2023 British Short Film Awards winners announced

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The third annual British Short Film Awards saw In Too Deep and Muna walk away with the top prizes. More below:


Short films are always a great way to spot some emerging new talent, and they’re often bloody good watches in their own right. If you’re looking for somewhere to start in the medium, you could do much worse than the upcoming list.

Founded in 2020 and with the first awards event taking place in 2021, 2023 marks the third consecutive year of the British Short Film Awards, and they’ve announced all their winners across 26 categories.

Awards chair Tommy Clarke had the following to say about the event:

“I founded The British Short Film Awards to help celebrate, nurture, and provide funding to a vital sector of the British film industry that acts as such a crucial breeding ground for emerging talent.

Supporting and celebrating the short film industry often provides more opportunities for diverse voices to be heard and stories to be told and in turn provides filmmakers a vital testing ground for storytelling techniques and experimental narratives.

The British Short Film Awards serve as a bridge to international audiences, promoting British culture and talent worldwide. So, the investment I have made into the British short film industry is not just investment in entertainment but also in cultural enrichment and creative excellence.”

Check out the full list of winners below:

Best English Short Film
A Dishonourable Death

Best Northern Irish Short Film
Candlelight

Best Scottish Short Film
Terror

Best Welsh Short Film
SIN EATER

Best Student Short Film
REQUIEM

Best Sound Design
Tom Cornes – You’re Absolutely Right

Best Production Design
Adriana Faria – Waving

Best Costume Design
Karen Glover – The Witch’s Daughter

Best Hair and Makeup
Tabitha Mei-Bo Li & Wendy Olver – Empress ClawScream

Best Editing
Max Reynolds – Jellyfish and Lobster

Best Score

Ceiri Torjussen – The Golden West

Best Cinematography
Ebba Hult – The Golden West

Best Supporting Actress
Paula Wharton – Dog Run

Best Supporting Actor
Cavan Clerkin – ManMade

Best Actress
Kosar Ali – Muna

Best Actor
Michael Salami – Saving Art

Best Screenplay
Bell Tolls

Best British Director
Yasmin Afifi – Jellyfish & Lobster

Best Foreign Language Short Film
Icelandic Poppies

Best Animated Short Film
Middle Watch

Best Documentary Short Film
Okhmatdyt

Best British Short Film
In Too Deep

Best Short Film
Muna

Founders Award
Winner Fights the Moon

Jury Award
Jellyfish & Lobster

Auteurs Award
The Puppet Asylum

Read more: Short indie film round-up | On Second Thought, Lost Property, Reappear

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