Top filmmaking talent

We celebrated film talent at the grand finale of our Beer Town Film Festival, but who took home the top prize?

Now in its second year, the competition in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College, attracted over 700 entries from filmmakers across the UK.

A star-studded group of judges, including Hollywood visual effects producer Rich Yeomans, filmmaker and writer Deborah Haywood and renowned documentary filmmaker Joe Pearlman, had the difficult task of picking the top talent from each of the categories.

The festival’s Best Overall Film and Best Short Fiction was awarded to Daniel McKee for his short fiction film, if you never answered x. On taking home the Hop D’Or trophy and £1,000 cash prize, he said: “This is my first fiction film and it’s amazing to win an award, let alone the entire competition. Already the judges in my category have gone on to share the film and given it a new lease of life and I’m definitely spending the prize money on creating my next film.”

Huge congratulations to the winners:

  • Mitch Brown – Home Grown Talent for ‘Hooligan’
  • Blindeye Films – Best Music Video for Adam French’s Wanna Be Here
  • Shaun Adey – People’s Choice Award for ‘Vichai had a dream
  • Diana Taylor – Best Short Documentary for Masha and Dasha, Two Hearts in One
  • George Warren – Best Animated Film for Uki
  • Ollie Gardner – Best Young Filmmaker for Sunday Night Drinkers Club
  • Emeson Nwolie – ‘Mobile 61’ Best Short Film (shot on a mobile phone) for ‘Skywatcher’

On the night, over 150 people braved the wet weather for an outdoor screening of the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The huge selection of beers on the bar (including limited-edition ale Horninglow Street!) and local street food went down a storm, too. Check out the highlights below…

Are you a budding filmmaker? Entries will open for next year’s competition in September!


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