Escape Technology’s Lockdown Film Festival has drawn to a close and the winners have been revealed.

In a live streamed event on YouTube, the festival’s judges (Victor Perez, Simon Walker, and Marta Svetek) were joined by Escape’s head of marketing, Dominic Danson, for a Q&A and screening of the top five entries.

With films submitted from around the world the competition was tough, but Blue Locked Down – submitted by French filmmaker Kevin Sempe – came out on top. Shot on a Red Helium 8K and with beautifully integrated visual effects, the film received plenty of praise from the judges. 

Filmmaker Henry White also took the festival’s student prize with Quarantine – a blend of animation, CG, and live action that the judges said was indistinguishable from the professional level entries.

“We set up the festival to give filmmakers something positive to focus on during the Covid-19 lockdown, and the level of talent we’ve seen has been incredible,” says Danson. “We’ve enjoyed watching all the films – it’s heartwarming to see such a great community coming together during difficult times. And it’s particularly amazing to think that they’ve all been created in under 30 days during a period where we’ve all been stuck indoors. Special thanks really need to go to the judges and all our partners for supporting the competition.”

The Lockdown Film Festival was supported by Televisual, with prizes donated by Autodesk, AV3, Boris FX, Chaosgroup, Film Riot, FXhome, Red Giant, and Wacom.

To rewatch the live stream of the event and the entries, head to

Jon Creamer

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