‘A Confession’ wins Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at Berlin International Film Festival.

Director Petros Silvestros and Producer Matt M S Nelson’s short film A Confession has just won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. This is the second consecutive year this director and producer duo have won this prize, which according to the Festival is a unique outcome, and also an unprecedented result for the British film industry.

The award-winning team, which includes Emma Winter, Richard Fearon, Nikos Adritsakis, Matt Chodan and Murray Woodfield (also artistic director of the UK Film Festival), won the same prize last year with the short film Mike. This was the first time a British film had won the prestigious Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. Both scripts were winners of the UKFF script competition and were co-funded by the UKFF, Irresistible and Channel 4.

Irresistible’s Creative Director, Paul Maynard said: “Winning one Crystal Bear was an outstanding achievement. But winning two consecutive awards at Berlin is consistency and something we are very proud of.”


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A Confession is a suspenseful drama about a mysterious and damaged young man who must confess a terrible sin. What he reveals to the warm-hearted priest resonates way beyond the confines of the Church, calling into question a relationship that has lasted over 1500 years.

The Berlinale Jury stated at the award ceremony: ‘’With clear, monumental images the winning short film stresses the relationship between authoritarian sway and helplessness, erupting into violence. Within a limited amount of shots the film develops an extraordinary tension and intensity. Years of silence and suppression ultimately culminate in a nightmare scenario, which left us stunned and shocked at the same time.”

Petros Silvestros said: “We are extremely proud, and ecstatic about winning the Crystal Bear for the second year in a row. We hope the film will create a healthy debate, not only about organized religion but also about role models and people in a position of trust, and their influence on how our world functions.”

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