Kent Films scoop Awards in Halloween Film Competition

Best short film - film '58' from Gravesend, Kent

Best short film – film ’58’ from Gravesend, Kent

This Halloween saw the 9th annual Two Days Later Short Horror Film Competition finalist’s screening at the Theatre Royal Margate.

All entries for the competition are made over two days. They can be filmed on any medium, as long as it’s scary, so even budding film makers with a mobile phone can get involved! 55 entries from across the UK entered this year and the panel of judges (including actor Andy Nyman) unanimously considered this year to be the most chilling and scary in the competition’s history.

Local Gravesend resident, Rosie Owen, made her first debut in the 2 Days Later competition in 2008 where she won the accolade for Best Actress. This year she returned asc a director and scooped the award for Best Short Film. “58” is the chilling tale of the lonely survivor of an apocalyptic virus which leaves her trapped in her high rise apartment. Violet Kelly, who played the female lead, followed in her director’s footsteps and picked up the award for Best Actress. So convincing were the zombie scenes in the film that the judges also gave it the Best SFX award.

Max Philo and Mark Castro, local Students from Canterbury Christ Church University, won the award for Best Student Film with their entry “Where the Boats Decay”, filmed in their home town of Dungeness. Dover resident Jonathan Boxall won the prize for Best Editor with his powerful and poetic film “Contrition”.

The event is the brainchild of Mick Etherton and Chris Cordwell of Beeping Bush Productions. Competition co-creator Chris Cordwell had this to say on the event “Since it began nine years ago, our competition has inspired other towns to take the concept and begin their own short filmmaking festivals. This shows how effective this type of event is in getting new films made, and out there on the big screen, and in terms of both reaching people and in value for money.
Since we began, we have had over 400 horror films made specifically for our horror competition…When you think that each of these films involves many people in the production, and you consider all the people coming to watch the screenings, our figures point to the competition attracting nearly 10 000 participants from across the UK to the competition since we started”

Beeping Bush filmed the screening event in 3-D and the edited documentary trailer will be shown on their competition website later this year. Beeping Bush are currently the only company in Kent with both 3-D filmmaking and editing expertise, and are using this 3-D technology on a ground-breaking interactive 3-D project, funded by the British Film Institute.


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