FEO got 2016 off to a great start by actively supporting the first ever Rank Foundation’s Gongs at Kardomah94. The response from regional film makers and award supporters has been excellent with nearly 80 submissions for eight award categories.
Panels of cultural creatives and enthusiasts, including FEO’s Chief Executive Jan Brumby assessed the entries prior to the selection of shortlisted and winning entries.
All submissions were celebrated in a week long Gong-fest at Kardomah 94 during January 2016, with the winning Gongs presented at a Gala Celebration event on 16th January. Categories included Documentary, Animation, Drama, Music and Comedy. A special achievement Gong was also presented to BAFTA winning film maker and FEO member Chris Hees - well done Chris!
The Gongs are sponsored by the Rank Foundation and individual awards are supported by local organisations who support and encourage the making of films and creative industry in our local area. FEO was delighted to support the ‘Message’ Gong, which saw 18 excellent submissions covering topics ranging from Autism, Stroke-awareness, litter, mental health, property development, art galleries and firearms. The winner was Paul leeson-Taylor’s film, Dirty Nails - All Weapons are Firearms.
We really do need to encourage film making in this area as it can boost the local economy in a big way. There’s so much talent in the Hull and Humber region, not to mention the wealth of picturesque filming locations.
We look forward to following the progress of our up and coming film makers in the years to come and would like to say a special thank you to organiser Malcolm Scott.