Ealing Film Festival Providing Treat for Movie Fans

100 short films being put online for People's Choice award

Festival attendees at Ealing Green Church
Festival attendees at Ealing Green Church


Ealing Film Festival Goes Live for 2021

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If you missed out on the recent Ealing Film Festival there is another chance to see some of the movies that were screened during the event.

The awards ceremony was hosted once again by the comedian and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc but not everyone who wanted to was able to attend in person.

The Festival is bow putting more than one hundred short films online for people to watch for free.

And everyone can cast a vote for the People’s Choice award from the films to see if they agree with the judges’ selections.

“The quality of films sent to us this year has been amazing,” says Annemarie Flanagan, one of the festival directors.

“Our judges found it really hard to decide on the winners. But now we are allowing the public to have their say and show their appreciation for these wonderful films.”

She says, “We had 269 films submitted from all over the world, nearly twice as many as last year, so the Ealing Film festival is truly international. It’s very exciting.”

The judges gave the Best Film award to Finding Tyler, a documentary from the United States about a young man who becomes a fugitive, and the struggle by his family to find out what happened to him.

The screening in Ealing was the UK premiere of the film, which is now being developed for television.

Co-director Chris Brannan says, “We’re excited to bring the film to a new audience in Ealing. We’re really grateful for the opportunity.”

Chris Brannan, co-director of Finding Tyler
Chris Brannan, co-director of Finding Tyler

The competition for the Best Drama award was so close that the judges decided to share the award between the two outstanding films.

One was The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot, a piece of magical realism created by Arty Party, a Shropshire-based charity that enables people with learning difficulties to express their creativity through filmmaking.

The film’s director, Ray Jacobs, says, “We are thrilled to have won this award from Ealing Film Festival.”

The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot shared the award for best drama
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot shared the award for best drama

The award was shared with Ido, a film from Iraq about the struggle of a boy from a refugee camp who struggles to overcome the suspicions of local people.

The selected films will be available to view online over next two weeks, before the votes are counted and the People’s Choice is named in time for Christmas.

With two new cinemas due to open in the coming year, the organisers are hoping the 2022 festival will provide even more opportunities for filmmakers to show off their work in Ealing, the home of British cinema.

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December 9, 2021

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