Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival Jury and Prize announced

26 Jun, 2014 Posted in: Awards, Careers, Festivals, News, Short films, Talent

A short film competition is to be judged by Danny Boyle, Clio Barnard, Sally El Hosaini and Dexter Fletcher, with the top prize being a one-on-one mentoring session with Danny Boyle.

Shuffle Festival

July 30 to August 4 sees London’s most urban woodlands in Tower Hamlets’ Cemetery Park become a festival of film, music and arts, with a short film competition judged by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), BAFTA Award-nominated director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant), award-winning director Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil) and actor and director Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith, Wild Bill).

Shorts can win prizes in three categories. The winner of the Science and the Imagination category gets a trip to California including a virtual reality session and visit to Google HQ in Silicon Valley, while the winner of The City category gets a one-on-one mentoring session with Danny Boyle, and the winner of the Young Filmmakers under 25 category gets a five-day lighting package for their next film.

Danny Boyle says “Shuffle is the most fun anyone can have in a graveyard in Mile End. The point of the festival is to help build a stronger community and campaign for permanently affordable housing in the area, so please do come on by.” The artistic director of the festival, Kate MacTiernan, adds: “This year, Danny Boyle and Shuffle Festival have created a new film prize, to recognise up-and-coming talent as well as celebrate the art of the short film – where concept, idea, character and visual execution must be realised quickly and concisely. We are thrilled that Danny Boyle will judge the competition and offer his expertise to the winner.”

Last year’s guests at Shuffle included Jarvis Cocker, Nic Roeg, Martin McDonagh, Julien Temple, Brian Cox, Tim Key, Underworld and Mark Kermode, with this year’s films and guests to be announced in due course.

Shuffle takes place from 30th July 2014 – 4th August 2014


Timothy Spall wins Best Actor for Mr. Turner at Cannes

24 May, 2014 Productions Posted in: Awards, Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, News

We’re delighted to report than Timothy Spall has taken the Best Actor prize at Cannes 2014 for his portrayal of the titular character in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall as Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall as Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall has won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s much-lauded biopic Mr. Turner, which is proudly backed by Film4. Tessa Ross, Head of Film4, said: “Huge congratulations to Tim for this wonderful, well-deserved recognition from the Cannes jury. Mike has done something truly exceptional with this beautiful and evocative film, at the heart of which lies an astonishing central performance from Tim Spall. We’ve seen such an exciting range of British talent and work showcased on the Croisette this year, and to have a British actor take home this prize is an honour the whole industry can celebrate.”

Leigh’s J.M.W. Turner biopic is his fifth film to be selected in competition at Cannes Film Festival, with his previous Palme d’Or win being awarded for his 1996 feature Secrets & Lies. Alongside Mr. Turner Film4 had two other films selected for this year’s Cannes: Mike Leigh’s Jimmy’s Hall played in competition, whilst Daniel Wolfe’s debut feature Catch Me Daddy was selected for Director’s Fortnight.

Film4 also unveiled a slate of films at the festival, including Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Todd Haynes’ Carol and Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette. Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. It develops and co-finances films with an annual budget of £15 million and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK.

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady; critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This Is England, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant; and the most successful British comedy at the UK box office, Ben Palmer’s The Inbetweeners Movie. Recent releases includes Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.



Oscar winner Steve McQueen visits Channel 4 HQ

12 Mar, 2014 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards

Earlier today Steve McQueen visited Channel 4 HQ and was greeted by the whole company, with staff gathering to congratulate him on his Best Picture win for 12 Years A Slave.

Tessa and Steve at C4

Steve McQueen and Tessa Ross

Rapturous applause and huge cheers greeted Steve as he walked through the doors as he waved his Oscar for all on the balconies to see.


Steve has worked with Film4 since his first feature film Hunger, followed by Shame and now the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave. It was an incredibly proud moment for everyone at the channel as he brought his Oscar home.

David Abraham Lord Terry Burns Tessa Ross Steve McQueen

C4 Chief Executive David Abraham, Chairman Lord Burns, Controller of Film and Drama Tessa Ross and Steve McQueen

Congratulations from all at Channel 4, Steve!

12 Years A Slave wins three Oscars, including Best Picture

03 Mar, 2014 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards, Events

Steve McQueen’s Film4-backed historical drama 12 Years A Slave wins three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

12 Years A Slave

Film4 is celebrating tonight after Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave took home three Academy Awards, including the top award of the night, Best Picture. The film also won Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.

Tessa Ross, Channel 4 Controller of Film and Drama, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon for Steve, Lupita and John, and the whole team on this extraordinary film. From internationally-acclaimed artist to Academy Award-winning filmmaker in just a few years, Steve’s is an astonishing journey, and one that Channel 4 is immensely privileged to have been a part of. He’s an inspiration to so many. It’s Steve’s moment, but the whole of the British film industry should also feel incredibly proud tonight.”

In his acceptance speech, Steve McQueen thanked Film4 and “the great Tessa Ross” for their support. He dedicated the award to “all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today,” adding “everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup.”

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery,12 Years A Slave has been winning plaudits and accolades since its world premiere last year. It’s Film4’s third collaboration with Steve McQueen following on from the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Hunger and Shame.

The Academy Award wins cement Film4’s position as one of the leading supporters of British film. With an annual budget of £15 million, Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.

For further information visit Film4 Productions and follow @Film4Insider for further updates from the Academy Awards ceremony. Steve McQueen’s debut feature film, and first collaboration with Film4, Hunger, will be screening on Film4 channel at 1.35am on Tuesday 4th March.

Audiences vote for Film4-backed films

25 Feb, 2014 Posted in: Awards

Film4 films have garnered a total of 17 nominations across the Empire Magazine and Guardian Film Awards, both voted for entirely by readers, with 12 Years A Slave leading the nominations.

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

We’re delighted to report that Guardian readers have voted for Film4-backed films in six categories for a total of nine nominations in the brand new Guardian Film Awards, a set of awards voted for by members of the general public. 12 Years A Slave is nominated for Best Film, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s lead performance, Best Supporting Actor for Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender’s performances, Biggest Game-changer, Best Line of Dialogue for “Something to eat and some rest; your children will soon enough be forgotten”, Best Scene for Patsy (Lupita Nyong’o) returning with the soap, and last but certainly not least a Best Director nod for Steve McQueen.

A Field In England rounds out the Guardian Film Award nominations for Film4-backed films with a nomination in the Biggest Game-changer category.

Click here to vote for the Guardian Film Awards.

Reece Shearsmith stars in A Field In England

Reece Shearsmith stars in A Field In England

The Jameson Empire Awards, as voted for before by Empire readers, are now in their 19th year and have delivered another great showing for Film4-backed films and talent with eight nominations. 12 Years A Slave continues to be popular with audiences, with six nominations in the Best Film, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress and Best Female Newcomer (both Lupita Nyong’o) categories.

A Field In England also bagged a nomination from Empire readers, in the Best Horror category, while in the Thriller category, there’s a nod for Danny Boyle’s art heist mystery Trance.

Click here to vote for the Jameson Empire Awards.