Because there were hardly any regattas this year, the organizers of the well-known annual Mirabaud picture and video competitions had asked for the best clips and photos of the century as an alternative. Older films were also allowed. Celebrities and less well-known photo and film artists had sent in their best moving works. The winner of the video competition has now been determined: the French producer Martin Keruzoré (Air Vide et Eau Productions), who is also an expressive photographer who is very popular in sailing circles, convinced the jury, who judged all works according to three criteria: originality, quality of production and general effect.
Martin Keruzoré's goosebumps cinema for Ocean Lovers
Martin Keruzoré's film "Vues du Large" pays homage to sea sailing and the people in The Ocean Race, in Figaro, on Minis and on the Ultimate Giants. The elaborately compiled clip compresses Keruzoré's impressions of around 70,000 nautical miles covered in the past three years. As a highly observant on-board reporter, the filmmaker captured the emotions and the work of the sailors at sea in a captivating way. His goosebumps clip is worth seeing at a time when many high seas longings could not be satisfied due to the pandemic and due to unusual events. The film shows many a well-known professional at sea in a completely different way than you usually know him or her. Hannah Parrott delivers the wonderful sound with her song "Flight".
A photographer and filmmaker washed up with water: Martin Keruzoré
"Compromising this film to three minutes was a very complicated exercise that took a long time," said Keruzoré at the online award ceremony, "but I wanted to show a different vision of ocean sailing. I used the quarantine this spring to do this Editing the video. It is a great honor for me to win this award. The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award is the Cannes Film Festival of sailing. " Second was Bertrand Duquenne's (Bertrand Duquenne Photography) video "39H", which deals with MirandMerron's dream of participating in the Vendée Globe. The dream came true - MirandMerron is currently there. Sarah Broadbent (Orillo) took third place with her work of art "Harness the Hurricane", which deals with the preparations of Dean Barker and the Softbank Team Japan for the America's Cup 2017 off Bermuda.
Hervé Borde received a special prize, who with his Nefertiti production not only reflects the Vendée Globe 2016/17 and sensational scenes in the South Sea, but is also present in the current edition and again delivers strong images. Borde's award-winning clip staged Alex Thomson and Armel Le Cléac'h as they race in the Southern Ocean. Borde also had air support from the French army. Artur Sikorski (MikkelGroth.com) won the audience award. At least the Silverrudder participants of this year remember Mikkel Groth as the man who made calm sailing into a fascinating visual art. In this case it was his colleague Artur Sikorski who dealt with time management at a regatt in his film "Time Always Wins" and was best received by the audience.
All videos can be seen here.