West Yorkshire actor picks up short film prize

A BRADFORD-born actor and filmmaker won the top prize at the reed.co.uk Short Film Awards for a piece inspired by his sister and partner.

Actor and director, Andrew Lee Potts with the Grand Prix prize for his film Photo Finish, at the reed.co.uk Short Film Awards at BAFTA in Piccadilly, London. Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Andrew Lee Potts won the Grand Prix prize of £10,000 for his film, Photo Finish, at a ceremony held last night.

Mr Lee, who starred in the ITV show Primeval, created the three-minute long piece especially for the competition, which was based around the theme ‘The Question’.

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The film was set in a photo booth at a wedding and depicts a marriage proposal. It was created as a gift to his sister and her fiancée who both star in the film.

Mr Lee, who attended Bradford’s Scala Kids stage school and Intake High School Arts College, in Leeds, said he was “over the moon” to win.

He added: “I’ve never won a anything before. There has been such a amazing response to both my short film and my first ever Web Series www.wirelessweb.london.

“From an early age at Scala, then Intake, acting’s always been my passion and it’s a real honour to now be praised for my directing.”

Now in its sixth year, the reed.co.uk Short Film competition received 572 entries, the highest ever in its history.

James Reed, chairman of reed.co.uk said: “We’ve been really impressed by the high calibre of work submitted this year and want to wish the all winners and shortlisted filmmakers our congratulations on their achievement.

“The fact that we’ve seen record number of entries this year, combined with our fantastic panel of expert judges’ is testament not only to how successful the competition has become, but also to the respect with which it is now held within the industry.”