And the BBC Best of the North Award winner is... Lift!

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!
Photo from Ian Ogden's Blog
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.

Lift at Exposures and on

My graduate film "Lift" seems to be doing quite well.  As you are probably aware it has been selected to be shown at the Exposures Film Festival 2009! 

As it is a short documentary it is eligible to win Best of Fest (it won't, documentaries never do), Best Documentary (it might, depends on the competition) and the Corona Award.  The Corona Award is decided by audience vote.  I think this is a cheeky way to encourage filmmakers to invite all their friends and family to vote for them, therefore increasing ticket sales.  I would never fall for such a tactic...


If you are able to, please come down to the screening and show your support!  Just being there with me and Shona would be great and, if you think my film deserves it, I won't try to persuade you against voting for it.  Here are the details:
What?  Exposures Film Festival 2009
Where?  Conerhouse Cinema, Oxford Road, Manchester.
When?  November 18th 4.30pm.
Specific Event?  Competition Screening: Programme 6.
How much? £3.50
Tickets?  Buy them online from the Cornerhouse website or from the box office.

I'll provide free tickets to any of the contributors to the documentary, even if they didn't make the final cut.  (Please email to you let me know.)  It's the least I can do as I wouldn't have a film without them. 

Competition Time: I'll also give a free ticket to the first person who spots the main difference between the new version of the trailer and the old one and leaves a comment below!

Lift has also been accepted by the Internet Movie Database and now has it's own page.  You can check it out here!
I've submitted load of credits, info and technical details but it all needs to be verified by the editing team so the page still looks a bit bare at the moment.  You can help by adding your comments, trivia, any goofs you know off and rating it as high or low as you think it deserves.  Thanks.

See you on the 18th at the Cornehouse!

Lift is selected for EXPOSURES Film Festival!

Exposures Film Festival is "The UK's leading student film and moving image festival" and runs from 17th- 19th November 2009.  It is a national festival and competition accepting Drama, Documentary and Film Art submissions from college, degree and masters students.

I'm only telling you this because my degree film "Lift" (click to watch) has been selected to be show in the Documentary Film category!  This news has really made my day and has given me the confidence to enter the film into other festivals which charge for entry.

As Lift has been selected it is eligible to win Best Documentary (and Best Of Fest I suppose) though I'm not sure if it is awarded by panel of judges or decided at the screening by the audience.  I'll keep you updated.  I'm not expecting to win any awards but it would be nice, wouldn't it?

I had to submit a few production stills to the organisers but as I didn't have any from the real shoot, Shona and I went out and recreated some moments from my travels.  I shouldn't have been surprised, but even with me holding up a "Lift" sign and Shona taking photos, a guy stopped to pick us up!  It was a bit embarrassing waving to him " Thanks, but we don't actually want a lift!"