Cotton Wool

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Cotton Wool
Directed byNicholas Connor
Written byNicholas Connor
Starring
CinematographyAlan C. McLaughlin
Production
company
Cherwell Productions Ltd.
Release date
  • 10 October 2017 (2017-10-10)

Cotton Wool is a 2017 British drama film following the story of a 7-year-old boy (Max Vento) who cares for his mother (Leanne Best) after she has survived from a stroke, with little to no help from his older sister (Katie Quinn).

The film was assisted in its research by The Stroke Association.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film received a 12A by the British Board of Film Classification.[2] The film's critical reception was mixed, 'ScreenCritix' gave the film 5 stars stating "Best is a revelation",[3] while the Mancunion criticised its short length "suffered in the rush to squeeze an 80-minute story into 40 minutes.[4] 'UK Film Review' stated that the film was '‘Utterly enrapturing’ and ‘Affecting and heartbreaking’.[5]" At the 2017 London Film Awards, the film was awarded the 'Special Jury Award'.[6] The film featured on BBC News, looking into the age of the director and his career, as well as the importance of supporting child carers.[7][8][9] The films red carpet premiere took place in Oldham, Lancashire, England.[10][11][12]

Production[edit]

The film was shot on both digital and 35 mm film formats, using a Arriflex 435 and Red Epic.[13][14] The film was shot by BAFTA winning cinematographer Alan C. McLaughlin.[15][16] The production shot for 7 days in total in Barkisland, West Yorkshire.[17][18][19]

Festivals Accolations[edit]

Film Festival Notes
Cleveland International Film Festival Hot List
British Independent Film Festival Official Selection
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival Official Selection
Global Independent Film Awards Official Selection
Derby Film Festival Official Selection
New York Film Awards Official Selection
European Independent Film Awards Official Selection
New Renaissance Film Festival (London) Official Selection
Newark International Film Festival Official Selection
Unrestricted View Film Festival Official Selection
Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival Official Selection
Newcastle International Film Festival Official Selection
Scottish Mental Health Film Festival Official Selection
Manchester Screenplays and Shorts Film Festival Official Selection
MancMade 53Two Film Festival Official Selection
Out of the Can Film Festival Official Selection
Southampton International Film Festival Official Selection
Little Wing Film Festival Official Selection
Los Angeles Film Awards Official Selection
Bristol Independent Film Festival Official Selection
Birmingham Film Festival Official Selection
IndieFlicks International Film Festival Official Selection
The Monthly Film Festival (Glasgow) Official Selection
Madrid Independent Film Festival Official Selection
Gold Movie Awards Official Selection
London Film Awards Official Selection

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Work Awards Category Result
2018 Cotton Wool London Film Awards[20] Special Jury Award Won
2019 Cotton Wool Los Angeles Film Awards Best Picture Won
2019 Cotton Wool Los Angeles Film Awards Best Actress (Leanne Best) Won
2019 Cotton Wool Los Angeles Film Awards Best Supporting Actress (Crissy Rock) Won
2019 Cotton Wool Los Angeles Film Awards Best Young Actress (Katie Quinn) Won
2019 Cotton Wool Los Angeles Film Awards Best Drama Won
2018 Cotton Wool British Independent Film Festival[21] Best Short Film Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool British Independent Film Festival[22] Best Supporting Actor (Max Vento) Won
2018 Cotton Wool British Independent Film Festival[21] Best Supporting Actress (Katie Quinn) Won
2018 Cotton Wool British Independent Film Festival Best Music Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool UK Film Awards[23] Best Short Film of 2018 Won
2018 Cotton Wool UK Film Awards[23] Best Director Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool European Independent Film Awards Best Drama Won
2018 Cotton Wool European Independent Film Awards Best Director Won
2018 Cotton Wool European Independent Film Awards Best Actress (Leanne Best) Won
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards Best Picture Won
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards Best Young Filmmaker Won
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards Best Ensemble Won
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards Best Editing Won
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards Best Young Actress (Katie Quinn) Won
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards Best Supporting Actress (Crissy Rock) Won
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards (Annual Ceremony) Best of the Festival 2019 Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards (Annual Ceremony) Best Director Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards (Annual Ceremony) Best Narrative Feature Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards (Annual Ceremony) Best Actress (Leanne Best) Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards (Annual Ceremony) Best Duo (Crissy Rock & Leanne Best) Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards (Annual Ceremony) Best Editing of 2019 Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool New York Film Awards (Annual Ceremony) Best Ensemble of 2019 Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Global Independent Film Awards Best Drama Won
2018 Cotton Wool Global Independent Film Awards Best Featurette Won
2018 Cotton Wool Global Independent Film Awards Best Actor Under 18 (Max Vento) Won
2018 Cotton Wool Global Independent Film Awards Best Actress Under 18 (Katie Quinn) Won
2019 Cotton Wool Lift-Off Season Awards 2019 Best Director Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool IndieFlicks Short Film Festival Director's Choice Award Won
2018 Cotton Wool Birmingham Film Festival Best Young Director Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Unrestricted View Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Unrestricted View Film Festival Best Director (Nicholas Connor) Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Unrestricted View Film Festival Best Screenplay (Nicholas Connor) Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Unrestricted View Film Festival Best Actress (Leanne Best) Won
2018 Cotton Wool Manchester Screenplays and Shorts Film Festival Best Actress (Leanne Best) Won
2018 Cotton Wool Madrid Independent Film Festival Best Featurette Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival Special Mention Won
2018 Cotton Wool Gold Movie Awards[24] Film of the Year Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Gold Movie Awards[24] Best Featurette – Annual Award Won
2018 Cotton Wool Gold Movie Awards Film of the Month Won
2018 Cotton Wool Gold Movie Awards Best Featurette – Monthly Award Won
2018 Cotton Wool Southampton International Film Festival Best British Short Film Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Southampton International Film Festival Best Director Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Out of the Can Film Festival Best Drama Won
2018 Cotton Wool Out of the Can Film Festival Best Lifestyle Project Award, Sponsored by Hellblazerbiz Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Out of the Can Film Festival Best Supporting Actress (Crissy Rock) Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Out of the Can Film Festival Best Screenplay Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Out of the Can Film Festival Judge's Choice Award Won
2018 Cotton Wool New Renaissance Film Festival Humanity Award Won
2018 Cotton Wool New Renaissance Film Festival Best Young Talent Narrative Short Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool New Renaissance Film Festival Best Actress (Leanne Best) Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool The Monthly Film Festival [25] Best Film of the Year Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool The Monthly Film Festival [25] Best Short Film Won
2019 Cotton Wool The Monthly Film Festival [25] Best Director Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool The Monthly Film Festival [25] Best Screenplay Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool The Monthly Film Festival [25] Best Actress (Leanne Best) Won
2019 Cotton Wool The Monthly Film Festival [25] Best Editing Nominated
2019 Cotton Wool The Monthly Film Festival [25] Best Cinematography Won
2019 Cotton Wool The Monthly Film Festival [25] Best Original Score Won
2018 Cotton Wool Little Wing Film Festival Best UK Short Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Little Wing Film Festival Best Director Won
2018 Cotton Wool Little Wing Film Festival Best Screenplay Nominated
2018 Cotton Wool Little Wing Film Festival Best Actress (Katie Quinn) Nominated

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