Just recently, the Van d'Or Independent Film Awards 2012 took place in London, with independent film directors and actors all hoping to scoop an award from the several categories on offer.
Sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, the awards gave independent film fans and filmmakers a chance to not only celebrate their work but also promote it more freely. This year's awards ceremony were hosted by the film critic Barry Norman, who presented the wonderful night's entertainment, including a special performance by one of the most up and coming musicians in the UK: Marques Toliver.
The awards are part of the Cannes in a van initiative that has, over the years, brought many independent films to the Cannes film festival using a makeshift cinema transported via a Ford Transit van to delight film lovers.
The two awards that are held in the highest regard are ‘The Van D'or for Best Film' and the ‘Grass Roots Award'. This year's winners were 83, directed by Calum Macdiarmid, and Self-employed, directed by Andreas Pike.