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Meadows shoplifted for first film

Shane Meadows confessed he shoplifted the film roll he used to make his first ever short film.

The This Is England director presented the Grand Prize at the Virgin Media Shorts competition at a star-studded award ceremony at London's BFI IMax.

Shane, who was a juror on the competition, commended the standard of all the finalists as he revealed being shortlisted in a film competition helped inspire him to keep going when he was struggling to begin his career as a director.

He said: "I used to try a lot things and never keep them up. And filmmaking could have gone the same way. But getting shortlisted in that competition inspired me to keep going."

He also praised the competition for the funds it offers to aspiring filmmakers, and confessed he was caught shoplifting materials from Boots to make his first short.

Nimer Rashed was awarded the Grand Prize, which includes £30,000 of funding towards his next film, for his moving entry Touch, which documented an entire relationship in physical touch in just two minutes.

John McPhail scooped the Nikon People's Choice Award Winner and the TiVo Award, both voted for by the public, for his comedy Just Say Hi.

Guests at the ceremony included Mr Selfridge's Katherine Kelly and Britain's Got Talent winner Jack Carroll. The young comedian is making his big screen debut in short film Going To Mecca directed by Jason Wingard, who won the Virgin Media Shorts competition in 2011. The comedy tells the story of two half-brothers who go to Blackpool to scatter their father's ashes.

Guests were later treated to music from guest DJ Jarvis Cocker.

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