Enjoy with Himesh Patel receives Best British Film Award at Norwich Film Festival – Film News | Film-News.co.uk
Out of nearly 1,300 international entries, the shorts Enjoy, The Exit Plan, Absolution, Clown, Night of the Living Dread and One for the Road received their awards at Norwich University of the Arts in a special sponsored ceremony by HolidayCottage.co.uk. This year’s winners tell moving stories about men’s mental health, escape, survival and climate change.
The international jury, comprising Jessica Hynes, Michael Sheen, Brenda Chapman, Edith Bowman and Anwen, Lady Hurt reviewed 24 nominees, making a tough call for the final cup. Now in its 11th year, the globally acclaimed festival attracts more films each year, making it a sought-after platform for directors, producers, screenwriters and actors.
Opting for a hybrid festival screening ensures that local, national and international audiences can view more than 130 films in person and online. It’s the last weekend you can watch the festival’s official selection in person, ranging from sci-fi and international shorts to emerging talent and environmental films. All films are available online until Tuesday, November 30.
2021 Norwich Film Festival Winners
Best British Film, sponsored by Arnolds Keys – Enjoy, director Saul Abraham and producers Gabriele Lo Giudice and Nick Rowell. Main actors: Himesh Patel, Sara Stewart, Maddy Hill, Tom Sweet and Jonathan Aris.
Best International Feature, sponsored by VisitNorwich – The Exit Plan, Director / Producer Angus Wilkinson, and Producers James Buckingham and Ella Cook. Actors: Marcia Warren and Paapa Essiedu.
Best East Anglian Film, sponsored by the University of East Anglia – Absolution, director Duncan Christie and producer Al Eales. Main actors: Elizabeth Bouckley and Raphael Zari.
Best Documentary Feature, Sponsored by Spire Solicitors – Clown, Director / Producer Shane O’Neill. Main actors: Mattie Faint and David Sterne.
Best Animated Feature, sponsored by Meantime Media – Night of the Living Dread, Director Ida Melum and Producer Danielle Goff. Main actors: Jessica Dennis, Stephen Fry and Romy Hayhurst.
Best Student Film, Norwich University of the Arts – One for the Road, director Eileen Tracey and producers Milena Bolouri and Julia Sander. Main actors: Lynn Hunter and Catrin Stewart.
Enjoy short film writer Callum Cameron explained on this week’s podcast what prompted him to write a mental health screenplay: “The story comes from a biographical period in my life and then I wrote the script and sent it to Saul. He kind of saw parallels and we wanted to explore how we, as men, and a lot of other men we know, how they deal with their mental health.
Kellen Playford, Founder and Senior Consultant of the Norwich Film Festival, said: “It has been a great experience to see people come to the movies and watch great movies. We’re incredibly impressed with the topics that have been explored in this year’s films, such as men’s mental health in Enjoy and climate change in One for the Road. Films are creative journeys but can also be useful guides.
The Norwich Film Festival 2021 has attracted talented filmmakers from all over the world, including the UK, US, Israel, China, Lebanon and mainland Europe.
The festival is proud to receive support from major sponsors BFI Film Audience Network, Gasway, Norwich Business Improvement District, Norwich City Council and the University of East Anglia.
Tickets for this weekend are available at www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk/events/