Public has chance to have its say on nearly seventy entries
Andrew Sumner at the awards night
November 30, 2023
The Ealing Film Festival may be over and the red carpet has been rolled up but there is still one important award to be handed out.
Nearly seventy short films were screened over six days at three venues across the borough and the judges have decided who the winners were in all but one category – the People’s Choice Award.
Nearly all the festival films are available to watch online and anyone can vote for their favourite on the Ealing Film Festival web site.
The films are available to view until 29 December, and the result of the vote will be announced on New Year’s Day.
“This is the chance for the audience to award their own prize,” says Annemarie Flanagan, one of the festival directors.
“This year we had four hundred films submitted from forty different countries around the world. An increasing number of entries are coming from filmmakers living in the Ealing area.
“Our judges are award-winning professionals with years of experience in the film industry. But we think it is important for the wider public to have their say.”
Annemarie Flanagan with the student award winners
The competition this year was so intense that the top prize for Best Film was shared by two films. Little Turtle was directed by Mingyang Li from China, and Candlelight was directed by Scott Newton from Belfast.
Candlelight director Scott Newton with Councillor Polly Knewstub
The Homegrown Award for the best locally made film was won by Jalebi Nights, directed by Ganesh Sharma, a former student of MetFilm School who lives in Hounslow.
Ganesh Sharma with the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Hitesh Tailor
This year, the festival was held in three venues - Ealing Project, ActOne Cinema, and Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery.
Among those who visited to show their support was the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Hitesh Tailor, Ealing Council’s Cabinet Member for Thriving Communities, Councillor Polly Knewstub, and local MP Rupa Huq.
Value Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More
This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.
Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.
We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.
However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.
We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.
A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact email@example.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.
One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.
If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.
For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.