Filmmaker from Kilburn in the finals of movie competition

Namir Rashed has been shortlisted for Virgin Media Shorts award

Namir Rashed has been shortlisted for Virgin Media Shorts award - Credit: Archant

A filmmaker from Kilburn could bag £30,000 to shoot his next movie after making the finals of a nation competition.

Nimer Rashed has been named as one of 13 people shortlisted for Virgin Media Shorts – the UK’s biggest short film contest.

The 32-year-old beat off stiff competition from more than 800 entrants to make it through with his short film ’Touch’.

The two-minute movie reflects the relationship and love between two people over a life time through the touch of their hands.

The winner will receive £30,000 funding to make their next film with mentoring from the BFI (British Film Institute).


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Mr Rashed said: “Filming Touch was a real labour of love and becoming shortlisted feels incredible.

“I wanted to make something that would be really cinematic, where images would tell a story on their own, largely without dialogue.

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“It was an exciting challenge to explain exactly how the film would work, without either a traditional script of storyboards.”

The winner will be announced on November 7.

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