The reed.co.uk Short Film Awards were handed out at BAFTA last night – and Andrew Lee Potts took home the top prize.
The London-based actor and director, best known for his work on Primeval, won the Grand Prix prize of £10,000 for Photo Finish. The film, which is set in a photo booth at a wedding, depicts a heart-warming attempt to pop the question.
Now in its sixth year, the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition creates career changing opportunities for up and coming British creative talent to showcase their work to industry professionals. This year, the challenge was to make a three-minute short, based on an original idea around the theme “The Question”. 572 entries were submitted – the highest in the contest’s history.
Other winners on the night, awarded £1,000 each, were Norwich producer Carolyn Goodyear, who took away the Judge’s Commendation Award for The Sesquipedalianist, and 22-year-old Cornish director Ben Mankin, who was awarded Best Young Filmmaker for Corner to Corner. The People’s Choice Award, which was chosen by public vote, went to Chris Cronin for Peter.
The judges also gave a special commendation to two young filmmakers from Buckingham: Jamie Coe, 16, and Gabriel Steel, 17, for The Question.
The winners were selected by a judging panel of industry experts, including Lisa Bryer, the Oscar-winning Producer of short film Wasp and The Last King of Scotland, Tim Bevan, co-chairman of Working Title, and BAFTA-winning documentarian Molly Dineen.
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