County film festival winners announced

Ashley Williams won an award at the Film Northants festival
Ashley Williams won an award at the Film Northants festival

Film-makers from Wellingborough, Towcester, Daventry and Northampton were awarded for their talent at the fifth Film Northants short film festival held at Cineworld in Northampton this week.

More than 200 film-makers, supporters and local dignitaries attended the event on Monday evening which saw five films made in the county pick up awards.

Supernatural drama No Second Chances by Barry Smith won the Public Vote award and black and white animation Disparu by Ashley Williams picked up the Judges’ Choice award.

The winner of the Rotary Club of Northampton under-16s category was alien comedy Accidentally in Daventry made by Dale Harrington-Carter and Graham Gardiner-Jones.

Ashley Williams also scooped the Film Northants Anniversary Award for best use of the theme of five in a film, introduced to celebrate the festival’s fifth birthday.

Second place in the public vote went to horror Some Sunny Day by James Millar, Phil Chapman and Viv Sharma, and second place in the under-16s category was awarded to the environmental short Save the Rainforest by McKenzie Halliday Edge.

Barry Smith said: “I would say to anyone thinking they might like to do what we have, you won’t know until you give it a try. It’s so easy to get involved as long as you have a decent story.

“To see your film up on the big screen in a cinema is just amazing and well worth the effort.”

James Millar said: “This year there was more competition than ever before and the general quality got higher again. I hope this encourages people to have a go themselves because anyone can these days.

“As long as you think you have a strong storyline, you can film it on an iPhone. We owe quite a lot to this competition because it showed us how to work together and gave us a deadline to get it done.”

Ashley Williams said: “I didn’t expect it. This is the third year I have entered and first time I have won anything. Film Northants gives everyone a chance to make films.”

Mohammed Rahman, mayor of Corby, said: “I thought it was a fantastic event and a good way of encouraging film-making. I think this event will inspire people to make films.”

David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “I thought it was brilliant. It shows what great talent there is in Northamptonshire.

“I really like the concept of the film festival. I was amazed how creative all the film-makers were.”

Roger Conroy, mayor of Northampton, said: “I thought it was a brilliant event and the first two films were worthy winners. It just goes to show how many film-makers we have in Northamptonshire.”

The red carpet event screened 12 shortlisted films (six over-16s and six under-16s) all shot in the county together with a specially commissioned anniversary documentary about the making of the Northampton Bomberdrome – a bicycle wall of death.

Prizes included £250, free hire of a film studio, cinema tickets, a film course placement and movie merchandise.

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