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Winning Films

Kappu Kalina Shaitana (Devil In The Blackstone) Best Student Fiction

Ananya Kasaravalli – India – 20 mins

A beautifully shot and engaging piece of storytelling with a simple and effective twist. This film provides a compelling portrait of people struggling to get by in poverty. It explores how powerful influences are stacked against the poorest in society and how small moral choices become disproportionately difficult under such pressure.

Out Of Darkness Cometh Light Best Student Factual / Documentary

Emily White – UK – 4:20 mins

An excellent example of the poetic form in documentary. This film is engaging and enjoyable to watch while raising interesting ideas and an emotional response to the subject. Being human is about more than material things. This film explores how our ideas, dreams and shared culture can overcome the physical environment we live in. This is a great example of how films can explore ideas in ways that other mediums cannot.

Immigrants Are Hiding? Best Activist Fiction

WORLDbytes – UK – 29 secs

This is arguably the most efficient film in the entire festival. It makes a political point, comments on society, and slips in a joke all in less than 29 seconds.

The Racket Best Activist Factual / Documentary

Joe Jenkins – UK – 20 mins

This is a powerful documentary exploring an interesting debate from an original angle. It contains fascinating insights and research. The film is focused and clear communicating a consistent message without imposing a personal agenda. This is an excellent example of classical, well researched and informative documentary filmmaking.



Best Student Film - Fiction

Red Source   -   ALRA
Devil in the Black Stone   -   Ananya Kasaravalli [more]
Civvy Street   -   Matt Worthington

 Best Activist Film - Fiction

Against the Norm   -   Iqbal Mohammed
Immigrants are hiding?   -   WORLDbytes [more]
CARE   -   Blanche's Nickelodeon   [more]

Best Student Film - Factual/Documentary

Traces of My Uncle   -  Ceren Saner
Perspectives Alexandros   -  Papathanasiou
Out Of Darkness Cometh Light  -   Emily White [more]

Best Activist Film - Factual/Documentary

Reach   -   Voices that Shake! / Rainbow Collective
The True Little Tramp   -   Jack Brindelli 
Just Me  -   Matthew Kennedy
Po Po   -   Migrant Media
Bob Crow: Don't Mourne, Organise - Platform Films 
The Racket - Joe Jenkins [more]

The Jury


Jeremy Hardy - Comedian.

Jeremy is well known for his Radio appearances including; Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue as well as TV including; Saturday Live, Blackadder Goes Forth, QI, and Mock the Week. He has been in films; Hotel, How To Be, Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army. He writes books; When Did You Last See Your Father, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation,  and My Family and Other Strangers and of course he performs continuously as a stand-up comedian.

Leila Sansour - Documentary film maker and Founder of Open Bethlehem 

Leila was one of the first producers at Al Jazeera having worked on the channel's leading documentary series. She currently works for ITN news and is best known in the UK for her film "Jeremy Hardy vs The Israeli Army" (2003). Her latest feature documentary 'Open Bethlehem' will be released in the UK in Christmas 2014. The film is a deeply personal story that charts the creation of a campaign called Open Bethlehem, an initiative that works to save the city and bring down the wall. 


Paul Watson - Documentary producer and director. 

Paul's first major award was an SFTA in 1969. He went on to bring reality TV to Britain with the 1974 series 'The Family' and has not stopped since. His credits include:  the '40 Minutes' series (1980's/90's)  Sylvania Waters (1992); The Home (1996); Malcom and Barbara: A Love Story(1999) and Loves Farewell (2007);  Rain in My Heart (2006). 

He has picked up a string of awards and nominations including a Grierson, Prix Europa, RTS and in 2008 he was awarded a  BAFTA 'Special Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to the industry'.

Reuben Irving - Co-founder of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival.

Reuben teaches film production at the university of Worcester. Before joining the university Reuben worked for many years as an editor in documentary and fiction. As a co-director of Gorilla Cinema he worked as a community activist and producer as well as setting up and touring with the solar powered mobile cinema.