The charity film awards have been created to celebrate the success of film in fundraising, to increase exposure of charity films and to encourage donations for good causes.
Two films I produced and directed last year for international development charity Kidasha were finalists at the awards. They had already made it through a public vote and a round of judging so I was pretty overwhelmed to have made it that far.
Kidasha support children living in entrenched poverty in Nepal. I spent time filming with these children and created a series of six films about each of their projects.
One of the films that made the finals followed a day in the life of some glue sniffing street kids in Pokhara and another titled, Escaping Abuse, gave a glimpse into the lives of two girls living in a safe house after escaping trafficking and persistent sexual abuse.
The awards ceremony held at BAFTA hq and hosted by Sally Philips was a great chance to see how other organisations are using film to tell their stories and promote their cause.
A Champagne reception was followed by the ceremony in the auditorium.
Our film Escaping Abuse won a Silver Award in its category. Here’s Janice, Kidasha’s CEO with the awards … and a big BAFTA.
Winning the award is not really about crediting the film maker, its about giving a platform and a voice to a small organisation doing amazing work. I hope the awards do raise the profile of some of the incredible organisations that were showcased last night.
To see the Silver award winning film Escaping Abuse, check out the showreel page or Kidasha where you can also donate. And thanks to Kidasha for allowing me to accompany Janice to the awards!