2017 Award Winners

Winner: Black Comedy - Luigi Pane


A rough and seasoned playwright and his young, bright and good-looking companion are the opposite sides of the same mirror. The couple is together in life and also in this “black comedy”. A young journalist will follow their story and, through a series of puns and verbal exchanges, they will break the wall that separates reality from fiction. 

Black Comedy

Runner Up: Me, Baby & the Alligator - Bob Olivier & Jean Faucher


A young couple lives in their old truck with a full sized alligator. When they stop to eat at a roadside cantina in rural Mexico, the Colonel who runs the town takes a threatening interest in the lady, which he comes to regret when he meets the couple’s traveling companion. The form is magic realism. The story is sung and narrated by the young man.

Hand drawn charcoal animation on paper.

Jean Faucher

Bob Olivier

Audience Choice: The Day My Gran Rode a Rollercoaster - Jamie Scrutton


This stop motion animation is about an elderly woman's nightmare experience on a rollercoaster ride. This animation recently premiered at The Showroom Shorts Film Night in Sheffield. Soundtrack composed by Jay Man.

Jamie Scrutton on Vimeo

Awards Ceremony 2017

6pm, Sunday 5 February, Opera House

Join us as we award the winners of our first Black and White Short Film Competition.

We are delighted to have received submissions from across the globe, this includes films from Japan, Iran, Italy, Israel, USA, Canada and Switzerland.

opera-houseAll shortlisted entries will be screened as part of this special event at the Blackpool Winter Gardens Opera House, a unique venue, built in 1939 as a cine-variety theatre, combining a super cinema with a world class stage for theatrical performance. The venue, with a capacity of just under 3000 is the second largest in the UK and the only venue of this type and size to hold permanent HD/Surround Sound cinema capability. As if that weren’t enough, the Opera House is the last word in Art Deco luxury with a number of spectacularly designed rooms and spaces straight out of the Hollywood Glamour era.


All entries are competing to win Blackpool’s Golden Seagull award with a cash prize of £500. There will be two additional awards: Runner Up and the People’s Choice Award.

2017 Film Shortlist

  • Black Comedy –  Luigi Pane
  • Me, Baby and the Alligator – Jean Faucher
  • Hollamby’s Hill – Joe Gilbert
  • Hole – Qian Zhuang
  • Silence –  Hamish Downie
  • The Day my Gran Rode a Rollercoaster – Jamie Scrutton
  • The Key to Life – Peter Mottram

See the director biographies

This is a free event, so please make sure that you book your ticket soon!
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