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Join us at the 7th annual IMDb New Filmmaker Award, where we hear from our remarkable industry judges and watch the five shortlisted films. Our judges then choose who will win the £2,000 prize. The finalists are: Facing It by Sam Gainsborough, Gladiators on Wheels by Souvid Datta, Hey You by Jared Watmuff, Tight Spot by Kevin Haefelin, and When Voices Unite by Lewis Coates. There will also be a big moment for Carolyn Goodyear, who won the 2019 IMDb Script to Screen Award back in June. Her winning script, Home Wreckers, has been made into a short film and this is its world premiere.

(includes finger food)

Shortlisted for the 2019 IMDb New Filmmaker Award…

  • Gladiators on Wheels by Souvid Datta. An experimental documentary short made over a one-day shoot in West Bengal’s Poush Mela.
  • Hey You by Jared Watmuff. When two men arrange a hook-up, is who’s top or bottom all they should be worried about.
  • Tight Spot by Kevin Haefelin. Shining the shoes of a walk-in customer, a shiner discovers his client’s dark secret.
  • Facing It by Sam Gainsborough. As a man anxiously awaits a meeting in the local pub, he is forced to explore his own difficult memories and relationships.
  • When Voices Unite by Lewis Coates. In a modern, digital world of fake news, government surveillance, and cyber-crime, it’s important for people to stand up for what they believe in, whatever the consequences.


Col Needham

The CEO of IMDb has watched and rated over 11,000 films. An avid film fan and tech geek, Col always brings insight, laughter, and an infectious enthusiasm to the evening.

Kate Leys

A script and story editor who works on projects at all stages of development, the list of Kate’s work is remarkable. She has worked on everything from Four Weddings and a Funeral to American Animals, Pin Cushion, and Lady Macbeth.

Briony Hanson

British Council’s Director of Film, responsible for promoting UK film internationally, Briony previously directed The Script Factory, and headed Tyneside Cinema and the BFI Programme Unit. Briony is also a frequent film critic for BBC Radio 4’s arts programmes.

James Bobin

Director, writer, and producer, James started out directing Da Ali G Show, went on to co-create Flight of the Conchords, and now directs big-budget features such as The Muppets and the 2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

Rebecca O’Brien

BAFTA-winning film producer, Rebecca has produced many of Ken Loach’s films, including Palme d’Or winners The Wind That Shakes the Barley and I, Daniel Blake. She runs Sixteen Films with Ken Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty.

With huge thanks to both our Gold Stars: IMDb, Earthsong, GWR and BFI Filmhub SW and to our Silver Stars: HSH Motor Group, Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, Bath BID, GoCompere, The Norie Trust, Solitude, FCB Studios, TSL Consulting and No15 Gt Pultney.

Ticket prices

Standard £9
Concession £7