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St Albans Film Festival 2013 wins Cultural Innovation Award

24th October was an exciting day for St Albans Film Festival. We attended the St Albans City and District Mayor’s Pride Awards 2013, having been nominated for the Cultural Innovation Award, and being whittled down to one of three finalists, alongside: St Albans Girls School – STAGs in Colours and St Albans International Organ Festival.

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It was a fantastic evening, with nine different awards being presented in total. The Cultural Innovation Award was the second award to be called and each finalist’s nomination video was played on a large screen onstage to introduce each nomination and why it had been put forward for its category.

St Albans Film Festival had received two nominations, from Imogen de la Bere and Sophie Banks. The video message played was Sophie Banks’ nomination and Festival Director Leoni Kibbey’s reaction to the news.

All finalists were invited to the stage before the golden envelope was opened and the winner announced: we got it!

Sincere congratulations to all those nominated for this category, and our two fellow shortlisted finalists. Thank you also to St Albans Mayor; Councillor Annie Brewster JP, and the judges of the St Albans City and District Mayor’s Pride Awards.

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Congratulations Leoni, on your award-winning festival! We’re looking forward to next year’s events!

Nomination details in the programme

Nomination details in the programme

St Albans Film Festival 2013 – Nominated for Mayor’s Pride Award

Here at St Albans Film Festival we are happy to announce that this years’ festival; our debut year, has been nominated for the Mayor’s Pride ‘Cultural Innovation Award’.

The winner of this award will be announced at The Mayor’s Pride 2013 Awards at the Alban Arena on Thursday 24th October.

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Festival director Leoni Kibbey says; “thanks to all [those that put in] hard work and effort to help make the festival a success. To win would be so fantastic but just to be nominated is an absolute honour and down to everyone pulling together and contributing in many different ways.”

Next year’s festival is now open for entries, and is already receiving a whole host of great submissions from as far as Iceland, USA & New Zealand.  You can send in your short movies, animations and music videos for the chance to win awards and a share of our £3000 worth of cash prizes.  For more information on how to enter a film – click here.

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Festival Winners and Closing Party.

Havana club, 7.30pm – This is it! Time to find out the winners of the festival! The grand closing ceremony was an over 18s red carpet event, with welcome drinks on arrival. The room was decorated beautifully and there was a buffet spread provided by Buongiorno Italia.

Winners and Awards

MAIN FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

Films for Kids (made by a Professional)
Judges special mention: SKETCH – The Walker Twins
Winner: BAGGAGE – Dir. Peter Butler

Music Video
Judges special mention: FELDSPAR – “THE FLAT & PAPER SKY” – Dir. Craig Heathcote
Winner: REGGIIMENTAL FEAT MATT HENSHAW “STAND BY THE WINDOW” – Dir. Adam Awni


Documentary
Judges special mention: SKIN – Dir. Janina Vilsmaier
Winner: THE GUEST – Dir. Kira De Hemmer Jeppeson

Student Film
Judges special mention: DAWID AND DOMINIK Dir. Andrew Salamonczyk
Winner: ROCKET BOYS –Dir. James Button

Over-18’s
Judges special mention: PHONE SEX GRANDMA – Dir. Jack Truman
Winner: PRODIGAL SON – Dir. CJ SCUFFINS

Main short film
Judges special mention: GRACIOUS AWAKENINGS – Dir Ben Jacobs, starring James Callas Ball, St Albans
Winner: TIME 2 SPLIT – Dir. Fabrice Bracq


Best Actor:
Judges special mention: Darren Kent – Sunny Boy (Main short)
Winner: Kerensa York – Lines in the Sand (Main Short)


MINI STUDENT FILM AWARDS

Best mini student film:
A DOG – Oscar Simmons, Shenley, Herts

Best performance by an actor or actress:
Emily Horton-Harpin, St Albans
LOVE LETTER – Written, Produced, Directed, Edited and Performed by Emily Horton-Harpin

Best Class entry:
TRUTH OR DARE – Lydate J&I School, Kirklees, West Yorkshire

Golden Nugget award:
KILPATRICK SNOWMAN – Kilpatrick Primary School, a special needs school in West Dunbartonshire

Made in St Albans film award:
THE DETECTIVE – Jack and Ashley Campbell, Age 14, St Albans


SHORTLISTED FILMS & ACTORS IN COMPETITION FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL ST ALBANS FESTIVAL 2013.

We are delighted to announce selected films listed below will be screened at the festival. Winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony on the Sunday evening 10th March.

MAIN SHORT FILMS – Sponsored by Blanco

  • GRACIOUS AWAKENINGS – Dir Ben Jacobs
  • LITTLE ANGEL – Dir. Darren S Cook
  • THE FLYING LESSON – Dir Phil Hawkins
  • SUNNY BOY  – Dir. Jane Gull
  • LINES IN THE SAND – Dir. Michael Gilroy
  • THE PLAYERS  – Dir Benjamin Garfield
  • MEMORY SCULPTOR – Dir. Ken Ochiai
  • TIME 2 SPLIT – Dir. Fabrice Bracq
  • HOLDING ON – Dir. Jo Southwell
  • THE SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION GONE – Dir. Ashley Michael Briggs
  • PADDED CELL – Dir. Andrew Martin
  • ID – Daniel Gentely
  • THE BEST MEDICINE – Dir.Dan Smith.

DOCUMENTARIES – sponsored by XLN Telecommunications

  • 1915 – Dir. Tom Graffin
  • CAKE CREATION  – Dir. Michelle Becker
  • THE GUEST – Dir. Kira De Hemmer Jeppeson
  • GRANDPA & ME & A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN – Dir. Johan Palmgren
  • SKIN – Dir. Janina Vilsmaier
  • PETER & BEN – Dir. Pinny Grylls
  • MY KOSHER SHIFTS – Dir. Iris Zaki
  • LAMPWORT – Dir. Alex Parkyn-Smith
  • NEWTON FAULKNER – Dir. Ben Roper
  • PARKOUR IN ST ALBANS – Dir. Ben Roper

OVER 18S

  • VACUUM ATTRACTION – Dir. Morgan Miller
  • WE CAN GET YOU SOME REALLY CHEAP GEAR – Dir. JOSHUA WESTBURY
  • THE DOMESTIC – Dir. Mike Tack
  • PHONE SEX GRANDMA – Dir. Jack Truman
  • TWO PERSONS MAX – Dir. Tim Kent
  • WASTE DISPOSAL – Dir. Katherine King
  • SMILE – Dir. The Bashford Twins
  • SAW MISGIVINGS – Dir. David Lilley
  • EX SOLDIERS – Dir. CHRIS ARMSTRONG
  • PRODIGAL SON – Dir. CJ SCUFFINS
  • THE END OF LOUIS LANE – Dir. OLIVER GUY WATKINS

STUDENT FILM – Sponsored by UNITAL HERTS PRODUCTION CO.

  • POPSY – Dir. John Lerchen
  • BIKE SHED – Dir. Edward White
  • FIGURE #1 Dir. Chus F. Sarrión
  • MOMENTUM – Dir. Boris Seewald
  • DAWID AND DOMINIK Dir. Andrew Salamonczyk
  • ORPHEUS – Dir. James Button
  • TUMBLING AFTER – Dir. Nicholas Humphries
  • ROCKET BOYS –Dir. James Button
  • IL TOUR DE DAVIDE – Dir. Nicola Sersale
  • TRUE REPOSE – Dir. Oscar Garth
  • IN MY SHED – Dir. Agathe Dalisson
  • A SHORT FILM ABOUT KLEZMER – Dir. Janie Armour

MUSIC VIDEO

  • BIANCA & CHIARA D’AMBROSIO “LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE” – Prod. John Ryan
  • THE ZEN HUSSIES “ANGELINA TOUT” – Dir. Sarah Mallabar
  • FELDSPAR – “THE FLAT & PAPER SKY” – Dir. Craig Heathcote
  • DARIA KULESH “TOM TOM” – Prod. Daria Kulesh
  • BIG TIMOTHY MUSIC “LIFE IN NEW YORK” – Dir James Merchant
  • COLUMBIA “ON THE RUN” – Dir Chris Dundon.
  • DYNAPHONE RECORDS “DARLIN” – Dir. Rob Collins
  • LOUISE PETIT BAND “DEMONS” – Dir. Mark Wooldridge
  • REGGIIMENTAL FEAT TRAWR “TOUCH” – Dir. Adam Awni
  • REGGIIMENTAL FEAT MATT HENSHAW “STAND BY THE WINDOW” – Dir. Adam Awni
  • 8:58 “ACROSS THE UNIVERSE” – Dir. Chunky Nelson
  • THE BIBLE CODE SUNDAYS “NOW WE’RE PRINCES” – Dir Darren S Cook
  • ZERO T “ROXY MUSIC” – Dir. Andrew Clunie
  • MAKSIM – THE GODFATHER – Dir. Ben Roper

FILMS FOR KIDS

  • HIGH ABOVE THE SKY – Dir Kim Noce & Shaun Clark.
  • HOMEY – Dir. Benjamin Garfield
  • SPROCKETT – Dir. Hazel Meeks
  • ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT – Dir. Derek Holder
  • BAGGAGE – Dir. Peter Butler
  • SKETCH – Dir. The Walker Sisters
  • LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE – Prod. John Ryan.
  • A SHADOW OF BLUE – Dir. Carlos Lascano
  • FORGET ME NOT – Dir Kim Noce & Shaun Clark.

BEST ACTOR AWARD

  • Darren Kent – Sunny Boy (Main short)
  • Flora Brunier Time to Split – (Main Short)
  • Kerensa York – Lines in the Sand (Main Short)
  • DenDen – Memory Sculptor (Main Short)
  • Opal Dockery – Phone Sex Grandma (Over 18)
  • Billie Vee – Two Persons Max (Over 18)
  • Patrick Hanna – Momentum (Student)
  • Jake Talbot – Rocket Boys (Student)
  • Ethan smith – Rocket Boys (Student)
  • Edoardo Natoli – Il Tour De Davide (Student)

MINI STUDENT FILM SHORTLIST

  • HEDGEROW TALES – Buchlyvie Primary School, Stirlingshire.
  • FUEL THE FIRE – Sandaigh Primary School, Glasgow.
  • A DOG – Oscar Simmons, Shenley, Herts.
  • PIRATES OF THE INDIAN OCEAN – Northampton Bangladeshi Association Youth Club & Wind and Foster, Northampton.
  • DREAM BOY –   Young people from The Switch Project and filmmakers My Pockets.
  • VIKINGS – Lydate J&I School, Kirklees, West Yorkshire
  • TRUTH OR DARE – Lydate J&I School, Kirklees, West Yorkshire
  • FOX HUNTING – St Vincents Primary School, Mill Hill.
  • LOVE LETTER  – Written, Produced, Directed, Edited  and Performed by Emily Horton-Harpin, St Albans.
  • ANTI-BULLYING – Beauchamps High School.
  • THE VILLAGE IDIOT – Beauchamps High School.
  • KILPATRICK SNOWMAN – Kilpatrick Primary School, a special needs school in West Dunbartonshire
  • CTRL-Z – The Hills Lower School, Bedford.
  • STRICTLY KITCHEN DISCO – Johanna, Mandeville Primary School, St Albans.
  • GHOSTS IN THE WILD – Louis Holding, Surbiton, Surrey.
  • 10 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE BORED – William and Salim, St Albans.

MADE IN ST ALBANS

  • THE DETECTIVE – Jack Campbell, Age 14, St Albans.
  • A DREAM & A WISH – Iorwen Ellis, Age 8, St Albans
  • THE WEDDING – Tatiana – Mandeville, St Albans
  • THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS PORTAL – Laura. Martha, Nala Ages 8 & filmed by Will age 12, St Albans
  • A SPARK – Oscar Simmons, Age 12.
  • STOCKWOOD PARK MUSEUM –Reception Class, St Peters School, St Albans.
  • EDOARDO – THE HORRIBLEST BOY IN THE WORLD –  YEAR 3 St Peters School, St Albans.
  • THE PIANO – YEAR 5 St Peters School, St Albans.
  • THE ESCAPE (Legoman) – Benjamin, Mandeville Primary School, St Albans.
  • PICNIC ON THE HILL – Ages 7 – 10 Fleetville Junior school, St Albans.
  • MEMORY OF JUSTICE  – Oakwood Primary School, St Albans.
  • THE MURDERER – Jack Cate,Age 9 St Albans
  • SHOES & BIN – Fred Cobb, Age 8, St Albans.
  • SOMETHING – Rupert Williams, Age 9, St Albans
  • FOOTSTEPS FOR THE FUTURE – St Alban & St Stephen Junior School.

All films above are suitable for Children age 5 + There are two super films who made our shortlist but are not suitable for Primary School age so we will have a special  screening them with restricted access for age 11+ during the day on 9th March.

  • CLOSED EXITS – Rupert Rixon, St Albans
  • DEAD MAN WALKING – Jack Gentle Age 14.

After the awards came one of the most touching moments of the night, when Leoni’s family joined her on stage to pay tribute to her hardwork in organising the festival. Given that it was also Mothers Day, having her children join her on stage made the moment all the more poignant .

AFter the awards and thank yous were over, it was time to get on with enjoying the good food and good drink! The night even ended with the St Albans Film Festival Harlem Shake…

Student Film Competition Finalists

The Pioneer Club

The Pioneer Club

Next on my agenda was the Student Film Competition Finalists’ screening at The Pioneer Club. Judging by my map, it was a long way out, so I set off early to make sure I’d get there on time. As it happened, I was a few minutes early and caught the end of the Online Video Success seminar, which was a surprisingly interactive and personal session, from the looks of it.

Online Video Success

Online Video Success

The Pioneer was a cool venue with a big screen on a stage and plenty of seating for the screenings. I didn’t get to watch all of the films, but the ones I did see were pleasantly surprising: this category is just as talented and creative as any other – and sometimes even more professional-looking (perhaps students have more to prove).

Screenings at the Pioneer

Screenings at the Pioneer

Well done to all the entrants in this category, the level of work was outstanding and had me cringing, laughing or down right creeped out in all the right places. Awesome job!

A full list of student finalists

A full list of student finalists

Music Video Finalists – Venue Change

I came to The Horn to catch some of the finalists of the Music Video competition and watch the screenings of their videos.

The Horn pub

The Horn pub

I arrived at The Horn, which is a really cool little venue with a good vibe, and found some bands playing, which was surprising as I thought the screenings would have been underway by now.

Live music at The Horn

Live music at The Horn

I discovered before too long that the reason there weren’t any screenings at that time was because when they began the viewings, a technical hitch had meant the sound had been lost – not so great for a music video.

The problem was resolved, however, by moving the venue and time to 6pm at The Maltings, so I took the time to interview one of the shortlisted entrants, Daria Kulesh, about her entry.

Daria with her 'Tomtoms'

Daria with her ‘Tomtoms’

Daria, who is local to St Albans (well, comes ‘from a place just outside the city’), based the song and video on the true event of Tom Cruise stopping by a local Indian Restaurant. His surprise visit to the city, during a time when he was filming nearby, causes quite a stir and Daria exclaims “I can’t believe nobody else thought to do it. I thought I’d better write the song and make the video before anyone else did”.

The 6pm screening at The Maltings worked out very nicely after all, though. The screen available in there was much larger than at the previous venue, and the dark room with tiered seating provided a good atmosphere.

Touch by Adam Awni

Touch by Adam Awni

Most people grabbed a drink at the bar to take in with them and there was a lot of networking going on in the bar area beforehand.

As the screening got underway it was clear that there would be a range of different music genres showcased here, but also a range of different budgets and experience had gone into making the 15 finalist videos.

Across The Universe

Across The Universe

From space themes to prostitution, young adults in night clubs to kids in school, this was a really diverse competition category. One video even had pianist Maxim in it. I’m not sure who is going to win this one, but I left the room with 3 favourites in mind.

Full list of finalist

Full list of finalist

I took short clips of each of the finalist entries that were screened at The Maltings to give you a feel of the kinds of entries that were submitted and to show the diversity of the short-listed music videos.

Mini Student Film Awards

The Mini Student film winners were announced at St Peters School at 2pm.

Certificate for shortlisted entries

Certificate for shortlisted entries

A full list of finalists and winners will be available on here shortly, but in the meantime, I caught up with William Collins and Salim Handfi, both aged 10, who had their short film ’10 Things to Do When You’re Bored’
Salim and William, shortlisted entrants

Salim and William, shortlisted entrants

‘We made it all ourselves!”, they told me excitedly.
William said: we didn’t win but we were short-listed and got given goody bags”.
Jack Campbell shorty after winning his award

Jack Campbell shorty after winning his award

The University of Hertfordshire team shot a short interview with Best Actress winner Emily Horton-Harpin who starred in her movie: “Love Letters – A Melodrama” and winner of the Made in St Albans category, Jack Campbell, which will be available on the film festival website shortly (www.stalbansfilmfestival.com)
Full list of shortlisted mini student films

Full list of shortlisted mini student films