Europe's finest independent filmmakers were celebrated in style in London last week.
Cannes in a Van, the four-wheeled champion of independent filmmaking, celebrated Europe's finest indie filmmakers at the Van d’Or Awards For Independent Film 2012, powered by Ford, in London recently. This year’s recipients received their awards from legendary film critic Barry Norman in front of a packed audience of film fans and leading industry figures.
The award for Best Film was won by Calum Macdiarmid for 82, a drama in which a disillusioned postman lets us into his dark world in quiet suburbia that beat more than 150 entries from independent filmmakers across Europe.
Each of the 15 Van d’Or Award categories was judged by a panel of experts from the independent film world including Gurinder Chadha OBE, award-winning director of Bend It Like Beckham; Samantha Waite, Oscar-nominated producer of Wish 143.
The Van d’Or Awards included the new Ford 'Student Film in Transit Award' for full-time film students, with a £10,000 prize fund, that was won by Gentrification.
The winning films will receive further exposure as Cannes in a Van takes to the road during the rest of 2012 and into 2013, presenting the movies from its shiny new Transit at a series of shows through the year including film festivals, movie theatres and other events.
For more information head to vandorawards2012.fordmedia.eu