London Film Awards

2014 London Film Award Winners

London Film Awards Winners truly represent the best of the independent film and screenwriting.  The London Film Awards proudly recognizes the Gold Lion Award Winners of the 2014 film and sceenplay competitions.

the-maidGrand Jury Prize

The Maid
Directed by Paul Emmanuel
UK





Jack, an emotionally troubled teenager living in the U.S., travels to England to spend his upcoming birthday with his estranged dad, hoping to salvage their fragile relationship. While staying at his father's house, he gets into an obsessive relationship with the older European woman working there.


lureSpecial Jury Prize

Lure
Directed by Chris Turner
Canada





Lure tells the story of an unstable post-grad student, Rebecca Markowitz, who is writing her doctorate thesis on convicted internet stalker, Eric Daltry.

ConfidentielBest Feature Film

Confidentiel
Directed by Richard McKee
USA





On a quiet secluded beach in wine country on eastern Long Island's North fork, a body is discovered, washed up and hidden amongst the seaweed and other discarded detritus-- to be found by a dog-walker in the coarse and rocky sand of this otherwise picturesque and idyllic place. A pair of police detectives are horrified and set out to solve the case and wonder "who could have done such a thing"?


Lady-LuckBest Short Film

Lady Luck
Directed by Jo Lewis
UK





A young boy attempts to win back his mother's love. Based on a short story by DH Lawrence 'The Rocking Horse Winner'.

GaiaBest Experimental Film

Gaia
Directed by Nick Graalman & Erin Fowler
Australia





Gaia (Mother Earth) is struggling for survival in an increasingly degraded and urbanised planet. Through the language of dance, Gaia tells a universal story relevant to everyone that inhabits the earth.

Need-my-MonsterBest Animated Film

I Need My Monster
Directed by Stephen Baker & Howard Cook
USA





I Need My Monster is a short animated film based on the unique award wining monster-under-the-bed story for all monster-loving kids of the same title.

Hannahs-BirthdayBest Short Screenplay

Hannah's Birthday
Directed by Juliet Bergh
New Zealand





Hannah is a waitress trapped in limbo; unable to escape the nightmare until she finds the courage to destroy the demons of her past.

jfkBest Documentary Feature

JFK: A President Betrayed
Directed by Darin Nellis
USA





JFK: A President Betrayed uncovers new evidence that reveals how President John F. Kennedy boldly reversed deeply entrenched pro-war government policy to embark on secret back-channel peace efforts with Russian President Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and other "enemies" of the United States. The film raises many questions as to whom his real enemies were.

AlegriaBest Documentary Short

Alegria - A Humanitarian Expedition
Directed by Christoph von Toggenburg
United Kingdom





A Humanitarian Expedition tells the story of an epic solo expedition across the Himalaya that changed the life of hundreds of people in need and reached millions around the world. In 2010, Christoph von Toggenburg cycled alone 3200km along the world’s highest tracks pulling a 30kg trailer packed with survival gear in support of leprosy patients and mentally destitute women in India.

checking-InBest British Film

Checking In
Directed by David Hastings
UK





In every hotel, each guest has a story. 'Checking In' delves into the lives of numerous visitors to one particular establishment over the course of a 24 hour period on a random average working day. Told through the eyes of maid Radka (Nici Preston) & Alec the Manager (Roger David Francis), we meet a range of guests; some will make you laugh, some will make you gasp while some will make you think.

third-is-my-firstBest Director

Third is my First
Directed by Real Florido
Philippines





On the first day of her retirement, 65-year-old Cory busies herself by cleaning her house until it was immaculate and spotless. Still, something does not feel right. She is not used to the silence and to spending every waking hour with just her husband, Alejandro. She wonders if this is all she is to do and can expect for the rest of her life, after spending a good deal of it working so hard.

What-Goes-UpBest Romance

What Goes Up
Directed by Matt Gambell
UK





Lee & Ray are game developers. Lee loves Sarah but can't talk to her & when the universe mysteriously gifts him a cube that gives him visions of the future things change for him but not necessarily for the better.

ButterfliesCinematic Vision Award

Butterflies
Directed by Cayman Grant
Canada





Inspired by true events, Butterflies is a teenage story about a cancer survivor who learns to live life to the fullest with a new friend who faces his own battle with Leukemia.

Full-CircleBest First-Time Director

Full Circle
Directed by Pauline Gefin
USA





A young girl in New York City helps a hungry man pay for food at a city food cart – and is later rewarded by karma when a handsome guy pays for her lunch and the two share a connection. Movie based on true story.

Kid-GlovesBest Actor

Victor Ptak - Kid Gloves
Directed by Adam Simcox
USA





It's 1972, and Fred Dobbs is preparing for the Schoolboy Boxing Championships. His trainer, who also happens to be his father, thinks he's the next great white hope. Two years of training have led up to this climatic night. There's just one problem. Fred can't box. In the same year Gustavo White, a Cuban boxing legend prepares for the biggest fight of his life at the Munich Olympics.

Brain-of-TerrorBest Actress

Kathreen Khavari - Brain of Terror
Directed by Kathreen Khavari
USA





After watching back to back episodes of "Homeland", an eccentric young woman has a dream that sparks an identity crisis.


insaneBest Supporting Actor

Roberto D'Antona - Insane
Directed by Eros D'Antona
Italy





Escaping from the Mafia family which he had been working for, Frank is hiding in a little town in southern Italy waiting for the next step of Katia. She is the new family inheritor and wants revenge. Therefore she pays Codom, a sadomasochist who doesn’t seem to be a proper killer.


UndressedBest Supporting Actress

Marta Barrio - Undressed
Directed by Rahdy Elway
USA





Ned notices how friendly Mirella gets when she's wearing her costume. If he steals her clothes, and she has to stay in costume, can they find love?


chris-and-joshBest Web Video

Chris & Josh
Directed by Matthew Smolen
Australia





Unbeknownst to them, pragmatic Chris and idealist Josh are stuck in a co-dependent relationship. As they attempt to form new relationships, their friendship somehow always manages to sabotage any ventures, bringing the two back together again. Can this modern day odd couple see eye to eye and learn to live together?


portraitBest Student Film

Portrait
Directed by Katerina Kalentzi
Greece





Two forgotten tickets, a melody from the past and an old painted portrait give rise to the elderly Mr. Fontas to recall snapshots that stigmatized him in a last life review, before his memories forever fade away.


music-videoBest Music Video

Who Mines The Riches by Strange Tenants
Directed by Jeffrey Bird
Australia





Shot at an abandoned gold mine in Australia, 'Who Mines The Riches' is a music video performed by legendary Australian Ska band Strange Tenants. The song is about the corporate greed shown by global mining corporations, who have demonstrated their willingness to sacrifice their workers lives, or to submit them and their communities to abysmal working and living conditions, whether in Australia or throughout the world. The song is dedicated to mine workers, their families and communities the world over.

Best Screenplay

Bloody Mary 
Written by Emily Felt
USA

Official Finalists

"Life Of Sarumomo" directed by Kawago Egoesolo
"As the Tree Under the Hurricane (Ati & Mindhiva)" directed by Claudia Fischer
"Plundering Tibet" directed by Michael Buckley
"Confluence" directed by Noah Shulman
"One Small Hitch" directed by John Burgess
"The Ramona Flowers Tokyo" directed by Bouha Kazmi
"Route 30 Three!" directed by John Putch
"Summer of Tom" directed by David Lueza
"Birthday" directed by Nick Tustin
"The Invisible School" directed by Hannah Bush Bailey & Hugo Pettitt


Feature Screenplay Competition Winners

Grand Prize Winner
"The Way Back Home" written by Jonathan LaPoma

Second Place
"Riches Of Naivasha" written by Ainhoa Barrio

Third Place
"Candy's First Kiss" written by Brett Riley

Fourth Place
"Reunion (FFF)" written by Barry Brennessel

Fifth Place
"SkyBurner" written by David Baugnon

Official Finalists

"Angels Night" written by Shahid Muhammed
"Sardis the Merciful" written by Christian Thomas
"Harley" written by Jamie Roberts
"The War On Peace" written by Gary Porpora
"The Barking Spider" written by Robert Gately
"Thresher's Crossing" written by Gwendolyn Hulet
"Red Line" written by Keaton Wooden
"Utopia" written by Jerry Veil
"Dante" written by Elettra Pizzi
"The Snakeman" written by Jeff Ryback

Honorable Mentions 

"Meeres Stille / Silent Sea written by Juliane Fezer
"Target Julia" written by David B. Carren and David Rice
"Tanks: A Love Story" written by Duke Mulligan
"Dear Nita" written by Alban Zogjani
"Storm Dragons" written by Leonardo Reis
"All The Gold You Can Eat" written by Joe de Kadt
"Leopard Lineage" written by Chidi Ezeibieli
"Women Are The New Men" written by George Scholomite
"Posterus" written by Peter Szumlas
"The Revelations of John" written by Nicole Conners

Short Screenplay Competition Winners

Grand Prize Winner
"Bunkmates" written by Philipp Müller-Dorn

Second Place
"Closure" written by Darren Swanson

Third Place
"The Clown" written by Kate Young

Fourth Place
"Home Fire" Burning written by Anders Vacklin

Fifth Place
"The Railroad" Lady written by Timo von Gunten

Best Stage Play

First Place 

"Polar Bear" written by Alexander Norton

Best First-Time Screenwriter

First Place 
"Going Home" written by Nir Shelter

Second Place
"Hold It" written by Marina Bortnik

Third Place
"Same Difference" written by Alice Mitterrand

Fourth Place
"The Haunting" written by Charlie Magdaleno

Fifth Place
"Blind Spot" written by Graham Parke

Official Finalists

"The Night Witches" written by Steven Prowse
"The Day of Chittor" written by Ivan Llobet
"Pigeons" written by Dhiraj Bakshi
"Hell on Neptune" written by Robert Rogers
"Painkiller" written by Arturo Olivares
"First Spear" written by Jonathan Fear
"A World Turned Upside Down" written by Randy Hatch
"The Man at Asher" written by Kate Young
"Broken Impulse" written by Sebastian Watson
"The Woman In The Road" written by Neil Riley

Best Television Pilot

First Place 
"The Emancipation of Annabel Sanchez" written by Eric Rawson

Second Place
"More Honored in the Breach" written by Juan Villegas

Third Place
"Seventh Sister" written by Cheryl Miller

Fourth Place
"No Cigarettes in Space!!!" Sundae Jahant-Osborn

Fifth Place
"Have You Met Miss Jones?" written by James Di Giacomo

Official Finalists

"Dare County" written by Irwin Greenstein
"Desesperados" written by Ludovica Lirosi
"Intervention" written by Martha Williams
"I Love LA" written by Valerio Esposito
"Groganzola" written by Paul Ericson
"Desiree and the Magic Mirror" written by Bernard Buzzell
"Pieces of Days" written by Kerry Joo
"Hope" written by Viliam Babjarcik
"Rough Cut" written by Robert Herold
"The Horseman of Zabul" written by William Blackmon
"The Dark Horse" written by Kelly Tropea and Kimber Helms