The second annual edition of the awards was held on 10 January 2019 at the birthplace of British cinema, the Regent Street Cinema, celebrating both independent and commercial filmmakers.
Starting with live screenings at the Old Street Gallery throughout the day, the red carpet started in the evening, followed by the awards, networking event and after party at The Cuckoo Club. The event also included a champagne reception, a guest musical interlude and guest celebrity presenters.
The jury included Karen Bryson MBE, Kacey Ainsworth, Chizzy Akudolu, Kevin Guthrie, Elliot Cowan, Iain Glen, Simon Merrells, Victoria Yeates, Josh Herdman, Ben Lamb, Laura Main, Tamzin Merchant, Christina Cole and Charlotte Ritchie.
This year’s awards were given in the following categories: Best Short, Best Feature, Best Feature no budget, Best Featurette, Best Documentary, Best music video, Best Experimental, Best series, Best Animation, Best actor, Best actress, Best actor/actress under 18, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Special Effects, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Scenography, Best Producer, and Best trailer.
The Best of the Year award was given to ‘Madre’ by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Best Actress was Marisa Tomei for her part in ‘Laboratory Conditions’, the Best Actor award was attributed to Billy Zane for his role in ‘Lucid’ by Adam Morse, who also won Best Director and Best Feature.
David Vacher, Director of Commercial Services at the University, said about the event: “The night was a great success and couldn’t have been so without the help of all the professional services support for this prestigious event.”
The awards were created by Italian director Marco Recalchi, Irish actor and producer Jason Matthewson, and Antony Reolon in partnership with The Old Film Farm, iKona Films and Skyup Academy. They were created to showcase the best upcoming and seasoned filmmakers, giving them a place to have their work screened and awarded.
The Gold Movie Awards celebrate both independent and commercial film and television across all genres. Last year’s Gold Movie Awards saw the success of ‘The Silent Child’, which won in the Best of the Year category and went on to win Best Live Action Short in the 2018 Academy Awards.