Short Film Festival: Warm Reception For Winchester Film Makers


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Professionals from the world of cinema were on hand to encourage the talent of the future. Winner of the best screenplay – supported by Winchester Today – Julius Whiteman gives his own personal reflection. (Pics: Kevin Gover, except Julius Whiteman: Charlie Osman)

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The Winchester Discovery Centre was abuzz over the weekend with local short film makers winning awards at the Winchester Short Film Festival – and an appreciative audience of family, friends and experts.

The festival is now in its third year running, and was set up by John Hayes from The Winchester Art Café.

John brought in special guest filmmaker Caroline Sax to introduce the ceremony and sit on the judging panel. Caroline told the packed auditorium how her love for film grew when she had the opportunity to be on the film set as a child for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The 10 categories ranged in everything from Best Music Video, to Best Animation, to Best Filmmaker Under 22 – with Matt Livingstone winning the big award for Best Short for his film “Sugar“.

16-year old Matt Livingstone says the evening was a terrific event:

“It’s a great way for people to exhibit their work and I’m very happy to have picked up the big award.”

The event received just over 150 entries shortlisted down to 27, making up the top 18% of short films submitted, and is set to get even bigger next year.

John Hayes was also very pleased:

“The quality of films this year was incredible – it’s truly an honour to even be involved”

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Me (Julius Whiteman), with my award, lucky me.


Winchester Today was even in attendance to present me with the Best Original Screenplay award – for which I am hugely grateful.