UKABIF Short Film Award 2017
The 2017 United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Short Film Award is now open for entries.
The aim of the Award is to raise awareness of Acquired Brain Injury and to acknowledge, recognise and reward a film that can inspire and educate all audiences about brain injury and its impact. The film must be a maximum five minutes duration, and is open to UKABIF members and non-members in the UK.
All forms of Acquired Brain Injury can be considered i.e. any injury to the brain which has occurred following birth e.g. Traumatic Brain Injuries such as those caused by trauma (e.g. a blow to the head from a road traffic accident, fall or assault), and non-TBIs related to illness or medical conditions (e.g. encephalitis, meningitis, stroke, substance abuse, brain tumour and hypoxia).
The deadline for entries is the 30th September 2017. The winning entry and two runners-up will be announced at the UKABIF Annual Conference which takes place at the Royal Society of Medicine, London on the 13th November 2017. The winner will receive £750 plus a trophy and the runners-up will each receive £250.
The response to last year’s film award was excellent – there were some amazing entries. We want to encourage entries from everyone involved in the care of people with an Acquired Brain Injury, as well as those individuals with a brain injury and their families or carers.
Members of the judging panel for 2017 will be announced soon!
The winners of 2016’s UKABIF Film Award were:
Runner Up – Jeremiah Humphreys-Piercy for his film ‘Not Your Common Girl’. This film is about Esme, she is is not your common girl – she has acquired brain injury and after prompting from her friend Riley she decides to start a YouTube Channel to raise awareness, share her story and help people understand the effects of the injury she refuses to let define her.
Runner Up – Daniel Linn-Pearl for ‘Not my first Rodeo’. It is estimated that at least half the homeless population have sustained a traumatic brain injury. In 2015, Steph Grant (a brain injury survivor with experience of homelessness) and a research team began exploring how and why some brain injured people become homeless. This film tells the story of one of the men, ‘Michael’, who was interviewed as part of the research, illustrating how his psychological and cognitive problems, combined with a dearth in appropriate support can lead to isolation and becoming ‘lost’ to the system.
An animated or roto-scoped style has been use to highlight the feelings of disassociation which can occur with a brain injury. In this sense the notion of altered perception or reality comes into the foreground, correlating with Michael’s loosened grip on normal everyday life. This is a result of the injury Michael suffered, and the circumstances he is now presented with.
Michael’s story is a painful but not unusual one, yet the interaction between brain injury and homelessness is rarely mentioned in homeless research and policy, leading Michael and others like him to ‘take themselves away’ and become invisible to services and society.
Winner – Alice Duffy for her film ‘The Fence Painter’. Alice’s father, Ian Duffy, suffered two brain haemorrhages in 2012. He now faces long-term neurological and cognitive effects. In this collaborative documentary film, Alice explores how Ian’s experience of every day life has been profoundly transformed by his brain injury.
UKABIF’s 2016 Film Award was kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors – all of the films can be viewed on YouTube by following this link.