FrightFest’s Greg Day presents Prano Bailey-Bond with her award Photo: courtesy of Frightfest
Writer/director Prano Bailey-Bond received the Screen Genre Rising Star award last night for her first feature, Censor, at the Frightfest awards ceremony in London's Cineworld Leicester Square. "With this year's shortlist being as strong as ever, it takes a truly special talent to be crowned our Screen International/FrightFest Rising Star of 2021," said Screen''s Nikki Baughan.. "With Censor, writer/director Prano has created a truly exceptional film that leaves an indelible mark on first watch and reveals ever more of itself on multiple viewings; an impressive feat for any filmmaker, let alone one making her feature début,"
This year's shortlist included two other directors and two actors. Eric Steele was nominated for his distinctive vampire story Boy #5, along with Leroy Kincaide for demonic sleep paralysis-themed chiller The Last Rite. April Pearson made the list for her performance in The Kindred, as did Najarra Townsend for her turn in The Stylist, which she also produced.