Bedalian filmmaker scoops award at parliament
The winners of the annual Film the House competition, run by MPs to find the filmmakers of the future, was announced in parliament last week with Block 3’s Freya Hannan-Mills receiving Best Short Film in the under 16 category.
Freya, who attended the awards gala, was presented with a trophy and a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) certificate by Lord Puttnam for her film, Turning Tides. Into Film, the UK-wide film charity programme, named Turning Tides its Film of the Month in June last year, describing it as “a poignant portrayal of grief and friendship between two girls, aided by an evocative, piercing score, and some suitably grim English weather”.
Film the House was launched as a fun way to educate parliamentarians and young people about the importance of the creative industries to the UK economy.
Freya said: “I am both honoured and thrilled to receive the Film the House Under 16 Best Short Film Award. It was incredible to receive the award from and be able to talk with Lord David Puttnam. The awards took place on the day that marked 100 years of Votes for Women, and I felt very privileged to be attending an event which promotes and celebrates the work of female filmmakers in the Houses of Commons on that auspicious night.”
As part of her prize, Freya will also receive industry mentoring, time on a set of a Warner Bros movie and a private screening in London.
Commenting on the winners, Lord Puttnam, Producer of Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields said:
“The UK has always been a hotbed of cinematic talent, which is why it’s crucial to constantly remind legislators of the importance of protecting and supporting this rich vein of creativity. Film the House is a brilliant way of doing that and am delighted to see such a high calibre of winners and commendations this year.”
Above: Freya with Lord Puttnam