NFM funded short scoops top prize

Posted: 17th January 2012

Compulsion – the Northern Film & Media funded short – has won the top award at the London Short Film Festival.

The film, which was funded through Northern Film & Media and UK Film Council's Digital Nation initiative and premiered at the BFI's prestigious London Film Festival in late 2011, beat competition from across the UK to bag the British Council award for ‘Best New Short Film’ at a ceremony held in London last night. Writer/director Andy McVicar will return to Tyneside with the award and a £500 cash prize.

Described by McVicar as “a study of the vicissitudes and intensity of love in adolescence,” the BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine said that “the performances and direction are masterful examples of simple but effective short-film storytelling”.

The film tells the story of Ian (Danial Hall) and his first romantic encounter with Kelly (Chelsea Halfpenny). When Ian’s trust in Kelly is thrown into doubt, his vulnerability is laid bare and he must confront it.

Compulsion is McVicar’s latest short film exploration of the problems and pleasures of teenage romances after making his debut with Lamb in 2008.

McVicar is currently developing Newcastle-based Third Films’ latest feature by award-winning writer-director Duane Hopkins and producer Samm Haillay. Bypass is set to be shot in the North East this spring/summer.

“Compulsion touches on issues which most of us can relate to and I’m obviously thrilled to win the award. It's great for the film to be recognised in this way, particularly having been up against such strong competition.” added McVicar.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to all the cast, crew and funders who helped realise the film.”

“The Award is a fantastic coup for Andy and testament to the quality of this crop of Northern Film & Media funded shorts,” added Agnes Wilkie, Northern Film & Media’s creative director.

 Northern Film & Media’s Lottery funded Stingers and Digital Nation initiatives annually invested £80k in North East short film between 2002 and 2010. Previous successes include Dan Elliott’s Jade, also produced by Third Films, which won the Silver Bear award at the 59th Berlinale.

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