INDIs Awards 2017

INDIs Awards 2017

Headrow House, Saturday 15 July, 4pm

Central to the INDIs Film Festival, the INDIs Awards showcased the best of young, British, independent filmmaking. Split into two age categories of 16-19 and 20-25, we presented a diverse programme of short films in a night of talent, networking and true indie film. See the Official Selection of the INDIs Awards 2017 below, along with the winners and special mentions.


16-19 Category

A Terribly Great Day (dir. Michael R. Houghton) *SPECIAL MENTION*

Emma is a retired widow living alone, but that’s nothing to prevent her from living a lavish lifestyle. After an eventful night that lands her in hospital, she decides to give us an insight to a day in her life.

Ape (dir. Noah Dunbar)

In an England adjacent to our own reality, an obsessive, angry young man is seduced from isolation by an online movement of chauvinism and primal patriarchy. APE follows his descent into anthropoidal madness, exploring radicalisation via hyper-masculinity and the horror of our bestial ancestors.

Brainwash (dir. Hannah Gautrey) *WINNER 16-19 Category + IAC Award for best overall film*

In a dark and twisted alternate reality, a secretary, dentist, police officer, chef, beautician, and engineer all head to work. It’s just their normal 9-5 working day.

Candy (dir. Beth Stokes)

A non-fiction short following drag queen Candy Fierce, promoting a message of self-love and body positivity; defying social expectations and traditional norms surrounding body image.

Endboard (dir. Elliot Blakemore)

Endboard is a straight-faced short comedy, following a young yet seasoned 2nd AC, whose filmic dream world, along with his clapperboard, gets turned upside-down after the Director calls upon the impossible… an endboard.

Loose to Noose (dirs. Leo Barton & Iman Bahmanabadi)

Loose to Noose follows the life of a young, aspiring politician as he rises through the ranks in the hope of one day changing the world. In a world of political pressure, will the challenges become too much?

Not A Love Poem (dir. Louis Norris)

The break-up has been a long time coming. It’s planned, clean, mutual and unavoidable – but not easy. of course it’s not easy. Not A Love Poem chronicles the last day of a couple, and how they cope with their first moments of loneliness apart.

Return Address (dir. Matt James)

Return Address follows a woman who suffers from agoraphobia (usually involves fear of crowds or being outside alone). She’s delivered a letter that’s not intended for her and she’s forced to face her fears.

Sleep (dir. Vicky Pagdin)

“You never know what hypnosis is like until you’ve tried it yourself”. Sleep is a non-fiction exploration of being placed into a trance-like state following hypnotist Simon Sez. The piece also shows why hypnosis is sometimes used, and its place in society.


20-25 Category

Annie Waits (dir. Marnie Paxton-Harris)

We’ve all waited for ‘the one’. The one who catches our eye, the one who keeps our interest, the one who won’t expect us to trudge down that conventional path. Annie Waits tells the story of lust and disappointment, as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin.

Broadcast (dir. Molly Boughen) *WINNER Northern Film School Prize for Best Creative Individual Contribution*

Broadcast follows Fiona, a timid weather girl, who has worked at the news station for over 10 years but is still ignored. Through the chaos of a breaking news story, she fights to be heard in a male-dominated studio.

Criteria (dirs. Adam Kes Hipkin & Dan Patrick Hipkin)

An exploration of identity through the eyes of a young woman who has been forces to grow up too quickly. Criteria looks at the sometimes intrusive questions posed to candidates of job applications.

Girl (dir. Megan K. Fox)

Girl is a short experimental drama about a young homeless woman who spends her days chasing “that feeling”. The film is shot in vertical format to make audiences consider the space that these marginalised characters occupy in our society as well as on our screens.

Lost in Words (dir. Ivyy Yuying Chen)

Lost in Words visualises the experience of language confusion and the misunderstandings of the people who live in their second language.

Miss Gender (dir. Isaac Bell)

A non-fiction piece exploring gender and identity and how people express their identity through their creativity and individuality.

Not the End of the World (dir. Jack Bennett) *SPECIAL MENTION*

An ambiguous love letter introduces Joe Connoly to a life full of possibilities, and complications. This animated short film brings to life the realities of school.

Online Love (dir. James Johnson)

Finding love can be hard, right? Even when you do find someone, what do you say to them through the social network you’ll inevitably be using? Online Love is a short comedy which looks at the realities of romance in an online world.

Rocketshed (dir. Dom Lee)

Eight-year-old Jack and his Dad sit in their ‘rocketshed’, a garden shed they’ve converted into a rocketship. The countdown timer ticks down. Two minutes. Not long to go now.

Tony and His Pie (dir. Julia Chang & Toby Leung)

Will Tony find the girl of his dreams this Valentines? Tony uses poetry to describe his determination for pies.

Walk (dir. David Rock) *WINNER 20-25 Category*

A man wakes up, gets out of bed and walks. Walk is a study of the external and internal difficulties of physical disability.


Annabelle Pangborn, Director, Northern Film School

The Northern Film School is one of the best known film and television schools in the UK, making innovative and award winning films for over 25 years. Storytelling, technical expertise and creativity, all taught by professionals, make our graduates the filmmakers of the future.

Bex Wolfendale Project Manager, Into Film

Into Film gives every child and young person aged 5 to 19 in the UK the chance to experience film creatively. They support teachers and educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film.

Jamie Hutchison Manager, Studio 12

Studio12 is an exemplary digital media initiative, that invests in the creative talents of disadvantaged young people (16-30) living in Leeds. Studio12 strives to provide young people with a creative process to educate, engage and include young people in producing new work.

Simon Sumner Youth Liasion Officer, IAC

The IAC encourages and supports anyone from beginner to expert who makes films for the love of it. They offer advice and training, run a unique music copyright clearance scheme and maintain the world’s largest archive of amateur movies. They also run their own film festival.