Keswick Film Festival

Saturday 1st March 3:30pm, The Alhambra
Free Entry

“I feel it's very important for those of us who are established in films to make sure that we put ourselves out to encourage the next link in the chain. It's not difficult to put oneself out and it was greatly enjoyable watching their films and sharing their pleasure at the awards.”

John Hurt
John Hurt

What Are The Osprey Short Film Awards?

Each year at the festival we celebrate local film making by showing a selection of short films. A panel of judges select the very best of these films and reward the talented film makers the prestigious Osprey awards.

2014 Shortlist

The films selected for the 2014 competition will be shown at The Alhambra on Saturday 1st March at 3:30pm where the winners will be announced and presented with their prizes.

This year we have selected four films, one winner and three highly commended in each category. At the screening one film will also be selected for the Audience Award.

Young Category (Under 19)

Directed by Matthew Edwards with other young amateur film makers (7 mins 49 secs)

Two people dig up a chest in a field as their perceived humanity begins to unravel.


Highly Commended
The Allotment
Directed by Simon Little with other students from Carlisle College (6 mins 19 secs)

Two best friends, John and Tom, couldn't decide what to do for Halloween to keep Tom's younger sister happy so they persuaded her to go into the haunted allotment at night. What they didn't know was that the mentally ill father who lost his child was preparing for a revenge, at the same place where his daughter was murdered...

The Lantern
By filmmakers from William Howard School in Brampton. (9 mins 28 secs)
The Lantern

Set on the River Eden in the 18th century, a young girl learns the truth about her father's dangerous trade and sets out on a mission to save her family.

The Lantern
The Lantern

Oliver Twisted
Wigton Youth Station with Tom Lloyd (10 mins)

When Olivia finds herself faced with homelessness, she begins to see parallels with Dickensian Britain. This film aims to challenge the stereotyping of young people within the young peoples community in Wigton.

Open Category

Little Chamonix, an In the Frame short
Directed by Dom Bush for Land and Sky Media (10 mins)

Joe Beaumont fell 40 feet from a crag in Eskdale and suffered multiple and complex injuries. The Eskdale mountain rescue team saved his life. Since the fall and while 'in the frame' that is re-building his right leg, Joe has completed an epic fund-raising climb, canoe, walk and cycle ride part of which was the challenge to once again climb Little Chamonix in Borrowdale.

Audience Award Winner
Written, produced and directed by John Grey for Grey Matter (3 mins 18 secs)

Lost in his thoughts, a man is joined at the bus stop by a young woman. Contemplating what she might be like, his imagination runs wild and he soon finds himself fantasizing an entire life together with her. Caught up in the reverie, he can't help but wonder: maybe she's the girl of his dreams...

Highly Commended
Moving On
Directed by N. Andrew Elliot for Wright Walker Productions (8 mins 7 secs)
Moving On

A young woman using the power of voodoo to move her suburban-based family to the country to start a new life... in a manner of speaking...

One Last Walk
Directed by Toby Gaffney for True Productions (9 mins 57 secs)

Charlotte has been set a last task to complete by her mother. Reluctantly and brutally early one keen autumn morning Charlotte leaves her family slumbering and ventures into the inspirational beauty of the Cumbrian fells. One Last Walk charts her mini adventures and remembrances of her life's relationship with Sheila, her larger than life mother.



  • Romance of the Skies Romance of the Skies Golden Osprey 2013
  • New Deal New Deal Audience Award 2012
  • The Orb The Orb Under 18 Silver Osprey 2013
  • Circulate Circulate Bronze Osprey 2013


  • Birdie Birdie Golden Osprey 2012 (Open)
  • The Shed The Shed Golden Osprey (U18) & Audience Award 2012
  • Recovery - The Slow Road Recovery - The Slow Road Silver Osprey 2012
  • Coast Of Soap Ships Coast of Soap Ships Golden Osprey 2011 (U18)

Previous Winners


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