And the winner of the Chris Anderson Award is...


We are very please to announce the the winner of the Chris Anderson Award 2010, as decided on Sunday 19th September by a panel of judges, is The Pirate & The Mermaid, a film which has screened at film fests all over the UK but which was actually made in the region.

The Chris Anderson Award was launched in 2007 to encourage young people involved in filmmaking and to identify promising new talent. The competition is open to under-19’s from across the North East and commemorates the life of Chris Anderson who was an active supporter of both the Berwick upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival and young filmmakers. The award offers an annual cash prize of £200, which has kindly been donated by the family of Chris Anderson -¬ his widow Chrissie Anderson, and his son Paul WS Anderson, director of Resident Evil and Alien Vs Predator.

Nine short films, all made by young people, made it through to the shortlist for this year’s award. These nine films were selected by young people themselves as part of the Berwick Youth Film Club, led by Youth Projects Producer Adam Graham. The shortlisted films were then screened at the Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre on Sunday 19th September, as part of the highly successful 6th Berwick upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival.

The excitement and anticipation was palpable and one member of the audience made the comment that it was “great to see such enthusiasm from such young filmmakers”.

After seeing all nine selected films and after much deliberation, the jury - made up of James Harris (Writers Block North East), Cadi Catlow & Andy Kaiser (End of the Pier
Films), Reagan Kempton (FILMCLUB), and Kate Taylor (Northern Film & Media) – awarded the prize for Best Young Filmmakers to the Beacon Hill Sixth Form for The Pirate & The Mermaid. A special mention also went to the film How to Make Friends from Berwick-based filmmakers Abigail Thomson and Sam Kenny. The prize awarded consisted of a £200 cash-prize and the opportunity to screen the film at the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival in March 2011.

We would like to offer our congratulations to the winners and thanks go to all those young filmmakers who made such wonderful submissions, the Berwick Youth Film Club who drew up the shortlist, and to the judges. Next year promises to be just as exciting and we look forward to once again working with our young, up-and-coming filmmakers. Get your thinking caps on and start planning your submissions now!

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