Town of Runners wins award at Barcelona Sports Film Festival
This week the film screened at Barcelona Sports Film Festival, and won the award for “Premir el major Reporta” (Best Reportage -Coverage) with Jerry Roddwell accepting the accolade from Julia Perns, director of the Barcelona Olympic Fund. The film originally premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film festival and has enjoyed rave reviews, with Total Film noting that “In an Olympic Year, here’s an inspirational reminder of what it’s all about.”
Town of Runners is a feature Documentary which tells the story of two young girls, living in the rural town of Bekoji in Ethiopia, as they try to run their way to a different life. Narrated by their friend Biruk, it follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world.
The initial idea for Town of Runners was formed a few years ago when Dan Demissie was studying on Met Film School’s One-Year Practical Filmmaking Programme. Dan then went on to intern at Met Film Production, where he pitched his idea to Al Morrow, our lead Documentary Producer. Four years on, Al and Dan have successfully produced the film in close collaboration. Town of Runners is directed by Jerry Roddwell (Deep Water, Heavy Load, Donor Unknown) and post production was completed in- house at Met Film Post.