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By midlandsmovies, Mar 16 2020 08:57AM



Midlands Movies Awards 2020 winners


Best Costume, Make-up & Hairstyling

Terri Hughes and Louis Brough for The Reunion


Best Editing

Lawrence Fowler for The Jack in the Box


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Damien Molony for Keep Breathing


Best Music (score or song)

Matthew Tucker for Rubber Johnny


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jenn Day for Unmade


Best Cinematography

Grant Archer for Night Tide


Best Documentary

Nick Hamer for Outside the City


Best Feature

Lawrence Fowler for The Jack in the Box



Best Actress in a Leading Role

Sophie Wheelans for I Need To Tell You Something


Best Animated Film

Lee Charlish for Waxworks Owner Fumes at Closure


Best Director

Lucy Alder for I Need to Tell You Something


Best Sound (editing or mixing)

Lee Charlish for The Cold Caller


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

James Bryhan for Shame My Name


Best Visual Effects

Lukas Remis for Invasion Planet Earth


Best Writing (original or adapted screenplay)

Tommy Draper, Mark Corden & Emmeline Hartley for Keep Breathing


Best Short

Mark Corden for Keep Breathing






By midlandsmovies, Feb 9 2020 05:40PM



Midlands Movies Awards 2020 - Nominations


1. Best Feature sponsored by Fish Bulb Films

Invasion Planet Earth by Simon Cox

Sustain by Dave Hastings

The Jack in the Box by Lawrence Fowler

Outside the City by Nick Hamer


2. Best Short

Keep Breathing by Mark Corden

Night Tide by Richard Miller

I Need to Tell You Something by Lucy Alder

Knock Door Run by Andrew Rutter

Off Grid by Carl Timms


3. Actor in a Leading Role

Melvyn Rawlinson in Coping

Ryan J Harvey in Death Knock

Damien Molony in Keep Breathing

Varakunan Panchalingam in My Father


4. Actress in a Leading Role

Emmeline Hartley in Keep Breathing

Ravneet Sehra in Scars

Esther McAuley in Can’t Hide It

Sophie Wheelans in I Need To Tell You Something


5. Actor in a Supporting Role

James Bryhan in Shame My Name

Ed Spence in My Friend Frank

Joe Warriner in Park Life

John Sugden in Knock Door Run


6. Actress in a Supporting Role

Cate Johannessen in I Need to Tell You Something

Jenn Day in Unmade

Cherry Bagnall in Death Knock

Bharti Patel in Damage


7. Animated Film

James Pyle for Lip Flaps

Lee Charlish for Waxworks Owner Fumes at Closure

Bhulla Beghal for A Scribbled Memory

Matt Williams for Rubber Johnny


8. Costume & Makeup & Hairstyling

Jessica Peck and Lee Charlish for The Cold Caller

Terri Hughes and Louis Brough for The Reunion

May Weller and Emma Grant for Not Again Lily

Isabella Larter, Liz Fowler & AnnMarie Malley for The Jack in the Box

9. Directing

Lucy Alder for I Need to Tell You Something

Simon Cox for Invasion Planet Earth

Joseph Archer & Jack Archer for On in 15

Carl Timms for Off Grid

Nick Hamer for Outside the City


10. Documentary

Raised by Queenz by Soph Webberley

Outside the City by Nick Hamer

Carolyn - A survivor of aversion therapy by Andrew Cardinal

Connor by Jessica Brain


11. Editing

Lawrence Fowler for The Jack in the Box

Richard Miller for Night Tide

Asher Hardy for I Need to Tell You Something

Simon Cox for Invasion Planet Earth


12. Music (Score or song)

David Beard for McKinley

Matthew Tucker for Rubber Johnny

Joe Reeves for Raised by Queenz

Les Hayden for Hidden


13. Cinematography

Jon O’Neill for McKinley

David Cawley for Knock Door Run

Grant Archer for Night Tide

Ed Radford for Coping


14. Sound (Editing or Mixing)

Justin Dolby for The Siren’s Song

Lee Charlish for The Cold Caller

Jason Nightall for Dead Air

Wayne Kelly For Inkling


15. Visual Effects

Dojo FX for Off Grid

Lukas Remis for Invasion Planet Earth

Ali T. Khan for Inkling

Lawrence Fowler for The Jack in the Box


16. Writing (Original/adapted)

Josh Brown for Greenlight

Richard Miller for Can’t Hide It

Tommy Draper, Mark Corden & Emmeline Hartley for Keep Breathing

Lucy Alder for I Need To Tell You Something


By midlandsmovies, Oct 26 2019 07:15AM



BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH TREVOR BEATTIE FILMS RETURNS FOR ITS 4th ANNUAL FESTIVAL


The fourth annual Birmingham Film Festival, an international festival of screenings, events and awards for talented filmmakers from around the world, returns to the city from 1st - 10th November.


The international celebration of film craft is a platform for new filmmakers, helping them reach a wider audience and nurture their careers to the next level. The festival’s screenings and seminars are all free to attend, making the innovative festival accessible to all and allowing the filmmakers showcase their work to a huge audience.


Birmingham Film Festival, which takes place over the course of ten days at Millennium Point, featuring an array of shorts, features, documentaries, and music videos, aims to put Birmingham on the international map and will add to the rising popularity of the UK’s second city.


The festival’s home, Birmingham, has recently become a popular location choice for Hollywood filmmakers, most notably including Steven Speilberg’s Ready Player One and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.


Trevor Beattie Films is the 2019 headline sponsor for the upcoming event. Trevor Beattie, originally from Birmingham, is considered one of the leading figures in advertising in Britain and has been responsible for a number of high-profile advertising campaigns. He has since moved into the film industry, producing the BAFTA award-winning film Moon, directed by Duncan Jones in 2008.



“I am genuinely honoured and flattered to be associated with The Birmingham Film Festival. Birmingham is more than my home, it’s who I AM and film is most definitely my future. It’s a perfect fit for me. The Birmingham Film Festival is yet another example of how Birmingham is becoming the cultural heartbeat of the nation. Birmingham never rests. And now we’re punching our weight in film".


"It has not escaped my attention that Birmingham has a Hollywood district, and I’m sorely tempted to base the Birmingham branch of my film company in B47. I just think “TREVOR BEATTIE FILMS, HOLLYWOOD, B47” has a ring to it"


"I’m really looking forward to the festival week and seeing some of the extraordinary film making talent on display. I have a message for Birmingham from DUNCAN JONES (of that other Hollywood fame). Duncan promises that he will visit Birmingham when he next returns to the UK and create a little something for next year’s festival. Birmingham has ARRIVED in film! Birmingham Film Festival will ensure that news is shouted from the rooftops.” says Trevor Beattie.


Steven Knight, the Brummie creator of Peaky Blinders, who is planning on building a £100M state-of-the-art film and TV studio in the city, is the festival’s patron. Kevin McDonagh, President of Birmingham Film Festival said: “We are really excited for this year's festival. Our aim has always been to grow the event and reach larger audiences for the amazing work that we get to show and we've achieved that this year".



"Adding more seminars and workshops was also key as it not only brings more of the industry into the city but supports local talent and helps them to grow their own careers. Raising the profile of the festival also leads into that goal, bringing more focus onto the city and its talent. If we can create an exciting and respected platform for the films and filmmakers, then we hopefully we are contributing in a positive way to future of the regions industry".


"To be honest though, our growth and success is in no small part due to the amazing talent that generously allows us to showcase their efforts. Without the film makers, we are nothing.”


The festival will conclude with a fabulous Gala Awards Ceremony on 9th November at Macdonald Burlington Hotel, during which the Birmingham Film Festival Awards will be handed out to the winners of each of each category. Awards will be given out to everything from Best Feature Film to Best Young Actor, Best Local Film and Best Special Effects.


One of Birmingham’s most famous sons, Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, has also been announced as a judge for the music video category. "I was thrilled to be at the Birmingham Film Festival last year and wish everybody involved with this year's event the best. Though I won't be there on the night, I will be judging the music video category." says Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran.


Celebrities and special guests will be out in force on Friday 1st November at the Millennium Point to kick-start the festival at the glamorous VIP Launch Party.


The film festival invites talented and independent film makers from all over the globe to participate. To learn more about Birmingham Film Festival visit www.birminghamfilmfestival.com



By midlandsmovies, Mar 3 2019 09:57AM



Midlands Movies Awards 2019 Full Winners


Best Costume, Make-up & Hairstyling

Chris Morris, Laura Viale Durand, Ben Fallaize, Monica Montalvo & Katarina Horvatic for Make Do or Mend


Best Editing

Ed Radford and Joshua King for Little Boxes


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Chris Butler for The Front Door


Best Music (score or song)

Janet Devlin for Songbird


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Olivia Noyce for Headphones


Best Cinematography

David Andrew Smith for Trentside


Best Documentary

Alex Lockwood for 73 Cows


Best Feature

James Smith for Do Something Jake


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Vivienne Bell for Troubled Waters


Best Animated Film

Lee Charlish for Return from the Moon


Best Director

Gemma Norton for Troubled Waters


Best Sound (editing or mixing)

Luke Galloway for Bang Bang


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nisaro Karim for Duality


Best Visual Effects

Mick Walker for Shining Tor


Best Writing (original or adapted screenplay)

Adam Palmer for Answer


Best Short

Alex Lockwood for 73 Cows



By midlandsmovies, Feb 3 2019 08:10PM



Midlands Movies Awards 2019 - Nominations


1. Best Feature

James Smith (Do Something Jake)

Kaushy Patel & Philip Huzzey (Out of Gas)


2. Best Short

The Front Door by Andrew Rutter

73 Cows by Alex Lockwood

Scarecrow by Lee Charlish

Troubled Waters by Gemma Norton

Little Boxes by Joshua King

Bang Bang by Zeyn Haider

Bee-Loved by Sarah Wynne Kordas & James Pyle

Shining Tor by Andrew David Barker


3. Actor in a Leading Role

Joshua Barrett in Trentside

Lawrence Walker in Answer

Chris Butler in The Front Door

Harrington Day in Last Call

Ross Samuel in Cappuccino

Dave Inglis in Eviction


4. Actress in a Leading Role

Vivienne Bell in Troubled Waters

Natsumi Kuroda in The Nail that Sticks Out

Amelia Gabbard in Aurora

Kelly McCormack in Two’s Company

Rebekah Hinds in Woman of the Night

Claire Lowrie in Last Call


5. Actor in a Supporting Role

Paul Findlay in Breakdown

Brad Ash in The Front Door

Nisaro Karim in Duality

Jonny Parlett in Enemies

Michael Cotton in Carriages


6. Actress in a Supporting Role

Nathalie Codsi in Answer

Olivia Noyce in Headphones

Laura Peterson in The Nail That Sticks Out

Helen Lewis in Martin Sharp Is Sorry

Rhi Hardman in Return of the Ring


7. Animated Film

Sarah Wynne Kordas & James Pyle for Bee-Loved

Matt Williams for Crawl

Lee Charlish for Return from the Moon

Liam Harris for Perched


8. Costume & Makeup & Hairstyling

Eleanor Frith, Katherine Newbury & Karentino for Aurora

Lee Charlish, Meg Charlish and Jenny McDonald for Scarecrow

Monica Montalvo for Best Friends Forever

Coralie Hudson, Jessica Campbell, Alice Green, Elysia Fisher & Emile Wilson for Deeds not Words.

Chris Morris, Laura Viale Durand, Ben Fallaize, Monica Montalvo & Katarina Horvatic for Make Do or Mend

9. Directing

Gemma Norton for Troubled Waters

Christopher Bevan for Make Do or Mend

Thomas Line for Headphones

Alex Lockwood for 73 Cows

Sophie Black for Songbird

Charlie Delaney for Trentside

Luke J Collins for Cappuccino


10. Documentary

Paul Stringer for Boarders without Borders

Rick Goldsmith for Herefordshire: Life Through A Lens

Daina Anderson for BLACK' The Documentary - 'Strong'

Laura Ray for OCD: Can you hear it too?

Alex Lockwood for 73 Cows


11. Editing

Ashleigh Harley for Judge Me

Simon Dymond for Make Do or Mend

Dave Jones for Cappuccino

Ed Radford and Joshua King for Little Boxes

Zeyn Haider for Bang Bang


12. Music (Score or song)

Felix Mercer for Troubled Waters

Janet Devlin for Songbird

Peter Flint for Not Alone

Ashleigh Harley for Judge Me

Savfk (Saverio Blasi) for Gamer


13. Cinematography

David Andrew Smith for Trentside

Richard Staff for Troubled Waters

Connor Goodwin for Aurora

Gary Rogers for The Beauty of It

Oliver Walton for 73 Cows


14. Sound (Editing or Mixing)

Simon Haupt for Headphones

Keith Morrison for Make Do or Mend

Liam Banks for Best Friends Forever

Luke Galloway for Bang Bang

John Roddy for 73 Cows


15. Visual Effects

Sheikh Shahnawaz for Gamer

Hayley Allen, Steve Askey, Matt Burkey, Matt Oakley,

Dom Stables and Nick Willet for Songbird

Mick Walker for Shining Tor

Ashleigh Harley for The Wall of Lyon

Lee Charlish for Return from the Moon


16. Writing (Original/adapted)

Luke Collins for Cappuccino

Tommy Draper & Sascha Zimmermann for Lilli

Adam Palmer for Answer

Andrew Rutter for The Front Door

Daley-James Francis for Martin Sharpe is Sorry

By midlandsmovies, Apr 27 2018 09:40PM



Midlands Spotlight - Finham Park Film Festival


Midlands Movies comes across new regional film festival based in Coventry that has big aspirations with a whole host of up and coming filmmakers.


The Finham Park Film Festival 2018 may be a small film festival but had its beginnings when Mike Gunn Head of Media Arts first started teaching Film Studies at Finham Park in Warwickshire. He encouraged students to have the highest expectations and with many of them entering their projects to local film competitions, it was of no surprise when the students soon started winning.


Later, talented students began entering national competitions and within just the last four years, Finham Park students have had five student films nominated for national prizes, including their first winner last year, Jack Brazil, now in Year 12.


Based in Coventry, thus originated their own film festival. Known for its outstanding film work, their media department have been hosting, serving and demonstrating the work produced. A fully catered, 3 meal, sit-down event is the icing on the movie cake where Andrew Hartshorn, the Head of Food Technology got students cooking Michelin-starred food to 72 guests at the festival.


The school use the festival to showcase fantastic films as well as show the wider community just how much potential they have. They want to inspire the next generation of students to even higher goals and make the school a centre of film-making excellence.


At last year’s festival, the festival helped ignite the Coventry 2021 bid for City of Culture and only eight months later, Coventry won, bringing even greater attention to the city’s young filmmakers.


This year’s festival prizes will be judged by a panel of judges from the film industry including ITV producer Anna Andrews and Ali Bannister, who worked on Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Sean Hartofilis, an independent New York film-maker will be less known but Josic Cadoret’s work funding new talent at BFI Film London will become more prominent now he has been announced as one of the six regional talent executives by the BFI.


Students nominated for awards are looking forward to hearing from their heroes and getting tips on how to be at the forefront of Coventry’s 2021 City of Culture festivities.


If you’d like to know more about the school or the festival check out https://twitter.com/FinhamFilm



By midlandsmovies, Mar 4 2018 10:43AM





The official Midlands Movies Awards results:


Best Costume, Make-up & Hairstyling

Thomas Hodge, Neal Harvey & Matthew K. Onderka-Lang & Toran Tanner for Teddy Bears Picnic


Best Editing

Leonard Garner for I am God, And Severely Underqualified


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Lipton for Kon-Tiki


Best Music (score or song)

Pav Gekko for Just Desserts


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maude Hirst for The Knock


Best Cinematography

Christopher Hood for Kon-Tiki


Best Documentary

Oliver Cowton for Portrait


Best Feature

David Hastings, Rebecca Harris-Smith, Alex Bourne, Troy Dennison & Kaush Patel for The House of Screaming Death


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Louise Salter for Butterfly


Best Animated Film

Lee Charlish for ninetofive


Best Director

Lee Page for The 7th Day


Best Sound (editing or mixing)

Alex Stroud for Clockworks


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Fransua Jamil Samuel for Anoesis


Best Visual Effects

Raghav Anil Kumar, Sahil Haider, Steven Mitchell & Glenn McAllen-Finney for The Rockman


Best Writing (original or adapted screenplay)

Tommy Draper for The Last Drop


Best Short

Theo Gelernter for I am God, And Severely Underqualified


The Joan Crellen Journey Award

Time, And Again by Kel Webster & Steve Lawson







By midlandsmovies, Jan 30 2018 08:58PM



Midlands Movies Awards 2018 - Nominations


On the 30th January Midlands Movies announced the full list of nominations across the 16 categories for our upcoming Awards on March 3rd.


Please check out all the films and filmmakers and a big thank you has to go to the amazing jury for spending their hard earned time choosing the films. It's been so difficult to make a decision on just these few as the standard of films was very high across the board and represented the best of the creative talent across the region.


Please find out more on our Midlands Movies Awards page here and read the full list of nominations below.


Midlands Movies Mike




Best Costume, Makeup & Hairstyling

Thomas Hodge, Neal Harvey & Matthew K. Onderka-Lang for Teddy Bears Picnic

Pauline Loven & Samantha Chapman for The Last Viking

Chris & Dean Garner for The 7th Day

Charlie Clarke for Just Desserts


Best Editing

Phil Lees for The 7th Day

Steve May for When Voices Unite

Leonard Garner for I am God, And Severely Underqualified

Liam Banks for After Party


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Richard Summers Calvert for Tony

Joseph Sean-Lyons for Restroom

Daniel Lipton for Kon-Tiki

Mark Burman for The Forecast


Best Music (score or song)

Monique Danielle for Frustration

Silver Factory Superstars for Some Lines

Pav Gekko for Just Desserts

Peter Flint for Behind the Lens


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Sophie Canare for Who’s There

Anna Dawson for Blood Myth

Abby Miller & Lorelei Winterfrost for Teddy Bears Picnic

Maude Hirst for The Knock


Best Cinematography

Jon O’Neill for I am God, And Severely Underqualified

Christopher Hood for Kon-Tiki

Louis Vella for Catharsis

Fabrice Millet for The Get Out Clause


Best Documentary

Oliver Cowton for Portrait

Tom Lee Rutter for Bella in the Wych Elm

Jill Lampert for Feel Good Fire Breathing


Best Feature

David Hastings, Rebecca Harris-Smith, Alex Bourne, Troy Dennison & Kaush Patel for The House of Screaming Death

John Williams for Crispy’s Curse

Glenn McAllen-Finney for The Rockman

Sean Brown & Luke Gosling for Blood Myth


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Louise Salter for Butterfly

Hayley Davis for The Get Out Clause

Olivia Newton for Catharsis

Emmeline Kellie for Clockworks


Best Animated Film

Chris Consentino for Meet Cute

Lee Charlish for mother

Taran Bains for On A Late Night At The Station

Lee Charlish for ninetofive


Best Director

Theo Gee for I Am God, And Severely Underqualified

Lee Page for The 7th Day

Jay Martin for Catharsis

Philip Stevens for The Knock


Best Sound (editing or mixing)

Keith Morrison for Time, and Again

Karen Jensen-Clark, Grant Snaith, Brandon Freislaar, Joshua George Hunt & Caz Lowe for The House of Screaming Death

Adam Fletcher for Butterfly

Alex Stroud for Clockworks


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nigel Barber for The Telephone

Laurence Saunders for The Get Out Clause

Fransua Jamil Samuel for Aneosis

Nico Mirallegro for The Knock


Best Visual Effects

Liam Banks for After Party

Raghav Anil Kumar, Sahil Haider, Steven Mitchell & Glenn McAllen-Finney for The Rockman

Jason M. J. Brown & Pete O’Neil for Dark Vale

Dom Stables & Nick Willett for Time, And Again


Best Writing (original or adapted screenplay)

Tommy Draper for The Last Drop

Chris Davies for Goose Sauce

Scott Driver for Restroom

Philip Stevens & Stewart MacGregor for The Forecast


Best Short

I Am God and Severely Underqualified

Forecast

Kon-Tiki

Betty

The Law of Noir

Teddy Bears Picnic

The Get Out Clause

Trapped

Time, And Again

After Party



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