UK Film Festival hands out awards

!(feature_r)!The UK Film Festival 2013 came to a close on Friday, November 15th with an afternoon of documentaries and award winner announcements. One of the most striking images came from Exit, the long documentary winner, which saw a real suicide bomber detonate their device in Afghanistan as the Norwegian makers were filming. The expose on how the country is coping as outside armed forces withdraw packed a punch, as did many of the award-winning screenings that afternoon at the Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch, London.

While the directing team of Klaus Erik Okstaf, Olav Njaastad, Anders Somme Hammer, Marius Arnesen had captured both harrowing and insightful moments in Afghanistan, Mia Mullarkey’s short doumentary award-winning film Danger Overhead Powerlines followed another plight: Teresa Treacy battling Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board against the cutting down of 1,000s of trees she planted by hand. The judges found both entries so strong for the single documentary category that they split it into two awards so both were recognised officially by the UK Film Festival.

There was a lighter moment when the best animation was screened – Robert Grieves’s Sausage about a turf war between street vendors was a joyful and humours spat with plenty of inventive storytelling touches. The technical achievement award went to experimental dance film Immortelle which saw two ex-lovers deal with their relationship’s collapse with dramatic dance sequences in which the performers jutted and twisted through glossy interiors.

Other notable winners were Bka 49-77 for best script with an unsettling snapshot of the repercussions from a country road accident and best shot film Damn Girl, a gritty but ultimately heart-warming teenage drama. The festival was brought to a close with a screening of Mike, a UKFF and Irresistible co-produced short film based on the winning script in the UKFF Script Competition 2012. Though the intended three-minute film had become seven, it was another example of the fine filmmaking that had been on show throughout the week.

UK Film Festival winners

Best Documentary Short
Danger Overhead Powerlines directed by Mia Mullarkey

Best Documentary
Exit directed by Klaus Erik Okstad, Olav Njaastad, Anders Somme Hammer and Marius Arnesen

Best Music Video
Not Giving In directed by Josh Cole
United Kingdom

Best Student Film
Potwor directed by Piotr Ryczko

Best Animation
Sausage directed by Robert Grieves
United Kingdom

Technical Achievement
Immortelle directed by Sheng Hsin Hou

Best Script
BKA 49-77 directed by Jan Pavlacky
Czech Rep.

Best Cinematography
BKA 49-77 directed by Jan Pavlacky
Czech Rep.

Best British Short
Kick Off directed by Zoran Trajkovic

Best Short Film
Damn Girl directed by Kira Richards Hansen

Full details of all the winners will be published at

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