Calibre scoops top award at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Calibre, the Highlands-set debut feature of British filmmaker Matt Palmer, has won the top award at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The 72nd edition of the EIFF wraps up on Sunday with the UK premiere of Swimming with Men.

Calibre, starring Jack Lowden and Martin McCann, took the Michael Powell Award for best British film.

It sees their characters head to an isolated village in the Highlands for a weekend hunting trip that turns into a struggle for survival.

Writer-director Palmer said: “Winning this prestigious award represents an amazing culmination to the nine years of intense work which brought the film to fruition.

“We’ve been completely thrilled by the amazing response from Edinburgh International Film Festival audiences and had a fantastic experience at the festival.”

The festival jury said: “Beautifully shot, technically accomplished, with a fantastic ensemble performance, director and screenwriter Matt Palmer pitches the tension and emotional journey flawlessly.

“We are fully invested in the characters and their dilemmas as the choices they make lead to a shattering conclusion.”

The award for best performance in a British feature film was shared by Liv Hill and Sinead Matthews for their roles in Jellyfish, the debut feature by writer-director James Gardner.

Cyril Shaublin’s Those Who Are Fine scooped the award for best international feature film.

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