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Limelight Film Awards is the annual short film competition, followed by a red carpet awards ceremony, attended by over 500 film makers, celebrities and TV/ Film personalities. In its seventh year, with 12 film categories and a £10,000 production award, Limelight is paving the way in identifying emerging British film makers while helping to strengthen the industry.

Our purpose is to promote, celebrate and recognise film makers through our annual awards, with this in mind we hope to offer film educational opportunities, as well as our Production award to further support film makers.  This is now recognised and supported by many film organisations, government and educational institutions, media agencies and celebrities.



Meera Syal (Comedian, Actress, Writer) : ““Films are a brilliant way of telling stories, expressing yourself and highlighting the issues that affect us all.  Limelight Film Awards will offer recognition and a platform to film makers. I wish Limelight and all the film makers taking part all the best for the future”

Konnie Huq (Xtra Factor, Blue Peter, Limelight 2008 host) :“I know how hard it is to get a break in the arts and this night gives the great talent that is out there in Tower Hamlets the opportunity to rise up and shine through”

Nurull Islam (Project Manager at Mile End Community Project, 2012 Film of the Night Winners) : " We are absolutely ecstatic to have won.  Limelight Film Awards has shown us that real opportunities exist, which means a lot to our young film makers especially in a challenging area of Tower Hamlets.” 

Shaun Williamson (Actor - EastEnders, Extras) : "Terrific films were entered this year and it’s great to be part of it. It’s getting bigger and better all the time and gives a voice to the filmmakers of tomorrow.”



Munsur Ali - CEO

"Limelight is a unique and ground breaking film and arts competition, providing a platform for local talents."


Howard Dawber

Board Member

"If the film industry's going to come here, it should be the local people getting the benefit of it."

Richard Van Gramberg Head of Operations

"Limelight gives upcoming filmmakers and performers a chance to be recognised by the industry for their creative talents.”

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Mob Hassan

Limelight Presenter

" I appreciate Limelight very much as it is hard to get industry professionals to see your work and this gives opportunity to showcase their talents”



The Film of the Night award is the £10,000 production award.

This is a voucher that allows you to hire Independent film making production and post production facilities, hair & makeup and film publicity to the value of £10,000, courtesy of Spotlight UK and partners.

A brilliant way to celebrate film making in the capital and offering a great opportunity, in addition to the awards, for  which you can choose to spend your awards voucher on our high end facilities such as: