Previously a standalone competition, the INDIs Filmmaker Awards returns for its seventh edition, now forming the heart of the INDIs (Independent Directions) Film Festival. The INDIs Filmmaker Awards champions and celebrates the talent of the UK’s young independent filmmakers aged 16 to 25, and is a core of the wider festival.

The shortlist of 12 films in the 16-19 year old category has been selected from over 400 submissions and the winner will be chosen by a jury of industry professionals at the event. The category winner will receive a cash prize of £250, sponsored by Leeds City College and all shortlisted films will compete for the overall best film prize of £250, sponsored by IAC Film & Video Institute.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see the work of some of the future stars of the British film industry on the big screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for more information on each shortlisted film in this category.

Tickets for this event are no longer available to book online, however they can still be obtained from the venue from 1:30pm.

The 2018 INDIs Awards hosts are:

Lisa Brook (Director, Live Cinema UK)

Lisa Brook

Lisa is the director of Live Cinema UK and has worked in film exhibition for 8 years. Live Cinema UK is the country’s only organisation focused on bringing artists, exhibitors, distributors and producers closer together to create amazing experiential cinema events. Based in West Yorkshire, we curate innovative programmes and new art works inspired by the moving image, advising and partnering with cultural promoters regionally (Leeds International Film Festival, Screen Yorkshire, Sheffield Doc/Fest), nationally (BFI Film Audience Network, National Media Museum, This Way Up Conference) and now internationally (Motovun, Reykjavik and Wroclaw New Horizon Film Festivals, Alamo Drafthouse (USA)).
We collaborate with artists including DJ Yoda, Mica Levi, Norman Jay MBE, Reeps One, and Asian Dub Foundation, alongside a variety of digital, VR and performance artists, siting their work in exciting cinematic and non-cinematic festivals and venues. We also provide marketing and audience development consultancy for film festivals and distributors with recent campaigns including grassroots campaign work for I, Daniel Blake, and experiential events for Dad’s Army and Suffragette.
We also offer general film consultancy for film events including on-going programming, fundraising, marketing and development support for a range of exhibitors and festivals across the country, including Leeds International Film Festival, Sneaky Experience, The National Media Museum, the Lawrence Batley Theatre, and Square Chapel Centre for the Arts.

Gage Oxley (Director, Oxygen Films)

Gage Oxley

Gage Oxley is an award-winning writer and director of short and feature-length films, tackling challenging subjects and working with both national and international charities to create gripping drama films ranging on topics of mental health, sexuality and gender identity. He is the managing director of non-profit, community interest production company Oxygen Films, and has premiered content internationally to critical acclaim. Gage is an ambassador for diversity at ITV, and has been nominated for Positive Role Model in the LGBT Category at the National Diversity Awards in 2017 and 2018.

The 2018 INDIs Awards jury are:

Simon Sumner (IAC Film & Video Institute)

Simon Sumner

Simon bought his first video camera 20 years ago and soon got hooked on filmmaking as a hobby. Upon joining local group, 'Derby Movie Makers' he discovered the support, encouragement and enjoyment that comes from being with other filmmakers. He took this to the next level when he became involved with the IAC - The Film and Video Institute. The IAC represents the interests of UK amateur filmmaking, putting members in touch with thousands of fellow filmmakers nationally and beyond. Simon now assists his local regional and the national councils in organising festivals and competitions, notably BIAFF - the prestigious British International Amateur Film Festival. In his role as Youth Liaison Officer, Simon gets to see some of the very best films made by young filmmakers, supporting and encouraging them to get involved with local groups and filmmaking communities.

Ryan Woods (Leeds City College)

Ryan Woods

Ryan Woods is a filmmaker and digital artist, running several online platforms to sell his graphic design work. He is also a documentary filmmaker who likes to create work with social impact. He also has a practical research interest in motion graphics and is currently exploring unconscious image processes through atonal sounds and animation. Ryan is currently studying an MRes investigating Analytical Psychology and the links to world mythology and their retelling in superhero films to understand how we identify with them on a psychological level. Jungian film studies is a relatively new area of academic psychological research and moves away from traditional Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic approaches to film studies.

Annabelle Pangborn (Northern Film School)

Annabelle Pangborn

Annabelle trained as a musician and composer at the London College of Music, and as a filmmaker at the Royal College of Art. She has worked extensively in film and television as a composer and sound designer on award winning drama, documentary, dance film and experimental animation. She is also a writer and has produced films through her own production company and released through Columbia Tri Star (Stung, dir. S. Williams) and the BFI (Once Seen, dir. S. Williams). Annabelle’s research focuses on the theatre of haptics and performative narratives alongside a developing study of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) and the textural power of the human voice.
She has been a guest speaker and consultant for the School of Sound in London, Europe and Asia. She was formerly Head of Editing, Sound and Music progressing and Head of Full Time Curriculum at the National Film and Television School, UK. She has taught throughout Europe and America including ifs International Filmschule, Cologne; ECITV, Cuba; Binger FilmLab, Amsterdam; Porto Digital, Brazil; La Femis, Paris; NRK, Oslo; KASK University of the Arts, Ghent; and Med Film Factory, Jordan. She was appointed Director of the Northern Film School in 2017.

Dominic Brunt (Actor & Director)

Dominic Brunt

Dominic Brunt was born in Macclesfield in 1970. He left school to become a sheet metal worker / welder before training to become an actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Appearing in short films Skin and “28” plus many TV drama’s including Soldier Soldier, Holding on and Comedies including 2.4 Children and The Paul Merton Show. Dominic joined the Emmerdale cast in 1997 and has been a loyal regular since.
He has more recently appeared in the infamous British horror film Inbred and has co-written and directed three independent horror films: Before Dawn, Bait and Attack of the Adult Babies. As well as his work for Emmerdale Dominic has successfully run Mitchell-Brunt Films along with his wife Joanne.

Bex Wolfendale (Into Film)

Bex Wolfendale

Film fanatic, food lover and outdoor enthusiast. As Programme Delivery Manager for Into Film I'm passionate about providing the most varied, enlightening and inspiring film opportunities for young people across the North of England. I've worked with various educational, social inclusion and youth orientated charities to engage young people in their education, local community and the arts. I love collaborating with a wide range of partners to devise effective film-educational events, and working with young people to develop their aspirations, attainment and self-confidence.
Favourite film (at the moment): The Great Beauty - saw this for the first time recently, where have I been?!

Noel Goodwin (BFI Future Film Festival)

Noel Goodwin

Noel has been the Director of the BFI Future Film Festival since 2008. Now in its 11th year the BFI Future Film Festival is the biggest and most important film festival for young filmmakers in the UK. Alongside this Noel also runs the BFI London Film Festival Education Programme, the BFI Flare Education programme, and monthly BFI Future Film Lab events at BFI Southbank in London, whilst supporting and producing independent short films with emerging young talent.

Danny Leigh (Film Critic, The Guardian)

Danny Leigh

Danny Leigh is a writer and broadcaster. He is the author of two novels - The Greatest Gift and The Monsters of Gramercy Park - and is working on a third. As a journalist, he has written for a range of newspapers, magazines and websites, but most frequently The Guardian. He also co-hosts BBC One's Film programme.

Munirat Plummer (We Are Vista)

Munirat Plummer

I’m an Film Editor at We Are Vista communication agency for the last 2 years and I studied at Leeds College of Art for my Bachelors in Film, Games and Animation.

Jamie Hutchison (Studio 12)

Jamie Hutchison

A continual passion of mine is to provide a free, accessible multifunctional space for people. Where people can access the latest industry developments, software, and hardware. A space that allows people to grow, develop and find a way into a positive and fulfilling role within the media arts industry. We are very lucky in Leeds to have such a place with Studio12. Each year I open my door to 1000’s of young people with the expectation of discovering the latest groundbreakers from this city. To be in a position where I can offer opportunities to young people to reach their full potential fills me with great honour and I champion the talent we have, and to support the great creativity and richness in this city. Studio12 specialises in media arts programming including film, VR, 3d, Music and Photography.