Young Filmmakers - WINNERS
The winner of the Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker is... Alex Ayre, for Kitman!
Alex Ayre was awarded a shiny Chris Anderson trophy and walks away with a £200 cash prize to go towards his next filmmaking project. Alex was presented his prize at the Young Filmmakers Showcase by a high profile jury that deliberated over the 12 strong shortlist, made up of Rob Earnshaw (Chairman of the National Youth Film Academy), local filmmaker Alysoun Sharpe, and director Kari Anne Moe, who travelled from Oslo, Norway to be at the festival.
Kitman is an engaging documentary which observes Tony Kennedy, a recently retired Kit Man, having serving more than 1000 games for his beloved Blyth Spartans. The documentary centres around how his good-hearted nature and commitment to the role has earned him a cult status amongst players, officials and fans. Cinematographer for Kitman, Joe Kroese was also awarded a scholarship to the National Youth Film Academy for his special contribution to the film.
The jury also awarded 2 further scholarships to the National Youth Film Academy, to Caitlin Ivory for her brilliant direction of Rockhopper and to Yutsil Martinez for his outstanding role in The Man with No Man.
.....and winner of the inaugural Wilson's Tales Film Award is: David Martin for The Faithful Chicken.
The Faithful Chicken is an imaginative adaptation of the original Wilson’s Tale story, “The Faithful Wife”. This short film sees the original characters replaced by chickens and takes the setting out of the bloody battlefield of Flodden and onto a small anonymous farm in the countryside. This story was stripped down to its core bones and rebuilt to cover the same dramatic themes of love, loyalty and sacrifice.
David wins a cool £300 to go towards this next filmmaking project kindly donated by the Wilson's Tales Project. Anna Dakin was awarded the runners-up prize of £200 for her 16mm film, The Faithful Wife: An Abstract interpretation.
Festival Coordinator Charlie Gregory said "Thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted their films to the Chris Anderson Award and the Wilson's Tales Film Award this year, it was so hard to select only one winning film we had so many fantastic entires! We hope you are already planning your entry for 2014!"