ScreenSkills’ Gareth Ellis-Unwin presents award at Screen Awards

ScreenSkills’ Head of Film and Animation Gareth Ellis-Unwin presented the award for best British film to Mark Jenkin’s black-and-white Cornish fisherman drama Bait at the 2019 Screen Awards.

Speaking at the ceremony in London last night, Gareth took the opportunity to remind the industry what an essential role they play in ScreenSkills’ work by contributing to the Film Skills Fund.

“These contributions support training in areas such as digital marketing and distribution as well as all the craft and tech grades and all areas of production and post-production from grips to visual effects and hair and make-up to script supervisors – that is, the skilled workforce who are the bedrock of film-making in this country and make it a world leading destination of choice for filmmakers across the globe. We enjoy working alongside peer organisations such as Into Film, Independent Cinema Office, UK Cinema Association and the Film Distributors Association to name just a few.”

Distributed by the BFI, Bait was crowned the winner following an online poll by readers from a top 10 list chosen by Screen International’s critics. Other winners included Sam Ashby and Curzon for poster design of the year, awarded for their work on Film Skills Fund contributor The Souvenir.

As previously announced, Dame Judi Dench was also honoured with the outstanding contribution to UK film award, presented by Shakespeare In Love director John Madden.

Gareth also took the opportunity to thank past supporters of the Skills Fund, and encouraged industry members to “play their part” and seek out the team to discuss how productions can support our work in future.

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