Father, Son and the Holy War by Anand Patwardhan wins Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience award

SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

The results of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award were announced on Monday 8 November and we have two winners, following a tie! The Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award is a highly respected award, the winners of which are chosen by the delegates and public who attend the film screenings at Doc/Fest.

The winning films of the 2010 award are Father, Son and the Holy War by Anand Patwardhan and Scenes from a Teenage Killing by Morgan Matthews.

Doc/Fest’s Film Programmer Hussain Currimbhoy comments of the winning films: “Both films are about violence in society and their ties to masculinity so I can’t think of a more relevant set of films to be giving our prize to at this particular moment in time.”

When the directors were informed and were delighted. Anand Patwardhan (Father, Son and Holy War) said of result: “Just heard this fantastic news! Never imagined that people would even bother to vote for an old film from the retro section, let alone vote the way they have. A big thank you to the good people of Sheffield and all the new and old friends of the festival. onwards and into the summer…!”

Director Morgan Matthews also expressed his gratitude for the award: “We have been working on Scenes From a Teenage Killing for nearly two years and were right up to the wire to get it ready for Sheffield. It has been an incredibly powerful and emotional experience making this film and to watch it twice at Sheffield was very cathartic.  We were so moved by the comments and reaction from the audience and this award gives us hope that others who watch the film will be similarly affected. Thank you Sheffield.”

For more information about the winning films go to: sheffdocfest.com/films http://internationaldocumentaryfestivalsheffieldltd.createsend5.com

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