Osprey Short Film Awards
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.”
For the 2018 Festival we will be using FilmFreeway.com to accept entries. Please click through
to our listing on FilmFreeway for full details on how to enter.
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Judges and Audience Award Winner
A Shepherd's Hand
Directed by Richard Berry and Jago Miller, written by Geoff Cox (5 mins)
Lakeland endurance running, the slow game of energy and emotion, anxiety and anticipation: an unfolding physical landscape that you run through and an emotional landscape that runs through you. Set within an attempt on the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge this poetic film pays tribute to Joss himself and his inspirational status in the world of fell running.
Young filmmakers as part of the Lost Journeys of the Furness Railway Heritage Project (8 mins 50 secs)
A teenage wannabe Youtube star clashes with her grandfather when he tries to get her excited about his obsession with train facts
Sam Fountayne (3 mins)
Grandad's Army is a three minute short film about a young mischievous boy who must
spend a weekend at his estranged grandad's home.
After they struggle to find common ground, the boy makes a mistake that he must put right.
The Irrational Tendencies of Elias
Directed by Ben Bellingham (10 mins)
A desperate, unemployed perfectionist must stand out for the right reasons to win over a potential employer. In this interview from hell, everything and everyone stands in his way, including himself.
Directed by Matthew Wood (2 mins 59 secs)
An inventive girl finds an archway with what seems to be an entire world inside.
Caring For The Nuclear Family
Penny Watson & Melanie Wheatley (7 mins 16 secs)
Thirty years on from the Chernobyl disaster and the impact is still being felt. The children are all growing up in deprived and contaminated areas of Belarus, and come to West Cumbria for four weeks respite care. This film shares the experiences of one new host family who welcomed a seven year old Belarusian girl in to their home.
NADT Film Project & Unconventional Media (5 mins 05 secs)
James and Tim are lifelong best friends who do everything together, but one secret could tear them apart.
Signal Film and Media BFI Academy Team 2016 (7 mins 23 secs)
After crashing her car, a young woman wakes in a locked cell and must battle to escape an increasingly nightmarish scenario.
Christine Entwisle (6 mins)
A short comedy. After her boyfriend's 'accidental' death, Sindy tries to bag herself a fella
A Father's Day
Directed by Mat Johns (9 mins 53 secs)
Unexpectedly reunited with his daughter amongst the ruins of the world as they knew it, a father is determined to make this day special, even if they are already dead.
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
If you'd like to sponsor the Osprey Short Film Awards or supply any prizes then please contact us.