A big thank you to everyone that entered our Barn Owl Mini-Film Award – BOMFA – competition, to our wonderful judges, the generous businesses that donated our prizes and to the talented Tansy Barton from Plymouth College of Art who made our unique trophies.
Entrants were asked to make a short film that would raise awareness of the iconic Barn Owl. Our panel of judges included TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, Robbie Hill, creative director of Hilltribe Media and Barn Owl Trust trustee Kevin Keatley, wildlife photographer and MD of Wildlife Watching Supplies and wildlife photographer Russell Savory. The competition was organised by the Barn Owl Trust and ran from 1st May until the 16th December 2016.
Congratulations to our fantastic winners in each category, their trophies and prizes are on the way – they are:
Open category – James Soden for The Last Quarter – ‘a strong environmental message about the current landscape, which is about to be destroyed…’ ‘A Very Strong story indeed’
The judges would also like to commend Beau Eastman for The Sound of Silence – ‘shot beautifully, it’s technically well made, it’s short enough to hold attention yet it also tells a story in those short few minutes. It certainly raises awareness of Barn Owls.’ ‘Good story, nice look to film’
Amateur – Brian Woodford for A Brief Encounter – ‘These are some lovely encounters with a Barn Owl in a beautiful location.’ ‘Filmed in the best light for Barn Owls’
Young film-maker – Jack Farrell for Jack’s Barn Owl Animation – ‘SUPERB! The bit where the owlet produces a pellet is absolute gold. It must have taken him ages; it’s got a clear message.’ ‘Loved this little film, Great message’.