A fantastic line-up of films made the 2013 shortlist, including nine in the Under 16s category and six in the Over 16s. Watch our winning films below.
Top prize in the Judges Choice was a controversial feature unafraid to tackle race issues head-on. The Boy with the Thorn in His Side was based on community tensions following the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.
Alex Motlhabane, 23, and Lewis Levi, 19, both of Hunsbury, Northampton, wrote and directed the film. The pair grew up together and took the HND Digital Filmmaking course at the University of Northampton.
Alex said: “After the murder there were a lot of tensions with immigrants and Muslims and I think we all know people in our lives who are abusive and hateful and it looked at how we deal with that.
“This town is great for filmmakers, with things such as the Film Lab. I was surprised to win, it was refreshing that our film didn’t have to fit the Hollywood genre. Hopefully we will make a feature film some time soon.”
1st Public Vote
Twee vintage-chic romance Paperchase scooped first place in the Public Vote. The film starred Helen Crevel, 30, who grew up in Irchester and now lives in Northampton. Helen has been announced in the cast of Alice in Wonderland at The Stables in Milton Keynes from 17 December to 4 January.
She said: “We wanted a bit of a twist on a boy chasing a girl and it was a case of taking something familiar and making it unfamiliar. When it was announced we had won, I think it was the longest walk down to the front – I didn’t plan that!”
2nd Public Vote
The Break Up, a tale of a bittersweet fuelled relationship breakdown with a twist, won second place in the Public Vote category. Director James Millar, of Kingsthorpe, Northampton, said the idea came about after he witnessed a couple arguing on the London Underground.
He said: “It’s exactly the same prize as we won last year, second in the Public Vote, and obviously it would have been nice if we had won but at the end of the day it’s getting our film on a cinema screen – getting to see yourself on the big screen. This year our focus was on making a fun film, not as dark as last year, but a little bit dark.”
1st Under 16s
2nd Under 16s