Osprey Short Film Awards 2011
What Are The Osprey Short Film Awards?
Each year at the festival we celebrate local film making by showing a selection of short films with a Cumbrian connection.
In 2009 the Cumbrian Short Film Awards (CSFA) were established to recognise and reward the talented film makers from, or working in, the region.
For the 12th Keswick Film Festival in 2011 the awards were renamed to the Osprey Short Film Awards in recognition of all the great work achieved by the Lake District Osprey Project to bring the birds back to the region.
There was a great turnout to see all of the shortlisted films at The Alhambra on the Saturday of 12th Keswick Film Festival. Television and film director Jack Gold (The Naked Civil Servant, The Medusa Touch, Goodnight Mister Tom) was invited along to announce the winners and afterwards said how it had been one of the highlights of the festival and explained the importance of encouraging the commercial directors of the future. Judges Carl Hunter and Clare Heney added "Short films are a glimpse into film future and Keswick is privileged to have a film festival that allows us this unique opportunity. Again, Cumbrian film makers have represented their region wonderfully with their skills and creativity. We can't wait for next year."
Jack Gold announced the winners as follows:
Parcel paranoia as a man tries to gift wrap a parcel of china for his wife.
A moving story of a husband grieving the loss of his wife in a car crash near Keswick.
One of five films for the Fell Pony Breeders Association, following renowned Fell Pony Hill Breeders in and
around the Howgill fells of Cumbria, and gives an insight into their experiences of breeding semi-feral herds on the open fell.
The films document a traditional way of breeding and managing fell ponies that is endangered by the changing patterns of farming, landscape and society.
A documentary on decline of the Natterjack toad in Cumbria and intervention strategies by National Parks to halt decline.
When Michael (Richard Burgess) receives a urgent phone call from his distraught girlfriend Jenny (Siobhan Byrne), he must get home before it is too late.
PANIC! is a short fictional comedy centering on the relationship between a young
couple and offers a tongue in cheek perspective of the differing
priorities between the sexes.
A fascinating review of Jim Templeton's photograph of a mysterious figure on Burgh Marsh. Taken in 1964 the photo still attracts
interest from ufologists and has become a source of international fascination. The film was made by William Howard School during the four days of Activities Week at the end of the summer term.
William Howard School
A Frosty Reception is Moon Beam Media's latest film, a horror-comedy filmed on location in the Lake District at a remote mountain cottage. 'Blair Witch' meets 'Withnail & I'?
Give Us A Break involves students from Mayfield School in Whitehaven, assisted by Prism Arts and
the Haltwhistle Film Project.
The production, which took several months to complete, gave the children and
young people the chance to show what they like to do in their spare time and during breaks for themselves and their carers.
Watch Online at the project website
Please see the 2011 Entry Page for full details of the competition including entry criteria and prize details.
We are hoping to run the competition in 2012 and the rules are unlikely to change.