Congratulations to Ted Evans, whose film Retreat won the prestigious Best Film Award at the Clin d’Oeil Festival of Deaf Culture in Reims, France. Ted was the winner of Deaffest’s £5,000 Ben Steiner Bursary award last year, and his gripping short film Retreat was the culmination of all his hard work on the project. The film was premiered at Deaffest on 17th May 2013, going on to win the award at Clin d’Oeil in July.

“I’m very honoured to have won best film for Retreat at Festival Clin d’Oeil” said Ted, “to win this award again is extra special and I would like to thank my hard working cast and crew who absolutely deserve this award. I’d also like to thank the Ben Steiner Bursary and Deaffest for giving me the opportunity to make this film. Hopefully we can see more films funded by the bursary compete at international level in the future.”

The Ben Steiner Film Bursary is a bursary for talented emerging Deaf and hard of hearing film makers, held bi-annually at Deaffest. Participating film makers pitch their film concept to a judge panel and the winner receives £5,000 to create their film project. The completed film is premiered at Deaffest the following year.

Pictured with Ted is Brian Duffy who scooped two awards for his film Strangers at Clin d’Oeil: Best Director and Best Actor for the talented young William Grint. Strangers is a thought provoking drama which was made as part of the BSL Zone’s Zoom filmmaking scheme, and also premiered at Deaffest this year.