AND THE WINNERS ARE...
Congratulations to our 2013 Virgin Media Shorts winners, Nimer Rashed and John McPhail, who were crowned at the glitzy, glamorous, champagne-soaked Awards Ceremony at the BFI IMAX.
A massive well done to the Grand Prize Winner Nimer Rashed and his lovely, heart-felt short, Touch. Nimer walked away with a cool £30,000 worth of funding towards his next film and will receive expert mentoring from the BFI. He also joins the ranks of Jennifer Sheridan, Jason Wingard, Oscar Sharp, Luke Snellin and Phil Samson and Olly Williams.
Meanwhile, John McPhail, in a Virgin Media Shorts first, picked up both the Nikon People's Choice Award AND the TiVo Award for his feel-good rom-com, Just Say Hi. John has bagged himself £5,000 towards his next film, another £5,000 of top-of-the-range Nikon camera equipment, and of course, guidance from the BFI.
Now we've recovered from the free bar and copious amount of posh finger foods at our disposal, we'd like to thank every single one of the 862 filmmakers who entered. Rest assured you've all got a friend for life in Virgin Media Shorts! A huge thanks also to our judges, curation panel and everyone who helped make this year's Virgin Media Shorts competition as big as ever.