Osprey Short Film Awards

Like so many things the 22nd Keswick Film Festival did not go ahead this year but we optimistically asked for short film submissions during the first lockdown hoping we'd be able to show them at some point. We wondered if people would be able to get films made but need not have worried because we received a record number of submissions and the quality of the films was high.

When the festival had to be cancelled we were hoping to still put on the Osprey Short Film Awards later in the year when cinemas could open again. Since then exciting things are happening at The Alhambra and they've begun building work to add in a new second screen and make other improvements. Unfortunately this means that they are going to stay closed for a little longer and so we are now planning on holding the Osprey Short Film Awards in September.

We'll announce more details of the event closer to the time, when it will also hopefully be clearer what restrictions may still be in place.

The judges have selected the 12 films below from film makers of different ages, covering a range of subjects and genres and we're looking forward to be able to eventually share them with you.

2021 Official Selection

  • 'Accidental Death' of a Young Black Londoner, The Case of Rashan Charles - Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi
  • After The Rain - Lorna de Mello
  • All In A Day's Work - Jay Gilmour
  • Flames Tear The Soul - Tizzy Canucci
  • Of Friction and Gravity - Richard Skelton
  • Pandemotion - Kit Taylor
  • Shadow of the Mountain - Simon Phelps
  • Surplus Women - Lucy Atkinson
  • The Catfish Club - BFI Film Academy 19-20 with Signal Film and Media
  • The Love Song Of T. S. Eliot - Kitty Handley
  • The Not So Super Man - Joel Sheldrake
  • What Goes 'round... - Joshua Alexander
More details to follow

What are the Ospreys?

Each year at the festival we celebrate local film making by showing a selection of short films. A panel of judges select the very best of these films and reward the talented film makers the prestigious Osprey awards. At the screening the audience also vote for their favourite film to win the Audience Award.

“I feel it's very important for those of us who are established in films to make sure that we put ourselves out to encourage the next link in the chain. It's not difficult to put oneself out and it was greatly enjoyable watching their films and sharing their pleasure at the awards.”
John Hurt, 2012

Filmmakers Network

As well as showcasing great short films we also hope the Ospreys will provide opportunities for film makers to meet each other and possibly collaborate on future projects. We have created a group on Facebook called the Osprey Filmmakers Network which we invite you to join if you have entered or film in the past of are thinking of doing so in the future, or perhaps you'd like to get involved in some other way.

Osprey Filmmakers Network: http://bit.ly/OspreysNet

Partners & Sponsors

The Osprey Short Film Awards at Keswick Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.

If you'd like to sponsor the Osprey Short Film Awards or supply any prizes then please contact us.

Osprey Short Film Awards

Previous Programmes

A selection of previous festival programme covers

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All programme and film details are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.