The East End Film Festival’s established awards system includes:
|Reserved for first and second features, the EEFF’s Best Film award is awarded to one outstanding feature film in the festival programme. That film’s director is invited to return to the festival the following year as the EEFF Director-in-Residence, and to co-curate a selection of cutting edge films from their country as part of the EEFF’s annual national focus. Last year’s jury included Armando Bo (Argentinian writer/director), Peter Bradshaw (novelist and film critic), Nicolas Gonda (Tugg, Inc. co-founder), Sally El Hosaini (director), RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) and Divine (Wu-Tang Clan).
|An award recognising the most unique, human and arresting real-life stories presented at the festival, utilising all of the power of cinema. Last year’s jury included Niklas Engstrøm (Head of Programmer of CPH:DOX), Iain Sinclair (writer, filmmaker, poet and author of “Downriver”), Morgan Spurlock (director of the award-winning documentary “SuperSize Me”), Mark Stewart (founding member of The Pop Group) and Rachel Wexler (producer for Bungalow Town Productions).
BEST UK SHORT FILM
|Presented to the most powerful, arresting short film from a British filmmaker, or shot in the UK, in the past year. Last year’s jury included Martina Amati (director), Joe Bateman (director for Rushes Soho Shorts Festival), Nik Powell (Vice Chairman of the board of the European Film Academy) and Jodie Whittaker (actress).
|Integral to the process of a film’s emotional journey, and to its story, is the soundtrack Recognising the essential role that musicians and composers play in creating great cinematic works of art, the EEFF Best Soundtrack Award is a vital, newly reinstated part of the festival’s award line-up. Last year’s jury included Jason Cooper (The Cure) and Rhys Webb (The Horrors).
EEFF SHORT FILM AUDIENCE AWARD
|Festivals may have programmers, juries and directors, but it’s the audience who really count. Audiences share their opinions with us after our shorts screenings, and cast their votes for their festival favourite.
EEFF ACCESSION AWARD
|The East End Accession Award will specifically celebrate a particular ‘craft’ or specialist role, with categories to include (but not be restricted to) editing, scriptwriting, sound design and art direction. Focusing on a different craft each year, and intended to celebrate an individual establishing a professional career within their chosen field, this year’s EEFF Accession Award will champion the art of Cinematography.
East End Film Festival 2013 winners
- Best Feature Film: Halley, by Sebastian Hofmann. A tale of urban loneliness that follows a security guard at a Mexico City gym, whose physical deterioration contrasts wildly with the healthy bodies around him. EEFF 2014 will feature a special focus on Mexican cinema, with Sebastian Hofmann as the EEFF’s Director in Residence.
Jury: Peter Bradshaw (Film Critic, The Guardian), Armando Bo (Director, El Ultimo Elvis), Sally El Hosaini (Director, My Brother The Devil) and Joe Wright (Director).
- Best Documentary Feature Award: Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic by Marina Zenovich and The UK Gold by Mark Donne. Last year saw the award being shared by Richard Pryor and The UK Gold. The former delves into the mind of one of the world’s greatest stand-up comedians whose career veered between triumph and disaster; while the latter exposes the City of London’s role in the secretive network of tax avoidance.
Jury: Morgan Spurlock (Writer and Filmmaker), Mark Stewart (Musician), Rachel Wexler (Producer), Niklas Engstrøm (Head Programmer, CPH:DOX).
- Best UK Short Film Award: Life Sentence by Ray Panthaki. This first foray into writing and directing for the London-born actor sees two schoolboys’ paths cross one night in London. The film is loosely inspired by events affecting Panthaki’s own life.
Jury: Martina Amati (BAFTA-winning short filmmaker), Joe Bateman (Director, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival), Nik Powell (Vice Chair, European Film Academy), Jodie Whittaker (Actress).
- EEFF Short Film Audience Award: The Undream by Alexander Thomas. Starring Welsh BAFTA winner Jonny Owen as an insomniac who exists in two worlds, it’s the dark, quiet story of one man’s fight.
- EEFF Best Soundtrack: The Outer Edges by Karl Hyde. The Underworld frontman performed his beautiful and mesmerising winning score live at EEFF’s closing night gala.
Jury: Jason Cooper (The Cure) and Rhys Webb (The Horrors).
East End Film Festival 2012 winners
- Best Feature Film: El Último Elvis by Armando Bo, a dark, blackly comic and moving drama portraying a delusional Elvis impersonator in downtown Buenos Aires. EEFF 2013 will feature a special focus on Argentine cinema, with Armando Bo as the EEFF’s Director in Residence.
Jury: Dexter Fletcher (Actor/Director), Sandra Hebron (ex-Artistic Director, BFI London Film Festival), Adrian Wootton (Chief Excutive, Film London) and Joe Wright (Director).
- Best Documentary Feature Award: 1/2 Revolution by Karim El Hakim and Omar Shargawi, a compelling first-person account of Egypt’s Arab Spring uprising, chronicling events as they unravelled on the streets and alleyways of Cairo.
Jury: Cairo Cannon (Producer/Screen Writer), Inigo Gilmore (Foreign Correspondent & Filmmaker) and Kim Longinotto (Filmmaker).
- Best UK Short Film Award: Callum by Michael van der Put, which portrays a schoolboy struggling to cope with feelings of guilt after his first love is killed at a local train station..
Jury: Sarah Chorley (Shooting People), Tony Grisoni (Screen Writer/Director), Liz Harkman (Director, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival), and Sam Martin & Tony Shocash (Decode).
- EEFF Short Film Audience Award: A Killey by Mitch Panayis, a wry and stylish tale of an East London gangster’s last stand, taking in the environmental changes taking place in the East End under the guise of Olympic development.
East End Film Festival 2011 winners
- Best Debut Feature: Udaan by Vikramaditya Motwane, a wonderful coming of age tale from India that moved the film’s festival audience.
Jury: Adrian Utley (Portishead), actress Monica Barladeanu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu) and Ailsa Ferrier (Artificial Eye).
- Best Documentary Feature Award: Katka by Helena Trestikova, a heatbreaking investigation of the life of a pregnant drug addict.
Jury: Andy Glynne (DFG), British director Jez Lewis and Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne.
- Best UK Short Film Award: God View by Billy Lumby, the story of mentally ill father who misses his daughter.
Jury: Joe Bateman (Rushes Soho Shorts), Steve Hartley (SAE), and British director Morag MacKinnon.
- EEFF Short Film Audience Award: Tres Tristes Tigres by David Munozportrays the harrowing experience of three Bangladeshi migrants who have travelled to Dubai to seek a better life.
East End Film Festival 2010 winners
- Best International First Feature: Francesca directed by Bobby Paunescu
- Best UK First Feature: Shed Your Tears And Walk Away directed by Jez Lewis
- Best Documentary Feature Award: Presumed Guilty directed by Roberto Hernández / Geoffrey Smith
- Best Feature Soundtrack: Erasing David – Michael Nyman, Composer
- Best UK Short Film Award: Whore directed by Fyzal Boulifa
East End Film Festival 2009 winners
- Best International First Feature – Everybody Dies But Me, directed by Valeriya Gai Germanika
- Best UK First Feature – The End, directed by Nicola Collins
- IFG Inspiration Award for Best Feature Documentary – Rene, directed by Helena Trestikova
- Best UK Short Film Award – September directed by Esther May Campbell
- EEFF Short Film Audience Award - Idol Mind, directed by Kate Greenslade