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Film festival hailed as winners get awards
7:40am Saturday 7th July 2012 in News
AWARDS for film excellence were handed out on Saturday evening as the first Thurrock International Film Festival came to a close.
The week-long festival, which attracted film-makers from as far afield as Brazil and the USA and boasted a judging panel which included the likes of Pauline Quirke and Jim Loach, culminated in a glitzy night at the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
Local music star Tall Dark Friend walked away from the festival with two awards for his music video, This is Pop, which was directed by James Kavanagh. The film, which features the Tilbury-based singer, nabbed best editing and best music video.
Karen Hope’s Buon Giorno Sayonara won the coveted Best In Festival award, while Lee Barham, from Havering, won the Audience’s Choice award with his film Autumn Leaves.
The festival also saw well-known film critic Barry Norman give a talk, where he encouraged young people to give film making a go.
Students from Palmer’s College won nominations for their short films Dear Katie and Lord Lazarus.
Year 10 pupils from William Edwards school also spent a day at Palmers earlier in the week, where they learnt film making skills.
The results of their efforts were screened at the theatre during Saturday night’s awards bash.
The festival was hailed a success by organisers Benjamin Scarsbrook and Natalie Williams, who are already looking forward to next year’s extravaganza. Benjamin said: “Everyone who has attended the festival has thoroughly enjoyed it. We have had a brilliant time running it.
“We feel from the feedback from audiences and film makers that this is putting Thurrock on the film festival map and creating a legacy of film making in the borough.”
Co-organiser Natalie said: “A year of really hard work has paid off with an event that has been enjoyed and talked about.
“We are now looking at what feedback we have been given so we can start planning for next year.”
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