Gavin Williams' short, ‘Sleepworking’, has now picked up eight awards during the autumn and winter festival season. The science fiction thriller funded through Northern Film & Media’s ‘Shorted’ initiative most recently won the Grand Prize at the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival in Seattle in January, as well as the Prix du Jury at Utopiales – Europe's largest International Festival of Science Fiction – in Nantes, and the Audience Award for Best Short at the National Irish Science Fiction Film Festival. The has film has won various other awards including for Best Best Director at the Salty Horror Film Festival in Salt Lake City and Best Short Cinematography at the HorrorQuest Film Festival.
Writer and Director Gavin Williams said, “This is an amazing cap to an unbelievable year. In addition to our new awards the film is an official selection for thirty-five festivals which is a feat we would have never thought possible in January! As ever, I must pay tribute to my exemplary cast and crew. We've helped put Sci-fi with a Geordie accent on the world stage!”
“On a personal note, for many years I wrote commissioned screenplays for broadcasters and production companies which never saw the light of day. ‘Sleepworking’ is the first time my film making has actually gone out into the world, and audiences are finally getting the chance to make up their own minds. Happily, the response has been overwhelmingly positive but it shows that one of the most important traits we need in this industry is dogged persistence! It's been a great 2013.”
Gavin was supported by NFM's Market Access Fund to attend the film's successful screening at Screamfest LA in October. He is currently developing a feature project, ‘Behind the Eye’.
For some recent media coverage of Gavin's success click here.