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The 3rd annual Midlands Movies Awards is due to take place at Hansom Hall in Leicester on Saturday 2nd March 2019.


With Academy Awards just a week before, these Midlands 'Oscars' will be a platform to honour the local films released in the past 12 months – whether they be shorts, features, animation, documentaries and more. We will be rewarding the region’s talent in categories such as ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Actor / Actress’, ‘Best Director’ and many more.


We will be producing video slideshows and giving out trophies to winners. You can read more about the great selection of nominees and winners at last year's event by clicking here.



We are again looking to consider a whole range of Midlands-centric films for the 2019 Awards. Work can be submitted across 16 categories and the final nominations will be announced in January 2019 and winners announced at the ceremony in March 2019. Filmmakers can now submit their films at FilmFreeway until 21st December at this link: https://filmfreeway.com/MidlandsMoviesAwards2019



The Midlands Movies Awards is brought to you by a group of film fans pooling the expertise of our volunteers whilst celebrating the creativity of artists and actors, and our collective passion for the movie community in the region.


The event will again be hosted by local BBC presenter Ed Stagg. With a long background in broadcasting and event production, Ed can regularly be heard on both BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio Derby and Ed is also the director of Well-Bred Productions. As well as that, from Jimmy Somerville to Ed Sheeran and from Saturday morning television to BBC Three 'mockumentary', Ed's career has never been predictable but his journey with film production in the region make him the perfect host.

Midlands Movies 2019 Film Awards

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Meet the judges 2019 Awards Panel

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Daniel Alexander

Daniel is a multi-award winning filmmaker and director from the West Midlands and recently directed a film for the Commonwealth Games which made history after being televised by the BBC to over 1 billion people around the world. With a host of skills including photography, editing, directing and writing, Daniel is known for creating breathtaking visuals and has a wealth of filmmaking experience. Daniel has also worked with an impressive caliber of clients including Apple, Channel 4, BBC 2 and MTV and is involved in “Back In” film training courses in partnership with BFI, BBC & Creative England.


Deborah Haywood

Deborah is a film director from Derbyshire who studied Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Derby before gaining a Masters Degree in English at the University of Warwick. Following her first short she was selected for Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow and is also BIFA nominated. After completing her fifth short film, Twinkle, Twinkle, Deborah moved on to write and direct her debut feature film Pin Cushion. Shot around Swadlincote in the Midlands the film has received rave reviews and opened Critics Week at the Venice International Film Festival in 2018.


David Baldwin

David Baldwin is the cinema programmer for the Midlands Arts Centre and previously programmed for The Electric Cinema in Birmingham. David also founded the annual horror and fantasy film festival Shock & Gore and edits the monthly Midlands film newsletter Filmwire for Flatpack Projects. He is also a freelance journalist who has written for the likes of Metro, What’s On Group, Titan Magazines, Den of Geek, Time Out and BBC online.


Rebekah Fortune

After gaining a BA and MA in drama Rebekah began her career as an actor working extensively in theatre & TV including working with director David Yates. And after undertaking several filmmaking courses she moved into film direction and set up production company Seahorse Films in 2011 with long-time collaborator Peter Machen. Rebekah’s feature “Just Charlie” has received critical acclaim and won the Audience Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for 2 BIFAs.


Amy Smart

Flatpack is a film festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring and Amy joined the team in 2016 to head up Flatpack's year round activity under the banner of Film Hub Midlands, a BFI-funded project working with the Film Audience Network to help build a more thriving film community in the region. Prior to that Amy was the Cinema Producer at Midlands Arts Centre for 5 years and has also programmed film for SHOUT Festival and Artrix cinema in Bromsgrove.


Grant Black

Grant is a multiplatform producer specialising in creating youth-led content and developing new filmmaking talent. Starting his career as a staff writer for the BBC , Grant has since written and produced for various shows across the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. In 2015 Grant took up his current position as Creative Director for Rural Media, overseeing the company’s creative slate, including executive producing 75 short films for Channel Four’s multiplatform Random Acts strand. Grant’s work has been consistently recognised by the Royal Television Society, picking up awards for ‘Innovation in Cross Platform’, ‘Excellence in Digital Content’ and ‘Diversity’.


Michael Sales

Michael Sales is the creator and editor of local cinema organisation Midlands Movies which showcases a diverse range of talented filmmakers, movies, cast and crew from across the region’s film community. From first-time shorts to full-length features, Michael has championed skilled film creatives from the area since the website launched in 2012. A Media graduate from DeMontfort University, he also runs cult film theme screenings alongside Firebug Film Club in Leicester city centre. Michael has also regularly appeared on BBC Radio Leicester providing cinema reviews and regional film news to the area’s listeners.

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