Celebrating the best in filmmaking from around the world in the heart of London
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The programme includes:
Steven Berkoff's Tell Tale Heart by Stephen Cookson (UK)
Eighth Continent by Yorgos Zois (Greece)
Home by Daniel Mulloy (UK)
The Valley Below by Joel Hoffman (Switzerland)
DeKalb Elementary by Reed Van Dyk (USA)
We are abnormal by Rene Perez (USA)
Stand Down by Dana Tynan (USA)
30 Cents by Markus Thorington (USA)
Their names - Burning Star by Romain Laurent (France)
Ultrasound - Kontiki by Andrew Rutter (UK)
Backstory by Joschka Laukeninks (Germany)
After Life by Nick Mayow and Prisca Bouchet (New Zealand)
Karma by Zhaoyu Zhou (USA)
Flutter by Vladimir Todorov (USA)
Ecstasy by Kitty Frobenius (Norway)
Limits of Freedom: The Street Children of Kathmandu
by Joe Gist & Aidan Joseph (UK)
Wanted by Graeme Montgomery (UK)
Aquarelle (It means I’m sorry) by Pluton Vasi (Albania)
Tupamaro by Martin Markovits (Venezuela, USA)
Fefe Limbe by Julien Silloray (France)
Standby by Charlotte Regan (UK)
Rosario by Marlen Rios-Farjat (Mexico)
Laws of the Game by Aegina Brahim (UK)
Poke by Mareike Engelhardt (France)
The Hunt by Nguyen Hong Ngoc Mai (Singapore)
Wren Boys by Harry Lighton (UK)
A Little Grey by Simon Hewitt (UK)
Written/Unwritten by Adrian Silisteanu (Romania)
Domesticated Wolf by Elad J. Primo (Israel)
Glory by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece)
King of the Belgians by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria)
Western by Valeska Grisebach (Germany, Bulgaria, Austria)
Sami Blood by Amanda Kernell (Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
Congratulations also go to to this year's runners up which are:
GARDEN OF DELIGHT by Paul Grammatico
BEAUTIFUL MIND by Carlos Henrique Marques.
Highly Commended by the judges is:
INDISCRIMINATE KILLER by Greg Fellows.
Many thanks to all the scriptwriters who submitted to the competition. The standard was incredibly high and as always choosing the winner led to long committee debates. We look forward to the next set of entries in the 2017/18 Feature Script Competition.
1st - Princess by Tife Kusoro
2nd - Sue is Sad by Andy Hagon
3rd - Good Riddance by Calvin M. J. Smith
Congratulations to the winners but also to all the writers who made this our best 3 minute script selection yet.
Also great to report that the winner of the 2015 3 Minute Script Competition What happened to Evie by Carol Young Husband has now gone into production.
It’s great to note that three of our winning films from our November festival screenings were nominated for Oscars.
‘Toni Erdmann’, winner of the UKFF Best Comedy Feature was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film;
‘My Life as a Zucchini’, winner of the UKFF Best Feature Animation was nominated for Best Animated Feature;
‘TimeCode’, one of the UKFF Official Selection was nominated for Best Live Action Short.
The Edgeware Special Jury Prize for Short Film
When You Hear the Bells [Au bruit de clochettes]
directed by Chabname Zariab (France/Afghanistan)
The Edgeware Award for Best British Short Film
Sweet Maddie Stone
directed by Brady Hood (UK)
The Edgeware Grand Prix for Best Short Film
4:15 The End of the World [4:15 P.M. Sfarsitul Lumii]
directed by Catalin Rotaru and Gabi Virginia Sarga (Romania)
The Edgeware Award for Outstanding Achievement
Timothy Spall for Stanley A Man of Variety
directed by Stephen Cookson (UK)
A Special Mention for
The Bathtub [Die Badewanne]
directed by Tim Ellrich (Germany)
Best Feature Documentary
My Brother's Voice by Andrea Bersani (Italy)
Best Feature Film
by Luis Ayhllon (Mexico)
by Liam Harris (UK)
Best Short Documentary
Heart of the Land (Toivola)
directed by Kaisa Astikainen (Finland)
Best Student Film
by Yanqi Chen (UK/China)
Best Music Video
Schoolboy Q ”John Muir”
by Scott Fleishman (USA)
Congratulations to our winners and to all our Official Selection 2016.
The finalists competing for the 2016 Lux Film Prize have been announced as: “À peine j´ouvre les yeux” (As I Open My Eyes): Leyla Bouzid (France, Tunisia, Belgium, United Arab Emirates), “Ma vie de courgette” (My Life as a Courgette): Claude Barras (Switzerland, France) and “Toni Erdmann” Maren Ade (Germany, Romania, Austria). The three films showcase a wide variety of genres, topics and artistic approaches: a testimony of a young generation in Tunisia, a stop-motion animation film portraying life in an orphanage and a political tragicomedy dealing with contemporary corporate culture.
Any of our Official Selection British Features are now eligible to be nominated for a British Independent Film Award.
Photo by Tristan Fewings, Getty Images: For more details please go to www.bifa.film.
Last year’s Feature Script Winner was Fred Wood for “The Circle”
Congratulations to the winner, Dave Patterson for COTTONTAIL.
COTTONTAIL is an exciting and touching road movie which tells the story of Henry, a meek farmer boy and Billy, his older cousin and saviour.
Billy is everything Henry isn’t – bold, handsome, strong, quick witted, and a psychopath.
The loveable silver tongued killer takes Henry on a journey across southern USA to see the ocean and teaches him about life along the way. But will they ever see the promised Californian paradise they dream of?
HIGHLY COMMENDED by the judges and chosen as joint runners-up were…
MY OWN WAY by Oxana Yatsenko: and
SEEING RED by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
MY OWN WAY is the tragically moving story of an independent young man who after being diagnosed with Multiple Scleroses, lives in denial and pushes away everyone who loves him and wants to help him. For how long can he survive this debilitating journey?
SEEING RED is a powerful and harrowing supernatural mystery thriller in which a lonely, guilt-ridden werewolf falls in love with one of his beautiful redheaded victims. To win her love he must conquer his own murderous instincts while keeping one step ahead of the international police investigation. Will a second mysterious killer with the same M.O. literally kill his only chance at happiness? This tale really keeps you hooked, horrified and guessing till the very last page.
Many thanks to all the scriptwriters who made this our most exciting feature script competition to date.
Congratulations to Carol Younghusband for WHAT HAPPENED TO EVIE?
Runner up and highly commended was PEDIGREE CHUM by Marc Stretton
Many thanks to all our writers who made this our strongest script competition to date.
Meanwhile the UK Film Festival Script Competition continues its success and goes from strength to strength. Three of our previous script competition winners A.J. Riley who wrote MIKE; and Andrea Allen and Alfred Allen who wrote A CONFESSION have had their scripts produced as award winning films by the UK Film Festival and Irresistible Films. Director, Petros Silvestros continues to win awards around the world with these two films.
Congratulations to the twice Berlinale Winner Director Petros Silvestros who has just won the Best Thriller Award and Best Short Film of the Festival Award, at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival for his short film ‘’ A Confession’’. Aesthetica is the biggest short film festival in UK and ‘’A Confession’’ was in competition with more than 300 short films. Earlier this year Silvestros had won his second Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival becoming the first ever director in Berlinale’s history to win this award twice.
A Confession was made from Andrea Allen’s winning screenplay from the UK Film Festival Script competition last year . The film was co-produced by our own Murray Woodfield and Irresistible Films’ Producer, Matt Nelson.
Film is not all about awards, but if you need a seal of quality for this relatively new shorts festival, last year’s overall winner, Mat Kirkby’s Phone Call, went on to win the Oscar for best live-action short. In addition, the festival’s writing competition, in which the best script is made into a film, has also produced the winners at the Berlin film festival two years in a row. Some on show this year have already won awards, meanwhile: Colombian motherhood story Leidi took the top prize at Cannes while Belfast childhood comedy Boogaloo And Graham won the Bafta (and an Oscar nomination). Kirkby returns to judge this year’s shorts, which play in feature-length programmes, with prizes in documentary, animated, international and British shorts up for grabs. There are also filmmaker Q&As and a few features, including a version of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. Good company to be in, then.
Congratulations to director Petros Silvestros for winning his second Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2015 for his short film A Confession and also for creating another historical record.
This is the second year in a row that Silvestros receives this Best Short Film award becoming the first ever director to win this award twice in the 65 years history of Berlinale. Last year he won the Crystal Bear for his short film, Mike becoming the first British director to ever win this award. Seen above, producer of A Confession Murray Woodfield with the recipient of the Crystal bear, Director Petros Silvestros.
A Confession was made from Andrea Allen’s winning screenplay from the UK Film Festival Script competition last year. The film was co-produced by our own Murray Woodfield and Irresistible Film’s Producer Matt Nelson.
Producer Murray Woodfield says: “We are proud that the UK Film Festival continues to find scripts through their script competitions and match them up with established directors so that the script winners end up as writers of award winning films. Doing this two years in a row is fantastic.”
Director Petros Silvestros says: “Winning the Crystal Bear twice has been amazing experience and I cannot thank enough the UK Film Festival for not only providing an outstanding pool of talent and also being the instigator of these two projects.”
UK Film Festival Oscar Winners 2015
Two of the UK Film Festival 2014 winners have now won Oscars!
We congratulate Mat Kirkby director of “The Phone Call” with Jim Broadbent and Sally Hawkins – which won the Oscar for Best Short Film and our Winning Feature film “Ida” - directed by Pawel Pawlikowski who took the Best Film in a Foreign Language Oscar.
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