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The 4th annual Midlands Movies Awards is due to take place at Hansom Hall in Leicester on Saturday 14th March 2020.


With Academy Awards just a month 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 2020 Awards. Work can be submitted across 16 categories and the final nominations will be announced in February 2020 and winners announced at the ceremony in March 2020. Filmmakers will be able to submit their films at FilmFreeway from 4th November at this link - https://filmfreeway.com/MidlandsMoviesAwards2020



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 2020 Film Awards

The Midlands Movies Awards will not happen without the assistance of our extra special supporters. Official Partners: Crosscut Media - click here for website & Firebug Bar Leicester - click here for website

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Meet the judges 2020 Awards Panel

Associate Producers:


* Nicole Pott (website link)

* Glenn McAllen-Finney - GM Finney Productions (website link)

* Mbili Munthali


Gold Supporters:


* Richard Miller

* Joey Lever - Digital Heart (website link)

* Kirby Spencer - Composer (website link)

* Louis Brough - Scarlett Light Media (website link)

* Matt Holt - MGL Media (website link)

* Johnny Kinch - Actor (website link)

* Henk Brugge - Actor (website link)


Silver Supporters:


* Daniel White

* Dave Hastings - Lightbeam Productions (website link)

* Doug Cubin

* Mbili Munthali

* James Smith - Raya Films (website link)

* Gabrielle Miller - Cool As Leicester (website link)

* Jaz M

* Guy Russell

* Mia Mills - Actress (website link)

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James Luxford


James is a film journalist and critic. They have lived in Stratford Upon Avon since 2014 and is BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's weekly film critic. A journalist since 2007, James is Global Film Editor at American Express Essentials, and has written about cinema for Metro UK, City AM, Radio Times, The Guardian and Little White Lies. He is a member of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics. In the past, James has served on the awards jury for the Oxford International Film Festival, as well as hosting events for Peccadillo Pictures’ POUTFest.





Cassie Smyth


Cassie is the founder and manager at Birmingham Young Filmmakers Network which connects, empowers and equips young creatives with the aim of supporting tomorrows filmmakers. Working in partnership with The Mockingbird Cinema, they build a collaborative community to enable creative young people with aspirations of working in the film industry to overcome barriers that may be excluding them. Cassie has also worked as programme manager at UpRising Leadership, involved in both the Find Your Voice and Find Your Power programmes and previously worked at Creative Alliance delivering the BBC Make It Digital scheme. She is also a DJ and has written for magazines such as NME, Artrocker and The Fly as well as Birmingham's own Fused.



Becky Adams


Producer Becky Adams founded social enterprise film company Screen Northants with Paul Mills in 2015. Screen Northants has shot 2 feature films so far, supported by BBC Children in Need working with established and new film talent as well as local disadvantaged young people to give them access to the film industry to boost their confidence and work skills. Becky worked in the film industry for over 10 years before Screen Northants as a Production, Unit and Location Manager. Highlights include King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company in New York, feature film Rise of the Footsoldier for Carnaby Films, multi-award-winning short film The Boy with A Camera for A Face and Strutter for MTV with Objective Productions.




Dharmesh Rajput


Dharmesh Rajput is the Head of Cinema for the Birmingham Indian Film Festival as well as Lecturer in Media Production at the Birmingham School of Media, BCU. BIFF is the Midlands strand of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), Europe’s largest South Asian Film Festival which presents a carefully curated selection of the very best new independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent including feature films, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and new filmmakers. Dharmesh has previously worked at the BBC working in television, radio, events and digital content and is involved in a number of South Asian and Birmingham arts projects.




Richard Billingham


Richard is a photographer and artist, film maker and art teacher. His work has mostly concerned his family and the place he grew up in the West Midlands. He is best known for the photography book Ray's A Laugh and has made several short films, including Fishtank and Ray. He adapted the latter into his first feature film, Ray & Liz (2018) a memoir of his childhood. He was shortlisted for the 2001 Turner Prize & his work is held in the permanent collections of Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Government Art Collection in London.





Michael Sales


Michael is the 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 regional film news to the area’s listeners.

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