Beer Town attracts new wave of creativity

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The winners for Marston’s Beer Town Film Festival 2019 were announced at the weekend on a day devoted to creativity, talent and flair through filmmaking and brewing.

In the festival’s film competition, the top accolade for Best Overall Film was awarded to Daniel McKee for his short fiction film, if you never answered x”. Daniel won the Hop D’Or trophy and £1,000 cash prize.

In its second year, the filmmaking competition ran from October 2018 to February 2019 and attracted 739 entries from entrants from all over the UK. Entrants made short films for six different categories, representing 86 hours, 24 minutes and 18 seconds of viewing time.

The Fiction Short category was the most popular again this year attracting over half the entries. Daniel McKee’s “if you never answered x” topped the vote for this category judged by four award-winning filmmakers themselves, Deborah Haywood, Giles Alderson, Dom Lenoir and David Morris alongside renowned TV actor Steven Hartley.

McKee is a 27-year old London-based filmmaker from Worcester who studied filmmaking Arts University Bournemouth and usually makes short animated films. The film examines the unique narrative of a missing person through the responses and notifications on a mobile phone. He said: “This is my first fiction film and it is amazing to win an award, let alone the entire competition. Already the judges in my category have gone on to share the film and given it a new lease of life and I am definitely spending the prize money on my next film.”

Marston’s Marketing Manager, Jo Wyke said: “The standard of entries this year was much higher making it an extremely difficult job for the judges but I think we have an incredible set of category winners. I would also like to say a huge congratulations to Daniel McKee for his gripping and highly original film that fully deserved the Best Overall Film accolade.”

“This year’s winner’s event has been the culmination of a year’s work alongside a festival week that has featured screenings for 56 films over five different venues; Burton’s first ever PechaKucha (Chit Chat) event at Burton and South Derbyshire College about film and creativity; feature film screenings by two local filmmakers, Shane Meadows and Deborah Haywood; an online vote by 1700 people; and an outdoor screening of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the historic Victorian brewery at Marston’s.”

Over 150 people attended the outdoor screening of the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Marston’s Brewery on Saturday night where the audience enjoyed a beer festival featuring the new Horninglow Street beer, street food and a screening of Daniel McKee’s winning film. 


The other category winners were:

Documentary Short category was won by Bristol-based filmmaker, Diana Taylor for “Masha and Dasha, Two Hearts in One”.

Best Animated Short category was awarded to George Warren, an animator from London, for Uki.

Music Video category was won by London-based Blindeye Films for Adam French’s “Wanna Be Here.

Home-Grown category, sponsored by Burton and South Derbyshire College, was won by local filmmaker, Mitch Brown from Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire with his friends Kieran Edwards and Connor O’Brien for their film “Hooligan”.

Mobile 61 sponsored by Marston’s 61 Deep was won by Emeson Nwolie, a London-based actor, singer-songwriter and director for “Skywatcher”.

The People’s Choice Award was won by another local filmmaker, Shaun Adey from Shellbrook in Ashby for his Mobile 61 entry, “Vichai had a dream”.

Director’s Choice/Young Filmmaker Award sponsored by Vital Marketing for Devon-based filmmaker, Ollie Gardner for his film Sunday Night Drinkers Club”.

The competition for Beer Town Film Festival 2020 will launch in the Autumn.

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