Beer Town is Burton Upon Trent, the spiritual home of brewing.

Aside from world-wide brewing fame, the town has nurtured a host of brilliant creative talent in the film and cinematography world. With legends such as Deborah Haywood, Rich Yeomans and Paddy Considine beginning their filmmaking journey in the brewing capital, there must be something in the water – or the beer!

We’re celebrating local and national talent with a mission to champion new and upcoming filmmakers through the UK.

Marston’s Brewery is proud to unite both the beer and film lineage of the town – in the great filmmaking tradition – with a sequel.



Entries are now closed for the Beertown Film Festival 2019.
Find out more about the categories below:

  • Director’s Selection – Best Overall Film
  • Director’s Selection – Young Filmmaker
  • SHORT FICTION
  • SHORT DOCUMENTARY
  • MUSIC
  • ANIMATED
  • NEW for 2019: MOBILE 61
  • Burton Mail People’s Choice

2019 Winners

Director’s Selection

Winner: Daniel McKee

A short film following the activity of a missing persons phone.
‘if you never answered x’ explores themes of communication, connectivity and loss in the 21st century through the prism of notifications appearing on a phone screen.

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Best Young Filmmaker – Sponsored by Vital

Winner: Ollie Gardner

The Sunday Night Drinkers Club – Four childhood friends are thrown into turmoil when one is diagnosed with a severe form of cancer. Yet, this is not a bleak outlook on the trauma of cancer treatment.

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Short Fiction

Winner: If you never answered x by Daniel McKee

A short film following the activity of a missing persons phone.
‘if you never answered x’ explores themes of communication, connectivity and loss in the 21st century through the prism of notifications appearing on a phone screen.

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Short Documentary

Winner: Masha and Dasha Two Hearts in One by Diana Taylor

Juliet Butler qualified with a degree in Russian. In 1982 she became a journalist in Moscow. She met the world’s most extreme siamese twins Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyapova.

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Music

Winner: Wanna Be Here – Adam French by Blindeye Films

A music promo following three young nomads who find themselves in a self-destructive relationship with each other.

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Animated

Winner: Uki by George Warren and Ieuan Lewis

A short stop frame animation following a lonely Inuit who struggles to survive after an oil tanker leaks oil off the coast of Alaska, killing all the wildlife in the area. A dark comedy about companionship, loneliness and pollution.

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Home-Grown – Burton and South Derbyshire College

Winner: Hooligan by Mitch Brown

‘Hooligan’ is a micro-short mockumentary following Gavin “The Weapon” Wallis, a lifetime Milton FC fan preparing himself for derby day and the BIGGEST fight of his life.

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Mobile 61 – Sponsored by 61 Deep

Winner: Skywatcher by Emeson Nwolie

Skywatcher charts a day in the life of someone who the earth relies upon.
Someone who doesn’t essential don a cape, mutate or have extreme powers but is a hero all the same.

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People’s Choice – Burton Mail

Winner: Vichai had a Dream by Shaun Adey

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2018 Winners

Best Overall Film – Hop D’Or Award
Promo & Advertising (including music videos)

Winner: Blue by Matt Daunt

Music video for Derby based musician, Rob Green filmed in one single take featuring Joe Depsie

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Best Short Fiction

Winner: Spoon Fed by Nick Jones

A story about Ellie, a smart and successful restaurant critic, who has her life turned upside down when she is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

 


Documentary Short

Winner: A Life in Fast Forward by Niall Conroy

A Life in Fast Forward is a documentary about Simon Dayman, a 35-year-old terminal cancer patient who expresses his thoughts on positivity and mortality.

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Animated Short

Winner: 24 Days of Torture by Victoria Jardine and Ines Pagniez

Animation about an advent calendar that tries to protect its beloved chocolates in the run up to Christmas

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People’s Choice – Burton Mail

Winner Time and Time Again by Jack Hale

Intrepid Scientist Krennan builds a time machine to return to the past and save his wife.

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Home Grown – Burton Mail

Winner Needles and Pins by Jade Fovargue

A film about living with crippling social anxiety. Jade is studying Media and Film Production and said that the subject of her film betrays such raw emotions that when her film was first shown to fellow students she couldn’t even stay in the room to watch it.

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Best Young Filmmaker

Winner: Standby by Charlotte Regan

A comedy about friendship and routines entirely set in a police patrol car.

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We’ve comprised a judging panel of local gurus, national heroes and far flung experts to determine the best of the best in your film entries. You can meet the judges below by reading their short bio’s explaining why we chose them and what they will bring to the mix.

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