Hackney and Enfield film-makers win top awards
Over 4,000 people vote in Film London’s Best of Borough Film Awards
Film London’s Best of Borough Film Awards (BoBs) took place at a prestigious ceremony at BAFTA last night. BoBs patron and award-winning director, Gurinder Chadha, presented Hackney film-maker Alex Taylor with the Jury Award for Kids Might Fly, and Gary Grant from Enfield the Audience Award for Daisy’s Last Stand. 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).
The Audience Award was selected by members of the public who viewed and voted for their favourite film on the Film London website. Over 4,000 people voted this year and Daisy’s Last Stand was a clear winner with almost a quarter of the votes. A directorial debut from Grant, the film is a touching and funny story about Daisy who refuses to be beaten by Alzheimer’s disease.
The winning titles were selected from 13 shortlisted films, all made through Film London’s LBFFC, 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 fund is to discover grassroots talent, stimulate local film-making, develop new skills and bring the work to a wider audience.
Film London’s LBFFC is a short film-making scheme supported by the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency. 15 of the 33 London boroughs took part delivering an enormous opportunity to some of the capital’s most disadvantaged communities. The 13 shortlisted films cover a huge range of issues, subject matter and style, reflecting the richness and diversity of London’s society. With a broad range of films across drama, documentary, animation and comedy, the themes include immigration, sex, mental illness, gang culture, love and unemployment.