KIDDERMINSTER writer and director Sam Turner has won eight highly sought-after film awards across three amateur film festivals in the UK.

Point Five, a light-hearted short film that tackles a number of real-life social issues with the ultimate message being that everyone should do their bit to help the environment, won Best Comedy, Best Story, the Diamond Award and the 5 Stars Award at the British International Amateur Film Festival. 

It also struck gold as the Best Comedy at The Kings Cross Film Awards and successfully nabbed Best Comedy, Best Director and Best Short Film at the Falcon International Film Festival.

The short which features real British characters in relatable situations with the overall look and feel of a gritty urban drama also won judges' favourite at Pinewood Studios Lift-Off competition and will be screened in Los Angeles next year so - it’s going to Hollywood!

Sam Turner, aged 25, said: “I worked throughout the tricky covid period and multiple lockdowns to crowdfund and bring this film to life, so for it to have been nominated, let alone win this many amateur film awards is a huge testament to the hard work and dedication put into Point Five by myself and the whole team, not forgetting those that donated to our fundraising campaign making our dream a reality. 

“Film is my greatest passion so I’m on a complete high following its recent accolades and feel truly inspired for what’s next to come, not only for Point Five and its debut in Hollywood but the next project on the horizon.” 

Still in the early stages of his career, Sam has already produced a number of other award-winning short films including ‘Hush Hush’ that premiered at the second annual Brave Blackbird Film Festival in Wolverhampton.