The London Independent Film Festival Announces 2011 Awards

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The 8th London Independent Film Festival announced its awards today, concluding a 10-day festival which showcased the best of low-budget filmmaking across London cinemas.

The Scandalous Four

The 8th London Independent Film Festival announced its awards today, concluding a 10-day festival which showcased the best of low budget filmmaking across London cinemas.

Director Phil Hawkins took the Grand Prize at the London Independent Film Festival his feature film Being Sold. The dark comedy tells the story of a man who puts himself up for online auction and attracts a storm of media attention. Hawkins, whose debut feature The Butterfly Tattoo met with critical success in 2009, scooped the prize which includes a £50k post-production deal with LIFF sponsor Prime Focus London. Being Sold, which was shot for only £25k, also earned its star Christopher Dane LIFF's best actor award.

Dutch helmer Christianne van Wijk won LIFF’s Best Director award for her debut feature The Scandalous Four, a period drama of sexual tensions set in the 1800's. The film also scored the festival's Best LGBT Film Award.

American Director Joan Sekler took the festival's prize for Best Documentary for her coverage of striking miners in California in Locked Out. Actress Chloë Annett won the award for Best Actress for her title role in Leila.

Director Richard Harrison of The Honey Killer, and Director Greg Hall of SSDD, took the festival's awards for Best Micro-Budget, and Best No-Budget Features respectively. While Paul Tanter's Jack Falls, and David M. Reynolds Zomblies took the festival prizes for Best Action Film and Best SCI-FI/Horror respectively.

The 2011 festival jury was headed by actor Robert Carlyle and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt.

Festival Director Erich Schultz said: “Another year of absolutely fantastic low-budget films from around the world. I'm certain we'll be seeing many great things from these filmmakers in the very near future.”

Hosted at several screening venues across London, the 2011 London Independent Film Festival screened over 70 films. The festival highlights the best in low & micro-budget filmmaking every April and has been called: “A treasure trove of undiscovered cinematic gems… one of Europe's top indie film fests" (British Film Magazine).

Full information about the festival and press photos can be found at:
http://press.londonindependent.org

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