Filmmakers scoop awards at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Bottle Cap Film Festival

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It was lights, camera, action for Newcastle-under-Lyme as the town hosted the Bottle Cap Film Festival awards for a second year.

Aiming to showcase the best in independent British film, the ceremony was held in the Old Conservative Club.

Over 600 flicks were submitted for judging from across the UK with six awards up for grabs on the night.

Categories included experimental films, documentaries and an overall winner voted for by the audience.

There was success for former Newcastle College student Sophie Green who claimed the Rising Star award for those aged 16 to 18.

She wowed the judges with her gothic horror, Ashes and Ghost, which was filmed on location in Cheadle and Hartshill.

Sophie, who now studies at Staffordshire University, completed the film as part of her A-Levels.

She told StaffsLive: “Our teacher actually entered the film into the festival without me knowing. It was a surprise but definitely a good one. “

“It is amazing to win, I can’t believe the work has been appreciated like that.”

Rising Star award winner Sophie Green

Rising Star award winner Sophie Green

Winners also came from further afield with London actor Adam Drew, who along with partner James Lewis, bagged a gong for his experimental debut, Loopy.

Christian Cerami took home documentary plaudits for a hard-hitting look at the English Defence League in Black Sheep and Tom Bailey topped the fictional category for his dark thriller, Street Spirit, which was shot in his hometown of Reading.

Crowdsourced film Brit.I.am claimed the night’s top prize, scooping the audience award.

Inspired by a poem written by comedienne Andi Osho, it uses footage collected by the public to look at what it means to be British.

Philip Evans, who featured in the film, said: “To get the audience award it means a lot because it’s voted for by people who are in the industry themselves.”

Bottle Cap Film Festival organiser Darren Teale said: “Last year was a really ace night, the audience really got behind all the films and the nominees and this year it has been even bigger and better.

“It is amazing to have the filmmakers come here and accept their awards it is a real privilege.”

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