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Success At Film Festivals!

Short films created by local young trainees at Barrow’s Signal Film and Media scooped three prizes at the Cumbria Short Film Competition awards ceremony last week (20th November) and one prize at Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast (November 27th).

The six-minute psychological thriller ‘Driven’, made by a group of 16 to 19-year-olds, brought home the Audience Award from the special event, held at the Old Laundry Theatre in Ambleside in November. The short also picked up the top prize in the ‘Best Film in the Under 18 Original Screenplay’ category. Stop motion animation ‘Tweet’, made by another group of 11 to 16-year-olds taking part in an Inspiring Barrow funded project, got the runner up prize in the same category.

‘Driven’ also won the AES Cinemagic Young Filmmakers Competition (18-25 category) in November. Cinemagic is an award-winning festival that is dedicated to celebrating the magic behind film and supporting film education, they are based in Belfast, Ireland. We are really proud to have won these competitions and gives our young participants great acknowledgment for their hard-work.

Michael Holburt (BFI Participant who worked on ‘Driven’) says: “I’m really excited & pleased to receive this award, it’s really encouraging to see our work being recognised & we are grateful for the opportunity given to us by the BFI & by Signal film and media, who have coached and mentored us throughout the whole process.

‘Driven’ was produced by Signal Film and Media’s 2013-14 cohort of young film talent as part of the prestigious national British Film Institute’s Film Academy. The Barrow charity is a delivery partner of the BFI Academy’s regional network of film academies, which aims to develop the next generation of film industry success stories.

Tweet, a stop motion animation film produced by our Cooke’s Crew film club for 11-15 year olds won Runner up in the Under 18 original screenplay category (prize of £50) . We were totally bowled over with our success and we’re extremely proud of our young filmmakers. We hope both films carry on doing well at other festivals around country. We also want to congratulate everybody else that were shortlisted, it’s really refreshing to know that filmmaking is so popular with a variety of young people around Cumbria. To apply to be on our next Cooke’s Crew filmmaking club for 11-15s (living in Barrow borough area) contact 01229 838592.

‘Driven’ was also selected for the Northern Exposure Short Film Competition at the Brewery Arts Centre and was nominated in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category at the Portobello Film Festival in London.

Click here to watch Driven / Click here to watch Tweet

If you would like to apply for our next Cooke’s Crew film club please contact Steph: 01229 838592 /




Cumbria Short Film Festival award