Short and Sweet Film Festival

Gulbenkian entrance sign

Gulbenkian © Kent Film Office

The Results are IN!

This year’s Short and Sweet Festival 2010 was organised by students from the University of Kent at Canterbury and sponsored by the Kent Film Office and Kent creative businesses. Celebrating Ingenuity, Inventiveness and Independence, the Short & Sweet is an Independent Film Festival existing to screen and appreciate the works of Student and Amateur Film Makers.

The festival sponsors this year were Photographer Tim Stubbings Web Designers Interactive Red (interactivered.com), the Kent Film Office and Coffee Short Films. Industry professionals were also called into judge: Alex Hinx-Edwards (alexhinx.com) a Kent and London based film-maker (and winner of the Shepway Film Award 2008), Steve Finn, a long serving director for the BBC on shows such as Holby City, Eastenders and Casualty, and Mick Etherton, one of the founders of the Margate based production company Beeping Bush, and responsible for the popular short film festivals ‘2 Days Later’ and ‘2 Days Laughter’.

The winners this year were:

Best Director and Documentary to Partick Trolan for Considering Carol

Best Cinematography to Soma Helmi for the beautiful 7 Onions

Best Actor went to ‘David Levey’ in Blind Date

Hannah Richards won best Actress for her role as ‘Iris’ in Jack and Iris.

The audience voted for the Best in Festival Award, which went to Hannah Charles, Sushan Mansley and Minal Mistry for their short animation Attack of the Evil Muffins.

More valuable than the cash prizes, however, was the chance to discuss the films with other filmmakers, the audience and the industry judges after the show: all were impressed by the high quality and entertainment valuer of the films screened.

‘The sight of a suicidal gingerbread man will stick with me forever’ said one of the sponsors, Tim Stubbings, of Attack of the Evil Muffins.

We’ve already started organising the Short & Sweet Film Festival 2011 and it’s going to be brilliant,’ said Sam organiser of the event ‘We hope to make next years even better.’