At the 2013 London Feminist Film Festival we handed out our awards for Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, as well as the Feminist Favourite Audience Award.
These were the winners:
Best Feature Film: The Cut by Beryl Magoko
Best Short Film: Blank Canvas by Sarah Berkovich
Feminist Favourite Audience Award: Daughters of the Niger Delta by Ilse van Lamoen
FEATURE FILM AWARD
Eight films, with a running time of 30+ minutes, were eligible for the 2013 Feature Film Award.
Feature Film Award Jury:
Bidisha is a writer and broadcaster specialising in international affairs and social justice. She is an International Reporting Project Fellow with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a presenter for BBC radio and TV. Her most recent book is Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine. She is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation. To find out more about Bidisha and her work, visit her blog.
Beti Ellerson is founder and director of the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema created in 2008. Her research includes the book and documentary Sisters of the Screen, which focuses on African women in cinema, and recently published articles in the Journal of African Cinemas and Feminist Africa. She has spoken widely on African women in cinema, notably as keynote speaker at the Symposium on 40 years of African women francophone filmmakers in Paris in November 2012. In addition, she was the president of the Diaspora Jury at the 2013 Fespaco. Currently, Beti teaches Africana art, culture, and cinema and visual representations of African women as a visiting professor at Denison University, USA.
Jill Daniels is an independent filmmaker and has been making films since 1989. Her most recent film The Border Crossing (2011) explores her memories of her experience of a violent sexual attack while she was hitching in the Basque country in the early 1970s. The film won an award at the Athens Ohio International Film Festival, USA and showed at a sold-out screening at London Feminist Film Festival 2012. She is co-editor of a new book, Truth, Dare or Promise: Art and Documentary Revisited and is currently working on a feature length autobiographical film, The Circle, that delves into long-held secrets in her Jewish family. She teaches film at the University of East London, UK. Visit her website for more information.
SHORT FILM AWARD
Twenty-one films, each with a running time of under 30 minutes, were eligible for the 2013 Short Film Award.
Short Film Award Jury:
Ranhee Song is a filmmaker and current general secretary for the Korea Women’s Hotline as well as the chief programmer for the Film Festival for Women’s Rights. The Korea Women’s Hotline reinforces the abilities of activists from all parts of Korea through an educational programme called E.L.F. (Empowering. Leadership. Feminism). They encourage individual development through professional and public women’s counselling education, and support survivors of violence against women with counselling, legal advice, and medical services. The Korea Women’s Hotline also organises many campaigns to raise consciousness about violence against women. Since 2006 they have also organised the Film Festival for Women’s Rights, the 7th edition of which took place in November 2013, with the aim to publicise the truth about violence against women and to spread the culture of supporting victims’ survival and recovery.
Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker, producer, and writer. A graduate of King’s College Cambridge, she worked as a civil servant in Ghana before becoming a General Trainee with the BBC. She has taught in Spain and Jamaica and worked as a producer and director making documentaries for the main terrestrial channels in Britain and the University of Ghana in Accra. Her short stories have been published in Critical Quarterly and in African Love Stories: An Anthology edited by Ama Ata Aidoo. In 2009, her first novel, True Murder, was published by Jonathan Cape. Her TV credits include Black and White, a ground-breaking BBC1 investigation into race and racism in Bristol using hidden video cameras; I Want Your Sex for Channel 4, and six-part ITV series Voluntary Service Overseas. Her award-winning 2010 film The Witches of Gambaga screened at LFFF 2012 in the PRISONS session. She is currently working on The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, a documentary film about one of Africa’s foremost women writers.
Beryl Richards is a director of TV drama, comedy, and short films. She has won three BAFTAs, an RTS, a British Comedy Award, the Prix Jeunesse, and two International EMMY nominations for directing. She has also helped develop and create many popular UK series. Beryl’s short films have been shown in competition in over 60 international festivals, including Berlin and Clemont Ferrand. Her recent shorts Perfect World and Examination won a Special Jury Prize and a Gold Remi award at Houston Worldfest. Her current film Recession premiered in competition at the 2013 Heartland International Film Festival. Beryl is also an award-winning scriptwriter. She works part time for the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva, executive producing a worldwide co-production of children’s short films. Beryl helped set up and now chairs the Directors UK Women’s Working Group and was elected Vice chair of Directors UK in 2013.
Last but not least, everybody attending the London Feminist Film Festival had a chance to take the jury seat and vote for their favourite films of the festival. At the end of each screening audience members were able to rate the film(s) they had seen and from these scores we determined the Feminist Favourite Audience Award winner.
The 2013 London Feminist Film Festival award winners were announced at the afterparty on Saturday 30 November.