There was another awards triumph for the BSL Zone at the weekend when our Christmas drama Tree Fairy (which was produced by Remark Media) won two awards at Maine Deaf Film Festival!

The film won the Best Drama and Best Director awards, which were picked up by director Louis Neethling, who had flown over for the festival.

Neethling said: "The audience loved Tree Fairy and asked me lots of questions about how the special effects were done. They also had heard a rumour that a new Four Deaf Yorkshiremen film is coming out and said that they can't wait to see it!"

He added: "I feel privileged to have been invited to the 12th Maine Deaf Film Festival by coordinator Brenda Schertz. Portland, Maine has a small Deaf community but boasts a world renowned linguistics department headed by Judy Shepard-Kegl at University of Southern Maine."

Who Cares, a documentary about elderly care for Deaf people, was also popular at the festival. Neethling said: "At the Q & A people wanted to know what happened to Beatrice, Stephen, Mary and Alan after we had finished the film. This led on to a stimulating discussion about care for elderly Deaf people."

The awards come just weeks after Neethling's film Still Here, which was also funded by the BSLBT, won in the category of best Comedy/Musical at Seattle Deaf Film Festival. Read about it here.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Tree Fairy from all of us here at the BSL Zone!

Watch Tree Fairy now.