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Winner of Best of Boroughs Film Awards Announced

Date posted: 18.07.2012

Film London's Best of Boroughs Film Awards (BoBs) took place Tuesday 17 July at the BFI Southbank. The prestigious Jury Award was presented by award-winning film-maker and BoBs patron, Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham).

Out of the 11 films presented, writer/director Claire Oakley from the London borough of Kensington & Chelsea received the Jury Award for her film Physics. The film explores the redemptive power of childhood imagination when two young girls discover 'The God Particle' on a local beach.

Oakley and team received a cash prize of £2,000 for being selected as the best short produced through this year's London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC), Film London's annual shorts fund run in partnership with the participating boroughs and with funding from Creative Skillset.

This year's illustrious BoBs jury included BAFTA-winning producer Stephen Wolley (Made in Dagenham), BFI Film Fund senior production executive Chris Collins, film critic Finn Halligan, producer Pippa Cross (Vanity Fair), and writer/director Hong Khaou (Microwave's Lilting).

On selecting the winning film, the jury said: "Physics is a beautifully filmed narrative by a director who has a great visual sense. A film that playfully explores interesting themes, backed up by natural and winning performances especially by the two young leads."

With such a strong selection of films shortlisted for the BoBs this year, two additional films were also chosen by the Jury to receive a special mention.. The film Darklight, directed by Richard Turley from the London borough of Lewisham was noted to be "highly atmospheric", while Stop, written/directed by Paul Murphy from the London borough of Barking & Dagenham, was also praised for being "extremely well written".

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Adrian Wootton Chief Executive of Film London, said  "short films are the life blood of the industry - a way of finding and developing London's next generation of directors, producers, script writers and actors. I'm proud to say the LBFFC has such a great success rate."

Film London's LBFFC is a short film-making scheme which aims to discover London's next generation of film-makers and is 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 grassroots talent, stimulate local film-making and develop new skills across London.

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