Defiantly unique these are the girls we’ve been, dreamed of being, and may yet be brave enough to become. In these tales of sweet first crushes, coming out and teenage rebellion, when faced with physical, emotional or political challenges, these young girls stand firm.
A girl goes out of her way to pursue her crush, but as the two part ways at the train station, will she be able to finally reveal her feelings? This observational film draws us into the anxieties and uncertainties of a young girl as she comes into her own.
Cinematography Award – Eva Arnold
I AM RAJA
In the unbearable vastness of the Sahara Desert, Raja doggedly perseveres against the height of the dunes, the dryness of the wind, the instability of the sand and the bright light to collect water for her family. Over the course of journey we get insights into her aspirations and dreams and are reminded of the sheer joy that physical playfulness in childhood can bring. Raja finds an unexpected challenge on her return – just one of endless variations of the same journey that she repeats day in, day out.
Sound Design Award – Gabriella Braun
Stuck in a bubble, a girl dreams of a sunset. Set in an imagined world and underpinned by a minimalist vocal score, Bubblegum is an ode to being free.
Composing Award – Fraya Thomsen
Stevie is the story of a blind child, afraid to see. After receiving cataracts surgery, Stevie struggles to adjust to her new life.
Sound Design Award – Martha Luigujoe
Seventeen explores the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a group of adolescents in non-metropolitan Scarborough. Whilst looking at the transition between childhood and adulthood it builds a deeply personal portrait of the seventeen year olds you meet.
Editing Award – Laura Cairney-Kieze
Under 25 Award – Mollie Mills
On the way to school Mae gets bullied by Heather and her gang. At home Mae sews a felt horse mask a magic totem for protection.
Composing Award – Riz Maslen
Silly Girl is about the first time you are noticed, the first time someone sees you for who you are, and the transformative nature of that moment. It’s about a teenage girl going on a walk with another girl and a confession that makes her puke on her boots.
Cinematography Award – Rachel Clark
A coming of age film about best friends Cara and Lucy set in 1993. Lucy suspects that Cara has feelings for girls rather than boys and she is determined to get the truth out of her. Even at the risk of damaging their friendship.
Production Design Award – Louise Marie Cooke and Carolina de Lemos
THE SILENT CHILD
Set in rural England and inspired by real life events. 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.
Saturday 25 November | 3:00pm
Running time | 88 minutes, followed by a filmmaker Q&A
Venue | Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
Tickets | £10 / £7.50 concessions