NRFF Interview Oscar winners, ‘The Silent Child’

A year ago…

NRFF London was privileged to screen the UK premiere of ‘The Silent Child’, shortly after its world premiere at Flicker’s Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prize (Best of Fest) .

NRFF loved the film’s powerful message, which raises awareness of the lack of education and support in schools for children profoundly deaf or hard of hearing.

This was clearly a passion project for both director Chris Overton and the film’s writer and co-star Rachel Shenton, who is an ambassador for the deaf community. They were great sports in giving NRFF an exclusive interview just before they left for Rhode Island, unaware of the impact that this 20 minute film would inevitably have. Click here for NRFF’s video interview with Chris and Rachel about ‘The Silent Child’.

Producers Julie Foy and Rebecca Harris, along with DoP Ali Farahani, played an active part in our festival, and the film went on to win NRFF’s special Humanity Award, Best Cinematography, and an Honourable Mention for the talented young deaf actress, Maisie Sly (Libby in the film). 

Oscar glory…

Chris and Rachel have since embarked on an incredible journey. All the hard work fundraising and producing the film paid off and a dream was realised earlier this year, when ‘The Silent Child’ was nominated for an Oscar from a short list of more than 150 international films (5 of which NRFF screened last summer). It went on to win the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.

Congratulations from the NRFF team!

Our next NRFF festival takes place in London between 23-26 August. Screenings are at CLOSE-UP’s arthouse cinema in Shoreditch, with 25 world and UK premieres in the programme this year! Visit for details.