Film and TV Funding Award Winners

Mirror Mirror on the Wall | Sascha Schöeberl (2018 Winner)

Disappearing Village | Megumi Inman (2018 Second Award)

Hope Frozen | Pailin Wedel (2017 Winner)

Hope Frozen

Silent Men | Duncan Cowles (2017 Second Award)

We Were Kings | Alex Bescoby & Max Jones (2016 Winner)

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Americaville | Adam Smith (2016 Second Award)

We Were Kings | Alex Bescoby & Max Jones (2016 Winner)

Alex Bescoby and Max Jones were the first ever recipient of our £80,000 Funding Award for their project We Were Kings. Focusing on the forgotten monarchy of Myanmar, this documentary follows a family who have spent a century living incognito in their own homeland. After King Thibaw’s death, the country was plunged into decades of civil war and in order to stay out of prison (or at least alive) the royals were forced to hide their identities. Now after an extraordinary year of change, King Thibaw’s great-grandson will attempt to reunite his kin and bring the king’s body back to its righteous homeland.

The world premiere of We Were Kings took place at the British Library in partnership with Open City Documentary Festival in September 2017, and the Myanmar premiere was held in Mandalay in November 2017. The film has been broadcast on television channels across the world. Visit Grammar Productions for more information.

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Hope Frozen | Pailin Wedel (2017 Winner)

The 2017 Funding Award prize was awarded to Thai-American filmmaker Pailin Wedel for her documentary,  Hope Frozen. What happens when a Buddhist scientist from Bangkok decides to freeze his daughter’s brain? When laser scientist Sahatorn’s baby daughter tragically dies of cancer, he invests in a dream of the future that one day she will be awoken and given another chance of life. A tale of grief and scientific progress, this is the story of how a 2 year old girl became the youngest human ever to be cryopreserved. You can watch the trailer here.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall | Sascha Schöberl (2018 Winner)

A Chinese plastic surgeon and self-proclaimed artist seizes the spotlight for never-seen-before performances. This is a modern tale about vanity and self- glorification as well as an extreme investigation into humanity set against the backdrop of China today. 

Director: Sascha Schöberl is a German director and DP based in Beijing. He holds a degree in film making arts from the London Middlesex University. As DP he has worked for a wide variety of feature length documentaries. As a director, Mirror Mirror on the Wall is his feature length debut.

Judge Harriet Armston-Clarke said: “Mirror Mirror on the Wall really gets ‘under the skin’ of our beauty-obsessed world, putting selfie-culture on the operating table and calling into question the impact this is having on us all – both as individuals and society.

 

Director: Sascha Schöberl
Production Companies: DOCDAYS Productions GmbH (Germany), CNEX Foundation Limited (China)

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Disappearing Village | Megumi Inman (2018 Second Award)

A 300-year-old Japanese village is on the brink of extinction. But can sake, Japan’s national sacred drink, save it from disappearing forever? 

Director: Megumi Inman is a British-Japanese filmmaker with experience making documentaries for both UK and Japanese broadcasters including the BBC and NHK. 

Director: Megumi Inman
Production Company: Sweet Take Studios (UK)

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Americaville | Adam Smith (2016 Second Award)

Adam Smith’s first feature documentary, Americaville, tells the story of a community in China. A large group of residents of Beijing who have escaped an increasingly uninhabitable city to live out their American Dreams in the Chinese replica of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

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Silent Men | Duncan Cowles (2017 Second Award)

Silent Men is the first documentary by Scottish filmmaker Duncan Cowles. A frank and at times humorous look at masculinity and its role in society, the film will investigate the cultural norms and social conditioning that render suicide the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and that make men three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent. Silent Men is a road-trip around the UK with Duncan Cowles, who hopes to find answers to his increasing fear of being intimate with those closest to him. 

 

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