On Monday evening the Virgin Money Sheffield Lounge hosted an awards ceremony for their “Virgin Money Shorts” competition finalists. Set up to celebrate our sponsorship of the Short Documentary Film Award at this years’ Sheffield Doc Fest our competition brief was that all films must be under 10 minutes long and fit with the theme of curiosity. The response was fantastic and the quality of entries were outstanding.
Our judging panel was made up of; British film-maker Andre Singer, Head of Media Arts & Communication at Sheffield Hallam University Dr Brian Tweedale, Sheffield Doc Fests’ Lisa Brook, Head of Photography at The Sheffield Star Marisa Cashill and Virgin Money Creative Director Tim Arthur. The panel were overwhelmed by the calibre of story telling, originality and the overall quality of workmanship.
The event was attended by our finalists along with their guests, representatives from Sheffield Doc Fest, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and a selection of our judges. Held in the lower ground floor of the Sheffield Lounge our guests enjoyed canapés, refreshments and even a few games of pool and air hockey before settling down in the screening area to view our finalists films .
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield presented four runners up with £100 Amazon Gift cards, the films selected for these prizes were; Immunity, The Tea House, Passion-A Vinyl Documentary and Moop Wants Cake. In joint second place were The Leadmill and Soapbox – a free speech film who each received £500, presented by Brian Tweedale.
The overall winner of the Virgin Money Shorts competition went to the film A Medium at Large. Judges comments for this film included;
A wonderful example of brave investigatory documentary making. Eye-opening, bold and confident.
Before presenting the £1000 cheque to the winner, British film-maker Andre Singer spoke about his admiration for the finalists and their different styles of film making, the varied emotion, different topics and content. Addressing all the film makers in attendance he said;
I hope it’s inspired you all to push forward and continue in your work.
A massive thank you to our judges, everyone who attended the event and of course all those who submitted their short films into the competition.