Last night Shona and I made our way along to Urbis in Manchester for the Exposures Film Festival Awards Ceremony. I wasn't sure what to expect but we found the room set up with big round tables, big screen, podium, free drinks, etc. It was like a budget Bafta's!
After a couple of passionate but short speeches by Paul Abbot and friends we got into the awards.
I wasn't so surprised when Lift was nominated for the Best Documentary but as I hadn't seen any of the other documentaries, I didn't know what chance I had of winning. Unfortunately I lost to Waiting for Women, a film shot in Spain which I've not seen, but from the short clip played, it looked very well made. The award was accepted by the sound designer as the director wasn't there.
After a couple more awards we found that Lift was nominated again! This time for BBC Best of the North Award. This is a very competitive category as it includes all the films submitted from universities and colleges across the north of England which from what I could gather, make up just over half of the 500ish films submitted. And Lift won!
I accepted the award and thanked Shona and the contributers for making the film posible. Unfortunately the for the photos, the award it's self is made of clear glass so you can't really see it.
The overall winners of the Grand Jury Award were Stuck on the Edge (a documentary about a 100 year old woman) and Heart Strings (which also won Best Animation). Stuck on the Edge also won the Organisers Award and the Corona Audience Award so seems to be unanimously admired.
I Wear His Shirt, a film made by a fellow student from MMU was nominated in 5 of the 8 categories it was eligible for, but unfortunately didn't win any. Please check out Ian's blog.
I then hung around for more photos...
And got a couple of just me...
I had to leave the award with them to be engraved but as soon as I get it back I'll have to find a shelf to keep it on.
So to sum up: Lift = Best Documentary Nominee + BBC Best of the North Award 2009 = happy Nathan!
Shona took all but the first photo in this post (mainly using a zoom lens) and you can see a few more from the night over here. The propper publicity shots will be out with the press release on the Exposures site. I'll post them up when they are released. I'll also let you know when the Best Of The Fest DVD will be available to purchase.