The 2017 winners received prizes including private screenings of their work, mentoring from film industry professionals and work experience.  Over 40 MPs celebrated young filmmakers in their local area by putting forward entries.

The winners were given their awards by Lord Puttnam at a ceremony in which all winners and highly commended entrants were invited.

Best Film Under-16 was awarded to thirteen-year-old Freya Hannan-Mills for her film Turning Tides. Into Film Shorts named Turning Tides its Film of the Month in June last year, describing it as “a poignant portray of grief and friendship between two girls, aided by an evocative, piercing score, and some suitably grim weather”. In addition to acting and filmmaking, Freya wrote ‘Mushy Peas and Battered Bits’, a play performed by Jude Law at Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre in September last year.

Best Film 16 or over was awarded to Ed Wiles for his film City Lights. City Lights is described by Film Shorts as “a romantic comedy about a night time security guard in a London office tower who finds a unique way to gain the attention of a cleaner in an opposite tower”. The film premiered at the LA Shorts Fest and has also been screened at a number of other international film festivals.

Best Script went to Sade Adeniran, for A Mother’s Journey. Sade explains that the film “tells the story of a woman going through postnatal depression” and seeks to “shed a little light on the darkness which can sometimes overshadow what should be a joyful time in a family’s life”.

Download the 2017 winners brochure here.

Download the 2018 winners brochure here.