Award Winners

Craghoppers’ Film Prize First Prize – No.2: Hush Little Baby (Directed by Camille Hollett-French and Produced by Camille Hollett-French, Paul Benallick, Anthony J. Baldwin, Robbin M. McDonnell & Robert Colbourne)

Craghoppers’ Film Prize Runner Up – F**king Drama (Directed by Michael Podogil and Produced by Lukas Zweng)

Best Student Film and winner of the student Craghoppers’ Film Prize – Game Changer (Directed by Aviv Mano and Produced by Aviv Mano)

Best Thriller – Miscreant (Directed by Rocky Ramsey and Produced by Rocky Ramsey and Powell Robinson)

Best Animation – A Long Way From Home (Directed by Andy Tai and Eduardo Enriquez and Produced by Andy Tai and Eduardo Enriquez)

Best Fantasy – Unzipping (Directed by Lisa Edelstein and Produced by Lisa Edelstein, Jane Hollon, Kate Cohen, and Katie Menke)

Best Horror – Baghead (Directed by Alberto Corredor Marina and Produced by Carter Pilcher)

Best Experimental – Last Words (Directed by Mike Fisher and Produced by Natasha Moses)

Best Documentary – The Trader (Directed by Tamta Gabrichidze and Produced by Tamta Gabrichidze)

Best International Comedy – Craig’s Pathetic Freakout (Directed by Graham Parkes and Produced by Brendan Garrett)

Best British Comedy – Open Wide (Directed by Behnam Taheri and Gideon Beresford, and Produced by Behnam Taheri)

Best Romantic Comedy – Stuck (Directed by Corey Surge and Produced by Emily Andrews, Laura Nordin and Jen Pogue)

Best Micro Drama – The Wait (Directed by Jason McColgan and Produced by Jason McColgan and Rory Mathison)

Best International Drama – Bless Me Father (Directed by Paul M. Horan and Produced Dawn Mac Allister)

Best British Drama – The Pen (Directed by Conor Deedigan, Che Deedigan, and Ynez Myers, and Produced by Conor Deedigan)

Best Micro Film – Game Changer (Directed by Aviv Mano and Produced by Aviv Mano)

Best Foreign Language Film – Counterfeit Kunkoo (Directed by Reema Sengupta, and Produced by Surekha Sengupta)

Best Adaptation – I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled In Furs (Directed by Wade Shotter, and Produced by Jimena Murray)

Best Low Budget – New Years Eve (Directed by Pranav Bhasin and Produced by Enter DLP)

Best Debut – No.2 Hush Little Baby (Directed by Camille Hollett-French and Produced by Camille Hollett-French, Paul Benallick, Anthony J. Baldwin, Robbin M. McDonnell and Robert Colbourne)

Best Cinematography – ENOUGH | The Story of the Empowered Women of Korogocho (Director of Photography Pawel Dwulit, Directed by Brent Foster and Produced by Tammy Foster)

Best Screenplay – Wave (Written by Benjamin Cleary, Directed by Benjamin Cleary and TJ O’Grady Peyton, and Produced by Rebecca Bourke)

Best Actor – Jonathan Marballi in Uber Ex (Directed by Matt Braunsdorf and Produced by Jonathan Marballi, Matt Braunsdorf and Jeremy Michaels)

Best Director – Tyler Rabinowitz for How I Got to the Moon by Subway (Directed by Tyler Rabinowitz and Produced by Tyler Rabinowitz)

Judges’ Choice – Ulysses (Directed by Jorge Malpica and Produced by Erika Ávila)

Audience Award – Two (Directed by Kenneth O’Toole and Produced by Darren Baba)

Session One – Thursday 4th October 15:30 – 17:30

Stuck
A sex-toy mishap leads to a night in the emergency room where a just broken-up couple are forced to confront their issues on love and relationships.

Director: Corey Surge
Starring: Kristopher Turner & Ruch Goodwin
Runtime: 15
Country: USA
Contains scenes of a sexual nature.

Counterfeit Kunkoo
Smita struggles to escape an abusive relationship in a country where marital rape is not deemed a crime. A thought-provoking drama.

Director: Reema Sengupta
Starring: Kani Kusruti & Vijay Varma
Runtime: 15
Country: India
Adult themes.

Cat Noir
A betrayal. A broken heart. The sound of the rain. A black cat and a plan. What could go wrong in this quirky student animation?

Director: O’Neil Bürgi
Starring: Thomas Grampp, Julia Salome Nauer & Marco Von Moos
Runtime: 6
Country: Switzerland

Baghead
Recently bereaved Kevin is prepared to go to exceptional lengths to get answers to help him make peace with his wife’s death. A British horror short.

Director: Alberto Corredor Marina
Starring: Oliver Walker, Natalie Oliver, Julian Seager, Pat Boothman, & Tama Phethean
Runtime: 15
Country UK
Contains scenes of violence and horror.

The Wait
A British drama from first-time filmmaker Jason McColgan, where two people find comfort in one another after striking up a conversation at a bus stop.

Director: Jason McColgan
Starring: Poppy Roe & Mike Burnside
Runtime: 5
Country: UK

The Trader
An insightful portrait of Gela, a trader who sells secondhand goods throughout rural Georgia, where money is meaningless, and potatoes are currency.

Director: Tamta Gabrichidze
Runtime: 23
Country: Georgia

The Train
Dark animation where all is not as it seems.

Director: Javad Matouri
Runtime: 3
Country: Iran

On Edge
Adrien, Louis and Mathieu are three non-conformists living on the edges of a small French town.  But when one tries to give his flatmate a less than ordinary birthday friendship is put to a harsh test in this French gritty drama by a student filmmaker.

Director: Félicien Pinot
Starring: Arthur Defays, Guillaume Arnault, Pier Niccolò Sassetti & Eugénie Derouand
Runtime: 8
Country: France
Contains scenes of violence.

The Gunfighter
The traditional western scenario is set but from the moment the saloon doors swing open its clear this is going to be no ordinary shoot out. American comedy western.

Director: Eric Kissack
Starring: Nick Offerman, Shawn Parsons & Eileen O’Connell
Runtime: 9
Contains sexual references and scenes of violence.

Session Two – Friday 5th October 15:30 – 17:30

Absolut Volga
Volga, the ultimate muse, sways animators on a boat to their glorious madness.

Director: Jaimeen Desai
Runtime: 1
Country: India

Guns Found Here
With more gun stores in the U.S.A. than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, we visit the department responsible for keeping track of American firearms in this troubling documentary.

Director: David Freid
Starring: Charles J. Houser
Runtime: 10
Country USA

A Long Way From Home
An American student animation set in an old western tavern where the fate of a town is about to change when an outsider arrives and doesn’t have the money to pay for a glass of water.

Director: Andy Tai & Eduardo Enriquez
Starring: Andy Tai, Justin Rivenbark & Zack Lydon
Runtime: 4
Country: USA
Contains scenes of violence.

Hindsight
Tony, a convict and drug addict, desperate for a new relationship with his daughter and former partner, must overcome his past temptations and prove that he’s finally changed his ways. British student drama.

Contains scenes of violence.
Director: Oisín-Tomás Ó Raghallaigh
Starring: Samuel James, Lizzie Stanton & Alex Walton
Runtime: 11
Country: UK
Contains scenes of violence.

Swift
A teenager discovers she has a unique superpower one day but what will she use it for? Student fantasy film from US.

Director: Byeo Ri Kim, Hae Deun Woo & Ye Bin Ahn
Starring: Tomi Heady
Runtime: 5
Country: USA

Bless Me Father
In a small Irish town where secrets are rare, a local man goes to church to confess his.

Director: Paul M. Horan
Starring: Francis Magee, Phelim Drew & Glynis Casson
Runtime: 16
Country: Ireland

Dr Mantis Insect Analyst
Dr. Mantis is a practicing psychotherapist and a full time praying mantis. Will she provide her patients with reassurance they need?

Director: Brandon Mikolaski
Starring: Megan Simard & Rob Bartlett
Runtime: 3
Country: USA

Two
An unexpected turn of events leaves a young gay man with an experience that he will never forget. A short drama that explores themes of homosexuality and race in London. British drama.

Director: Kenneth O’Toole
Starring: Asan N’Jie & Michael Fatogun
Runtime: 8
Country: UK
Contains scenes of sex and violence.

Photo
A family portrait does not go to plan for a control-freak husband in this distinct Yemeni comedy.

Director: Sawsan Al-Areeqe
Starring: Abdullah Alwagih
Runtime: 4
Country: Yemen

Summer
While Tel Aviv comes under missile attack Shira waits for her pregnancy test results, in this intense student drama.

Director: Lynn Laor
Starring: Roni Dotan & Ohad Knoller
Runtime: 15
Country: Israel

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled In Furs
A fussy writer battles his large ego and high expectations to create a work of art.

Director: Wade Shotter
Starring: Alexis Dubus
Runtime: 6
Country: New Zealand

The Blue Door
A district nurse, played by Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Crown) is assigned a new patient living alone in a dilapidated bungalow. The nurse soon discovers that her dying patient, and the home she inhabits, are hiding a dark secret. British Horror.

Director: Paul Taylor
Starring: Gemma Whelan & Jaine Booth
Runtime: 9
Country: UK
Contains scenes of horror.

Session Three – Saturday 6th October 15:30 – 17:30

How I Got to the Moon by Subway
After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, a curmudgeonly older man goes to the hospital with his partner to record his voice bank before he loses the ability to speak. US tearjerker.

Director: Tyler Rabinowitz
Starring: Arnie Burton, Tom Belgrey & Analisa Gutierrez
Runtime: 13
Country: US

Cheer
When the youngest member of a reputable all-star cheerleading team struggles to ‘hit’ her stunt during her coach’s rigorous training sessions, the rest of the team suffers. British student documentary.

Director: Tina Vidmar
Runtime: 6
Country: UK

Pagg
When a hate crime clouds the 4th of July, Mandeep, a Sikh-American, grapples with his fears and anxieties as he attempts to celebrate the holiday with his wife and infant son. As tensions rise through various microaggressions and racially charged encounters, Mandeeps must make a decision.

Director: Nardeep Khurmi
Starring: Nardeep Khurmi, Nicole Pacent & Ryder Khatiwala
Runtime: 17
Country: US
Contains language some viewers may find offensive.

New Years Eve
Muddled in ambiguous relationships, a Mumbai-boy paces through the streets, trying to find a partner to spend New Years Eve with.

Director: Pranav Bhasin
Starring: Arnav Bhasin
Runtime: 9
Country: India

Re-gifted
A decorative object struggles to lead a meaningful existence as it gets stuck in the cycle of re-gifting.

Director: Eaza Shukla
Runtime: 2
Country: USA

Dodgy Dave
An East-End drug dealer takes his young son with him to work for the day.

Director: Charlotte Regan
Starring: Neil Maskell & Mitchell Brown
Runtime: 8
Country: UK

Post Mortem
A story about Death carrying out his grim job in the final days of the world. In his loneliness, he makes an unlikely friend in this emotional British animation.

Director: James Todd
Runtime: 5
Country: UK

MITE
A middle-class guy tries to score some weed from the ghettos of Istanbul.

Director: Firat Demir
Starring: Firat Demir, Ali Okumus, Tamer Aksu & Göker Yildiz
Runtime: 10
Country: Turkey

Open Wide
A trip to the dentist – with a jaw dropping ending.

Director: Behnam Taheri & Gideon Beresford
Starring: Robin Soans & Behnam Taheri
Runtime: 5
Country: UK
Contains scenes of an adult nature.

Hope in a Box
On Sunday morning the council offices were empty apart from two employees. At 9.20am they were abducted and taken to an unknown location. Kidnapped, tied up and locked in a box, unlikely heroes Ally and Mark have to make a decision. Do they stay or get out? A darkly comic film noir in a box.

Director: Mick Dow
Starring: Becky Black & Richard Gittins
Runtime: 7
Country: UK

Last Words
A visual reimagining of Simon Armitage’s poem, Last Words.

Director: Mike Fisher
Starring: Ruth Bradley
Runtime: 5
Country: UK

Wave
A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognisable language in this Irish comedy drama, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.

Director: Benjamin Cleary
Starring: Jarvis Cocker, TJ O’Grady Peyton & Emmet Kirwan
Runtime 14
Country: Ireland

Session Four – Sunday 7th October 15:30 – 17:30

Ulysses
A fisherman heads out to sea but will he return? Engaging fantasy from Mexico.

Director: Jorge Malpica
Starring: Manuel Poncelis & Michelle Bertancourt
Runtime: 8
Country: Mexico
Contains disturbing scenes and nudity.

Uber Ex
Kate and David are enjoying a significant date early in their relationship, but when their Uber driver turns out to be Kate’s old flame, the three passengers find themselves in the middle of a love triangle.

Director: Matt Braunsdorf
Starring: Jonathan Marballi, Paige Lindsay & Andy Bond
Runtime: 17
Country: USA

Game Changer
A macho wrestler toy arcade prize is quick to judge a young girl desperate to win him and is determined to thwart her attempts to collect enough tickets to take him home.

Director: Aviv Mano
Runtime: 3
County: USA

No.2: Hush Little Baby
A young mother visits her father in prison to get some answers in this heartbreaking Canadian drama.

Director: Camille Hollett-French
Starring: Camille Hollett-French & Bill MacDonald
Runtime: 15
Country: Canada
Adult subject matter.

ENOUGH | The Empowered Women of Korogocho
Beatrice Nyariara lives in Korogocho. It’s widely considered to be Nairobi’s most dangerous slum. Crime is high. Gangs are active. Addiction is rampant. Beatrice decided enough was enough. It was time to fight back.

Director: Brent Foster
Runtime: 8
Country: Canada
Adult subject matter.

Miscreant
Anderson McCarthy, a young law-school graduate, explains to detectives the life-threatening turn of events that occurred while visiting his Uncle Billy for the first time. US thriller.

Director: Rocky Ramsey
Starring: Sean Ormond, Bobby C. King & Barry Shabaka Henley
Runtime: 11
Country: USA
Contains disturbing scenes.

The Pen
Short British drama set on a small Wiltshire farm, following the story of Abraham and his oppressive father. Abraham desires freedom but is held back by his responsibilities and his father’s ineptitude.

Director: Conor Deedigan & Che Deedigan
Starring: Conor Deedigan & Con O’Neill
Runtime: 13
County: UK
Contains disturbing scenes.

Craig’s Pathetic Freakout
Against the advice of his friend, Craig goes ahead and smokes weed and, well, freaks out. US comedy.

Director: Graham Parkes
Starring: Lewis Pullman & Mat Wright
Runtime: 7
Country: USA

Unzipping
Ella (Lisa Edelstein) has suspicions about her husband after a gory incident in bed. She goes in search of the truth and uncovers more than she bargained for a lot more. US fantasy debut.

Director: Lisa Edelstein
Starring: Lisa Edelstein, James Le Gros & Jason Lewis
Runtime: 15
Country: USA

The Fly
An uptight getaway driver waiting outside a bank robbery has three nerve shredding minutes to get through before his crew returns. All he has to do is focus.

Director: Olly Williams
Starring: Jack Doolan
Runtime: 6
Country: UK
Contains scenes of violence.