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The Met Film SchoolThe Met Film School and The Independent are proud to showcase the best of documentary film making. We selected ten great documentary films from Met Film School students and graduates, and in January 2014, invited Independent readers to vote for their favourite films submitted by Met Film School students.

Prize winners

First Prize: Laura by Mairi Ankers | £1000

Second Prize: Goolie Chat by Fraser McGruer | Work Experience at the Independent

Public Vote Prize: About Alex by Mohamed El-Sehrawy | The GoPro Hero 3 + Black Edition - Features video resolutions up to 4K, 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi, SuperView™ and Auto Low Light

The Judges

Jonny Persey CEO Met Film School

Jonny Persey is the chief executive of Met Film, a unique organisation based at Ealing Studios which unites London's largest film school, an independent production company and post production facility, at the heart of the film industry. Met Film School offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development programmes.

Having studied psychology at Cambridge University and worked for several years as a youth worker and organisational development consultant, Jonny Persey produced his first feature film, Everyone's Child, in Zimbabwe in 1996. He then went on to study at the National Film & Television School where he produced a series of acclaimed short films both through the school and independently. He serves on PACT's Film Policy Group and is a member of ACE.

Under Jonny's leadership, Met Film Production has produced a number of award-winning feature documentaries including, for example, the BIFA nominated The Great Hip Hop Hoax and the critically acclaimed Town of Runners (conceived and co-produced by Met Film School graduate Dan Demissie and postproduced by Met Film Post).

Al Morrow, Producer & Head of Documentary Met Film Production
Al is an award-winning producer whose films include; BIFA nominated The Great Hip Hop Hoax, Village At the End of The World, the critically acclaimed theatrical documentary Town of Runners, the Grierson nominated films; Men Who Swim and Donor Unknown (which also won the Audience (Online) Award at the Tribeca Film Festival) and Deep Water, winner of the Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary and Best Documentary at Rome Film Festival.

Al's films have been bought and/or co-produced by a range of international distributors and broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, Pathe, VPRO (Netherlands), ITVS (US), PBS (US), ARTE (France), Fox (Italy), RAI (Italy), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), Dr (Denmark) and ABC (Australia).

Gauri Chadha, independent filmmaker and Met Film School Graduate

She set up her own production company, Chasing Frames productions. Since then she has gone on to pick up eight awards for her documentary “Gawah” (Witness) at 11 festivals around the world, including the London International Film Festival. "Gawah" looks at the key moments in modern Indian history – the 1947 Partition and the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. It looks at these events from a human perspective, from the viewpoint of people who witnessed these events.

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