Small Radical Films

All film is political. But all films are not equal. This is a competition for films that directly address social, political and ideological issues. Films that grapple with ideas and concepts that explore how we organise ourselves as a species and as a society.

We accept everything – from direct polemic, to experimental film, from original fiction to observational documentary.
We want opinion, analysis, personal stories, ideology, vision and fresh perspectives.
Challenge, explore, celebrate, discuss…
In short, any film that you feel is radical is welcome. As long as it is short (under 30 minutes).

We will be giving awards in the following categories:

  • Best Factual Film
    • made by activists and full time film-makers
    • made by a student or first time filmmaker
  • Best Factual Film
    • made by activists and full time film-makers
    • made by a student or first time filmmaker

And new for this year…

Small Axe is part of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

The festival runs over three days (from Friday to Sunday) showing a selection of feature films and competition shorts. On Sunday morning there is a full programme of shorts, followed by the announcement of the Small Axe awards.

Our Patrons and supporters include Paul Watson and Ken Loach.

The film festival is part of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. There is a charge to attend the full weekend, but there is free entry on the Sunday.

The Jury

Our Jury is made up of the festival organisers, supporters and award winners from previous years. Some of our Jury members from previous years include:

Reuben Irving

Reuben Irving

Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival co-director and programmer for Small Axe

Reuben teaches film production at the university of Worcester. Before joining the university Reuben worked for many years as an editor in documentary and fiction. As a co-director of Gorilla Cinema he worked as a community activist and producer as well as setting up and touring with the solar powered mobile cinema.

Iqbal Mohammed

Iqbal Mohammed

Filmmaker

Winner of the 2016 Audience Award for best film with Three Minute Warning. Iqbal has written several short films including his directorial debut, Against the Norm, which was screened at the very first Small Axe in 2014. He also works as a pharmacist.

Paul Watson

Paul Watson

Documentary producer and director.

Paul's first major award was an SFTA in 1969. He went on to bring reality TV to Britain with the 1974 series 'The Family' and has not stopped since. His credits include:  the '40 Minutes' series (1980's/90's)  Sylvania Waters (1992); The Home (1996); Malcom and Barbara: A Love Story(1999) and Loves Farewell (2007);  Rain in My Heart (2006). He has picked up a string of awards and nominations including a Grierson, Prix Europa, RTS and in 2008 he was awarded a  BAFTA 'Special Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to the industry'

Morag Livingstone

Morag Livingstone

Documentary Producer

Director of Belonging.( 2017), experienced short filmmaker, writer, and documentary photographer telling the real stories of real people in order to bring about real change. She is co-author of two best selling books, Hackney Child and Tainted Love both published by Simon & Schuster in 2014.

Giannis Vlahopoulos

Giannis Vlahopoulos

Writer, Director, Photographer

Winner of Best Fiction Film 2016 with Wall (To Ihos)

Fernando Mitjans

Filmmaker

Winner of best student documentary 2016 with Limpiadores

Leila Sansour

Leila Sansour

Documentary film maker and Founder of Open Bethlehem

Leila was one of the first producers at Al Jazeera having worked on the channel's leading documentary series. She currently works for ITN news and is best known in the UK for her film "Jeremy Hardy vs The Israeli Army" (2003). Her latest feature documentary 'Open Bethlehem' will be released in the UK in Christmas 2014. The film is a deeply personal story that charts the creation of a campaign called Open Bethlehem, an initiative that works to save the city and bring down the wall.

Maria Burza and the TV Kryzyz Collective

Maria Burza and the TV Kryzyz Collective

Anarchist Film Collective

Winners of the Best Documentary 2016 with House On Strike (Syrena to nie skłot, to strajk) The collective viewed films together and Maria fed this back to the rest of the jury.

Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy

Comedian

Jeremy is well known for his Radio appearances including; Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue as well as TV including; Saturday Live, Blackadder Goes Forth, QI, and Mock the Week. He has been in films; Hotel, How To Be, Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army. He writes books; When Did You Last See Your Father, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation,  and My Family and Other Strangers and of course he performs continuously as a stand-up comedian.