Osprey Short Film Awards

Saturday 2nd March 12:30pm, The Alhambra
FREE ENTRY

Each year at the festival we celebrate local film making by showing a selection of short films. A panel of judges select the very best of these films and reward the talented film makers the prestigious Osprey awards. At the screening the audience also vote for their favourite film to win the Audience Award.

“I feel it's very important for those of us who are established in films to make sure that we put ourselves out to encourage the next link in the chain. It's not difficult to put oneself out and it was greatly enjoyable watching their films and sharing their pleasure at the awards.”
John Hurt, 2012

2019 Official Selection

Open Award Winner

A Mercy Kill
Richard Skelton (4 mins 21 secs) Open

A Mercy Kill explores the moment of childhood loss of innocence and the power of natural landscapes to become vessels for memory.

Student Award Winner

Cake?
Alana Barton (3 mins) Student | F-Rated

Set in the 1950's a woman makes a cake for her husband. The film draws a line between narrative and experimental techniques.

Audience Award Winner

Holding Space
Rebecca Kenyon (10 mins) Open | F-Rated

Holding Space is an observational documentary about preparing for death, told through the connection between a dying person and their end of life doula.

Other Shortlisted Films

It All Becomes Clear
Rachel Capovila (4 mins 29 secs) Open | F-Rated

Is what we remember today, what we remembered yesterday? Does grief alter and distort the memories we cherish? The frailty of memory is explored through the textures of the everyday and objects we surround ourselves with.

Amelia Rose
Phillip Anthony Gable (5 mins 13 secs) Open

Amelia Rose is about a girl with mental health issues who finds herself adrift in a health service which isn't helping her. She plans to go on a killing spree to vent her anger so she can get the help she needs. Based on a true story.

Listen
We Will (2 mins 9 secs) Student | F-Rated

We Will is a group of young people from West Cumbria who have spent a year researching youth mental health. They say that if there is one thing we can all do to improve mental health it is to listen better.

The Balloon
Emma Smith (3 mins ) Student | F-Rated

In cities like Carlisle many students find themselves far away from home and family, without their normal support network. This film aims to highlight the importance of positive mental health for students in unfamiliar surroundings.

This Wild Place
Richard Berry (2 mins 45 secs) Open

A celebration by a local business owner establishing roots in the Lake District and calling this place home.

Truth Serum
Kelsey Sampson (3 mins) Student | F-Rated

An inside look at the harsh realities of drink spiking.

Fellowship of Hill, and Wind, and Sunshine
Jonny Walton & Jessie Binns (6 mins 4 secs) Open | F-Rated

In 2018, 90 volunteers walked up 10 of the 14 Lake District fells that were dedicated as war memorials after the First World War to commemorate the generosity of that gift by singing on the summits.

2018 Winners

Judges Award

Best of Three
Best of Three
By Signal Film and Media BFI Academy Team 2017

Audience Award

The Bob Graham Round: Running the Fells with Friends
The Bob Graham Round
Running the Fells with Friends
By Kaleel Zibe

Filmmakers Network

As well as showcasing great short films we also hope the Ospreys will provide opportunities for film makers to meet each other and possibly collaborate on future projects. We have created a group on Facebook called the Osprey Filmmakers Network which we invite you to join if you have entered or film in the past of are thinking of doing so in the future, or perhaps you'd like to get involved in some other way.

Osprey Filmmakers Network: http://bit.ly/OspreysNet

Partners & Sponsors

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All programme and film details are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.