Winners of Purbeck Shorts 2021

Congratulations to all the winners of The Purbeck Film Festival Shorts Competition 2021 at The Mowlem. Here is a summary of awards:

Audience Award for Best Animation.
To Fit In.
Lili Giacobino.

Audience Award for Best Film.
The Man at the Bottom of the Garden.
Paul Blinkhorn.

David Holman Award, for Best Student Film.
True Colours.
Hanna Lea Wyttenbach.

Judges’ Award.
Keith Allott.

Special mention
Good Gully.
Calum Avery.

Stephen Ashwell.

Paul Blinkhorn and Stephen Ashwell

Congratulations to winners Paul Blinkhorn and Stephen Ashwell


Judges 2021

Betsan Morris Evans
Betsan has over 35 years’ experience in the film and TV industry as a Director and Producer. She directed numerous successful TV series such as Band of Gold and Waking the Dead alongside single films; Spoonface Steiberg by Lee hall and Dad Savage for the cinema. She also works as a Commercials Director.

Recent TV she has produced includes Zadie Smith’s NW, War of the Worlds and Ridley Road.

Deborah Paige
Deborah trained and worked as an actress, before directing in the mid 80’s. Following work as a director at The Bristol Old Vic and the Soho Theatre Co she was then appointed artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse, followed by The Sheffield Crucible, where productions included the stage premiere of Brassed Off which transferred to The National Theatre.

She has worked as a freelance director at theatres such as The Lyceum, Hampstead Theatre and the Old Vic. As well as in drama schools in London

Deborah is currently vice-chiar of the Director’s Charitable Foundation and a co-chair of The Mowlem Theatre.

Neil Ramjee
Neil Ramjee is the Community Manager for the Watershed led Film Hub South West & West Midlands, one of nine Film Hubs around the UK that are part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), Neil worked in both the community and commercial cinema exhibition sectors for the past decade. He is passionate about the medium of film and the array of stories outside of the mainstream, having written for several film outlets and featured on popular podcasts, with an ear to help casual viewers break into films outside of the multiplex mould.

Jeff Baggott
Having spent 20 years in the film and TV industry, Jeff moved into arts funding, later becoming Head of Northern Media School in Sheffield. He became Dean of Faculty for Media at AUB, where he established the Framestore Outpost and degrees in special effects, and in 2017 he became Professor Emeritus in Cinematics.

Rob Dartnall
Rob has been Chair of judges of the Purbeck Shorts Competition forover a decade. He has a background as a producer and film maker of documentary films. In more recent years he has held lecturing posts both in Edinburgh and at Bournemouth and Poole College. He loves the film-making process and values the opportunity to encourage and inspire emerging new talent.

We are also assisted by Ben Desmond.  A short film director and former entrant to the Purbeck Shorts, described by Mark Kermode as “a talented young filmmaker on the rise……”

The David Holman Award
Very much neither last nor least we wish to commemorate the anonymous years spent as a member and trustee of Purbeck Film Festival, David Holman. Internationally acclaimed playwright and scriptwriter, David’s whole career was in Theatre and film, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of both and a modesty that belied the many international celebrities with whom he worked, including Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Rush etc . David donated the student prize each year at the festival but did not wish his name to be public. It is with great sadness, love and gratitude that we rename this prize The David Holman Award for Best Student Short Film.