Sunderland Shorts – 2018 Award Winners

There were some big winners among the short films on show at Sunderland Shorts this year.

This year’s festival was a truly global affair – featuring short films from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden and Lebanon, as well as some filmed closer to home. From a pre-event showcase celebrating films by young and emerging filmmakers on Wednesday 2 May at The Peacock to scare-packed horror screenings at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, the event has attracted hundreds of film fans and kept them on the edge of their seat.

The awards ceremony and final screenings of the award winners took place on Saturday 5th May, at The Looking Glass in Sunniside. With the exception of our Audience Favourite Awards, winners of the Sunderland Shorts 2018 honours have been picked by our volunteer panel of key regional industry figures. Details on the jury can be found here. It’s a cliché to say it was impossible to pick winners, but so many of the submissions were worthy of recognition and could have claimed the top prizes.

The Sunderland Shorts team would like to thank everyone who submitted and attended the film festival, our army of volunteers who ensured it ran smoothly, and all those across the city who have helped make the festival an amazing success once again. And congratulations to all the winners – you did an incredible job.

Sunderland Shorts 2018 WINNERS -

Best Drama:
Space Girls 
Dir: Carys Watford 
During a sleepover, four space obsessed 9-year-old girls embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket ‘Space Girls’ is a film that celebrates the power of the imagination, the importance of STEM education & girl power. It is family-friendly, appropriate for children of all ages & is a film to inspire young kids to see science & space as fun & exciting!

SpaceGirls

Best Comedy:
Rag Dolls
Dir: Justin & Kristin Schaack
Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a child discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. Her imagination runs wild, but for the dolls’ real-life doppelgängers, self-control is out of their hands.

Ragdolls

Best Documentary:
Venus
Dir:  Faye Carr-Wilson
Short documentary dealing with issues of disability and female empowerment through the subject Venus Dimilo, a female drag performer.

Venus

Best Art/Experimental:
Dreamer
Dir:  Keelan Crawford
A short film dealing with loss, following an old man who travels into his dreams and collects memories of his life in the shape of photographs

Dreamer

Best Thriller:
Nick
Dir: Jack Levy
A film about the dangers of peer pressure and mob mentality.  John and Rebecca attend a gig in town only to find that the act, Nick, has some incredibly committed fans. As the crowd grow ever more animated, John and Rebecca find themselves going to great lengths to prove their devotion to the charismatic singer.

Nick

Best Sci Fi/Horror:
Transmission
Dir: Varun Raman and Tom Hancock

Transmission

Audience Favourites:
A Place For Everything
Dir: Barnaby Boulton
A fantasy short film about a man on a quest to find his lost stapler; how far would you go to recover something you love?

APlaceForEverything

Ghost Beats
Dir: Brent Barson
A ghost story about exclusion and acceptance, and the power of music and dance.

GhostBeats

Space Girls 
Dir: Carys Watford 
During a sleepover, four space obsessed 9-year-old girls embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket ‘Space Girls’ is a film that celebrates the power of the imagination, the importance of STEM education & girl power. It is family-friendly, appropriate for children of all ages & is a film to inspire young kids to see science & space as fun & exciting!

SpaceGirls

Young and Emerging Stand Out Films:
The Sycamore Gap
Dir: Lucy Rose Wilson-Green
A short film following the romantic affair of two women in 1841. Mina works in Blackwood House and finds herself entering an affair with Lady Clara. Clara’s Husband, becomes aware of the affair forcing both women to face some harsh truths. Mina is torn between logic and emotion.

TheSycamoreGap

Pigeongrove
Dir: Ruby Blake
Enjoyable and unusual documentary about the community in Skinningrove on the East Yorkshire coast.  A tiny community they come together each year to build a spectacular and unusual Bonfire Night display.

Pigeongrove

N.E.P.K – North East Parkour
Dir:  Robert Kilburn
This short documentary provides a snapshot of the North East Parkour community.

Nepk

Special Recognition Award:
A Dog’s Best Friend
Dir: Hannah Rollins

ADogsBestFriend

Special Jury Mentions:
Dial-a-Ride
Dir: George Cowie and Tom Huntingford
An uplifting and touching portrait of life on a community Dial-A-Ride service in South Wales.

DialARide

A Place For Everything
Dir: Barnaby Boulton
A fantasy short film about a man on a quest to find his lost stapler; how far would you go to recover something you love?

APlaceForEverything

 

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