13th August 2020

The Performance Short Film Competition 2020 – Results and summary of the awards ceremony!

By Kelly Oates
Account Handler
We recently held our third annual short film competition, this time with a difference… we went virtual, for the first time ever! We were thrilled with the turnout and support we received from everyone that joined us, and the team were pleasantly surprised that there were no major technical difficulties on the evening itself.


This competition started out back in 2018 following years of the Performance team attending events and networking sessions and finding out the challenges that face the industry.


For the Performance team, we have two simple goals through running this competition:

  1. Helping to get more projects made through the prizes
  2. Connecting people within the industry together

We are hoping that this competition and the prizes will support filmmakers in putting together their next project – something which will be great to be a part of!

Despite our competition being online-based this year, this quickly became our biggest one to date with 689 entries (584 unique entrants), a shortlist of 36, and 6 final winning films.


We are pleased to announce the winning films, as follows:


Best 'Short' Short 

Winner ‘CLOUDS’


Directed by David Yorke, Produced by Phil Beastall

Synopsis: A grey cloud follows a young boy as he struggles to cope with depression.

Click here for a reminder of our fantastic shortlist for the Best 'Short' Short category 


Best Horror 



Directed by Stefan Georgiou, Produced by Elettra Pizzi

Synopsis: In the world of THE DEAD ONES, those whose lives are cut short by violence do not disappear, they live to haunt the person who killed them.

Click here for a reminder of our fantastic shortlist for the Best Horror category 


Best Documentary 



Directed by Ben Sherlock, Produced by Leon McCarron

Synopsis: A whirlwind tour through one of the most misunderstood parts of the world.

Click here for a reminder of our fantastic shortlist for the Best Documentary category 


Best Animation



Directed by Peter Baynton, Produced by Jesse Romain

Synopsis: The latest in the multi-award winning partnership between American songwriter Benjamin Scheuer and British animator Peter Baynton. Ben posts himself from New York to London to visit the girl he loves. Unfortunately he gets lost on the way.

Click here for a reminder of our fantastic shortlist for the Best Animation category 


Best Drama 

Winner ‘LAB RAT’


Directed by Nour Wazzi, Produced by Neil Chordia and Amanda Brennan

Synopsis: In a near future, a group of scientists trapped in a room learn that one of them is an A.I... and it has been deceiving them. They cannot escape until they figure out who it is.

Click here for a reminder of our fantastic shortlist for the Best Drama category 


Best Comedy 



Directed by Simon Ryninks, Produced by Tibo Travers

Synopsis: Falling in love can be a pain in the arse!

Click here for a reminder of our fantastic shortlist for the Best Comedy category 


We would again like to express a huge thank you to everyone who entered this year, those who supported us across social media and those who attended our online awards ceremony.


We would like to give a special thanks to:

Pro Motion Hire – https://www.promotionhire.com/

New Day Pictures – https://www.newdaypictures.com/

Goldcrest Post Production – http://www.goldcrestfilms.com/

Reviewed & Cleared – https://reviewedandcleared.com/


We’re also currently planning a couple of spin off events which we’ll be sharing the details of in the next month or so.

We hope that everyone gets back to producing great content as soon as possible, and we look forward to seeing more of your films in the future! 

In the meantime, keep an eye on our socials to see more of what we get up to…