Judges' Choice and 2nd Public Vote
Double award winner Joe Burden, picked up the second place prize for the Public Vote as well as the coveted Judges’ Choice award for his film Beneath the Wormwood Trees.
He said: “It was terrifying to sit there having done something quite personal and wait to see whether an audience liked it. So to have both the public and judges both look at it and see something they liked was really amazing.
“Seeing the other films that entered, there was some pretty astonishing stuff there, and some of that didn’t even make it to the finals. That shows you the standard Film Northants generates now.”
Joe won a total of £250 plus mentoring with producer/director Tony Klinger.
1st Public Vote
The winner of the Over 16s Public Vote, with 40 per cent of the vote, was comedy short Villainy.
Chris Saunders said: “We feel now like we want to pursue film-making as a career and this award means we can do that more easily.
“I would say to anyone who is thinking of getting into film to enter this competition but make sure you make something you believe in. It works.”
The directors won £150 plus work experience on pre-production of a feature film.
1st Under 16s
The winner of the Under 16s category was Bridgewater Primary School Film Club with their mischievous short Dimension Dilemma. Their prize included training with TV and stage actor Ian Reddington who has appeared on top shows Eastenders, Coronation Street, Doctor Who and The Bill.
Anastasia Rose, one of the pupils who made Dimension Dilemma, said: “I feel really astonished and surprised but quite sad because we are leaving school now. But I hope we’ll get together sometime and make a sequel.”
Pupil, Kiera Caskell, added: “It felt amazing when the announcement came and I’m really proud of the work we did and just very excited about the whole night.”
2nd Under 16s
Pupils from Chipping Warden Primary Academy scooped up this award for their hilarious Egyptian adventure. Their prize was a £50 Amazon voucher and a goody bag.