Last night, Film Devour showcased its 10th short film festival in the Black Box in Belfast. Showing the best local talent in filmmaking, the Black Box put on a total of 20 films for us to enjoy. These ranged from comedies to thrillers and documentaries.

At just £4 for the entrance fee, the place was packed with filmmakers, actors and lovers of film. Once everyone had got a drink and found a seat, the short films began.

As a filmmaker, I found it interesting to see the methods and techniques used in the array of films, as well as their creative concepts.

The fourth film shown was “Poison Tree”, a western made by Focus Productions, directed by Campbell Miller. As part of Focus Productions, it was great to see a film made by the team on the big screen. The film received great feedback throughout the night.

16 films later, we had been on a rollercoaster of emotions, mostly laughing our way through the comedies. The favourite of the night was “Boing”. This short comedy follows a woman left in an awkward situation on a date, after her flat mate leaves her an unfortunate present. The film, directed by Marie Clare Cushinan had the audience roaring with laughter.

At the end of the night, Marie went on stage to receive the prize for the Audience Choice Award for “Boing”.

The final award of the night was the Director’s Choice Award. This was the one all the entries had their eyes on. And the winner of the Director’s Choice Award went to (drum roll)… Campbell Miller for “Poison Tree”.
Overall, the night provided a good laugh for the audience and a great success for the Focus Productions team.

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