ASFF 2018 Award Winners

Best of Festival | Northern Film School Screenplay Award | Best Documentary Winner

Black Sheep

Dir. Ed Perkins | UK, 2018

Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed in what became one of the UK’s most high-profile cases.

Peoples Choice Award Winner

Turning Tide

Dir. Andrew Muir | UK, 2018

After witnessing an aerial battle over 1940s Scotland, a young boy is thrown into a life-changing situation when face-to-face with a downtrodden German pilot.

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BFI Network & Film Hub North Award


Faye Carr Wilson | UK, 2016

A short documentary dealing with issues of disability and empowerment through drag performer, Venus Dimilo. An intimate human story of acceptance.

York Youth Award


David Moody | UK, 2018

A young boy’s journey through the landscape of Belfast. Camlo tries to understand where he will fit within a society that hasn’t accepted him thus far in his life.

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Best Advertising

Start the Buzz

Giacomo Boeri & Matteo Grimaldi | Italy, 2018

Start the Buzz was commissioned by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (Italian Fashion Council) to celebrate Milan Fashion Week A/W 2018/19.

Best Animation

Double Portrait

Ian Bruce | UK, 2017

Double Portrait is a hand-painted animation which portrays the ill-fated relationship between Geraldine Peacock and Bob Gannicott.

Best Artists' Film

Author of Expectations

bielecki&bielecka | UK, 2018

A dual-screen video installation made up of stylised interviews. The work challenges the audience to give equal attention to the protagonists.

Best Comedy

Sex Ed

Alice Seabright | UK, 2018

Ed teaches sex education to teenagers, a job he usually loves. But today it’s the last thing he wants to do, when personal problems rise to the surface.

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Best Dance

Dances With Circles

Paul McLean | UK, 2018

Paul McLean directs the story of Rachel Sullivan and her journey from loneliness to reclaimed freedom. A cyclical tale within overwhelming environments.

Best Drama

In Wonderland

Christopher Hayden | UK, 2017

In Wonderland is the story of a life experienced together. It begins and ends in the same moment – on a beach where Alice has come to say goodbye to Michael.

Best Experimental

Something Said

Jay Bernard | UK, 2017

Haunted by the 1981 New Cross Fire, Something Said is a curious response to the black British archives as well as an attempt to reconcile the changing present with the past.

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Best Fashion Film

C 41 Magazine x Adidas Originals Prophere

Leone Balduzzi | Italy, 2017

A story of a group of friends with different personalities, this film for Adidas Originals explores a need for authenticity away from the mainstream.

Best Music Video

I Am Sex - Alon Elder

Yuval Haker | Israel, 2017

An animated music video for Israeli musician Alon Eder, I Am Sex deals with anxiety, love and intimacy through surprising visual techniques.

Best Thriller


Barnaby Blackburn | UK & USA, 2018

The story of an 18-year-old mobile mechanic, who learned his trade at a young offenders institution. Now he’s out, and trying to get his business going.

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Best Narrative Feature

You Go To My Head

Dimitri de Clercq | France, Germany & Belgium, 2017

Following a mysterious car accident, Dafne suffers from post-traumatic amnesia. Jake, the first person she sees, tells her he’s her husband.

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Best Documentary Feature

Almost Heaven

Carol Salter | UK, 2017

Far from home and terrified of ghosts, 17-year-old Ying Ling is training to become a mortician in one of China’s largest funeral homes.

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Best VR & Immersive Experience

Ashes to Ashes

Ingejan Ligthart Schenk, Jamille van Wijngaarden & Steye Hallema | Netherlands, 2017

This one-shot film immerses audiences in the story of a dysfunctional family who are burdened with the bizarre final wish of their grandmother.