Film about 60 year old florist running swingers website wins Channel 4 prize

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by Stephen Chapman

The First Cut pitch prize at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest has been awarded to Tom Green.

More than 70 people applied, with 5 finalists chosen to film and edit a 3-minute film entitled This Is My Place. They then had to present a 10 minute pitch to Channel 4’s factual team.

The prize was a 60 minute First Cut commission, a month’s paid development, a mentorship with an indie and a weeks training at the National Film and Television School on a course of their choice.

Green’s film explored the contrasting world of a 60-year old florist, who had a secret life, running a swingers’ website.

“It was engaging, offered up some strong scenes and was very successful in the way it was structured,” said commissioning editor, Madonna Benjamin.

Previous winners have included Marcus Plowright (Muslim Drag Queens, American High School).

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