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22 November 2016

Sarah Clift wins WFTV & A+E’s Lifetime Shorts Competition

Sarah Clift is the overall winner of the Lifetime Shorts Competition for UK women filmmakers, as announced at the winners’ event at London’s Curzon Soho (22 Nov).

Clift’s film, La Madre Buena (The Good Mother), which tells of a Mexican woman’s quest to find a Donald Trump piñata for her son’s birthday party, was the unanimous choice of the judging panel.

Presenting the award and £10,000 prize money, judges Heather Jones, UK General Manager of A+E Networks, and actress and producer Michelle Collins praised Sarah for an “outstanding, quirky and very funny film”.

Sarah has worked in commercial media as a creative director for 18 years, in London and Paris. She recently began writing and directing for film, and La Madre Buena is her debut short. The topical film has already won five gold awards at the Kinsale Short Film Festival – including Best Writing and Best International New Director – and drawn attention from The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, The Monocle and the BBC. Sarah is actively involved in Free The Bid, a groundbreaking initiative that champions more female directors in the commercial landscape.

La Madre Buena was one of seven winning shorts chosen from 200 entries in the UK competition run in partnership with Women in Film & TV UK. The competition is part of Lifetime’s global Broad Focus initiative to celebrate and promote the work of women behind the camera.

The other six winners, whose films were also shown at the Curzon event, each received £1k prize money and one year’s complimentary membership of WFTV, are:
  • Adara Todd for Twiddly Things
  • Charlotte Regan for Standby
  • Lauren Morton for 3,217
  • Megan K. Fox for GIRL
  • Rosie Gaunt-Mathieson for Raymond
  • Ruth Sewell for Countryphile
Kate Kinninmont, CEO of WFTV, congratulated all the winners on the high standard of their work: “The range and quality of all the films is truly astonishing, and proves that there is no shortage of talented women writers and directors in the UK today. More power to them all!”

All seven films will now be broadcast on Lifetime (Sky 156, Virgin 208/209, BT 329, TalkTalk 329) at 10pm on 30 Nov, available to stream for free exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema from 23-29 Nov and showcased on lifetimetv.co.uk.