The judges announce the shortlist for the entries to NCC’s Eat My Shorts Film Competition.

And the Nominees are...

Over lockdown, NCC launched for the first time a short film competition. The challenge was to create a 2-minute U/G certificate film, any genre, any topic. What better way to make the most of being stuck at home.

When entries closed at the end of October, the four judges - Campbell Miller, Dr Jennie Carlsten, Maria Brennan and Niamh McGrady – rated all of the entries on the creativity and execution used to achieve each film’s aim.

Seven films rose to the top and are on the shortlist in contention for 4 prizes:
Fibrus General Category Prizes - 1 st prize of £300 of WEX vouchers, 2 nd prize of £150 of WEX vouchers and 3rd prize of £75 of WEX vouchers.

Into Film special prize of £300 of WEX vouchers for the Best Film Made by a Young Filmmaker.

The four winners will be announced at an invitation-only online meeting on 6 December 2020 and then on here and in NCC’s Facebook and Twitter.
All seven shortlisted films will be screened on the big screen at a special celebration of short film NCC’s Full Moon Film Festival in the new year…. when cinemas open again.

winner - 2020 eat my shorts

The Watchers

by Ayeitia Mack

This Film Noir short follows a detective through the streets of Newcastle, but who is following him?
Judge’s comment: ‘Newcastle Harbour looks fabulous in black and white. I thought this was shot really nicely and was an original and creative idea


Danny Buoy 

by Robin Cordiner

A documentary about how Dundrum villagers built Danny Buoy - a St Ayles Skiff - to reconnect with the sea and also launch the winning Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club.
Judge’s comment: ‘A tender and lovely film’



by Laura Barr

A magical tale of a young girls passion for Irish Dancing which sees her battling the elements to make her dream come true.

Judge’s comment: ‘Good camera work, lovely story and relatable, everyone has a dream. Good use of a phone I believe

winner 'into film' schools category 


by Toby Coole

Toby loves ping pong but has no one to play with during lockdown until an unexpected opponent arrives.
Judge’s comment: ‘The story was coherent, the music was well chosen and the actor’s performance was good, but it was the clever editing which really made this film work

shortlisted finalists...

Everesting Donard 

by Harry Thompson

A documentary about Ian Bailey’s attempt in the Mourne Mountains to break the world record for the fastest time to run the equivalent height of Everest.
Judge’s comment: ‘This film started strong, and made use of establishing shots, camera angles, and captions to tell its story

Last Steps

by Jack Auld

A young man’s descent into delirium as he escapes from foe unknown unaware of his wounds.
Judge’s comment: ‘Visually impressive with good score. Lots of attention to detail

Not Everything Online is True

by Precious Umeh

An animation about Sofia. During lockdown Sofia is bored. She wants a new hairstyle but all the hairdressers are closed, so she makes her own hair dye.
Judge’s comment: ‘Good use of camera angles and great story for this time

A Word from our Sponsor....

NCC is delighted to be sponsored by Fibrus for both the Eat My Shorts Film Competition and the Full Moon Film Festival in November.

This is what Joe Diver, Fibrus Marketing Manager, said: “We are proud to be both associated and sponsoring the Full Moon Film Festival in Newcastle.  Film has been a part of all our lives, with lots of memories made at the cinema, or going back to the drive-in days, and while how we view those films has changed over the years, the enjoyment we all get from them remains the same. 

Our recent investment of £100m has brought Hyperfast Full Fibre Broadband to Newcastle and other rural towns across Northern Ireland and will enable homes to stream HD or 4K TV and watch live events without buffering. 

This means everyone can continue to watch their favourite films, either at fantastic events like the annual Film Festival or at home without the frustration of slow speeds when downloading their favourite movie.  On a personal level, I am really looking forward to seeing the entries for the ‘Eat My Shorts’ Competition, and how creative the people of Ireland are, as well, of course, as finding out the line-up for the festival itself.”

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