BEST FEATURE FILM
‘The Necromancer’ by Stuart Brennan
Retreating from the Napoleonic War, a small band of British soldiers make their way through the Black Forest in Germany, unaware of what is waiting for them...
‘SOLO!’ by Nic Cornwall and Jonathan Hall
A young Englishman arrives in a remote, run-down Spanish village and has to reform their band – before they find out that it was his dad who ruined the village in the first place.
BEST SHORT FILM
‘Tea with Lemon’ by Robert Harrison
A clueless poet and café regular attempts to charm a waitress by constructing an enigmatic persona and learning her mother tongue. But she is too preoccupied by her failing marriage to notice his futile efforts.
‘Epiphany’ by Stephen Levy
LENNY CAMPBELL, LATE TEENS, mugs a youth in an alleyway, somewhere in East London. JAMES HAZE, MID 30S, BESUITED, strolls along the road looking at direction on the sat Nav on his mobile phone. As JAMES looks around to find his bearings, LENNY advances towards him from behind with his hoody draped over his face.
JAMES turn around and finds himself face to face with a man in a hoody. They stop and stare at each other, likened to a Mexican standoff. LENNY removes his hood, politely asking JAMES for some change, who instead offers LENNY a sandwich and a hot drink.
Both men sit at a table in cafe. JAMES notices a large crucifix wrapped around LENNY’S neck. A spiritual conversation arises followed by an emotion response form LENNY. LENNY is left bewildered and walks off feeling spiritually challenged. While all of this was taking place, LENNY was unaware that he was being watched by TONY.
Later on that day; LENNY receives a call from his friend TONY, aggressive, who fancies himself as a bit of a gangster, asking him to meet at a local abandoned warehouse. LENNY arrives at the warehouse and is greeted by TONY, SHAZ and LUCY, all part of the gang.
TONY, beaming, leads LENNY into the back of the warehouse. To LENNY’S horror, JAMES is battered and bruised and tied to a chair. LENNY and TONY argue, and after much discussion and debate, the majority decides that JAMES has to die, as he would be able to identify them in any subsequent ID parade.
TONY nominates himself to carry out the cold blooded killing. LENNY disagrees. A deliberation ensues. Finally they all agree and LENNY enters the room where JAMES is held captive. A shots is fired.
Moments later, LENNY emerges from the room, handing TONY the gun, saying “It’s sorted” The Lenny, Lucy and Shaz exit the warehouse and Tony stands there for moments with doubt in his mind about shooting, but sound of Police siren makes him leave the warehouse immediately.
Later that day; LENNY proceeds listlessly towards a church were his late Mother use to take him. He falls on his knee in prayer like position. He face is full of anguish as tears fall down his face, as he recall the day events. We can only assume that this could be LENNY’S transformation or calling to better way of life.
‘A Pinprick of Light’ by Kasra Karimi
A university professor starts to lose his eyesight and begins to fear his world is slipping away. Could a dream keep alive his memories of what he holds dear?
‘RETURN from the HUNT’ by Recep Cavdar
While İsmail was returning from the hunt to his village he encountered the shepherd of the village, Mehmet. Mehmet is a pure man, he is only pure, not crazy.
Mehmet invites İsmail to the tree's shadow where he was sitting. Because the heat and tiredness overwhelmed Ismail, he accepted the invitation. He answers Mehmet's hunting questions. Mehmet shows to İsmail a fairly distant tree and asks him if he can shoot or not his cap, if he got and stand there by the three. İsmail tells that he can hit the cap from that distance. At the end they make a bet. While Mehmet stood in front of İsmail by the far tree, İsmail regretted it, but he couldn't backpedal.
Mehmet slowly placed the cap on his head and Ismail perturbedly aim his gun to the target and pull the trigger with fear. As soon as the bullet was fired, shepherd Mehmet collapsed. When the old dog saw that his owner fell down, quickly he runs toward to owner and attacked him.
BEST FOREIGN FILM
‘Carga’ by Yad Deen
Marta and Juan travel to Iraq to uncover the secrets of an abandoned cigarette factory.
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
‘TIGERNUT (Homeland of the Wholehearted Women)’ by Andoni Monforte
A worldwide trade war has broken out over the control and distribution of the new healthy Super Food, tiger nuts, which will soon be a part of all healthy diets.
An investigation uncovers a plot of international corruption and abuses around the production of tiger nuts by European and American companies exploiting African resources.
"Tigernut" shows the encouraging response of thousands of families resisting this attempt to control their resources through initiatives such as the Mousso Faso cooperative.
‘Robin Hood Complex’ by Emile Ghessen
A self produced documentary on why international volunteers joined groups like the Peshmerga & YPG in Iraq and Syria to fight Islamic State
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
‘A Lions Tale’ by Tania Esteban
The Born Free story began with lions, and now 50 years later, A Lion’s Tale looks at the legacy that actress turn conservationist Virginia McKenna has left and the conflicts that lions and all wildlife face in Kenya.
Set in the the original heartland of the true father of lions, we journey to Meru National Park to see the Born Free team and Kenya wildlife service rangers on the front line of conflict and education.
The world’s largest ivory burn is about to take place, as a symbol
of Kenya’s determination to help all wildlife and stop the illegal
trade. Will the next generation take up the challenge?
Is there hope?
BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY
‘Tainted Love’ by Eleanor Paish
Tainted Love is a short documentary about the cultural significance of birds in Indonesia, and the devastating consequences that it has on wild populations.
There isn’t a nation on earth that loves it’s native birds more than Indonesia. But there’s a sinister side to this love story: millions of wild birds are trapped every year to be kept as pets, pushing populations to the brink of extinction. Through candid interviews, this short documentary reveals the motivations of those involved in Indonesia’s thriving bird trade, and its alarming consequences. ‘Chirping mania’ sees men competing songbirds head-to-head to win vast sums of money - with temptations like this, and longstanding traditions to uphold, even the most caring bird owner will risk destroying the very things they love the most.
‘Dead Cool’ by Simon Ross
Best Actor - Rob Witcomb
Simon started his career shooting documentaries, including the flagship series, Cutting Edge, on UK’s Channel 4. During this period he also edited Hollywood movie trailers for iTunes. This mix of shooting and editing, along with his developed interest in CGI and VFX combined with live action work, led to directing opportunities on promos and commercials.
Living and working in London, he is now working on getting his first feature made.
Simon graduated with an MA in Film and Television Production from Bristol University, after completing an MA in Politics at the University of Edinburgh.
‘Concealer’ by Josh Alward
Whilst applying her makeup on a high speed train, a woman comes across a piece of jewellery in her bag that she had all but forgotten about. Determined not to be affected by its apparent hold on her, she puts it aside and continues her routine, doggedly re-applying her concealer after a tear rolls down her face, disturbing her mask. But as it transpires that all is not what it seems, her methods to hide her turbulent emotions become more and more extreme..
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
‘Echoes’ by Lucy Werrett and Johnny Lennox
The rivalry found between two dancers, characterises (through movement and energy) the political troubles found in our world and more specifically, how these ‘troubles’ are echoed through news stories and social media.
The dancers however, are not alone for a mysterious singer (personifying the idea of peace) is able to unite the dancers through leading them back into a state of synchronisation - a balance of good and evil.
‘Varanasi - Beyond Life’ by Ayas K
A BEAUTIFUL, HAUNTING GLIMPSE OF INDIA’S MOST AUSPICIOUS PLACE TO DIE
‘Crossing’ by Graham Beckett
Two friends' adventure comes to a standstill when one of them can't find the courage to cross a deserted road. His friend Betty unknowingly triggers a childhood memory of his mother’s strength in dealing with fear. Will it be enough to help him find courage and continue on their adventure?
‘Burn’ by Judson Vaughan
In the midst of national hysteria and incomprehensible personal tragedy, a child is born bearing the scars of other people's sins.
‘F’Arts Sake’ by Ross McFall
F'Arts Sake is the slapstick comedic tale of Colin, a man with a singular obsession - a painting, that’s due to exhibit at the art gallery next to his office.
Through the barriers of sold out signs and a love tussle with his sleazy boss for a date with co-worker Claudia, Colin devises a master plan to see the picture he worships, with the woman he loves…
‘Devon Gothic’ by Alice Evans
A hybrid man-bird, living heads trapped under glass and an indoor Arctic expedition, Devon Gothic is a journey to where history and fantasy collide with the writer’s imagination. Inspired by the centenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein, here Mary (played by Tristan Coleshaw and Abigail Oaks) joins forces with her signature creation (played by Julian Firth, Patrick Melrose, Game of Thrones, The Queen) to capture and destroy the bird creature that taunts them, born from the dead body of Bristolian poet, Thomas Chatterton. But while she may be able to control the dark forces of her imagination, can Mary also hold back the invading forces of a changing and expanding world? With its sequences of dreamlike imagery reminiscent of master directors Ken Russell and Wong Kar-wai, Devon Gothic is nothing less than a grand tour of both body and mind.
BEST STUDENT DIRECTOR
‘The Gurney’ by Glenn Whelan
The Gurney tells the story of execution warden, Albert Gilmore, and the death row inmate Aleisha Edwards, a young black woman convicted of the murder of the officer who fatally shot her husband. The film focuses on the pair’s relationship and the effects the imminent execution, and the circumstances surrounding it, has on both Aleisha and Albert.
‘Post Mortem’ by James Todd
A story about Death carrying out his grim job in the final days of the world. In his loneliness, he finds an unlikely friend.
BEST STUDENT FILM
‘Autumn’ by Joseph Wise
Love is full circle.
‘RISK’ by Luke Bradford
As Sara de Lacy trains for the biggest MMA fight of her life, she faces stiff resistance from her friends and family.
The reason why will shock you.
‘Under The Jericho Sun’ by Marc Pearce
A rendezvous for vital enemy information goes wrong and leaves two British soldiers and their contact to flee from a key German Air Base across the dangerous North African Desert. The last available plane is deployed to find them and recover the information; a deadly Stuka dive-bomber. In the race to escape, the desert road runs out and they become stranded on an exposed ridge. With time and options running out, they must fight to survive as Stukas, snakes and suspicion close in around them.
‘Go with him’ by Chris Billingham
Jack has kept something to himself for 15 years and today he's finally telling someone. Jack has terrible timing.
‘Hold hands or hide’ by Simon Wegrzyn
Adam and Stuart are attacked in the streets after a night out in a local bar. They are both left with physical scars but how will they cope with the emotional ones?
The fight for equality is far from over. Hate Crimes against LGBT+ people have surged by 78%; 9% in 2013 to 16% in 2017 with a recent 2018 Government Survey stating that 68% of LGBTQ+ people avoided holding hands with a same-sex partner in public for fears of violence.
These statistics do not paint the full picture as many victims still do not report their attacks.
In 2008, Director Simon Wegrzyn was victim to an LGBT+ related hate crime. In this short film, he shares his story on how the attack has left one permanent scar - the fear to hold hands with the man he loves.
BEST FILM OF BRISTOL
‘Invisible’ by Arthur Cauty
A portrait of Bristol’s homeless; a voice for those we often pretend are invisible.
‘LP’ by Nikita Kardakov
‘Man of Colour’ by Martin Keady
The incredible true story of Walter Tull, one of Britain's first black footballers who became the first black man to become a British Army officer and ultimately one of Britain's greatest (if now largely forgotten) heroes of World War One.