Winner Announced for the Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker 2012
Saturday 22nd September saw the Young Filmmakers Showcase present the best films made by young people in the North East of England, Scottish Borders and Southern Scotland all compete for a cash prize of £200 donated by the family of Chris Anderson; his widow Chrissie and son Paul WS Anderson.
The day, sponsored by Berwick Holiday Park, began with the World Premiere of The Berwick Film Academy production Maybe Next Time a 3 minute mystery thriller shot entirely on location in Berwick upon Tweed. The full cast and crew were in attendance to introduce the film and collect DVD copies of the film along with certificates of achievement.
Leading on to the Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker a very special introduction was made by Director Paul W.S. Anderson and actress Milla Jovovich via a pre-recorded video to highlight their support for the youth programme and specifically encouraging young people to make films.
The professional Jury made up of Laura Degnan (Writers Block), Samm Hailley (Film Producer) and Merrick Thomson (Berwick youth Project), had the difficult job of selecting a single winner out of the 10 excellent films all made by young people under19. At the end of the screening they presented a Special Mention to the Scottish film Rouge noting its story-telling and direction in particular. The the announcement was made... The winner of the Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker is... Attack of the Thing from Outer Space, made by young people as part of the Pop Up Cinema at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne, 'The winner was chosen for its strength of storytelling, performance, imagination and fun. it was a unanimous decision' the Jury said.
Both the film makers of Rouge and Attack of the Thing from Outer Space received a special prize; A poster of Resident Evil: Retribution signed by Director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich.
All the film makers received certificates and were welcomed on stage to meet the Jury to have photographs taken.
“The standard of Film making was the best I have ever seen this year with a great selection of films showing commitment, enthusiasm and creativity from all the young people involved” Adam Graham, Youth Projects Producer