A CAMBRIDGE film producer fresh out of college looks set to be the next big thing after winning a coveted award.
Andy Hui, 26 won the Smirnoff Experience Reel Talent Award for his fiveminute short film, Take Me Back, which charts the story of a boy who plays records to a girl to help her recover from amnesia and remember their relationship.
As a result, the film - which Hui co-produced with his friend, Jonathan Kenton - will be premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London this month before showing at major film festivals across the country including the London Film Festival in October and Brief Encounters in November.
Hui went to the Perse School in Cambridge before embarking on a course at the London Film Academy. He had not even had his graduation ceremony when he heard he had won the award.
"I was overjoyed," he said. "I didn't expect to win at all.
My friend and I just sat in a café one day and wrote the story in two hours, two days before the deadline so we were thrilled the judges liked it."
The prize, worth £10,000, and included funding, script development and production advice, enabled Hui and Kenton to realise the film from scratch.
Starring award-winning actress Lara Belmont (The War Zone) alongside Cambridge graduate Christian Coulson (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Hours).
Take Me Back is tipped for success among film fans and industry representatives alike.
Hui said: "I am still relatively young and inexperienced but I would love to make a feature film next."
The lucky few to have their short film scripts accepted for funding as part of the Smirnoff Experience Real Talent Award have now completed their films, and the creative partnerships to come up trumps are: Luke Morris and Toby Macdonald for Heavy Metal Drummer, telling the story of a young, closet metalhead Arab youth reconciling his love for the likes of Iron Maiden in a disapproving world; Richard Fenwick and Hayley Fanning for Love Letter, about a young, chavvy-but-likeable lad plucking up the courage to ask out the checkout chick he fancies; and Jonty Kenton and Andy Hui for Take Me Back, concerning itself with an amnesiac girl using music to try and trigger her memory.
Empire's own Colin Kennedy was one of the judges for the script selection process, and using the guiding criteria, he and his fellow panel members have made solid choices of both screenplay and the teams responsible for bringing their vision to the screen. The entrants were asked to provide a five minute screenplay based around the idea that music can shape and inspire the story.
Empire congratulates all of the filmmakers involved.