Our first film festival has now ended and we are delighted with how it went. We received over 250 submissions from 47 countries and our judges assessed each against the criteria listed in the rules. The films that our judges selected for screening being the best 11% of those submitted are listed on the following pages:
The award winning films were:
• Festival Favourite - Beer for grandpa, Jędrek Kocjan, Poland
• People's Choice -
Not Quite Quarantine, Julian Lee, United States
Keys, Elle Brown, United Kingdom
QUARANTINE, Majid Mirhashemi, Iran, Islamic Republic of
• Best Documentary - I won’t remain alone, Yaser Talebi, Iran, Islamic Republic of
• Best Animated - The Quiet, Radheya Jegatheva, Australia
• Best Live action - Sensibility, Ben Kernow, United Kingdom
• Best Audio - QUARANTINE, Majid Mirhashemi, Iran, Islamic Republic of
• Best Acting - The Rise, Alesja Suzdaltseva, Estonia
• Best Screenplay - How to take my grandfather to heaven, Thairo Meneghetti, Brazil -
The following films narrowly missed being selected and so the makers will receive a Commended laurel certificate.
Against the Grain, Richard Evans, United Kingdom
Full Memory, Mazen Haj Kassem, Denmark
Groombridge 1933 Views from Station Masters Window, Peter Gilbert, united Kingdom
KARMINA, Wiktor Ejsmont, Poland
Malpelo: Mountain of Sharks, Kevin Mannens, United States
N.E.W., Shona Victoria Murray-Smith, Josh Butcher, United Kingdom
Simpleman, Dawson Bryant, United States
Touched, Tim Levy, Australia
Uncradled, Kyle Beckwith, United States
We thank the Mayor of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Councillor Godfrey Bland for visiting to present the awards.
We thank the judges who needed over 42 hours to watch all the films.
We thank all 20 volunteers who donated time to put on this event.
We thank all the audience who came in person and enjoyed the food that was available from each of the award winners' home countries. Also those from far away who watched our live stream of the events on our social media pages.
We thank the participants in the discussion groups - both in the hall and over Zoom.
Thanks also to Phil Philmar for such an entertaining finale to a great weekend of film.
Special thanks to those who submitted films - there was a very wide variety and those that were selected were the best of generally a very good bunch.
I encourage all to read our blog page that covers a little more ground at
And there are some excellent photos on our Facebook page at