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What is LIMELIGHT?

Limelight Film Awards is the annual short film competition, followed by a red carpet awards ceremony, attended by over 500 film makers, celebrities and TV/ Film personalities. In its seventh year, with 12 film categories and a £10,000 production award, Limelight is paving the way in identifying emerging British film makers while helping to strengthen the industry.

Our purpose is to promote, celebrate and recognise film makers through our annual awards, with this in mind we hope to offer film educational opportunities, as well as our Production award to further support film makers.  This is now recognised and supported by many film organisations, government and educational institutions, media agencies and celebrities.


With many new creative and artistic movements, countless of the young and upcoming talents go unnoticed. They desperately lack a platform where they can show of their artistic skills, whether it be film making, dance, music or art.

Since 2007 our aim has not only been to offer a platform for national and international recognition through the awards but also to support ongoing film making efforts through networking, production facilities and workshops.

Limelight is managed by Spotlight UK in partnership with Canary Wharf Group PLC and is now recognised and supported by national and global organisations, including Film London, Avid, The Community Channel and many others, including personalities from the Film and Media industry.

Testimonials

Meera Syal (Comedian, Actress, Writer) : ““Films are a brilliant way of telling stories, expressing yourself and highlighting the issues that affect us all.  Limelight Film Awards will offer recognition and a platform to film makers. I wish Limelight and all the film makers taking part all the best for the future”

Konnie Huq (Xtra Factor, Blue Peter, Limelight 2008 host) :“I know how hard it is to get a break in the arts and this night gives the great talent that is out there in Tower Hamlets the opportunity to rise up and shine through”

Nurull Islam (Project Manager at Mile End Community Project, 2012 Film of the Night Winners) : " We are absolutely ecstatic to have won.  Limelight Film Awards has shown us that real opportunities exist, which means a lot to our young film makers especially in a challenging area of Tower Hamlets.” 

Shaun Williamson (Actor - EastEnders, Extras) : "Terrific films were entered this year and it’s great to be part of it. It’s getting bigger and better all the time and gives a voice to the filmmakers of tomorrow.”

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THE TEAM

Munsur Ali - CEO

"Limelight is a unique and ground breaking film and arts competition, providing a platform for local talents."

Howard Dawber

Board Member

"If the film industry's going to come here, it should be the local people getting the benefit of it."

Mob Hassan - Limelight Presenter

" I appreciate Limelight very much as it is hard to get industry professionals to see your work and this gives opportunity to showcase their talents”

£10,000 PRODUCTION AWARD

The Film of the Night award is the £10,000 production award.

This is a voucher that allows you to hire Independent film making production and post production facilities, hair & makeup and film publicity to the value of £10,000, courtesy of Spotlight UK and partners.

A brilliant way to celebrate film making in the capital and offering a great opportunity, in addition to the awards, for  which you can choose to spend your awards voucher on our high end facilities such as:

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