National park hosts awards

JPCT 140313 Scenic. South Downs. Chanctonbury Ring. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 140313 Scenic. South Downs. Chanctonbury Ring. Photo by Derek Martin

Amateur filmmakers have snagged awards for their short film submissions to mark the South Downs National Park’s second birthday.

Three winners, who shot their amateur films on location in the South Downs, were picked by a panel of judges and presented with their awards at the ‘My South Downs’ ceremony on Tuesday, April 16.

Prizes were presented by Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, at Cowdray Hall in Easebourne.

A personal tale about a young man and his dog won first prize that includes £500.

Jason Eade’s film, ‘Up on the Downs’, uses a creative mixture of film and animation to tell the story of his dog’s recovery from a car accident and how much they now both enjoy their daily walks in the South Downs National Park.

He said: “I go up there every day so it’s an area I know really well. I thought it would be a good idea to show people my perspective of the South Downs. To be honest I never really expected to win. This is my first film.”

Competition judge, Hugh Bonneville, said: “Jason’s film drew me in to his story.

“He has found a creative way to express the inspiration that many of us feel when we’re up on the South Downs.”

Second prize and £300 have been awarded to ‘Cuckmere Haven’ by Chris Conil.

The judges were impressed with the technical quality and energy of Chris’ film capturing a kayaking adventure at Cuckmere Haven.

Competition judge, Emily Kyriakides, said: “Chris’ film is such a wonderful advert for adventure in this iconic part of the National Park. I was impressed with how he had captured the energy of the activity and then settled into a more contemplative and relaxing mood. He has a very strong technique and kept my interest with a good variety of shots.”

Third prize and £100 have been given to ‘Party Political Broadcast’ in which Amanda Sangorski gives an entertaining dog’s-eye view of the South Downs National Park encouraging more people to take their dogs out and explore.

Competition judge, Rebecca Watkin, said: “The idea of using old family photos gives the film a sense of history.”

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