EIFF 2014 Audience Award Winner
The 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival Audience Award winner is announced
Tony Benn: Will & Testament was announced as the winner of the Audience Award at the Closing Night Gala of the 68th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Directed by Skip Kite, Tony Benn: Will & Testament paints a vivid portrait of a man whose career transcended politics. The long-time Labour MP participated in the making of this moving and informative tribute shortly before his death in March 2014. The EIFF Audience Award is voted for by cinema-goers attending public screenings. Fifteen films were eligible from across the Festival at the discretion of the Artistic Director.
EIFF Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara said: “Our audience’s decision reflects both the enduring significance of Tony Benn himself and the force and conviction with which the film pays tribute to him. The film is a rousing argument for compassionate politics, and this award shows how well that argument communicated to our audience.”
Tony Benn: Will & Testament Director and Producer Skip Kite said: "Praslin Pictures, and everyone involved in the making of the film, are truly honoured that Will & Testament has been so wonderfully received by the Edinburgh International Film Festival audience. We are very proud to have launched the film here and our heartfelt thanks goes to all the Festival staff and everyone involved with the World Premiere. We know that Tony would have been absolutely delighted and humbled, and we are too."
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.