Young Liverpool Film Night at FACT
Young filmmakers came together yesterday evening for the annual Young Liverpool Film Night.
Having pored over the entries (submitted by 13-19 year olds from all over Merseyside) and deliberated for the last few weeks, the Freehanders had managed to whittle the entries down to a final 9 films.
Once the audience were seated and Mike Stubbs, together with Freehanders David and Reuben, delivered introductions, Jones’ short Toy Wars kicked things off with subtly humorous and yet strangely haunting scenes of plastic militancy.
It is safe to say the laughs were many. The Boy Who Drowns In Rain by SLA Productions– in which a teenager with an upside-down nose and an androgynous wolf-faced mother highlights the difficulties resulting from his deformity – was perhaps the most successful on this front
The theme ‘Imagination’ tied the films together and led to a diverse array of media – from stopstart and hand-drawn animations to sand sketches and live action performances.
Safe to say that the laughter and applause from the audience served as testament to the remarkable creativity and talent behind the shortlisted entries.
Following the round-up, Freehander Helen announced the award categories; Freehanders’ Choice, Best film in response to the theme, Best direction, and The Audience Award.
Both highly commended and overall winners were named in each category (see below for the round-up).
The Audience’s Choice award resulted in a tie between The Boy Who Drowns In Rain and Precious by 20 Stories High youth theatre, and was settled with a clap-off that saw the audience stamp, clap, whistle and otherwise cheer for their favourite of the two.
List of winners
Freehanders’ Choice: Paper Tourist, by Jessica Jung
Highly commended: An Interview with Mr Cannibal, by Harrison Travis
Best film in response to the theme: Open Book, by Charlotte Spencer
Highly commended: The Boy Who Drowns In Rain, by SLA Productions
Best direction in response to the theme: Rapunzel, by Kate Kalosza
Highly commended: Toy Wars, by David Jones
Audience Choice: The Boy Who Drowns In Rain, by SLA Productions