A Family Affair wins SMHAFF jury prize

Film is "deeply sensitive," says Richard Warden.

by Jennie Kermode

A Family Affair
A Family Affair

The Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for 2016 has been awarded to A Family Affair, it was revealed today. Director Richard Warden described the film, which chronicles one man's attempts to make sense of his family's past, as "deeply sensitive" and "one of most accomplished documentaries I've ever seen."

"I am extremely honoured: it means so much to me that the film doesn't only resonate with me but it resonates with, well, in fact, total strangers - with other people who might have similar experiences or similar stories," said director Tom Fassaert, who is looking forward to visiting Scotland to attend the festival.

The prize for best feature in the drama category went to Czech film David, which explores a troubled young man's attempt to become independent of his parents. Families were also a theme in Lima, which won Best Animation, and crISIS, winner of Best Short Drama, which tells the story of a father and son trying to cope with bereavement in Baghdad.

The rest of the awards were as follows:-

  • Best Short Documentary - One Foot In Reality
  • Best Youth Project - Talk It Out
  • Experimental Award - Shoulder The Lion
  • Human Rights Award - #MyEscape
  • Anti-Stigma Award - TRANSition
  • Voices Of Experience Award - I Wish I Was That Bird

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