2 Days Later 2009 Short Film Competition Halloween Screening Awards

Judges David CastroWendy IdeDamon Wiseand the audience BEST POPULAR SHORTLISTED FILM- Meat

Judges David CastroWendy IdeDamon Wiseand the audience BEST POPULAR SHORTLISTED FILM- Meat © Beeping Bush

The annual competition held its screening and awards at The Theatre Royal in Margate

Over 300 Filmmakers and audiences came from all over the UK and abroad to watch 59 films at the ‘2 Days Later 09 Competition Halloween Screening & Awards Event’ at The Theatre Royal, Margate on the 31st October 2009. The second oldest Georgian theatre in the country is home to a ghost or two of its own and the venue provided a magnificent backdrop to Kent’s biggest and scariest film screening event.

Since July 2009, entrants from across the Europe have been downloading the competition brief from the 2 Days Later website and then taking up the challenge to make a their mini-horror masterpieces in under 48hrs that had to feature three items from a given list as part of their film productions.

From over 900 Internet downloads and 59 film entries to competition, the judging panel eventually decided that David Keith’s film, Dead Funny, was dead good! A chilling tale of a group of campers, stalked by a clown. The Aberdeen-based director scooped Best Sound, Best, Editor Best Cinematography, Best Director, & Best Short Film! Returning home with a car boot full of Horror DVDs and a week’s hire of a professional HD Camera Filming Kit from London sponsor’s VMI High Definition & Broadcast, worth £3000!

The Best from Kent

The BEST SFX Award went to Hythe based director Philip Mearns, for 1950’s B- movie homage-‘Vengence Of The Creature From Beyond’..

While previous competition prize winners Ben Worsfield & William Thomasfrom Chatham, was nominated in five categories. Canterbury based filmmaker Bruce Parleton’s internet dating film LOL,was nominated for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor.

A Special Mention Award went to Canterbury filmmakers Rosie Escott & Philip Benedict for the successful innovation in his stereoscopic 3 D horror ‘Shortcut’ using only a pair of twin mounted low-fi digital stills cameras!

Best Student Film was won by Canterbury Christ Church University student, Przemek Konieczny for his dreamy experimental horror ‘MOTH’.

The awards were presented by film industry judges; Wendy Ide –The Times film critic, Damon Wise – The Guardian film critic and Screen South’s Co-Head of Production, Development and Training David Castro.