Chris Anderson Award Winners
On Saturday 24th September at 2pm The Maltings Theatre and Cinema was home to the most prestigious award for young filmmakers in the North East of England and Scottish Borders. The Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker screened in front of an expectant audience, a professional Jury and filmmakers from eight out of the ten films selected for the competition.
All competing for the grand prize of £200 and a screening at the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival in 2012, competition was tough and the atmosphere electric.
Jury members Tina Gharavi, North East based Director of I Am Nasrine, Tamara Van Strijthem, Project Manager at Screen Academy Scotland and 8 ½ Foundation and Will Sadler, Managing Director of North East based film production company Arpeggio Films, had the difficult task of choosing the winning film. The philosophy of the competition is to encourage, inspire and promote young people’s filmmaking. To promote the idea that big budgets and professional crews are not essential to create stories, imagination and the fun of making films.
In the end the jury decided the winning film and dedicated two films with a Special Mention. The two Special Mentions were awarded to Voice Of My Own for Driving Me Crazy and Tyneside Cinema Summer School for 12 Angry Myths. The Winning film was Brian & Brian’s Amazing Eggventure Parts I, II & III by 17 year old, Berwick upon Tweed based, Mark Boston.
On winning the award Mark said “It was really fantastic to see it on a large screen with an audience, along with the other great works. I hope to continue making films, and the money will certainly help towards my next project.”
All three films also received a very special extra prize from Hollywood Director Paul WS Anderson and actress Milla Jovovich as they sent personally signed posters for their new film Three Musketeers. Paul WS Anderson is the son of Chris Anderson who the award is dedicated to.
We would like to congratulate all the filmmakers, the winning films, the jury and all those who came to see the films that made this such a tremendous day for young filmmaking.