Midlands Movies Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday June 11th at The Y Theatre in Leicester. These Midlands ‘Oscars’ are a platform to honour the local films released in the previous 12 months. Even with the challenges experienced last year, over 130 completed films were submitted in 2021 and the awards again brought attention to the many amazing local films completed in difficult circumstances.
Click here to view the nominations for its awards across 16 hotly-contested categories. Local writer and actor Steve Oram will be amongst the judges at Leicester‘s The Y Theatre this June as it hosts the sixth annual Midlands Movies Awards. Steve Oram is a star of TV and film, with roles in Paddington, The World’s End, Line of Duty and Dr Who, and his breakthrough came in award-winning comedy ‘Sightseers’, directed by Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, Netflix’s Rebecca).
Midlands Movies editor Mike Sales said: “Two years ago, our awards event ran just days before the national UK lockdown in March 2020. But even though we faced delays, the 2021 event did happen and effectively ‘book-ended’ the COVID period for many filmmakers. The hard but safe filming undertaken during lockdowns didn’t prevent over one hundred films from being submitted, and we received a similar amount this year.”
Working with other jury panel members, Steve joins Midlands Movies to reward the region’s movie-making talent across categories such as Picture, Best Actor/Actress, Best Director and more. The awards will be a platform to honour local films, with nominations and winners chosen by an experienced jury comprised of industry experts. It also comprises industry representatives, including: Denyce Blackman (Film Birmingham), Mark Woodyatt (Mark & Me podcast), Natasha Wilson (Film Hub Midlands), Kelly Jeffs (CEO Lighthouse Cinema), Tim Coleman (Film writer), Mike Sales (Midlands Movies). Steve will be deciding the winner of the Best Short category.
Each year, the Midlands Movies Awards is brought by a group of film fans pooling the expertise of volunteers while celebrating the creativity of artists and actors and a collective passion for the movie community in the region.
Mike Sales said: “We have again been lucky to have the backing of filmmakers and film fans to keep the awards a special place for everyone. And the feedback from the incredibly diverse and experienced jury panel has been fantastic, with each one incredibly excited to watch all the films involved.”
The Midlands Movies Awards were run at the Y Theatre in September 2021, meaning a face-to-event has occurred every year despite the challenges caused by COVID.
How to Attend Midlands Movies Awards 2022
Doors open at 7pm, with the ceremony between 8pm – 11pm (approx.). Following the red carpet and awards, attendees are invited to join together afterwards at Firebug Bar in Leicester city centre (10-minute walk from venue, open til 4am) for an informal meet-up to continue the evening’s celebrations. Buy your tickets here.