The judges have chosen and we can now officially announce the three prize winners.
The votes have been cast and the winners have been chosen. With submissions numbering in the triple digits, it wasn’t easy for the judges to choose the best film entered into the competition, but eventually they were able to pick the top three submissions. See the winners of the Thumb-Stopping Moments short film competition below.
The judges chose this film by Ben Crabb as the winning submission.
"The film is a light-hearted comedy, detailing the inner thoughts of a young woman who tries to avoid an unexpected proposition from her boyfriend."
The film was shot with a C300 camera on a budget of £325. Ben, who works as a director and editor at a London production company, found out about the competition after picking up a flyer in a Soho restaurant.
Seven people were involved in making the film, and they said they would use the prize money to make another film.
Competition judge Vanesa Iglesias said of the film: ‘This film met the brief perfectly and really made me laugh. It works well as a complete story and held my attention.’
This film by Digital Film and Television students studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was awarded second place.
"Life is pretty tough, especially if you're a balloon. But it's possible to avoid the unexpected if someone's there to give you a little helping hand."
Benjamin made the film along with Yiannis and Sebastian on a budget of £5 for the balloons and £15 for some pizza. All the cast were ‘friends who were free on the day’. They used the Arri Alexa camera for free and recorded the sound on an iPhone.
Benjamin, who is a freelance filmmaker, broke his ankle earlier this year meaning he missed out on some freelance work, so he said he intends to use the prize money to catch up on bills and buy Christmas presents for his friends and family.
Competition judge Alex Godfrey said of the film: ‘The voiceover is brilliant. It’s creative and very funny.’
While these three videos did not receive a prize, we think they deserve a shout-out for their original and unique ideas.
"My video dealt with the topic of 'avoiding the unexpected' in a manner I often tend to take, that which I would define as 'inside the box'..."
Thanks again to everyone who entered their films into the competition.
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