Dave Spikey wins short film award

...for his new sitcom pilot

A pilot sitcom from Dave Spikey has scooped an award at a new comedy film festival.

Buzz Dish, co-written with rugby player John Lebbon, won one of the audience prizes as the Cofilmic event in Manchester last night.

The show, based on a Cumbrian phrase for ‘enjoy yourself’, is a dark comedy based on life in a small northern town.

Audiences at the short film festival, held in the Comedy Store, were shown a ten-minute sampler of the proposed sitcom.

Here is a making-of video:

The other audience awards went to Dwain Chambers Life Guru, starring the British sprinter banned after failing a drug test, Bronte Sisters by Jacqueline Wright and The Office Orphan by David Lilley. Here is the latter, the only one available to view online:

In the main awards the winners were:

Best Comedy Sketch: Publishing A Piece by Anton Short (not available to view online)

Best Sitcom Pilot: Boxed by Paul Murphy. A trailer:

Best New Comedy Performance: Sarah Hoare in We Are What We Drink

Best Short Comedy Film: We Are What We Drink by Marc Hardman

Cofilmic founder Janet Harrison said: ‘The standard of the films entered was absolutely fantastic.’

The winners receive mentorship, as well as a place on a tour of short films around the UK.

Published: 2 Nov 2011

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