Growing Up is Optional
Groundbreaking scientists, foul-mouthed grandmothers, octogenarian cheerleaders, life-long friends and magicians. Forget about acting your age, the women in these shorts are fierce, unapologetic and prove that time is nothing to good old-fashioned determination.
THE PURPLE PLAIN
The story of the Mercury 13, the women who challenged the conventions of their time in their quest for space.
Producing Award – Chi Thai, Catherine Vetere
LIVING UNDER KAPATILSM
Serbia, 2010. Milošević is gone, but Kapa remains. Jo, a young English woman fighting to be an adult, visits her dying grandmother and Serbian matriarch, Kapa, in Belgrade. If only she could bear to be in the same room as her for more than three minutes.
Production Design Award – Nia Fausset
MAKE THE MOST OF ME
In a quiet corner of a care home for the elderly on the edge of the country, a young crew set up a camera and invited the residents to come and have a chat. Their motto was “shoot them like they’re 30” and the film became a portrait of three extraordinary women.
Editing Award – Alison Hargreaves
LIFE, DEATH AND CHEERLEADING
An inspirational story of a group of cheerleading grandmothers in Arizona who refuse to act their age.
FAY PRESTO – QUEEN OF THE CLOSE UP
A portrait documentary about the legendary Fay Presto; the UK’s most in-demand close-up and cabaret magician who would rather die on stage than quit performing.
Editing Award – Hanna Aqvilin
Lifespan explores the concept of the future of ageing, increasing life expectancy and life extension. Visually juxtaposing architecture and space against interviews with a diverse range of people; from biomedical scientists and evolutionary anthropologists, to the director’s family and friends.
Under 25 Award – Jessica Bishopp
An elderly woman, Biddy – flawed, hard, mischievous and in search of closure before she “Dances her way to the devil” – bribes her estranged, depressed grandson, Danny, to help her escape from the care home in which she is stagnating, in order to tie up a handful of loose ends.
Writing Award – Natalie Burt
Sound Design Award – Helen Miles