Manchester couple win prize at faith film festival

WINNERS: Boris Jänsch and his wife were absolutely stunned when they picked up the Premier Award at the Insight Festival

By Will Astbury

A LOCAL couple have triumphed by winning the Premier Award at a faith film festival based in Manchester.

Claire and Boris Jänsch won the top prize and  £1,000 for their movie ‘Who’s Driving the Dream Bus?’ at the Insight Festival.

The festival, which hosted its second annual event on Wednesday 18 November 2009 at The Zion Arts Centre, Hulme, aims to make films of faith be taken seriously in the UK and the rest of the world and strives to encourage young film makers.

Who’s Driving the Dream Bus? won the festival’s top gong after judges unanimously voted it as the best film.  The picture shows Mr Jänsch’s personal quest to discover the spiritual meaning of life through a number of interviews with teachers, philosophers and writers.

Speaking on Insight’s website after the festival, Dr David Butler, chair of the Festival Selection Organisation and lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Manchester Screen Centre said: “The film really gets to the heart of the festival – it asks questions, doesn’t provide prescriptive answers. There are beautiful images and memorable moments – not least the footage of the filmmaker’s own birth.”

The couple were absolutely gob smacked at being named as winners for what Mrs Jänsch called a ‘labour of love’ which had taken six years to complete.

Their 30 minute-movie, which will now be screened at Brazilian film festival Mostra de Cinema e Religião, beat 12 other shortlisted films to win the Premier Award.

A stunned Mr Jänsch spoke to Manchester Mouth straight after winning the award, saying: “Oh my got that was amazing. That was totally totally unexpected because of the subject matter of the film – it isn’t exactly giving anything definitive away about faith.

“We entered because there aren’t many film festivals that discuss faith and our film is about me making spiritual path, discussing different ideas with a variety of different people.”

The Insight jury also commended two further films. Glasgow filmmaker Ryan
Hendrick’s ‘Choices’ and Rana Ayoub’s 13-minute movie ‘The Bees’, which looks into the secret life of a Lebanese beekeeper, received special certificates.

John Forrest, festival director, said “There has been enormous interest in this year’s Insight Festival. Although it is a UK only event, interest and entries were received from all over the world. We are convinced that the time is right to encourage young film makers to make films about faith”

Mr Jänsch, who said he and his wife would be spending the prize money on paying off their mortgage, added: “This festival is definitely great as it provides young filmmakers with the opportunity to express themselves and get their work recognised.”

If you would like to find out how to enter in next year’s festival or would like more information about all the entries visit


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