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Award Winners Announced for Best of Boroughs

Date posted: 29.07.2010

The annual celebration of grassroots film-making talent took place at BAFTA headquarters in Piccadilly last night. Film-maker Eran Creevy (Shifty, Welcome to the Punch) led the proceedings and was thrilled to bestow the Best of Boroughs Audience Award and Jury Award to local film-makers in London.

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 made through this year's London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC). Also at the ceremony Elishama Udorok, from the London Borough of Barnet, was the overall winner of the inaugural Film London in 90 Seconds competition for his film Crazy in Barnet.

The Audience Award was selected by members of the public who viewed and voted for their favourite film online. 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 - 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. They were all taken with the "impressive cinematography and excellent performances" of Assessment - a story of teenage angst at school.

Film London's Best of Borough Film Awards champion local film-making talent, as well as the varied and diverse short films created through the LBFFC. This year 16 films were shortlisted from the main funding scheme, with a film selected from each of the London boroughs involved in the fund. A further seven boroughs offered the new Film London in 90 Seconds competition.

Find out more about Borough Film Funds in the capital. Read the full press release.

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