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Newham and Southwark Film-Makers Win Top Awards for Short Films

Date posted: 29.07.2010

Film London's Best of Borough Film Awards (BoBs) took place at a prestigious ceremony at BAFTA last night. Writer/director Rohan Green, from the London Borough of Newham, won the Audience Award for the Olympic-inspired Physical Education and writer/director Mark Gutteridge, from the London Borough of Southwark, won the Jury Award for Assessment. Both film-making teams received a cash prize of £2,000 each for producing the best shorts produced through this year's London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC). Also at the ceremony Elishama Udorok, from the London Borough of Barnet, won the new Film London in 90 Seconds competition for his film Crazy In Barnet.

The Awards were presented by BAFTA-nominated writer/director Eran Creevy, who found acclaim following the release of his debut feature, Shifty, made through Film London's Microwave scheme. The Audience Award was selected by members of the public who viewed and voted for their favourite film on the Film London website. Physical Education was a clear winner receiving just under a third of all votes cast.

The Jury Award was decided by a panel of film industry experts, made up of BAFTA-winning producer Stephen Woolley, Philip Ilson, Director of the London Short Film Festival, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, film critic for Metro UK, Joe Bateman, Director of Rushes Soho Shorts and Katie Matcalfe, Acquisitions Manager for Shorts International. On selecting Assessment the jury said: "The film-making team behind Assessment showed great ambition and vision and have produced a film with impressive cinematography and excellent performances. Assessment has strong characters and the storyline successfully intrigues and connects with the audience. The jury all agreed that Assessment was made by a team with a great deal of potential."

Adrian Wootton
, Chief Executive of Film London said:

"Making short films provides an excellent route into the film industry. The experience gained, lessons learned and 'on the job' training, has seen many burgeoning film-makers move successfully from shorts to features, including the likes of Christopher Nolan, Andrea Arnold and Joe Wright.

Film London's Best of Borough Film Awards are an annual celebration of the fantastic short films created through the LBFFC. The scheme plays a vital role in reaching and nurturing the capital's grassroots talent, helping to ensure London continues to be a hot bed of creative talent. This year a strong shortlist of films is accompanied by the winning shorts from the new Film London in 90 Seconds competition, which has enabled even more boroughs to offer their residents film-making opportunities."

Film London's LBFFC is a short film-making scheme open to all residents of the participating boroughs. Working in partnership with the capital's local authorities the aim of the LBFFC is to discover new talent, develop skills and stimulate local film-making. 23 of the 33 London boroughs took part in 2009, up from 15 boroughs in 2008, following a pledge from the Mayor of London that this unique and successful film fund would increase its reach. 16 boroughs offered the full film-making fund, allowing would be film-makers to apply for production funds of up to £4000. A further seven boroughs offered their residents the Film London in 90 Seconds competition - a new initiative giving more London boroughs the tools and resources to deliver a film-making competition. The seven borough winners of Film London in 90 Seconds won £300 each.

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Notes to Editors

The shortlist for the 2010 BoBs are:

Article #38 - Barking & Dagenham
His daughter taken by an anonymous woman from his violent past. The ransom - the childhood that was stolen from her. Time is running out.

Assessment - Southwark
Teenage exams are tough: at ballet school and at the local comprehensive.

Blind Man's Bluff - Bexley
Dustman Connor bites off more than he can chew when he pretends to be a blind man's dog.

Buriganga - Lewisham
Five lives coalesce around the Buriganga River in Bangladesh. With fire-breathers, a floating hotel and a beautiful political exile, the film captures the rhythms of this incredible waterway.

By Hook - Hackney
At the very edge of the Ocean, a lonely fishmonger learns that he must take the bait to be with the one he loves.

Disgraced - Redbridge
When a young Muslim girl's borrowed mobile rings in front of her dad, it triggers a tragic chain of events.

Elsewhere - Kensington & Chelsea
Two lovers on the run in the wilds of London's outer edges. A story of love, destruction and the act of letting go.

The Ghost of Morris Horn - Westminster
Live action, handpainted animation and documentary combine bring to life a story of courage and heroism in a small Greek village during WW2.

The Holiday - Waltham Forest
Banter around the Burger Van is always animated - especially with Ken griping to his mates about his nagging wife and kids. But Ken's home isn't your typical family abode...

North Atlantic - Camden
Golf Tango Tango there anyone out there?

Physical Education - Newham
15 year old Casey has her eyes firmly focused on reaching the 2012 Olympics. However she is constantly bullied for thinking she is something special.

Short Lease - Enfield
A ghost story.

The Tunnel - Lambeth
'If you could play there, you could play anywhere.' (Harry Enfield). The story of British comedy's best-kept secret, The Tunnel Club.

Under the Influence with Stephen Mensah - Wandsworth
The story of Stephen Mensah, rap artist who turned his life around from heading towards a life of crime to theology and the church

We Are What We Drink - Haringey
A man stands in line for his morning coffee blissfully unaware at how life defining his encounter with the slack-jawed, gum chewing barista will actually be.

Young Blood - Tower Hamlets
A young man and a local boy are brought together through a silver pocketwatch.

Winners of the Film London in 90 Seconds competition:

Timeless Fun (Merton) Writer/Directors: Frances Bushe & Chris Sheridan

There Are Always Two Legs (Islington) Writer/Director: Sam Kirkwood

A Very Brief History of Richmond Green! (Richmond) Writer/Director: Octavia Hartland

Nothing but Chain (Sutton) Writer/Director: Peter Mallett

Crazy in Barnet (Barnet) Writer/Director: Elishama Udorok

My Brent (Brent) Writer/Director: Mike Edwards

Grow Heathrow (Hillingdon) Writer/Director: Liy Kember


Open to all local residents of the participating boroughs, the film funds offer £500-£4,000 towards the production of a short film. The scheme is run and funded by the participating boroughs, with Film London providing financial support as well as dedicated advice and resources. Most film-funds are run in partnerships comprising of two or more neighbouring London boroughs as follows: Eastern Edge Film Fund: (Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest), Southern Exposure: (Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth), Westminster, Wandsworth, Kensington & Chelsea Shorts Film Fund 2009, New Pathways: (Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney), North London Film Fund: (Haringey, Enfield, Camden), Bexley Film Fund - Reel World.

The inaugural Film 'London' in 90 Seconds competition was run in the boroughs of Barnet, Havering, Hounslow, Richmond-upon-Thames, Merton, Islington, Sutton. The winning film from each borough will be screened at the BoBs and the overall winner announced.

Film London works in partnership with the borough film funds, providing in the region of £50,000 towards the scheme plus advisory support.

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