MTV, a co-sponsor of the event, will air the winners on VH1 Classic and, offering promotion across its family of channels.

The director of both the audience and jury prizes receives a new Sony Alpha A77 DLSR Cameras, as well as a first-look deal with Cinedigm.

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