Being a Mum is where women experience the harshest judgements. Not good enough, doing it wrongly, should try this etc. This most epic of responsibilities is fraught with challenges, and running from comedy to tragedy, these films show just a glimpse of what life as a mum is really about..
ALL OF ME
Viv, a talented musician, faces late stage Leukemia that threatens the life she’s built. Her best hope is a bone marrow transplant from her estranged family, but reconnecting means confronting a difficult past.
Cinematography Award – Diana Olifirova
Acting Award – Chereen Buckley
A young girl cares for her younger brother at home, while she awaits her mother’s return.
Directing Award – Tessa Hoffe
Producing Award – Tessa Hoffe
A young mum runs away with her fragile son to a woodland hut community in Scotland and door steps a random boy she has recently met. When hope of acceptance in his community quickly fades, she loses control, whilst her son finds solace in a mysterious wolf.
Nominated for: Directing Award
MUM VS THE WORLD
Lucy has 99 problems but Soya ain’t one.
On Christmas Eve, after a silent year of absence, a daughter returns home. Afraid to lose her, afraid of her, her mother tries to break down her daughter’s wall of secrets and lies. A portrait of misunderstanding and missed opportunity when words crackle and fade like a broken frequency that will never reach its destination.
Acting Award – Jo Hartley
THE HAPPIEST BARRACK
The Happiest Barrack is an experimental documentary, a chronicle of my maternal grandmother’s life in Soviet Hungary. It serves as a memento of times past and as a reminder of how socialism colonized the soul’s of a generation.
Directing Award – Noémi Varga
When her Middle Eastern husband kidnaps their child, Sarah blindly recruits a prejudiced neighbour to hunt them down. A sense of dread slowly tightens its grip as a little girl’s life hangs in the balance and a new threat rears its head.
Directing Award – Nour Wazzi
Cinematography Award – Rina Yang
Editing Award – Vee Pinot