Last Friday saw the The Van d’Or Awards which showcased the best new talent in independent films. Brought to you by ‘Cannes in a Van’ which was set up in 2006 to give exposure to independent films throughout the country. Each year they travel from London over to Cannes for the film festival in order to promote alternatives from the back of the van.
This year’s awards ceremony was bigger and better than ever, with 15 different awards. Five films were then shortlisted for The Van d’Or Award for Best Film. Winner of both The Best Film Award and The Best Drama Award went to 82 a short which focuses on the dark life of a postman in the suburbs (played by Nick Moran). 82 has been a firm favourite with many film festivals this year, winning The Audience Award at the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival back in July.
Director Calum MacDiarmid must be thrilled with the success it has received so far. 1883 met with Calum when he had just won The Best Newcomer Award for his film Worship at the Ruses Soho Festival in 2011. As a photographer and illustrator he also did the photographs for our ‘I was alone’ shoot in Issue 3. To see the shoot or to read the interview with Calum, Issue 3, A New Dawn is available to purchase now. Just follow the link below:
Words by Chloe Smith