2023 Festival

2023 fisheye film festival

In 2023, we were proud and delighted to present screenings of nearly 70 films including several feature films.

The virtual programme offered 11 short film showcases and 5 features, and several filmmakers joined in an interesting and friendly online forum. Live events at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe included: a filmmakers’ meet up the evening before, attended by an ‘Oscar’ winning cinematographer and a BAFTA winning screenwriter; followed by a day’s worth of films and discussions in the Studio with a parallel programme of screenings in the Media Gallery. The festival finale combined a drinks reception and cinema screening prior to the announcement of the Awards.

Click on the programme for more information on the films and events.

award winners

We are pleased to announce the Fisheye Film Festival 2024 winners. As in previous years, films were judged on a number of categories with the winners receiving awards for their work.

BEST SCREENPLAY – LOVE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT

Honourable mentionRead to me

 

BEST EDITING – CULTS

Honourable mentionIrene

 

BEST SHORT ANIMATION – FROZEN BLISS

Honourable mentionThe Holiday Maker

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – CULTS

Honourable mentionLove has nothing to do with it

 

BEST SCORE/MUSIC – MARTINGALE

Honourable mentionIrene

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN – IRENE

Honourable mentionSincopat

 

BEST PRODUCTION VALUE – IRENE

Honourable mentionMaria Jose Maria

 

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER – HANNA AZOULAY HASFARI (LOVE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT)

Honourable mentionBerangere McNeese (High Tide)

 

BEST MALE PERFORMER – YOSSI YAROM (LOVE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT)

Honourable mentionChristopher Sherwood (Read to me)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – SMASHED

Honourable mentionCats: Why do we need them?

 

BEST SHORT DANCE FILM – REBIRTH

Honourable mentionSmashed

 

BEST SHORT FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED 22 OR UNDER – DEAD RED KITE

Honourable mentionWinter Romance

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM – DEAD RED KITE

Honourable mentionMind the Gap

 

BEST MICRO SHORT – NO CALLER ID

Honourable mentionToast

 

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY – SHAHROOR

Honourable mentionFor the better

 

BEST SHORT DRAMA FILM – MARTINGALE

Honourable mentionHigh Tide

 

BEST DIRECTOR – PAUL TANDONNET (IRENE)

Honourable mentionYotam Knispel (Love has nothing to do with it)

 

BEST SHORT GENRE FILM – CULTS

Honourable mentionSincopat

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM – IRENE

Honourable mentionCults

 

BEST SHORT FILM BY A LOCAL FILMMAKER – A TELEVISION BROADCAST FROM OUTER SPACE

Honourable mentionThe Holiday Maker

 

BEST UK SHORT FILM – HOPE

Honourable mentionPhoto Studio on the Corner

 

BEST SHORT FILM OF THE FESTIVAL – IRENE

Honourable mentionCults

 

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM – PURE CLEAN WATER

awards panel

For the 2024 Festival, we have an amazing panel of experts to judge Fisheye’s competitions.

Amita Shankar

A well-known name on the British-Asian stage, London-based Amita has been an actor & has also designed, curated & organised a number of theatre & cinema events in the UK & other countries.

Her focus across all these events has been in support of Women: from workshops on Women in Films in London to chairing the International Women’s Conference in various other countries to the roles she has championed women’s issues across multiple fronts. She is also a programmer & juror for various film & drama festivals around the globe

As an amateur actor in the UK’s Asian theatre circuits, she has acted in several successful shows — most recently “SHE, The Shakti”, a one-act dance drama, she scripted & acted in. She also finds time to contribute to radio/TV programmes supporting charitable causes.

She has been a juror for the Dhaka International Film Festival, Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, Rainbow Film Festival in London and Fisheye.

She is also a member of the Women of Faith for Peace Conference (Italy), a delegate at the Kazan Muslim Film Festival, a member of delegation at the Central Asian Arts Festival London to Bishkek and has been a motivational speaker at the Women’s Conference, Firozabad, India.

Besides her acting & film career, Amita has been an entrepreneur with the experience of having run her own art exhibitions & artwork shipping & handling business for over 15 years.

Andrew St Maur

Andrew is a proudly working class filmmaker from nearby Slough, and is a graduate of the National Film & Television School, where he was the proud recipient of a full scholarship from Pinewood Studios. He has subsequently set up his own production company, St Maur Pictures Ltd. In addition to his degree in Film Production, Andrew has a background in producing; 27 shorts for television broadcast for Channel 4 & the BBC, as well as funders including the BFI & Creative England. Many of his films have gone on to screen at BAFTA & Academy Award qualifying festivals around the world, picking up many awards.

Recently, Andrew was an associate producer on two fully financed European co-production short films, “Scale” (which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022) & “Pops” which is currently screening on Disney+. He has several short films in post production and several features in development.

In summer 2021 he produced his debut feature “Little English” with Resource Productions, which had it’s festival premiere last summer at the BFI Southbank and will be released theatrically this spring.

Andy Walker

Andy is a musician, film maker, actor and reviewer. He currently co-hosts a film review podcast, now in its fifth year, concentrating on independent features and shorts.

Annabella Rich

Annabella is an actress, writer and producer, best known for her work on the UK independent film scene. She has been involved in over 50 projects and has won multiple awards.

Austin Charlesworth

Austin studied at Norwich School of Art and Design and graduated in 1996 after specializing in animation. His final 3rd year film was in stop-motion and was shown on Rapture TV and in the British Short Film Festival. He went on to work in the animation industry in London, Manchester and Cardiff on series such as Bill & Ben, Fireman Sam and Rastamouse. In 2019 he entered a short animated film into Sci-Fi London’s 48hr Film Challenge where the film got a special mention and was picked up by the DUST platform. He regularly makes his own films in his spare time. He lives with his partner and 2 cats.

Bella Bregazzi

Bella is an independent filmmaker and founder of production company, Gloom Bot Films. She began working in film at 16 years old and has worked on a range of short and feature films as well as event videography. She has achieved festival success for a range of projects, most notably her short documentary, ‘Stand Out Fit In’ won best non – fiction film at DMOFF and had its premiere screening at COSXPO comic convention in 2023. Currently, Bella is in production on her 5th short film, ‘Natalmare’, which will be developed into a feature film later this year.

Carla Hart

Carla holds a BA in Media Studies, and is an actress, theatre director, writer, script editor & production manager. She founded Misfits Theatre Group in 2018, a production company for actors to gain invaluable experience of both acting on stage and being involved in the production process. Carla is also the production manager for a company that creates short form documentaries around the UN Sustainable Development Goals for member bodies to showcase amazing advancements in their industry towards making the world a better place. She enjoys writing for both film and theatre, and has her first one woman show debuting later this year. Carla is no stranger to films festivals; as well as assisting with the TriForce Film Festival pre-pandemic, she spent 2 years working with Lift Off International Film Festival out of Pinewood Studios judging short & long form narratives, documentaries and script submissions from all around the world and soon became their head script editor. After Lift Off, Carla went on to be script editor on a number of films, one of which was recently an official selection at the Catalina Film Festival 2023.

Claudia Nettleford

Claudia began acting at a young age like many in the school nativity play, and continued throughout her formal education gaining a degree in Business studies and Drama. After her degree she has worked with many independent directors and short films, presenting for a comedy club and a feature film. Her staring role in the short film Longing has been shown at film festivals in the UK and internationally as well as been shown on cable tv in the USA and Canada. Most recently she has read for a local newsletter for the blind.

David Duke

David is an award winning actor, writer, director and producer of short films.

Debbie Green

Debbie is a dancer and movement artist, trained at the Rambert School of Ballet. She has worked as a professional ballet dancer and choreographer for theatre, film, video promos and TV commercials and spent three decades as a movement tutor for actors at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She is co-author of “Actor Movement: Expression of the Physical Being”. Her work with photographer Clare Park as both collaborator and subject has produced imagery for exhibition and books including “Breaking Form; Re-Formed” & “A Square Foot of Sky”. She is currently involved in the development process of an album with the company ‘Music and Being’.

Francesca Louise White

Francesca Louise White is an Internationally Award-Winning Actress, Producer and Voice Artist from Oxfordshire. BA (Hons) Drama degree from Exeter University, studied Acting across the pond at AADA in Los Angeles & comedy improvisation with The Groundlings. She has over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry which includes 36 British short films to date. A life-long film lover whose interests in martial arts and stories of all varieties have led her to work across almost all the genres. She is most known for her independent film work including: ‘King of Crime’ directed by Matt Gambell for Lionsgate, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ by Steve Lawson for Creativ Studios & Highfliers Films, and ‘Walking Against the Rain’ by Scott Lyus for Crossroad Pictures.

Jason Dinsdale

Jason is a movie fan, enjoying the arthouse as much as the multiplex. He has performed, contributed to soundtracks and animated, with his main interest being scriptwriting. Collaborations included winning the LoveBath film prize – which is Ken Loach’s all-time favourite pub skittles based documentary!

Jim Eaves

Jim is an award-winning filmmaker with several feature films on international release. He has also spent the last 20 years working as Video Production Manager for an NGB. He hosts The Honest Filmmaker podcast – career advice for creatives – a podcast designed to help people new to creative industries. Find out more at The Honest Filmmaker.

Jonathan Latham

Jonathan has been a film fan since childhood. Currently living on Long Island, NY, he once worked as a projectionist, running as many as 6 projectors a night. Building sets and doing makeup for stage plays, along with years of experience making mask and puppets, has given him a rich love for all things cinema.

Martin W Payne

Martin is an actor, producer & director in the world of independent short & feature films. He’s been acting for over 25 years & made the leap onto the screen around nine years ago, since amassing over 100 credits. Most recently, he can be seen in “Mask of the Devil”, “Monstrous Disunion”, “lonely Hearts” and “Powertool Cheerleaders Vs The Boyband of the Screeching Dead”, all of which have had successful festival runs.

Martin has been on the jury for a number of film festivals in the past, and says “I make sure to watch all of the films on offer before thinking about judging, even if sometimes that is difficult. Occasionally short films that just grab me and demand a high score”, adding “arthouse & ‘no budget’ films are a true curate’s egg – sometimes unexpected magnificence can be found, and its joyful to see such creativity when it appears”.

Marvin Roberts

Marvin is a writer and filmmaker, focusing on shorts with the topics of addiction & relationships. He has worked with Resource Productions, BAFTA, BBC Sports Relief and Edinburgh Television Festival. He also has a YouTube channel where he reviews films and interviews filmmakers.

Molly Isaac

Molly is a creative composer, sound designer & foley artist, experimenting with how far the boundaries of sound can be pushed & helping creators tell unforgettable stories. She currently works at KROTOS, the company behind award winning plugins revolutionizing the sound design workflow, allowing users powerful & efficient creation of sound design for post-production, game audio and music. She also holds a BSc in Music Composition & Technology for Film & Game.

She has worked on a wide range of projects including live immersive theatre, audiobooks, podcasts & sync work, most recently with BXB Studios on their new feature film “Sheryl”.

Robyn Adams

Robyn is an actress, filmmaker and ‘professional she-freak’ from Greater Manchester, and a rising star in the UK independent horror scene. She is best known for her appearances in short genre films, including “Mirror, Mirror: TRANSVILE”, which premiered at the 2024 edition of the Horror-on-Sea festival. She is also the director of the highly anticipated upcoming folk-horror short “The Estrogen Gospel”. Her performances and work frequently draw from her experiences as an autistic transgender woman living in the North of England. Robyn is a writer and critic for the website The Geek Show, where she reviews cult and genre titles both old and new and has appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts. In February of 2021, she hosted the highly successful queer cinema panel talk “Closet Monsters” in association with Grimmfest and the charity Forward Stockport LGBT+.

Scott Philip Goergens

Scott hails from just outside Baltimore, USA and was awarded an art scholarship from the state of Maryland. He used the scholarship to receive a general associate’s degree from Catonsville Community College, where he concentrated electives in some art courses and chose to continue his art career by developing his skills in various mediums and styles. Scott is also a writer and an award winning filmmaker. He worked as a Casting Associate for Emmy award winning Pat Moran, CSA, and is currently working on his second feature film and an illustrated book. In 2018, Scott and his husband opened Gallery Blue Door to complement and add to the cultural landscape of his neighbourhood of Mount Vernon, Baltimore.

Sean Botha

Sean is an actor, camera operator and drone pilot based near Peterborough, with credits including “The Haunting of the Lady-Jane”, “The Samaritan’s Gift” and “Wastelands”.

Shiraz Khan

Shiraz is an multi award winning actor, writer, director and producer with his production company, Aimhigh Productions. He has produced three award winning features and multiple shorts, acclaimed by film festivals around the world. Shiraz is currently working on his first International feature “Journey” which is been shot in both the UK and Pakistan. He believes that films have the power to not only just entertain but also to bring change in the world. He holds an MA from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Sue Weston

Sue is a former dancer, choreographer and director working across various media: BBC TV, ITV, Merchant Ivory, Scottish Ballet, Kent Opera etc . She lives in South East Wales, where she runs classes, courses and retreats in T’ai-Chi, Qigong and meditation – locally, in Scotland and internationally. www.sueweston.com

Tim Fuell

Tim learnt the craft of investigative journalism under the guidance of documentary luminaries such as Ray Fitzwalter and Jon Pilger & gained a distinction in the MA in Investigative Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, founding the global Association of Investigative Journalists before broadening his skillset by qualifying & prqctising as a Solicitor for a number of years. The lure of the creative arts was too strong however, and having founded Jibba Jabba as one of the first UK podcast creators for an embryonic iTunes, the company broadened into full content production making short and long form content and advising a number of high profile clients on social media. Over lock-down, he created Minority Support facilitating advice, guidance and funding to arts and leisure projects that might otherwise not reach completion. As well as occasional teaching of Media Law to trainee journalism students, Tim is currently working on a number of sports and personality-led documentaries alongside some fictional projects. He also recently helped found Stand To Crew, a not-for-profit company that helps link ex-military personnel with potential employers in the film, tv and construction industries.

Dr Tom McGorrian

Tom comes from a background in Broadcast and Business TV production. He started his career with BBC Documentary Features as a Researcher before moving into roles as an Assistant Producer and Director. Subsequently, his key posts of responsibility include EMEA Producer / Director for Unisys Ltd, the global IT Solutions company, where he led and delivered award-winning programme content across Europe; and Business TV Producer/Director for Halifax plc. His main areas of interest and expertise are factual programmes – both documentary and current affairs. Credits include the Royal Television Society award-winning series Close-up North; (BBC1); The Boarding House (BBC2 ’10×10′); Bridge Builders (BBC2); Mirror Image (BBC2); Into the Music (ITV); and Not on a Sunday (Channel Four). He was also awarded a US ‘Telly Award’ for his corporate social responsibility documentary, Project Raja – An Embassy for Elephants. Tom joined Buckingham New University as an Associate Professor in Film Production in 2022. As well as course leading its MA programmes in Filmmaking and Screenwriting, he is actively involved in developing media practice, and in creating links with partners from the broadcast, business and charitable sectors, whilst building students’ employability skills. His recent documentary films include “Irish Nurses in the NHS”, “Music4Displaced Dyads” and a commemorative documentary for the European Human Rights Agency.

Tony McHale

Tony was originally an actor, but he is best known for his work as a TV screenwriter, director and producer, with hundreds of hours of screen credits to his name. His writing credits include: “Silent Witness”, “Trial and Retribution”, “Waking The Dead”, “Dalziel and Pascoe”, “The Bill”, “Second Sight”, “Murphy’s Law”, “Dangerfield”, “Out Of Hours”, “Casualty”, “Eldorado” and his own original serials “Resort To Murder” and “Headless”.

He was one of the original team that launched “EastEnders” and was the first writer to complete over 100 episodes of the long running BBC show, becoming the show’s lead writer, story consultant and series consultant as well as directing numerous episodes. In 1999 he created the successful hospital drama “Holby City” and was the programme’s Executive Producer, Series Consultant and Lead Writer from 2006 to 2010, during which time he was the recipient of a BAFTA.

He has also developed TV series in several countries including India, Dubai, Egypt, South Africa and New Zealand, as well as writing a number of radio plays and directing a variety of theatre productions. Recently he has had two novels published, both thrillers “BECK LE STREET” and “EDGE OF CIVILISATION”, and is also the proud recipient of an Honorary Fellowship from the Rose Bruford College and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford.

Ty Cheman

Ty hails from Buffalo, NY, USA. A seasoned and award winning filmmaker that has committed years to helping other filmmakers find their start and calling amongst the film communities from the East coast of the US to the West. Known most for his productions Alive: The Undead, Little Green People, Not Another Monster Movie, and the upcoming Slasher Days of Summer. He started as a production assistant in 2013, and has grown through the ranks doing work including special effects makeup, acting, scouting, puppetry, prop building, casting, writing, directing, and now producing indie feature films in the WNY area.

key organising team

Fisheye Film Festival could not happen without the team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to plan, organise and market events, then run the festival when it lands every year.

We would like to mention the following people for their valuable contribution to the 2023 festival:

Mariko Francombe
Rodney Willott
Simon Kearey

Richard Rowntree
Alex Van Der Borght
Mark Singer

Jerry Joseph
Barbara Muston
Jamie Terry

other winners & nominees


2021 Festival

2021 virtual fisheye film festival

In 2021, adapting to the global situation, we were proud to deliver our first virtual film festival.

The festival programme included seven short film showcases and three feature films, plus the chance to be involved in filmmaker Q&A’s and the Awards Night event.

Click on the flyer to see the full festival event programme!

awards panel

James McConnel – Award winning composer for more than 100 TV documentaries and dramas
Linda Mason – Independent filmmaker and editor
Glen McCoy – Award-winning screenwriter
Tony McHale – TV writer, director and producer
Jo Southwell – Multi-award winning writer and director
Vivienne Zheng – Blogger and Chinese film distributor
Amita Shankar – Festival programmer, events curator and amateur actor
Sarah @ Caution Spoilers– Film writer and Rotten Tomatoes approved critic
Alan Green – Alan has worked in sound for film, TV, and video on a wide range of material and now runs the BSc Sound Design course at Bucks New University
Carson Black – Multi-award-winning television producer
Dominique Unsworth – A Producer with 20 years experience of finding and developing diverse emerging talent
Mariko Francombe – Mariko is one of the festival founders and currently leads the team
Richard Rowntree – A writer, director and producer of both shorts and features

awards

international film competition

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP – THE MOLE

BEST MUSIC – ARACHNARCHE

BEST SOUND DESIGN – FORTISSIMO

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – NOT A ROBOT

BEST EDITING – ASCENSION

BEST SCREENPLAY – MATCH

BEST ACTOR – JOHN ARTHUR (FEARFULLY MADE)

BEST ACTRESS – RACHAEL BROWN (I HEAR YOU)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – BETH

BEST DIRECTOR – ASCENSION

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY (Audience) – NANIA; CAMBIO TUTTO

BEST MICRO SHORT FILM UNDER 4 MINS – NOT A ROBOT

BEST SHORT FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED UNDER 22 – THREE DAYS

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM – FEARFULLY MADE

BEST SHORT FILM OF THE FESTIVAL – FORTISSIMO

BEST FEATURE FILM (Audience) – HELP

key organising team

Fisheye Film Festival could not happen without the team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to plan, organise and market events, then run the festival when it lands every year.

We would like to mention the following people for their valuable contribution to the 2018 festival:

Mariko Francombe
Rodney Willott
Simon Kearey

Richard Rowntree
Alex Van Der Borght
Mark Singer

Jerry Joseph
Barbara Muston
Jamie Terry

other winners & nominees


2018 Festival

2018 fisheye film festival

Learning as we go, we felt 2018 was our most polished festival to date. We were proud to host many filmmakers from near and far at our Show Off Your Shorts! and Creative Challenge meet ups, and at our Awards Night event.

Click on the flyer to see the full festival event programme!

awards panel

international film competition

James McConnel – Award winning composer for more than 100 TV documentaries and dramas
Linda Mason – Independent filmmaker and editor
Glen McCoy – Award-winning screenwriter
Mark Jones – Producer and writer
Tony McHale – TV writer, director and producer
Vivian Zheng – Blogger and Chinese film distirbutor
Jo Southwell – Award Winning Film Director

creative challenge

Alan Green – Lecturer in Sound Design at Bucks New University
John Lenehan – Celebrated Pianist, chamber and jazz musician
Nikolas Labrinakos – British film composer

awards

international film competition

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP – CHUCHOTAGE

BEST MUSIC – SPEED DATE

BEST SOUND DESIGN – SPEED DATE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – CHUCHOTAGE

BEST EDITING – CHUCHOTAGE

BEST SCREENPLAY – CHUCHOTAGE

BEST ACTOR – PAL GOTTINGER (CHUCHOTAGE)

BEST ACTRESS – KATIE ALEXANDER THOM (THE GIRLS WERE DOING NOTHING)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – THE SKY UNDERWATER

BEST DIRECTOR – THE SKY UNDERWATER

BEST DOCUMENTARY – BLACK SNOW

BEST MICRO SHORT FILM – THE WATER’S EDGE

BEST FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED UNDER 22 – QUIETUS

BEST UK SHORT FILM – SPEED DATE

BEST SHORT FILM – CHUCHOTAGE

creative challenge

BEST SILENT FILM (Film Jury)
For the film “1 2” by :
KIRIL TODOROV

BEST SOUNDTRACK COMPOSITION (Sound Jury)
For the film “RESTRICT” (by KIANA DHANJAL) :
ROSIE MOUNTJOY

BEST FILM with a SOUNDTRACK COMPOSITION (Film Jury)
Film “1 2” by KIRIL TODOROV
with music by TOBY CATT

awards

international film competition

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST MUSIC
SPEED DATE

BEST SOUND DESIGN
SPEED DATE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST EDITING
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST SCREENPLAY
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST ACTOR
PAL GOTTINGER (CHUCHOTAGE)

BEST ACTRESS
KATIE ALEXANDER THOM (THE GIRLS WERE DOING NOTHING)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE SKY UNDERWATER

BEST DIRECTOR
THE SKY UNDERWATER

BEST DOCUMENTARY
BLACK SNOW

BEST MICRO SHORT FILM
THE WATER’S EDGE

BEST FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED UNDER 22
QUIETUS

BEST UK SHORT FILM
SPEED DATE

BEST SHORT FILM
CHUCHOTAGE

creative challenge

BEST SILENT FILM (Film Jury)
For the film “1 2” by :
KIRIL TODOROV

BEST SOUNDTRACK COMPOSITION (Sound Jury)
For the film “RESTRICT” (by KIANA DHANJAL) :
ROSIE MOUNTJOY

BEST FILM with a SOUNDTRACK COMPOSITION (Film Jury)
Film “1 2” by KIRIL TODOROV
with music by TOBY CATT

key organising team

Fisheye Film Festival could not happen without the the team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to plan, organise and market events, then run the festival when it lands every year.

We would like to mention the following people for their valuable contribution to the 2018 festival:

Mariko Francombe
Simon Kearey

Robert Digby
Jerry Joseph
Rodney Willott

Barbara Muston
Richard Rowntree
Andrew St Maur

Mark Singer
Jamie Terry

other winners & nominees


2017 Festival

2017 fisheye film festival

The 2017 festival was our best yet with increased participation, high quality competition entries and a marked diversity of feature film offerings including newly released British films and a special programme, ‘Black Stars on the Silver Screen’.

awards panel

international film competition

James McConnel – Award winning composer for more than 100 TV documentaries and dramas
Phillip Bergson – Renowned film critic, BBC World Service Correspondent, Visiting Lecturer at Prague Film School, Casting Director
Linda Mason – Independent filmmaker and editor
Glen McCoy – Award-winning screenwriter
Mark Jones – Producer and writer
Tony McHale – TV writer, director and producer
Liz Tagg-Wooster – Award-winning Hair and Make-up Artist
Sheena MacBrayne – Writer, producer and director specialising in international co-productions

awards

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP – THE CALL OF CHARLIE

BEST MUSIC – THE CALL OF CHARLIE

BEST SOUND DESIGN – MOTHER

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – THE CALL OF CHARLIE

BEST EDITING – TRANSMISSION

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTHER

BEST ACTOR – JITIN GULATI (SISAK)

BEST ACTRESS – MIRIAM MARGOLYES (MOTHER)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – TRANSMISSION

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTHER

BEST DOCUMENTARY – THE BROKEN BRIDGE

BEST MICRO SHORT FILM – THE FLOW

BEST FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED UNDER 25 – SELF

BEST UK SHORT FILM – THE BROKEN BRIDGE

BEST SHORT FILM – THE CALL OF CHARLIE

awards

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
THE CALL OF CHARLIE

BEST MUSIC
THE CALL OF CHARLIE

BEST SOUND DESIGN
MOTHER

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE CALL OF CHARLIE

BEST EDITING
TRANSMISSION

BEST SCREENPLAY
MOTHER

BEST ACTOR
JITIN GULATI (SISAK)

BEST ACTRESS
MIRIAM MARGOLYES (MOTHER)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
TRANSMISSION

BEST DIRECTOR
MOTHER

BEST DOCUMENTARY
THE BROKEN BRIDGE

BEST MICRO SHORT FILM
THE FLOW

BEST FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED UNDER 25
SELF

BEST UK SHORT FILM
THE BROKEN BRIDGE

BEST SHORT FILM
THE CALL OF CHARLIE

key organising team

Fisheye Film Festival could not happen without the the team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to plan, organise and market events, then run the festival when it lands every year.

We would like to mention the following people for their valuable contribution to the 2017 festival:

Mariko Francombe
Simon Kearey
Greg Witek

Robert Digby
Rodney Willott

Barbara Muston
Richard Rowntree

Stan Erraught
Mark Singer

other winners & nominees


2016 Festival

2016 fisheye film festival

The 2016 festival was where the festival really started to get serious. The first international film competition was launched and being free to enter, attracted well over 500 entries! We learned a great deal in 2016.

The awards panel, winners and festival team are all summarised below.

awards panel

international film competition

Phillip Bergson – Renowned film critic, BBC World Service Correspondent, Visiting Lecturer at Prague Film School, Casting Director
Peter Lee-Wright – Award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer; head of television at Goldsmiths, University of London (2005-14)
James McConnel
– Award winning composer for more than 100 TV documentaries and dramas
Rune Temte – Norwegian stage and screen actor, best known for his work in BBC Two’s “The Kingdom

awards

BEST SHORT FILM (Fiction) – FRAGA

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM – MICROSCULPTURE

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER – THE CANDY GIRL

BEST DIRECTOR (Fiction) – GORBATOV

BEST DIRECTOR (Documentary) – YOU HAVE A PROBLEM

BEST ACTOR – Wieslaw Cichy (FRAGA)

BEST ACTRESS – Agnès Croutelle (EASY REAPPEARANCE)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Fiction) – SPRINT TO THE PAST

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Documentary) – OBJECT

BEST USE OF SOUND (Fiction) – THE WHEEL

BEST USE OF SOUND (Documentary) – OBJECT

awards

BEST SHORT FILM (Fiction)
FRAGA

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
MICROSCULPTURE

BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER
THE CANDY GIRL

BEST DIRECTOR (Fiction)
GORBATOV

BEST DIRECTOR (Documentary)
YOU HAVE A PROBLEM

BEST ACTOR
Wieslaw Cichy (FRAGA)

BEST ACTRESS
Agnès Croutelle (EASY REAPPEARANCE)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Fiction)
SPRINT TO THE PAST

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Documentary)
OBJECT

BEST USE OF SOUND (Fiction)
THE WHEEL

BEST USE OF SOUND (Documentary)
OBJECT

key organising team

Fisheye Film Festival could not happen without the the team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to plan, organise and market events, then run the festival when it lands every year.

We would like to mention the following people for their valuable contribution to the 2018 festival:

Mariko Francombe
Simon Kearey

Greg Witek
Robert Digby

Barbara Muston
Jess Whiskin

Stan Erraught
Mark Singer

The 2016 festival also had help from the following people:

Paul Fields
Josh Hall
Jamie Terry
Rodney Willott

Joanna Dudderidge
Amin Choudry
Pawel Gminski

Alan McBlane
Richard Rowntree
Linda Mason

Fergus Chalmers
Dominique Henson
Gemma Claridge

other winners & nominees


2020 Festival

2020 fisheye film festival

Learning as we go, we felt 2020 was our most polished festival to date. We were proud to host many filmmakers from near and far at our Show Off Your Shorts! and Creative Challenge meet ups, and at our Awards Night event.

Click on the flyer to see the full festival event programme!

awards panel

James McConnel – Award winning composer for more than 100 TV documentaries and dramas
Linda Mason – Independent filmmaker and editor
Glen McCoy – Award-winning screenwriter
Tony McHale – TV writer, director and producer
Jo Southwell – Multi-award winning writer and director
Vivienne Zheng – Blogger and Chinese film distributor
Amita Shankar – Festival programmer, events curator and amateur actor
Sarah @ Caution Spoilers– Film writer and Rotten Tomatoes approved critic
Alan Green – Alan has worked in sound for film, TV, and video on a wide range of material and now runs the BSc Sound Design course at Bucks New University
Carson Black – Multi-award-winning television producer
Dominique Unsworth – A Producer with 20 years experience of finding and developing diverse emerging talent
Sheena MacBryne – A writer, producer and director specialising in international co-production particularly with the Middle East and China
Mariko Francombe – Mariko is one of the festival founders and currently leads the team
Richard Rowntree – A writer, director and producer of both shorts and features

awards

international film competition

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP – IN THE HUT OF MR VAN DEN BRINK

BEST MUSIC – LIMBO

BEST SOUND DESIGN – THE PINK OR THE GREEN; THE MISSING PIECE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – THE GERMAN KING

BEST EDITING – THE CLOCK STRIKES ONE

BEST SCREENPLAY – IN THE HUT OF MR VAN DEN BRINK

BEST ACTOR – RAINER KUHN (IN THE HUT OF MR VAN DEN BRINK)

BEST ACTRESS – PAULA HANS (REA)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – THE CLOCK STRIKES ONE

BEST DIRECTOR – BJORN RENNER (IN THE HUT OF MR VAN DEN BRINK)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY – 2.3 x 2.6 x 3.2

BEST MICRO SHORT FILM UNDER 4 MINS – PANIC ATTACK

BEST SHORT FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED UNDER 22 – COLOR WORK

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM – BUS STOP

BEST SHORT FILM OF THE FESTIVAL – THE CLOCK STRIKES ONE

BEST FEATURE FILM – HOW I LIVE

awards

international film competition

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST MUSIC
SPEED DATE

BEST SOUND DESIGN
SPEED DATE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST EDITING
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST SCREENPLAY
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST ACTOR
PAL GOTTINGER (CHUCHOTAGE)

BEST ACTRESS
KATIE ALEXANDER THOM (THE GIRLS WERE DOING NOTHING)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE SKY UNDERWATER

BEST DIRECTOR
THE SKY UNDERWATER

BEST DOCUMENTARY
BLACK SNOW

BEST MICRO SHORT FILM
THE WATER’S EDGE

BEST FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED UNDER 22
QUIETUS

BEST UK SHORT FILM
SPEED DATE

BEST SHORT FILM
CHUCHOTAGE

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
IN THE HUT OF MR VAN DEN BRINK

BEST MUSIC
LIMBO

BEST SOUND DESIGN
THE PINK OR THE GREEN; THE MISSING PIECE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE GERMAN KING

BEST EDITING
THE CLOCK STRIKES ONE

BEST SCREENPLAY
IN THE HUT OF MR VAN DEN BRINK

BEST ACTOR
RAINER KUHN (IN THE HUT OF MR VAN DEN BRINK)

BEST ACTRESS
PAULA HANS (REA)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE CLOCK STRIKES ONE

BEST DIRECTOR
BJORN RENNER (IN THE HUT OF MR VAN DEN BRINK)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
2.3 x 2.6 x 3.2

BEST MICRO SHORT FILM UNDER 4 MINS
PANIC ATTACK

BEST SHORT FILM BY A FILMMAKER AGED UNDER 22
COLOR WORK

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
BUS STOP

BEST SHORT FILM OF THE FESTIVAL
THE CLOCK STRIKES ONE

BEST FEATURE FILM
HOW I LIVE

key organising team

Fisheye Film Festival could not happen without the the team of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to plan, organise and market events, then run the festival when it lands every year.

We would like to mention the following people for their valuable contribution to the 2018 festival:

Mariko Francombe
Simon Kearey

Robert Digby
Jerry Joseph
Rodney Willott

Barbara Muston
Richard Rowntree

Mark Singer
Jamie Terry

other winners & nominees