Two BSL Zone films have won prestigious international awards at France's Clin d'Oeil festival of Deaf culture, which was held last weekend.

Strangers, a drama which was made as part of the BSL Zone's Zoom filmmaking scheme, was awarded the Best Director award for Brian Duffy, who made his directing debut on the short film. It completed a remarkable double when the film's young star William Grint won the Best Actor award.

There was a third award for a BSL Zone film when Jean St Clair won the Best Actress award for her performance in our drama Still Here, which was directed by Louis Neethling.

The Clin d'Oeil festival is the largest festival of its kind. More than 9000 festival-goers attended this year’s festival (the sixth edition since 2003) and more than 200 deaf and hearing artists and performers travelled to France to perform, screen or exhibit their artistic creations. 

Another major British winner on the night was director Ted Evans, who won the Best Film award for his latest short film, Retreat.

Evans made his directing debut on the Zoom filmmaking scheme with Go Ahead, and followed it up by making the award-winning Zoom Focus film The End, which also won the Best Film award at the last Clin d'Oeil festival two years ago.

In the photograph on the right, you can see Brian Duffy (left) and Ted Evans (right) pictured with their awards.

Congratulations to all the British winners!