The Lift-Off Season Awards 2015

Awarding the teams and personalities behind some of the best indie work Lift-Off has showcased in 2015. Voted for by our 2015 Selection Committee, head programmers, and shortlisted by our global audiences.

The Lift-Off Cities provided our long lists, our programming teams shortlisted the nominations, and our selection committee picked the winners. A packed out evening at Pinewood Studios saw hundreds of indie film supporters come out for what was truly a magical night to remember!

Nominees and Winners

Best Live Action Narrative

The Way of Tea by Marc Fouchard
A Complicated Way to Live by Ged Hunter
CONTRAPELO by Gareth Dunnet Alcocer
AERIS by Tijmen Veldhuize
Sty by Árpád Hermán

Winner: The Way of Tea

Best Documentary

Francis B. Griffin by Paul Griffin
Mr X by Alex Nicholson
Tickle the Ivories by Glenn Hanstock
Alex-Incomplete Faith by Nikolas Migut
A Way of Life by Tian Ji & Adrian Lo

Winner: Alex-Incomplete Faith.

Best Cinematography

Thomas Collard for The Way of Tea
Ben Fordesman for Ramona Flowers, Tokyo
Ewan Mulligan for Be Now
Carolina Costa for CONTRAPELO

Winner: Thomas Collard – The Way of Tea.

Best Art Direction

Him Upstairs – Martin McLeod, Gemma Wasley and Dawn Hamer
A Complicated Way to Live – Kol Taylor and Jamie Bridson
När Tårarna Fallit (When Tears Have Fallen) – Henrik Henziger
Sty – Vera Várszegi

Winner: Him Upstairs

Best Music Video

Ramona Flowers, Tokyo by Bouha Kazmi
Fåån (Valsaland) by Goblin Mikkanen
Gabrielle – MORE by Kristoffer Klunk

Winner: Gabrielle – MORE

Best Animation

Nine by Wanichaya Phraejunya, Chawalit Kaewmanee
The Apple Tree by Scott Storm
Let’s be practical by Madison Lovely

Winner: Nine

Best Post-Production

Francis B. Griffin by Paul Griffin
The Way of Tea by Coban Beutelstetter
Acoustic Kitty by Jennifer Sheridan
Sty by Judit Czakó

Winner: The Way of Tea by Coban Beutelstetter

Best Actor

Thea Beyleveld for I Want to be Happy Cha Cha Cha
Hasam Ghancy for The Way of Tea
Magdalena McNab for När Tårarna Fallit (When Tears Have Fallen)
Shane Teasdale for A Six and Two Threes
Shaun Dooley for Cowboy Ben

Winner: Hasam Ghancy

Best Acting Ensemble

Him Upstairs - Gwen Taylor, Ricky Tomlinson, Michelle Butterly, Kieron Richardson
The Stomach - Simon Meacock, Ben Bishop, Peter Marinker, Kiki Kendrick, Neil Newbon, Jennie Lathan
Cowboy Ben – Sarah Archer, Lindsey Campbell, Paul Dellow, Paul Potter, Shaun Dooley, Billy, James Machin, Carlos Pires, Brian Leaford, Frederick Schmidt, Ramon Tikaram
Acoustic Kitty – Ben Willbond, Katherine Ryan, Cristian Solimeno, Andrew Bicknell, David Calvitto, Jeff Fahey
Murmur – Lucy Russell, Olivia Morgan, Andrew Squires

Winner: the cast of Acoustic Kitty.