People’s Choice and York Youth Awards

The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. The film won our People’s Choice Award, in which all festival-goers are invited to vote for their favourite film at ASFF. This award is chosen by audiences, and is given to the most popular film. It also won our York Youth Award, collected from votes taken from a series of specially curated Official Selection film screenings for school pupils aged 11-14. The students are encouraged to critically engage with the films, and to vote for their favourite.

Chris Overton, Director, states: “We were so delighted to get into ASFF, especially as it was the first festival we applied to. The whole team were really honoured to be part of such a prestigious festival but then to win two awards on top of that, was so unexpected and very exciting. I’m especially thrilled the film won The People’s Choice Award as you know the film is doing what we originally intended all those many many months ago when it was just an idea.”

Rachel Shenton, Writer: “We watched many amazing shorts over the weekend so it was a such a lovely surprise to collect two awards at ASFF. The Silent Child is about deafness and access to education for deaf children. I believe change needs to happen at grass roots level and by educating the next generation, misconceptions surrounding deafness will one day be eradicated, so for me the Youth award was particularly special.”

To find out more about the film:

1. Trailer for The Silent Child. Courtesy of Vimeo.