Filmmaker wins UK prize for a short about a Donald Trump pinata


A filmmaker has won a national award for her film about a Mexican mother on a mission to find a Donald Trump pinata for her son's birthday party.

Sarah Clift won £10,000 for La Madre Buena (The Good Mother) in the Lifetime Shorts Competition at London's Curzon Soho.

Competition judge and actor Michelle Collins described the film as "outstanding, quirky and very funny".

Michelle is a big fan.
Michelle is a big fan (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Already boasting a number of international awards, the politically-themed film features an enormous replica of the US president elect, in pinata form.

It is a debut short for Clift, a campaigner for Free The Bid, a group that champions female film directors at a commercial level.

La Madre Buena beat six other short-listed pieces for the top prize, designed to celebrate and promote the work of women behind the camera.

The other runners up, picked from a total of 200 entries, each won £1,000.

They included Twiddly Things, by Adara Todd, Standby, by Charlotte Regan, 3,217, by Lauren Morton, GIRL, by Megan K Fox, Raymond, by Rosie Gaunt-Mathieson and Countryphile, by Ruth Sewell.

Kate Kinninmont, CEO of Women in Film & TV (UK) congratulated all the winners on the high standard of their work, saying: "The range and quality of all the films is truly astonishing, and proves that there is no shortage of talented women writers and directors in the UK today.

"More power to them all."