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21 May 2018

Nespresso Talents Short Film Competition – 2018 Winners

Over the Spring, Nespresso ran a short film competition aimed at emerging filmmakers, inviting them to highlight the achievements of women.

WFTV Chief Executive Kate Kinninmont was part of an all-female jury (pictured right) which also included Caroline Norbury of Creative England, producer and ex-WFTV Chair Liz Karlsen, former WFTV mentee and director Christiana Ebohon-Green and Eva Pederzini, Managing Director of Nespresso UK.

Hundreds of submissions were whittled down to a final ten and some remarkable stories were told. Three finalists received financial awards with the top prize going to Frehiwot, an extraordinary film about the Camden-based Ethiopian artist Frehiwot Healer who triumphed with her powerful art even as she fought homelessness and mental illness.

The joint runners-up were Who Would Have Thought… and Everyday Struggles .

Who Would Have Thought… is an inspirational account of Neomi Bennett, an NHS auxiliary nurse who struggled through early difficulties and single-parenthood to professional triumph as she invented the Neo-slip, which helps patients put on the tight, elasticated stockings which combat deep vein thrombosis. As a result Neomi appeared on Dragon’s Den and was invited to 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. The transformation from a troubled young woman to a confident professional, inventor and inspirational role model went to the heart of what Nespresso Talents is all about.

Everyday Struggles is an entertaining territorial battle between a male and female which makes its point without any need of dialogue. It also makes excellent use of the smart phone format.