2022 Award Winners

and the winners are…

Andrew Sumner announces the WINNERS

Best of the Festival


Homegrown | Jane Ashmore | UK | 19mins
Sun 27 Drama & Awards | Online

very well made, beautifully played by Jules Robertson and Gemma Harvey with great use of Mike Skinner’s music


Desk Defender

Animation, Student | Sebastian Soler | United States | 11mins
Sat 26 Imaginary Worlds | Online

Fun, charming, well-thought-through and technically proficient feel-good stop-motion riff on sci-fi action and contemporary desk collectable culture.

I loved the way this incorporated so many familiar action movie tropes and the twist at the end was really great. 

Honourable Mention: The Interrogation

Hand-drawn animation brings to life striking character design. Tonally reminiscent of Peter Chung’s avant garde work on Aeon Flux.

Honourable Mention: Almost Christmas

Charmingly simple feelgood festive tale – interesting technique, great use of music and sound effects

Special Mention: 402 (Road To The Riches)

Animated video for father/son hip hop duo Ish & Ish, visuals are a perfect semi-retro compliment to the audio, calling back to the early days of computer-animated MTV music video.

Special Mention: Spoon

Technically very polished, sharply-designed and cleverly realised computer animated micro-short on the theme of maternal escape


Dispensary of Death

Comedy | Simon O’Neill | Ireland | 14mins
Sun 27 Drama & Awards | Online

the acting, script, direction, editing (comic timing in particular) and effects work were all of a very high standard. 

the script on “Dispensary of Death” is really strong, the actors and setting are top notch, costumes and colouring of the clips are great and it has been kept fairly brief. It may be more simple in terms of production compared to other films but it works as a short and as a package.


Ukraine’s Soul – A Tribute to Heroes

Documentary | Marcelle Abela | Malta | 13mins
Sat 26 Real Worlds | Online

This was an inspiring use of home shot video showing human perseverance to keep sone kind of normal in the utter chaos of life, the film comes to a crescendo of complete human compassion as violinists across the globe play together along side those in Ukraine.

Honourable Mention: Malpelo: Mountain of Sharks

Best Cinematography for its wonderful underwater photography

Honourable Mention: Rachel’s Law

an interesting way to tell an important and fairly unknown story

Honourable Mention: Shaking A Singapore Spear

A fun novel way to tackle a traditionally heavy subject there was something very fresh about this film


SEE ME: A Walk Through London’s Gay Soho in 1994 and 2020

Experimental | Lee Campbell | UK | 7mins
Sun 27 Drama & Awards | Online

It is a true collage of sound and image, with an abstract continuity of the cassette/eyes. Although a personal history it is also a social one, but treated in an inventive and multi-layered technique.

Honourable Mention: Scape Learning

for the coming together of audio and visual ‘movement.’ The film has a life of its own and is very watchable, edited in a strong structural motif.

Honourable Mention: Changing Skin

“Changing Skin” has the most incredible visuals. They evolve gradually and become almost sinister. The visuals in this film are spectacular, with a consistency of vision and the jewel-like amber colour beautifully created.

Honourable Mention: Switch

“Switch” superbly blends an almost-narrative with striking and beautifully filmed images. The tone of the voice-over (audio) counteracting with the picture in unexpected ways. A very strong film indeed. Special mention for the cinematography.

Green Planet

HELP and Saved By Jane

Green Planet | Lesley Manning | UK | 2mins
Sun 27 Drama & Awards | Online

Saved By Jane
Green Planet | Damian Sciberras | Malta | 6mins
Sat 26 Real Worlds | Online



Horror/Suspense | A. D. Cooper | UK | 3mins
Thu 24 Horror Night | Online

Beautifully simple, delivering everything you want from a horror short in just three minutes: interesting characters, a sense of tension, a comment on creepy male behaviour, a clever, nicely set up rug pull and a killer line of dialogue. Both performances very good too.

Honourable Mention: Magnetic

Narrative Short, Horror/Suspense | Mike Waugh | UK | 14mins
Wed 23 Student Night | Online

Enjoyed the dynamic, the performances and the exploration of the central theme, that there is magnetism between abusers and the abused. I especially liked the climax, and the suggestion that the abuser accepted his fate almost gladly.



Homegrown | Jane Ashmore | UK | 19mins
Sun 27 Drama & Awards | Online

Music Video


Music Video, Student | Sebastian Selg | Germany | 4mins
Sat 26 Imaginary Worlds | Online

The Blade Runner, science fiction look of the clip looks highly professional and involves skills that would surely be in demand by any of the major gaming developers. The perspective, movement and detail of the clip synch with perfection together with the music which is the key criteria for selection in the music video clip category.

The storyline and plot is clear, imaginative and chilling. The highlight is the gig scene towards the end of the clip featuring the main character who has signed up to a cryogenic service, albeit a little too soon for her age. The musical crescendo combined with the outer body emergence of the subjects brain receptors indicate that this particular cryogenic future may not be the way to go.

Honourable Mention: Dana Gavanski – I Kiss The Night

The video’s strength sits in its being a complete package as a song + video clip. The video uses what is presumably stop-motion animation to present an eye-catching presentation that draws the attention of the viewer and helps absorb the music from the song. This in my view is the key function of a music video. Perhaps, the video is slightly reminiscent of a well-known “Aha” video but it’s a technique that works well and deserves to be repeated. 

Honourable Mention: A Moveable Feast

Perhaps, on first viewing this video seems simplistic as does the music. However, its storyline and progression conveys the message of how nature and resources are being managed, by everybody on a global basis. The message and this film can be understood universally by adults/children of all nationalities. It’s a clip that deserves to be considered in a dedicated  ‘animated’ category aside from being a music video. 

Honourable Mention: China In A Box

As a pop video this piece merits a mention as it provides strong narrative for accompanying song. Great location shots, thought about story and cinematography/colouring that frame the sentiment of the track. Love the placemaking shots of the classic music neighbourhood that is Camden. 

Narrative Drama

Press Key 5

Narrative Short | Lipa Hussain | UK | 10mins
Sun 27 Drama & Awards | Online

Very truthful performances on a very sensitive subject matter

Honourable Mention: Fish Out Of Water

Impressionistic, very well shot

Honourable Mention: Walkies

Very well shot and directed. Intriguing storyline, looking below the surface of a little village community.

Honourable Mention: 30 Meetings 30 Days

Great performance from the lead character. Active protagonist. Interesting character arc. Confidently directed. Good use of sound design. Scene lengths are nice & short.


Can’t Go Home Again

Sci-Fi/Fantasy | Anthony J. Cook | UK | 11mins
Sat 26 Imaginary Worlds | Online
Trailer 1 | Trailer 2

Nice concept, well-played, tautly directed, stripped-down production design that serves the narrative (wonderful use of the Thames Barrier) and an excellent standout lead performance from Victoria Smith that sells the whole thing.

Honourable Mention: The Wait

Very well made, nice concept, nicely filmed & scored – the whole narrative is lifted by a wonderful lead performance, full of emotional truth, from Allan Emrys as Simon.

Honourable Mention: Solus

Extremely well made and beautifully assembled by Jonathan Brooks and his team from the NASA Public Domain archive. Slick and ingenious.

Special Mention: The Star Who Fell To Earth

Slight but perfectly-formed, excellent production value and two strong lead performances from Ben Easterbrook and Camille Koefoed that sell writer/director Alessandro Magnabosco’s central romantic conceit.


Backbone of the Urals (Хребет Урала)

Smartphone | Mark Krivoshein | Russian Federation | 5mins
Sat 26 Real Worlds | Online

Beautifully shot, very impressive. Great music


All my life (Całe moje życie)

Student | Jędrzej Gorski | Poland | 18mins
Sat 26 Laughter & Tears | Online

Honourable Mention BEST WRITER

Baillie Braund, Gloves Up

Honourable Mention BEST DIRECTION

Xinyuan Zhao, Almost Christmas


Adam Plucinski, All My Life

Honourable Mention BEST ACTRESS

Henley Adams, Harper

Audience Award


Narrative Short, Student | Nicolas Mouren | France | 20mins

Wolf received 21% of the Audience Award Vote

Honourable Mention: West Hill

West Hill received 20% of the Audience Award Vote

Honourable Mention: Can’t Go Home Again

Can’t Go Home Again received 10% of the Audience Award Vote