Our closing night was last night (more on that shortly) but we were most excited to announce the winner of the 2016 Rising Star award was…

Charlie Edwards-Moss & Joe Williams for DUKE’S PURSUIT

The stylish and genuinely funny Coen-esque thriller came out on top on what was an extremely competitive field this year, taking 3 seperate rounds of voting to establish a winner, we love the film and so did the audience when we screened it again last night as the closing film for the 2016 ESFF!

Hopefully the industry-mentoring from the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund will give these two talented, young directors a chance to get a
richly-deserved career in film!

Luckily, Charlie & Joe visited the festival last weekend and we were able to present them with the trophy then and they also very kindly sent us a message which we played at the award ceremony, good luck with your career guys!