Keswick Film Festival

Saturday 28th February 1pm, The Alhambra
Free Entry

“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
John Hurt

What Are The 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 filmmakers the prestigious Ospreys.

2015 Shortlist

The films selected for the 2015 competition will be shown at The Alhambra on Saturday 28th February at 1pm where the winners will be announced and presented with their prizes.

This year we have selected seven films with three of them made by young filmmakers under the age of 19. One film from each category will be awarded a prize and the audience will vote for the Audience Award.

Young Category (Under 19)

Big & Small
Signal Starters Film Club (7 mins 31 secs)
Big & Small

A young girl is pushed and shoved until her wish is granted...."I wanna be BIG!" But is being big really the right wish, or does the magic happen if we stay strong and fight back through words?

Signal Film and Media delivered a weeklong filmmaking club for enthusiastic young filmmakers in the Barrow-in-Furness area. Thirteen 8-11 year olds got their chance to get involved in the making of a short film with an industry professional. The film was created as part of a BBC Children In Need funded project as part of the Signal Starters Film Club.

Signal Film and Media's BFI Film Academy (6 mins 25 secs)

A dark, eerie thriller in which a man's sat-nav begins to take over his destiny. Written, directed, edited and produced by 18 young filmmakers as part of Signal Film and Media's BFI Film Academy, tutored by film industry professionals.

The majority of the BFI participants are from Barrow-in-Furness and its surrounding areas.

Written & directed by Matthew Wood (9 mins 54 secs)

Perception explores the idea of how one situation can have multiple perceptions. We all see the world differently and Perception attempts to show this through film by applying different genres to an initially boring situation to make it exciting.


Open Category

A Bit More Sleep
Directed by Toby Gaffney for True Productions (9 mins 49 secs)
A Bit More Sleep

A short shopping trip through a pretty town, a journey through a sleep deprived mind, a mother doing her jobs. A humorous visit into Charlotte's wobbly world. A new mum trying to do her best.

Written and directed by Steve Fairclough (8 mins 32 secs)

A man only finds one way to stop his mental health issues killing his new relationship...

If We Never Came Down
Directed by N. Andrew Elliot & Lyndsey Walker for Walk Free Films (3 mins 28 secs)
If We Never Came Down

A young girl goes on an adventure with a strange friend in this music video for Cumbrian band mylittlebrother.

This Is Halloween
NADT Film Project & Unconventional Media (5 mins 23 secs)
This Is Halloween

At a Halloween party, a young woman Nikki is stalked by a mysterious figure, but all is not as it seems...



  • Animals Animals Under 19 Winner
  • Little Chamonix Little Chamonix Open Category Winner 2014


  • Romance of the Skies Romance of the Skies Golden Osprey 2013
  • New Deal New Deal Audience Award 2012
  • The Orb The Orb Under 18 Silver Osprey 2013
  • Circulate Circulate Bronze Osprey 2013

Previous Winners


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